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Government

  • Planing commission looks at flea markets

        Just what should a flea market be required to provide?
        That was on the mind of Bedford County’s planning commission last week as members wrestled with rules that govern flea markets.
        This discussion was a result of a question by Gregg Zody, the county’s new director of community development, asking why special use permits are required for flea markets in commercially zoned areas. Zody feels they should be a use-by-right in these zones.

  • Going to court

        James Youngblood wants Bedford County to honor its word—or pay up.
        But on Monday night, Bedford County’s supervisors voted to deny a warrant claim filed by  Youngblood.
        A tract of land was donated to Bedford County by Al Stroobants in 2002 for a park and the county acquired five acres of land across Youngblood's property to build a road to give access to the park.

  • Craig hired as tourism director

        Jerry Craig has been hired as Bedford County’s new tourism director.
        Craig began work Monday and resigned his seat on the county’s planning commission at last night’s planning commission meeting. He has held the District 7 seat on the planning commission since 2012 and served
    as the commission’s chairman this year.

  • Council hears from BRWA

        Bedford Town Council received an update, last week, from the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA).
        BRWA’s director, Brian Key, told Town Council that work on the new Smith Mountain Lake water plant, which he said will provide Bedford with a redundant water source, is ahead of schedule.  He expects design work to be completed this spring with a deadline of December, 2016 for completing the work.

  • Supervisors delay decision on group home use

        Bedford County’s supervisors delayed a decision, last week, on a proposal to move the county’s Department of Fire and Rescue offices to the administrative building of the county’s former group home.

  • King shares his thoughts on the election

        Walt King could not be reached in time for his thoughts on the Nov. 4 Town Council election to be included in the Bulletin’s post election story. King got 597 votes, not enough to win a seat on council.
        He later connected with the Bulletin through an email.
         “I had wondered after elections how the people  that do not get elected feel; some spending years and millions of dollars,” King stated.

  • Study looks at fire department needs

        When you call 911 and report a fire, it’s vital that firefighters can get to your place safely, with the equipment they need. That means replacing firetrucks as needed.

        “Apparatus is a big need on the fire side because of the expense,” said Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue.

  • Board OKs money for radios

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve $600,000 to complete the purchase of radios that will be compatible with the new regional radio system. The supervisors had earlier approved $1.5 million for initial purchases.

  • Auction seeks to make Christmas brighter

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, and Warren Radford, a partner in McCraw Auction Company, are teaming up to host a fundraiser to buy toys for children who won’t be getting much, if anything, for Christmas. The effort is called Toys for Kids.

        According to Gross, Radford came up with the idea. Gross said Radford was looking for a way that he could use his talents as an auctioneer to give back to the community. The idea of raising money to buy toys came from Julie Hertig, a local teacher.

  • GOP dominates local vote totals; Hurt, Goodlatte cruise to victories

        Democrat Senator Mark Warner will return to the Senate for another six years, but the election didn’t turn out the way pundits were calling it.
        In late October, Warner was supposed to beat Ed Gillespie by 10 percentage points. Instead, Warner barely survived, defeating Gillespie by 1,073,033 votes to 1,055,622 — less than 1 percent. Robert Sarvis, a libertarian got 53,053 votes, accounting for 2.43 percent.