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Government

  • 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.

  • Town elects new council

        Several Town Council candidates offered their thoughts on the Nov. 4 election in phone interviews, following last Tuesday’s election.
        The election saw new four-year terms go to Bedford Mayor Robert Wandrei, Vice Mayor James Vest and Councilman Steve Rush. Two year terms—in a contested election for four seats among six candidates—were won by Tim Black, Robert Carson, Stacey Hailey and Beckham Stanley.

    Tim Black

  • Bedford voters go to the polls

        Turnout at county precincts was brisk, Tuesday.

        “We’ve had higher turnout than we thought we would,” said Barbara Gunter, the county registrar. By 1:09 p.m, 24 percent of the county’s registered voters had cast ballots.
        D. J. Ashwell, chief of the Blue Ridge Water Authority precinct, said they had 391 voters come through by 11:30 a.m. — more than he expected. At that point voter participation had already topped 20 percent at that precinct.

  • Two new faces join Town Council

        A special election, required as a result of Bedford's annexation of some territory as part of it's reversion deal with the county brought two new faces to Town Council.
        Tim Black was the number one vote getter in the six-way race for Council's four two-year seats. Black got 1,104 votes, representing 23 percent of the votes cast. Black is the son of former clerk of the circuit court Carol Black.

  • County pitches in for fireworks display

        Bedford County will join the town of Bedford and the Moose Lodge to pay for a Fourth of July fireworks show on July 3. The measure was approved by the board of supervisors on a 6-1 vote Monday night, with District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin casting the lone dissenting vote.

  • Bedford GOP censures three board members

        Bedford County’s Republican Committee voted to censure three of the county’s supervisors for voting to raise taxes this past spring. The censure resolution passed 35 to 25.
        The vote was taken after 20 minutes of debate with each side allocated 10 minutes and each speaker limited to two minutes.

  • Polls open at 6 a.m. Nov. 4

        Area voters head to the polls Tuesday with Bedford voters electing council members and everyone having the opportunity to vote in a congressional race and a US Senate race.
        Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.