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Government

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • County appropriates budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent, to appropriate the county’s $89.38 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The budget’s capital improvement fund includes $800,000 designated for emergency apparatus. It also includes $2 million for water and sewer debt service.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Boards discuss school options

        Within 60 days, the Bedford County School Board hopes to have a clear direction from the County Board of Supervisors as to how much the board will be willing to ante up to build a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone.
        Whether that school will be a middle school, high school or some hybrid between the two remains to be seen—and it all hinges on how much money the supervisors will be willing to borrow for the construction project.

  • Centra to purchase Carilion's interest in Bedford Memorial

    The Board of Directors of Bedford Memorial Hospital and Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center have endorsed a plan to transfer full ownership of the facilities to Centra in 2014.

    Since 2001, the 50-bed community hospital and 111-bed long-term care facility have been co-owned by Centra and Carilion Clinic. Carilion will sell its 50 percent ownership to Centra.

  • Bedford votes key in AG election

        A question mark still hangs over the race for Attorney General nearly a week after the election. At present, Mark Herring leads Mark Obenshain by a margin of 117 votes — 1,103,610 to 1,103,493.  That will probably result in a recount.

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        A new face has joined the legislators representing the Bedford area. Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors was successful in his bid to succeed Delegate Lacey Putney representing the 19th House of Delegates District.
        “I’m very proud of it,” Austin said of his election. “It’s quite a step going from supervisor to delegate. It’s challenging — it’s such a big district.”

  • Delegate Byron remarks on election results

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford County) celebrated a victory this evening, winning her ninth term representing the 22nd District in the Virginia General Assembly. At a gathering of supporters at the Republican Victory Center on Leesville Road in Lynchburg, Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        Terry Austin, a Botetourt County businessman, was elected, Tuesday, to fill the 19th House of Delegates District seat that Delegate Lacey Putney has held for 52 years. Putney defeated Lewis Medlin Jr., a Bedford County businessman in the two-way race by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin. Austin did his best in Botetourt County, where he got 76 percent of the vote, but he also did well in Bedford County, garnering 71 percent of the vote. Medlin did best at in Allegheny County and Covington. He got 48 percent in Covington and 41 percent in Allegheny County.