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Government

  • Shentel gets franchise agreement

        Bedford Town Council voted 6-0 to grant Shentel a non-exclusive franchise agreement to provide Internet service in the town. Councilman Stacey Hailey was absent.
        The agreement sets a minimum population density of 30 people per linear mile for service. Town Manager Bart Warner said this won’t be an issue anywhere in Bedford because the town’s population density is between 70 and 100 people per linear mile.

  • Car tax relief increased

        Bedford County’s supervisors, in a called meeting Monday evening, voted 6-0 to increase the county’s car tax relief from 44 percent to 46.5 percent. District 6 Supervisor John Sharp was absent.
        After the vote, the supervisors held a work session in which Deputy County Administrator Reid Wodicka updated them on the progress of county capital improvement projects and a draft copy of guiding principles for capital improvement planning.

  • Tuck is running as an independent

        Edgar Tuck, a lifelong county resident, is seeking the District 2 Supervisor’s seat as an independent.

        He, his father, Billy Tuck, and his brothers own a farm that raises Angus cattle — they have 240 head of cattle on the farm, which  is  under a conservation easement.

  • Sylvester is running as a Democrat

        Fred Sylvester, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat, has a varied background.

        He started out as a West Virginia state trooper and moved to Virginia to work as a criminal investigator for the Commonwealth.

  • O’Connor is running as a Republican

        Brian O’Connor is running as a Republican for the District 2 supervisor seat that Curry Martin is vacating when his term expires at the end of this month. Martin recruited him to run and feels that O’Connor’s approach to government is much like his.

  • Hales Ford Bridge repairs to begin

        Repairs to the Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) are set to begin next week and will impact traffic until the end of the year. The bridge is located on the Bedford/Franklin County line in the area of Bridgewater Plaza.
        Beginning September 6, the bridge will be reduced to one lane and a temporary signal will be in place allowing traffic to alternate crossing the bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in place through December 2017 or until bridge deck overlay on the bridge is complete, weather permitting.

  • New system will help with public safety

        Amherst County, Bedford County and the city of Lynchburg have launched a new public safety communications system, offering extended coverage and the ability to communicate with other localities during emergency or other public safety incidents.

  • LHS to hold Homecoming parade

        Bedford Town Council voted last week to close streets for what Liberty High School Student Council Association President Foster Garrett hopes will be the start of a new tradition — a Liberty High School Homecoming parade.
        Garrett, who spoke before Council supporting the street closure.
        “I think this will be the start of a nice, new tradition,” Garrett said.
        Garrett said the parade will include the school’s band and floats. It will be held on Sept. 22.

  • Officials provide updates at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a Town Hall lunch last week. The event gave Chamber members the opportunity to hear from local government officials and to ask questions.
        Town officials spoke about growth. Councilman Steve Rush said the meals tax is bringing in significant revenue which lets the town provide incentives for businesses. He also noted that Bedford has a hotel on the horizon. Work on a business class hotel in Harmony, on the west end of town, is slated to begin next year.

  • It’s official

        Last week’s Bedford Town Council meeting ended with a closed session.

        When councilmen came out of the closed session, they unanimously voted to appoint Bart Warner as town manager. Warner,  who had served as deputy town  manager under Charles Kolakowski, has served as acting town manager since Kolakowski resigned in late April.