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Government

  • Republicans meet at Avenel

        Bedford County Republican’s fundraising dinner, held at Avenel, provided an opportunity for Republicans from a wide area, as far as Franklin County and Rockbridge County to meet and greet. It also gave folks who hope to be nominated for state offices, next year, to meet party rank and file.

        Delegate Rob Bell and State Senator Mark Obenshain were on hand to promote a property rights amendment to the state constitution. It’s on the ballot this year.

  • No regrets

    No regrets.
        That’s the response Chuck Neudorfer had a week after resigning his seat as chairman of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors last week.
        Neudorfer, who represented District 2, did say he was sorry that he wasn’t able to fulfill his term for his constituents.
        But he’s not sorry to be away from what he says is an increasing problem with the way the board is handling its business.

  • Chicken text now goes to supervisors

        Bedford County’s planning commission didn’t chicken out when it came to backyard poultry.    Planning commission members voted unanimously last week to send a zoning ordinance text amendment to the board of supervisors that will allow a homeowner in a residential zone to have up to 18 chickens.

  • County participates in earthquake drill

        If you happened to be inside a Bedford County building last Thursday around 9:15 a.m. you probably saw employees crawling under their desks.

        In fact, the goal, had you been there, was to have you take cover as well.
        The county employees were participating in The Great SouthEast Shake Out, an Earthquake Preparedness Drill.

  • Neudofer resigns

        In a surprise move, Chuck Neudorfer, District 2 supervisor and board of supervisors chairman, resigned near the end of a board meeting, Tuesday night, and left before the meeting ended.
        The action followed his fellow supervisors’ refusal to ratify his appointment of William Piatt to the District 2 slot on the planning commission. That slot came open due to Lynn Barnes’ resignation last month.

  • All US 460 lanes now open

        The U. S. 460 eastbound lanes in the S-curve east of Montvale are now open.
         The lanes have been closed since the evening of May 28 when a Watts Petroleum tanker truck rolled over in the curve, killing the driver. The tanker spilled 6,800 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.  The fuel  soaked  into  the soil in the area of the roll-over, requiring a clean-up.

  • Agape Center granted tax exempt status

        The facility that the Agape Center uses in Moneta will receive tax exempt status. The supervisors voted unanimously, Monday night, to grant this.
        When County Attorney Carl Boggess presented the request to the supervisors, he noted that an important test for this status is that the organization gives back to the community more than the county loses in tax revenue. He said that the taxes on the building amount to $2,000 per year, but Agape clearly gives more than that back to the community.

  • Planning commission looks at allowing chickens in county’s residential sections

        It may soon be possible for people living in residential areas in Bedford County to keep chickens.
        The Bedford County Planning Commission is considering a text amendment to the county’s zoning ordinance that will allow chickens without any special permits.
        One decision was minimum lot size.

  • Planning staff preferred revising existing ordinance

        Two weeks ago District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker read a statement asserting that the county’s planning staff supported revising the existing zoning ordinance over writing a new one.
        Parker was a member of the planning staff at the time of her election last fall and resigned the position prior to being sworn in to her elected office. Last week, four members of the county’s planning staff went on record in phone interviews supporting Parker’s contention.

  • Green Party candidate for 5th District favors growing hemp in US

        Ken Hildebrandt, who is running for the 5th Congressional District seat as a Virginia Independent Green, believes that making it legal to grow hemp in the United States will help the district’s economy.

        Hemp is a relative of marijuana, but has low levels of THC, the narcotic agent in marijuana. The plant has historically been used as a source of fibers for ropes and textiles. Hildebrandt believes hemp could become a $1 trillion industry in the United States if its cultivation were legal.