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Government

  • Council rezones property on Edmund Street

    last week, rezoned property on Edmund Street from Planned Residential District (PRD) to Commercial (M-1).
        The move clears the way for Walter Siehien, owner of Blue Ridge Optics, to build a new facility to expand his business. Blue Ridge Optics makes optics that send laser beams precisely where engineers want them to go. These optics are used in defense, medical and industrial applications.

  • Talking it out

        With some key funding issues on the menu, the Bedford County School Board and Supervisors met face to face Monday.
        The joint work session had members of both boards seated at tables in a semicircle facing the audience in the supervisors’ meeting chamber.

    New middle school

  • Senior Sneakers

        A batch of pedometers, provided by a Home Instead grant, gave Stewart Saunders an idea.

  • GOP to decide next month on process to select its candidates

        Three candidates for this fall’s board of supervisors elections, Andy Dooley (District 6), Kevin Willis (District 7)  and John Messier (District 5) have said they are seeking the Republican nomination.
         Two of those seats, District 5 and District 7 are held by incumbents who are Republicans. District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker have not yet announced whether they will seek reelection.
        How will the local Republican Party unit make its nominations?

  • Council considers raising electric rates

        Electric rates in the town of Bedford will likely increase 4 percent Feb. 1, if council approves a resolution it is expected to consider next Tuesday.
        That increase would be in addition to a 3 percent increase that went into effect this past July 1.
        The resolution is being prepared for consideration following council’s called meeting Tuesday afternoon where it met—via computer—with a representative of Utility Financial Solutions LLC about the financial issues of the electric department.

  • Election field begins to take shape

        As Virginia has state and county elections in odd numbered years, it means voters in the commonwealth have an election every year.
        And this will be a big election year locally.
        Bedford County voters will elect people to four school board seats and four board of supervisors seats — those in Districts 1, 5, 6 and 7. They will also vote for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer and Commissioner of the Revenue, along with two soil and water commissioners.

  • Parker elected board chair

        On a 6-1 vote, District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker was elected to serve as the upcoming year’s chairman of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
        The supervisors used their first meeting of the new year for its organizational meeting. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin cast the lone dissenting vote against Parker. District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson was elected vice chairman.

  • Retreat termed good experience

        They got some good news.
        Bedford County’s supervisors spent the day together, Saturday, at an all-day retreat held at the Bedford Welcome Center.  They were briefed by county staff on the county’s financial status and a solution for a problem created by the county’s C-2 commercial zoning on the western parts of Va. 24 and U. S. 460.
        “It was one of the better ones we’ve had,” commented District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson.

  • Wandrei named mayor

        After being sworn in, Monday night, Bedford’s Town Council selected the town’s mayor and vice mayor.
        The two newest members of Council made the nominations. Councilman Tim Black nominated Councilman Bob Wandrei and Councilman Beckham Stanley nominated Councilman Steve Rush. Rush, Wandrei, Councilman Bob Carson and Black, Councilman Jim Vest and Councilman Stacey Hailey voted for Wandrei. Stanley abstained.

  • Arrington still on board of supervisors

    District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrignton announced his resignation at the Board of Supervisors’ last meeting in 2013. Now, more than a year later, he’s still on the board. Arrington has never specified a date for the resignation to take effect.

        Arrington is a builder and he cited some large projects in North Carolina, that he’s working on, as the reason for resigning. In an interview, he cited some zoning issues he was addressing and “trying to prevent the tax increase” as his reasons for staying on.