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Government

  • Local pharmacists actions go beyond filling prescriptions

        The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue honored volunteer first responders for their work in the past year during a ceremony last Thursday.

        Firefighters run into burning buildings when everybody else runs out. EMTs and paramedics keep people alive during medical emergencies as they transport them to the hospital. Two of the people honored, however, were not firefighters or rescue squad members—Bruno Andrade and Alex  Lenhart are CVS pharmacists.

  • Board turns down sheriff

        Last week’s supervisors’ meeting began with John Briscoe asking them, during the citizen comment period at the meeting’s beginning, to avoid doing anything that is not revenue neutral.
        Briscoe’s comments were in reference to a request from Sheriff Mike Brown to apply for a federal grant to pay for three school resource officers (SRO) for the county’s elementary schools. Briscoe said that grants like this can increase both the size of the budget and the size of the county’s government.

  • Wilkerson to seek District 3 seat

        “It appears that way,” Steve Wilkerson said, when asked in a phone interview if he is running for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat.
        Yes, he’s running. He’s already turned in his preliminary paperwork to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. He’s also secured the Republican Party’s nod, according to Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party Chairman.

  • Cheek won't seek re-election

        Roger Cheek is calling it quits after 18 years representing District 3 on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
        He’s the longest serving supervisor currently on the board, a status he said he never thought he would achieve when first elected.

  • Supervisors approve bus facility

        David Halsey, who owns Grand Tour & Charter, will be able to build a facility for his tour buses in Montvale.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved his special use permit, Monday night, by a 6-0 vote. District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek was absent. The planning commission voted 6-0 with 6th district planning commission member Derrick Noell absent.

  • Democrats to hold primary

        Democrats will hold a primary to select candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.  The primary, which is open to all registered voters, will be held on June 11 with polls opening at 6 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m. People wishing to vote in this primary, which is tax-payer funded, should go to their regular polling place. The deadline for voting by absentee ballot is June 8.
        If you aren’t registered to vote, there is still time. The cut-off date for registering is May 20.

  • Town council elected

        May 7 was a big day for elections in the Bedford area.
        Bedford City residents decided which members of the new Bedford Town Council got full four-year terms while 19th House of Delegates District Republicans selected a candidate to run for the seat of Delegate Lacey Putney. Putney, who held that seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection this year.

  • 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.