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Government

  • CASA overwhelmed by current caseload

        According to Angela Mayfield, the CASA advocate manager for the Bedford area, her office is being overwhelmed.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge when cases involving children come before the court. They go to the home, spend time with children and prepare a report that will help the judge determine what’s in the children’s best interest.

  • BRWA moves forward with project

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) held what its director, Brian Key, promised is the first of several public information meetings on a proposed water line plan.

        The plan calls for building a new water treatment plant on the site of the former Camp 24. It would draw 6 million gallons of water out of Smith Mountain Lake, with a potential of being expanded to produce up to 12 million gallons.

  • DCR makes its case for work on Ivy Lake Dam

        Back in 2008, Liberty University (LU) received Ivy Lake—and the Ivy Creek Dam that created the lake—as a gift from the developer who built the subdivision around it.

        Now, the Virginia Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) is telling the university that it must make a major improvement to the dam’s spillway. The estimated cost of the improvement, which includes “armoring” the spillway with concrete, is $3 million.

    LU and DCR

  • PC looks at New London drag strip request

        A text amendment that will allow commercial outdoor entertainment in an agricultural zone is on its way to the supervisors. The amendment is tailored so that it will only apply to the New London Airport, which also doubles as a drag strip.

  • Gardner elected chairman of ROCIC Board

        This group likes to share; and sharing gets results.
        Now a local law enforcement officer is leading the way.
        Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office was elected 2013-2014 chairman of the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC) Board of Directors at its recent annual Summer Training Conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Supervisors appoint new library board, discuss comp plan

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors regular meeting, Monday night, consisted of a series of housekeeping measures related to Bedford's reversion to town status.
        Under the reversion agreement, Bedford County purchased Bedford Elementary School and the Bedford Central Library. It also acquired the former city's interest in the Bedford Welcome Center. The vote the supervisors took was to authorize the board's chairman to sign these deeds.

  • Planning Commission begins review of comprehensive plan

        Bedford County’s planning commission is in the process of conducting a regular state mandated review of the county’s comprehensive plan. State law requires each locality to have a comprehensive plan and review it every five years.

  • Welcome to the Town of Bedford

        Bedford residents woke up Monday morning to find themselves living in a town.

        The city of Bedford is gone; long live the Town of Bedford.
        The long-anticipated reversion of Bedford to town status took effect at midnight Monday with little notice. A few hours later, however, the city sign in front of the municipal building was replaced to officially mark the day.

  • Martin seeks to break ‘Pharaoh’s Curse’

    People have often joked about a “Pharaoh’s Curse” on people selected by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to fill an unexpired term on the board. Over the last two decades these people, without fail, have been defeated by a challenger.

  • Chamber holds Town Hall; reversion discussed

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Town Hall lunch at Liberty Lake Park last week. The event gives Chamber members a chance to hear from city and county representatives.

        District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin spoke of the high points of the past several months.
        Martin believes appointing a new county administrator was the supervisors most important decision. The county hired Mark Reeter this spring.