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Government

  • BRWA moves forward with project

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) held what its director, Brian Key, promised is the first of several public information meetings on a proposed water line plan.

        The plan calls for building a new water treatment plant on the site of the former Camp 24. It would draw 6 million gallons of water out of Smith Mountain Lake, with a potential of being expanded to produce up to 12 million gallons.

  • Tribute to landmark legislator

        A landmark in Richmond’s downtown served as the scene for a tribute to a landmark in Virginia history.

  • Board rejects zoning text amendment

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted against a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that the board had initiated this past spring.
        The amendment, which would have made outdoor commercial entertainment a use by right at New London Airport and Drag Strip, finally made its way back to the supervisors for a public hearing Monday night. The hearing filled the supervisors meeting chamber with people, all of them opposed. The opponents included Kevin Murray, the owner.

  • Town to hold meetings on Rec program

        The Bedford Central Recreation Association has been legally incorporated and is now soliciting membership. This Association will oversee the rec program for the town of Bedford.
        The Association was created as a result of Bedford’s reversion from a city to a town. The county will eventually be taking over administration of the town’s recreation program and creating the Association brings the town in line with how the other rec programs are run throughout the rest of the county.

  • On the campaign trail: Cuccinelli visits Bedford

        “Sheriff Brown is a national leader in this area,” Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said, during a campaign stop in Bedford. Cuccinelli was referring to Sheriff Mike Brown’s efforts to catch sexual predators who hunt children on the Internet.

  • Council to look at hunting, meeting time

        Bedford Town Council will likely be moving its starting time for Tuesday council meetings from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until the end of the year, following a request by Mayor Bob Wandrei.
        Wandrei made the request at last week’s meeting, stating that he is taking a class in Lynchburg to learn to speak French in preparation for a trip with the Bedford International Alliance (BIA) next summer. A group from the organization will be traveling to France in June 2014 to join in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

  • DCR makes its case for work on Ivy Lake Dam

        Back in 2008, Liberty University (LU) received Ivy Lake—and the Ivy Creek Dam that created the lake—as a gift from the developer who built the subdivision around it.

        Now, the Virginia Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) is telling the university that it must make a major improvement to the dam’s spillway. The estimated cost of the improvement, which includes “armoring” the spillway with concrete, is $3 million.

    LU and DCR

  • Kaine stops in New London for economic development visit

        United States Senator Tim Kaine took a tour of the Center for Advanced Research and Engineering (CAER) in New London, Friday morning.

  • PC looks at New London drag strip request

        A text amendment that will allow commercial outdoor entertainment in an agricultural zone is on its way to the supervisors. The amendment is tailored so that it will only apply to the New London Airport, which also doubles as a drag strip.

  • Are info meetings on the way out?

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0 Monday, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent due to illness, to initiate changes to Article I of the county’s zoning ordinance.
        The main changes eliminate the requirement for developers to hold public informational meetings, which are held before public hearings and must be advertised, and the need to post signs on property that are subject to requests for rezoning, special use permits or variances.