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Government

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.

  • Hailey wants to continue to serve Bedford

        “This is the third time in three years I’ve run for election,” said Stacey Hailey, who is seeking reelection to Town Council in November.

  • Carson wants to be part of the solution

        Robert Carson was first elected to Bedford Town Council in May, 2013 and, like other incumbents, must run for reelection in an election triggered by the annexation of territory in the county as part of the reversion agreement.

        “I put a whole lot of thought into it,” Carson said of his decision to run for reelection.
        Carson said he didn’t want the seat if he felt he couldn’t accomplish anything.

  • Black touts economic development needs

        Tim Black, a Bedford native, is seeking a seat on Bedford Town Council. This is his first bid for elective office.

        Black graduated from Liberty High School in 1983 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. He’s worked at Union First Market Bank as its real estate lender and senior vice president for 17 years. Black works from the Forest office and handles commercial income-producing property, rental property and developments.

  • Six seek four council seats

        The Town of Bedford will hold a special election on Nov. 4. Bedford was required by state law to hold a special election for all Town Council seats this fall because of the number of new town residents due to the land the town annexed as part of its reversion deal with the county.

  • County won't join regional library system

        Bedford County won’t be joining a regional library system.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors agenda included an action item entitled “Consideration of a resolution endorsing Region 2000’s Regional Library Operations May 2014 Report,” and this item resulted in major discussion and two votes before a decision was made.

  • Town considers private companies for trash pickup

        The town of Bedford is considering turning over its curbside trash and recycling pickup to a private contractor.
        The town is currently accepting bids from contractors who would be interested in taking over the service. The bid deadline is Sept. 30.
        “If the proposal comes back with the right level of service and the right price, I think it’s something that council will possibly act on,” stated Town Manager Charles Kolakowski.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Rogers leaving to become administrator in Campbell County

        Bedford Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers is moving next door.

        He takes the helm as Campbell County’s county administrator on Oct. 1. This completes exactly nine years of service with Bedford County. He came here as assistant county administrator in September, 2005. During the year between former county administrator Kathleen Guzi’s departure in 2012 and current county administrator Mark Reeter’s arrival a year later, Rogers served as interim county administrator.