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Government

  • Rec plans take shape

        Plans on how recreation will be handled in the soon-to-be-established town of Bedford are beginning to take shape. A transition period will be built into the planning process as the current recreation department is dissolved with the new program eventually falling completely under the direction of the Bedford County Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • BCEA: Pollard should apologize

        Two representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) used the citizen comment period of Monday night’s supervisors’ meeting to criticize remarks that District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard made during a meeting last month.
        Pollard, at the supervisors’ April 22 meeting, had referred to some county teachers as “a bunch of crybabies.”
        Cheryl Sprouse, president of the BCEA, called Pollard’s comments “very unprofessional and inappropriate.”

  • Wandrei, Carson, Stanley, Vest make the top four

    The special election for Bedford Town Council, which replaces Bedford City Council on July 1 when Bedford reverts to a town, was not a contested election. Seven candidates ran for seven seats. However, the number of votes each received made a difference. The top four vote-getters won four year terms. The other three will have to stand for reelection in 2014 if they want to stay on town council.

    Bob Wandrei, Robert Carson, C. G. Stanley and Jim Vest made the top four. Wandrei got 194 votes, Carson got 184, Stanley got 171 and Vest got 170.

  • Austin wins firehouse primary

    Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors is the Republican Party's nominee to replace Delegate Lacey Putney in the House of Delegates. Putney, who announced in March that he will not seek reelection, represents the 19th District which comprises Allegheny County, Botetourt County and a portion of Bedford County.

    Austin won Tuesday evening's firehouse primary in a four way race which included Zachary Hatcher, of Botetourt County and Zach Martin and Jim McKelvey, of Bedford County.

  • Council to advertise tax rate of 30 cents

        When Bedford reverts to town status on July 1, town residents will pay both the county real estate tax of 50 cents per $100 of assessed value and a town real estate tax.

  • Forum gives area voters chance to meet 3 of 4 vying for 19th House seat

        Three of the four candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates seat showed up in Bedford last week to speak before a candidate forum held at the Bedford Municipal Building.

        Zachary Hatcher, Zach Martin and Jim McKelvey showed up speak. Terry Austin did not attend. According to Charlene Poole, who spearheaded the effort, Austin, like McKelvey and Martin, had received an invitation to the event three weeks ago. Hatcher got his notice late because he had only recently announced his candidacy.

  • City begins talking budget—for the town

        Reversion is getting closer. Last week’s Bedford City Council meeting was certainly an indication of that.
        Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski presented what would become Bedford’s first town budget in more than four decades, once council weighs in, makes changes and ultimately approves it. As of July 1 Bedford will revert to a town, becoming part of Bedford County once again.

  • Flood to step down

        When Bedford’s new town council convenes for its first meeting in July, Mary Flood will not be on it. After serving on City Council since 1995, Flood is not seeking a seat on Town Council.

        Flood was appointed to City Council to fill the unexpired term of Peyton Otey. She was elected to her first full term in 1998.

  • Bob Wandrei

        Bob Wandrei just won reelection to Bedford City Council in November, but now he has to do it all over again. That’s because City Council will cease to exist on June 30 and Wandrei wants to be on the new town council that takes on July 1.

        Last fall’s election was contested, but this time there are seven candidates for seven seats. However, there is competition. The top four vote-getters in next week’s election will get full four year terms on the town council. The others get two-year terms.

  • Jim Vest

    Jim Vest grew up in the town of Bedford. Today Vest lives in the city of Bedford.

        Now, he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        Vest is currently a Bedford City councilman. He previously served on City Council from 1982 to 1994, including a tour of duty as vice mayor. Vest said he left at that point because he believed in term limits at the time. He returned in 2006 and has served ever since.
        “It was suggested that I run again, so I did,” Vest said.