• Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Rogers leaving to become administrator in Campbell County

        Bedford Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers is moving next door.

        He takes the helm as Campbell County’s county administrator on Oct. 1. This completes exactly nine years of service with Bedford County. He came here as assistant county administrator in September, 2005. During the year between former county administrator Kathleen Guzi’s departure in 2012 and current county administrator Mark Reeter’s arrival a year later, Rogers served as interim county administrator.

  • Water projects move ahead

    The Bedford County Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up last week to two projects proposed by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA).

  • Board takes up pay raise proposal too late for action

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors won’t be holding a public hearing on raising supervisors’ pay at its Sept. 8 meeting. In fact, supervisor pay raises are off the table for the remainder of this year.
        At the end of their last meeting, on Aug. 11, the supervisors reached a consensus during the Board Comments section of the meeting to hold a public hearing on raising supervisors’ pay by $200 a month. District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard made the suggestion during the Comments period.

  • Gillespie hopes to unseat Mark Warner

        Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, hopes to unseat Senator Mark Warner in November’s election for that U.S. Senate seat.

  • County to hire new tourism director

        Bedford County will begin looking for a new director of tourism.
        The position has been vacant since July 2 when the previous director, Sergei Troubetzkoy, left to take a job as Lynchburg’s first tourism director. The supervisors received, more than a month ago, an unsolicited proposal from an ad agency to take over the tourism director’s duties on a short-term or long-term basis, but no decision had been made.

  • Chamber holds town hall meeting

        “I am delighted that we are once again a town,” said Bedford Vice-Mayor Jim Vest, the opening speaker at the town hall meeting. The meeting was held, Thursday, at CVCC’s Bedford facility and sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.
        Vest was speaking of Bedford’s reversion to town status on July 1, 2013. He said that, if Bedford had remained a city, taxes would have escalated to the point where Bedford would not have been competitive with other localities.

  • Town to assist in feasibility study for Amtrak stop

        The group has a logo, a dream and some proposed plans.
        And now it will have the help of the town of Bedford staff.
        The logo: “I WANT a Train Station in Bedford.”
        The dream: For Amtrak to add Bedford as a stop on its route between Roanoke and Lynchburg, scheduled to begin in 2017.
        The plans: three possible sites for the station in Bedford to be located.

  • Tipping fee hike postponed
  • Bedford Police Chief to retire

        Jimmy Carter was president and interest rates on home mortgages were at 21 percent.

        The late ‘70s weren’t a good time to be selling real estate, but that’s what James Day was doing back then. So he started applying for other jobs, including with the Roanoke Police Department.
        He got the job and what started out as an interim job—two or three years until the real estate market came back—became his career.