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Government

  • Requests exceed available money

        Bedford County’s supervisors are, once again, faced with more budget requests than they have money to pay for. 
        Susan Crawford, the county’s director of fiscal management, presented the supervisors with the budget that had requests that exceed current revenue highlighted in gray. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has requested 17 new vehicles. Seven of these were in the gray section. Each vehicle, fully equipped, will cost an average of $48,000.

  • Clinton, Trump win in Virginia

        Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election on Tuesday, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump narrowly defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican contest.

  • A champion

        Last Tuesday Bedford Town Council voted to save some money and learned the town had a state champion mulberry.

        During citizens comments, Sandra Boyes told Council that Bedford has the Virginia state champion red mulberry tree at 528 South Street, in the side yard of the J. F. Wingfield House. The tree is 100 years old and is the survivor from a number of mulberry trees that were planted in Bedford as part of an effort to start a domestic silk industry.

  • Super Tuesday

        Bedford area residents went to the polls Tuesday to do their part to help select Republican and Democratic nominees for November’s presidential election.

        County voters could vote in only one of the primaries; they had to select either the GOP or Democratic ballot prior to voting.
        The Virginia primaries were part of the much larger Super Tuesday voting involving 12 states in which about half of the delegates to each convention will be up for grabs.

  • Super Tuesday

        Virginia is one of 12 states that will go to the polls—or a caucus—this Tuesday, March 1, as part of the Super Tuesday primary voting by Republicans and Democrats to select their nominees for November’s presidential election.
        Dubbed Super Tuesday because so many states vote at once, and so many delegates will be allotted as a result, the results will likely play a big role in determining the nominees for each party.

  • Here’s how 5th District nominees will be selected

        Both Democrats and Republicans will use district conventions to nominate their candidates to replace 5th District Congressman Robert Hurt. Hurt announced at the end of last year that he will not seek reelection.

  • Krantz has support to replace Judge Black

        According to Sate Sen. Steve Newman, Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz has the support of the local delegation to replace retiring Judge Harold Black as General District Court Judge.

  • Majority of board appears to agree on cost of new school

        After a presentation by representatives of M. B. Kahn and Moseley architects, and considerable discussion, the county supervisors reached a consensus on a $44 million price tag for the new middle school during a 5 p.m joint work session with the school board.

  • Town electric rates may increase

        During a 5:30 p.m. work session, last week, Bedford Town Council discussed recommendations  that were part of a study on what the electric department charges customers.
        This followed a presentation by John Wagner, the department’s director, on the electric department’s capital needs. These include major upgrades to the Snowdon Hydroelectric Plant on the James River.
        Council is looking at possibly increasing the electric department’s customer charges, which will vary by rate groups.

  • Interim no more

        Carl Boggess and Patrick Skelley no longer have interim in front of their titles.

        Monday night, the supervisors emerged from a closed door session to name Boggess county administrator and Skelley as county attorney. Boggess had  been  serving  as   interim  county administrator since former county attorney Mark Reeter left last spring. Skelley moved to interim county attorney at that point.