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Government

  • It will cost how much?

    Bedford County’s supervisors liked what they saw when they held a joint work session with the school board Monday evening.

        But the price was another matter.
        Representatives of M. B. Kahn and Moseley Architects briefed the supervisors on the middle school project to date. Moseley is designing the project, which includes a competition gym for Liberty High School, and Kahn is overseeing the project.

  • Bedford Police Department now at full strength

        Bedford’s police department is now up to full strength with the hiring of Lt. Carla Spencer.

  • Bedford Police Department now at full strength

        Bedford’s police department is now up to full strength with the hiring of Lt. Carla Spencer.
        According to Chief Todd Foreman, the department, with an authorized strength of 24, had been short eight officers a year ago. Foreman deliberately left the lieutenant’s slot open as the last to be filled.

  • BRWA to hold meeting on project

        Construction on the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and waterlines is now underway.
        The installation of the raw water pipeline that will run from the Authority’s water intake in the High Point subdivision to the proposed water treatment plant site on Radford Church Road has begun. A few hundred feet have already been installed.

  • Deputy reassigned from SRO duties

        Last year he was named School Resource Officer of the Year, for the exemplary job he did while serving in that position at Staunton River High School.

        Now Deputy Christopher Lee Cook is working in the civil division, serving papers for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, mired in the center of a federal investigation.

  • Supervisors look at fire and rescue funding

        Fire and rescue issues dominated Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.
        Forest Fire Department Chief Monty Coleman, speaking to the supervisors, said that it is still difficult for fire companies to set budgets and some of the smaller fire departments in the county are in the red.
        “We need to look at raising the base amount,” said Coleman.

  • Bedford has top crime rate —sort of

        Crime in the town of Bedford is up.
        In fact, according to the Virginia State Police, the town has the highest rate of crimes per capita in Virginia.
        But those numbers are a bit misleading – according to the report itself.
        For 2014, the VSP report states that the town averaged 11,735 crimes per 100,000 people. Of course, Bedford doesn’t have close to that number of people – but it does have more than the report states.

  • SNOW AND ICY CONDITIONS ON ROADWAYS DURING AFTERNOON COMMUTE

    Roads are snow-covered and icy as temperatures drop

    SALEM– (3:30 p.m.) With snow beginning to taper off in some areas of the district, contractors and crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation in western Virginia are actively plowing the interstate and primary roads. At this time, most roads throughout our region are being reported as moderate to snow-covered meaning that snow and ice are present on roadways.

  • 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.

  • 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.