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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teacher seeks seat on Town Council

        Walt King, a civics and PE teacher at Bedford Middle School, is seeking a seat on Bedford Town Council.

        King was born in Virginia Beach, but has lived in Bedford for 29 years. A job move brought his father here when King was 14. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1988 and earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Radford University and a master’s degree in education from Liberty University. He has spent his entire 15-year teaching career in Bedford County Public Schools.

  • Stanley seeks open government

        At 24, Beckham Stanley is the youngest town council candidate on the ballot. A Bedford native, Stanley graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, near Farmville, with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He works in Bedford as an insurance agent at Holdren, Eubank and Stanley and does landscaping on a part-time basis.

        Why is he running?
        “It is very important for Bedford to elect a person who has the time and the energy to put into the job,” he said. “I have both.”

  • Reception honors Rogers for his service here

        County staff and members of the board of supervisors bid farewell to Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers at a reception this week. Rogers leaves next week to take a job as Campbell County’s county administrator.

  • Community development director named

        County Administrator Mark Reeter announced, Monday evening, that Gregg B. Zody has been hired as the county’s new director of community development. Zody replaces Tim Wilson, who left to take a position with South Boston in June. Zody will take over the job on Nov. 3.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Water projects move ahead

    The Bedford County Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up last week to two projects proposed by the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA).