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Government

  • Town elects new council

        Several Town Council candidates offered their thoughts on the Nov. 4 election in phone interviews, following last Tuesday’s election.
        The election saw new four-year terms go to Bedford Mayor Robert Wandrei, Vice Mayor James Vest and Councilman Steve Rush. Two year terms—in a contested election for four seats among six candidates—were won by Tim Black, Robert Carson, Stacey Hailey and Beckham Stanley.

    Tim Black

  • Bedford voters go to the polls

        Turnout at county precincts was brisk, Tuesday.

        “We’ve had higher turnout than we thought we would,” said Barbara Gunter, the county registrar. By 1:09 p.m, 24 percent of the county’s registered voters had cast ballots.
        D. J. Ashwell, chief of the Blue Ridge Water Authority precinct, said they had 391 voters come through by 11:30 a.m. — more than he expected. At that point voter participation had already topped 20 percent at that precinct.

  • Two new faces join Town Council

        A special election, required as a result of Bedford's annexation of some territory as part of it's reversion deal with the county brought two new faces to Town Council.
        Tim Black was the number one vote getter in the six-way race for Council's four two-year seats. Black got 1,104 votes, representing 23 percent of the votes cast. Black is the son of former clerk of the circuit court Carol Black.

  • County pitches in for fireworks display

        Bedford County will join the town of Bedford and the Moose Lodge to pay for a Fourth of July fireworks show on July 3. The measure was approved by the board of supervisors on a 6-1 vote Monday night, with District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin casting the lone dissenting vote.

  • Bedford GOP censures three board members

        Bedford County’s Republican Committee voted to censure three of the county’s supervisors for voting to raise taxes this past spring. The censure resolution passed 35 to 25.
        The vote was taken after 20 minutes of debate with each side allocated 10 minutes and each speaker limited to two minutes.

  • Polls open at 6 a.m. Nov. 4

        Area voters head to the polls Tuesday with Bedford voters electing council members and everyone having the opportunity to vote in a congressional race and a US Senate race.
        Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.

  • Council candidates face off

        Bedford town residents had a chance last week to hear from the men who are seeking seats on Town Council next Tuesday.
        The candidate forum, sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, gave each candidate five minutes to make an opening statement. That opening was followed by a question and answer period with questions submitted by the audience. All questions had to be submitted written on question cards, giving the chamber members who moderated the forum a chance to screen them.

  • ICAC: 16 years of catching sexual predators

    Sheriff Mike Brown hosted a celebration for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force earlier this month. It marked 16 years of catching sexual predators who use the Internet to find victims.

  • Living within the community

        “We want to make a living within, not off, the community,” said Centra Health’s CEO E. W. Tibbs.
        Tibbs was speaking to a joint meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council Monday night. He was there to give the two elected bodies an update following Centra’s assuming full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • Tower lease transferred

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to transfer a tower lease to Region 2000. The tower will be part of the regional radio system the county participates in.
        According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the tower was leased by Bedford County in 1997 as part of the original regional radio system. However, the tower was never actually used and Bedford County, for that reason, isn’t paying any lease money.