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Government

  • This was one high-powered retirement party

        This was a retirement party unlike the one most folks have. It brought out three sitting judges and another who is retired. Members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town council were there as well as were local constitutional officers and the local General Assembly delegation.

  • Cheek has his last meeting

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors last meeting of the year held on Monday, and the last board of supervisors meeting for District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, turned into a lengthy session that ran past midnight.

        It began with an appearance by Delegate-elect Terry Austin. Austin was elected to the 19th House of Delegates seat last month after Delegate Lacey Putney, who held the seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection.

  • Arrington to resign from board

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington closed a marathon meeting, which ran past midnight, with a surprise announcement.

        “This night has been a very difficult meeting for me,” Arrington said.
        It was a long meeting—it was District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek’s last meeting—but it also marked what Arrington said was a difficult decision for him. He said that he will resign from the board of supervisors, effective at the end of January.

  • Board OK's land purchase for new school

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors, last week, unanimously turned down a request by Patricia Bailey to rezone a four-acre tract on Va. 122 in Moneta. But the supervisors did approve a request by the school board to purchase property next to Liberty High School to build a new secondary school.

  • Deer kill will be up this year in town program

        The number of deer being killed through the Bedford Police Department’s deer management program in town this year will easily surpass last year’s number. Already this season the department has killed 68, the same amount that was killed for the entire season in 2012.
        “There’s no shortage of deer,” Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of the effort.
        Through the Department of Agriculture, localities can manage deer herds.

  • Agencies work together in training exercise

        It was just training.
        But it was a chance to be prepared should a real event occur.

        Last Thursday law enforcement officers from the Bedford Police Department, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police joined with workers with Probation and Parole to simulate an abduction and active shooter scenario.

  • Residents oppose proposed ordinance changes

        Two board of supervisors-initiated amendments to the subdivision ordinance and zoning ordinance drew fire from some people at public hearings held by the planning commission last week.
        One area of contention was what Commission Chairman Steve Wilkerson called a “very specific” provision on private streets in subdivisions. It only applies to subdivisions that were in existence prior to 1989 and have an existing private street.

  • New rec association board holds first meeting

        Bedford, once it reverted to town status, got out of the recreation business. Instead of a recreation department, the town now has a recreation association, joining the county’s other 10 associations as the 11th.

        “After tonight I have no official role,” commented Assistant City Manager Bart Warner at the organizational meeting. Warner chaired the meeting until the board could adopt its bylaws and elect officers.
        “This is the beginning of a brand new thing,” he said.

  • Could town get a rail stop?

        Bedford Town Council discussed a couple of items on its wish list last Tuesday, including having rail service stop in Bedford and, for at least some council members, have a new high school built in the Liberty Zone.
        
    Rail service
        With the planned return of rail service to Roanoke, and the success of the Lynchburg passenger service, council would like to see Bedford be considered for a stop since the proposed expansion will pass right through Bedford County and the town.

  • Guns in the classroom

        Speakers during the citizen’s comment period at last week’s board of supervisors meeting gave a thumbs up to the supervisors' decision to ask for legislation that would allow school staff to carry guns on school property.