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Government

  • Are info meetings on the way out?

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0 Monday, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent due to illness, to initiate changes to Article I of the county’s zoning ordinance.
        The main changes eliminate the requirement for developers to hold public informational meetings, which are held before public hearings and must be advertised, and the need to post signs on property that are subject to requests for rezoning, special use permits or variances.

  • 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.

  • Fire, rescue requests get OK from board

        Two requests by Bedford County’s fire and rescue department dominated the Board of Supervisors’ discussions Monday night.
        One was a request by Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue, for $80,000, to be transferred from the contingency fund for personal protection equipment for firefighters. According to Jones, the fire and rescue capital improvement plan (CIP) has had a line item for this equipment that has not been funded for four years.

  • 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.

  • County will take part in library study

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at their June 10 meeting not to participate with Lynchburg and Campbell County in a regional library study.
        But that wasn’t the last word,
        Monday night, a change in that decision came because District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, who had voted with the majority the last time, reversed course. Cheek was able to have the issue revisited because he voted with the majority at the prior meeting.

  • Turnout very low for primary

        Virginia held a primary last Tuesday to select the Democratic Party’s candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The primary was held on June 11.
        You didn’t vote? It seems hardly anybody in Bedford or Bedford County did. According to Bedford County Registrar Barbara Gunter, only 409 votes were cast in the county.
        “That includes absentee ballots,” she said.
        “We had one precinct with zero votes,” she commented.