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Government

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Town’s electric rates to increase this month

        Bedford electric customers will see higher electric bills after town council voted 6-1 to raise electric rates by 4 percent at its last meeting.
        Council was to meet this past Tuesday to consider raising penalties for those violating the rules surrounding use of the town’s solid waste container sites.
        “Not a single member of this council enjoys raising rates,” Councilman Jim Vest said of the vote to raise the electric rates.

  • Supervisors take tax hike off the table

        A public hearing on the Bedford County budget, including the real estate tax rate, is scheduled for April 13, but that tax rate won’t be any higher than the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. When asked after a lengthy budget work session, Monday night, the supervisors said increasing the tax rate is not on the table for discussion.
        What was on the table for discussion was where the public hearing will be held. Some supervisors noted that their regular meeting chamber will probably not provide adequate space.

  • Dealing with misuse at landfill

    Area residents, and those abusing the service provided, will no longer have unlimited access to the town of Bedford’s recycling drop off and public dumpsters.

  • Teachers ask for pay raise

        A representative of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) called on the supervisors to support teacher pay raises, even if a tax hike is needed.
        Chad Honeycutt, who works as a special education aid at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, made the presentation during a work session. Honeycutt is working as an aid while he completes the college courses necessary for teacher certification, part of a career transition.
        “Our school system is dreadfully underfunded,” Honeycutt said.

  • Brown to seek one more term

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has made it official; he’ll seek one more term as the county’s top law enforcement officer.

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect: Watch for updates

    SALEM DISTRICT:  ROAD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO WORSEN AS SNOW CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON

    Travel not advisable this afternoon and into the evening hours

  • County budget passes

        Bedford County now has a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
        The budget, which calls for $94 million in general fund expenditures, passed on a 4-3 vote with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott and Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson voting in favor. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin, District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley and District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis cast the dissenting votes.

  • Fire Chief: Claims not true

        Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy said claims that local fire departments didn’t do all that they could to save a home on Montevideo Road last Wednesday are false.
        On April 20 at about 9:58 p.m. the Bedford Fire Department responded to 1972 Montevideo Road for a report of fire at the historic home.