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Government

  • Planning commission begins zoning ordinance review

        The Bedford County Planning Commission began a two-part process of reviewing the supervisor’s proposed modifications to the county’s zoning ordinance. This follows a joint public hearing that the supervisors held earlier this month.

  • Board gets good, bad news on budget

        The supervisors have gotten good news and bad news from Interim County Administrator Frank Rogers.
        The good news is that the county will get $4 million per year in additional revenue due to Bedford’s reversion to town status. The bad news is that it still leaves the county nearly $2 million in the hole. Rogers presented them with recommendations on closing that gap at a Monday evening budget work session.

  • Public hearing scheduled on electoral district map

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-1 Monday to schedule a public hearing on the proposed new electoral district map. District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard cast the lone dissenting vote
        “I guess I’m as unhappy with my district as anybody can be,” commented  Pollard.

  • Group Home closes

        The time for group homes like the one Bedford County operated has gone, according to Andy Crawford, the county’s director of social services. The county closed the home in January.

        “The last day the kids were there was the 31st,” Crawford said.
        The home closed because it had been set up to pay its own way but had reached the point where it was no longer able to do that.

  • The search is over

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors hired a new county administrator Monday.

        The supervisors unanimously voted to offer the job to Mark Reeter, a former Washington County administrator. Reeter will start the job next Monday.

  • Gunnoe approved for water authority

        The new Bedford Regional Water Authority now has a full board of directors. The Water Authority is part of the City of Bedford's reversion agreement with the county. Under the aggreement the city and county each appointed three members to the Authority's first board of directors. These members then chose the seventh member, whose appointment had to be confirmed by both the board of supervisors and city council.

  • Supervisors get look at revenue; still waiting on expenses

        It’s too soon for Bedford County’s supervisors to tell how hard it will be to develop a county budget for the next fiscal year. They received a report at a Monday evening work session on revenue predictions.    

  • Hurt talks business with local merchants

        Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by the Welcome Center to talk with local business people on Jan. 30.

        Hurt, who was reelected to his second term in November, said that his district has geographically grown after the post 2010 census redistricting. He picked up three counties and the 5th District now stretches from the North Carolina border to include Fauquier County in the northern part of Virginia.
        “Rural areas are shrinking in population,” he said.

  • Revised plan agreed to by board

        Bedford County’s supervisors signed off, Monday, on a revised seven-district county map which will be presented at a public hearing in March.

  • Chicken ordinance headed to supervisors

        The Bedford County Planning Commission voted unanimously last week, at its Tuesday night regular meeting,  to send a proposed chicken ordinance to the board of supervisors.

        The ordinance will allow people to keep a limited number of chickens for personal use in residential neighborhoods.