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Government

  • Council rezones property on Edmund Street

    last week, rezoned property on Edmund Street from Planned Residential District (PRD) to Commercial (M-1).
        The move clears the way for Walter Siehien, owner of Blue Ridge Optics, to build a new facility to expand his business. Blue Ridge Optics makes optics that send laser beams precisely where engineers want them to go. These optics are used in defense, medical and industrial applications.

  • GOP to decide next month on process to select its candidates

        Three candidates for this fall’s board of supervisors elections, Andy Dooley (District 6), Kevin Willis (District 7)  and John Messier (District 5) have said they are seeking the Republican nomination.
         Two of those seats, District 5 and District 7 are held by incumbents who are Republicans. District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker have not yet announced whether they will seek reelection.
        How will the local Republican Party unit make its nominations?

  • Senior Sneakers

        A batch of pedometers, provided by a Home Instead grant, gave Stewart Saunders an idea.

  • Talking it out

        With some key funding issues on the menu, the Bedford County School Board and Supervisors met face to face Monday.
        The joint work session had members of both boards seated at tables in a semicircle facing the audience in the supervisors’ meeting chamber.

    New middle school

  • Council considers raising electric rates

        Electric rates in the town of Bedford will likely increase 4 percent Feb. 1, if council approves a resolution it is expected to consider next Tuesday.
        That increase would be in addition to a 3 percent increase that went into effect this past July 1.
        The resolution is being prepared for consideration following council’s called meeting Tuesday afternoon where it met—via computer—with a representative of Utility Financial Solutions LLC about the financial issues of the electric department.

  • Gov. McAuliffe Taken to VCU Medical Center

    By Benjamin May

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe was admitted to VCU Medical Center on Monday after being thrown from a horse while vacationing with his family in Africa.

  • First Amendment cries misplaced

    By Mike Forster

        There is a relationship between rights and consequences, although recent events might have you thinking otherwise.
        Two major incidents have pundits screaming about first amendment rights:  the Sony hacking and the Paris massacre.

  • Retreat termed good experience

        They got some good news.
        Bedford County’s supervisors spent the day together, Saturday, at an all-day retreat held at the Bedford Welcome Center.  They were briefed by county staff on the county’s financial status and a solution for a problem created by the county’s C-2 commercial zoning on the western parts of Va. 24 and U. S. 460.
        “It was one of the better ones we’ve had,” commented District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson.

  • Parker elected board chair

        On a 6-1 vote, District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker was elected to serve as the upcoming year’s chairman of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
        The supervisors used their first meeting of the new year for its organizational meeting. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin cast the lone dissenting vote against Parker. District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson was elected vice chairman.

  • Election field begins to take shape

        As Virginia has state and county elections in odd numbered years, it means voters in the commonwealth have an election every year.
        And this will be a big election year locally.
        Bedford County voters will elect people to four school board seats and four board of supervisors seats — those in Districts 1, 5, 6 and 7. They will also vote for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue, along with two soil and water commissioners.