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Government

  • Trial run: New voting machine to be used

        Bedford County is getting ready to buy new voting machines, a move that will replace touch screen voting machines with an optically scanned paper ballot.

  • Event is chance to honor local law enforcement

    Thursday night was a night to honor local law enforcement and promote public safety at the Bedford Police Department’s annual Crime Prevention Day, held at the Bedford Farmer’s Market.

        The Bedford Fire Department showed up with a truck and various organizations set up informational booths. The police department gave people a chance to try driving the golf cart, or walk a straight line, with goggles that simulate how drinking too much can mess up your ability to do these simple tasks.

  • Curbside recycling might return

        Curbside recycling may be on its way back in the town of Bedford.
        But how it will be implemented is yet to be determined.
        The Council Solid Waste Committee has recommended to the full Town Council that curbside recycling be brought back. Council has heard from numerous citizens upset that the town stopped the service earlier this year.

  • Foreman takes over as Bedford Police Department's new chief

        Todd Foreman always wanted to be in law enforcement.

        More than 18 years ago that desire became reality when he was hired by the Bedford Police Department. He's worked his way up the ranks and last week reached the pinnacle of the department, being appointed as the Chief of Police for the town of Bedford.  
        “I wanted to be able to help people,” Foreman said of his desire for a career in law enforcement.

  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • Bedford Moose ask town for money to help with fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, came to Bedford Town Council last week looking for money to put on next year’s display.
        According to Dooley, the Lodge plans to launch them from the National D-Day Memorial and this will raise the cost of the display. Dooley said the fireworks will have to go higher to be visible, and this means bigger shells which, in turn, means that it will cost more.

  • Time running out to register to vote

        If you are not already registered to vote, Virginians must apply to register to vote (or update their registration name and current address) no later than October 14 in order to vote in the upcoming Nov. 4 elections.
        If you are currently registered to vote, you do not need to re-register unless you have made a change to your name or address, in which case you need to notify the Registrar in writing.

  • Community development director named

        County Administrator Mark Reeter announced, Monday evening, that Gregg B. Zody has been hired as the county’s new director of community development. Zody replaces Tim Wilson, who left to take a position with South Boston in June. Zody will take over the job on Nov. 3.

  • Reception honors Rogers for his service here

        County staff and members of the board of supervisors bid farewell to Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers at a reception this week. Rogers leaves next week to take a job as Campbell County’s county administrator.

  • Stanley seeks open government

        At 24, Beckham Stanley is the youngest town council candidate on the ballot. A Bedford native, Stanley graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, near Farmville, with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He works in Bedford as an insurance agent at Holdren, Eubank and Stanley and does landscaping on a part-time basis.

        Why is he running?
        “It is very important for Bedford to elect a person who has the time and the energy to put into the job,” he said. “I have both.”