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Government

  • Supervisors get look at revenue; still waiting on expenses

        It’s too soon for Bedford County’s supervisors to tell how hard it will be to develop a county budget for the next fiscal year. They received a report at a Monday evening work session on revenue predictions.    

  • Hurt talks business with local merchants

        Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by the Welcome Center to talk with local business people on Jan. 30.

        Hurt, who was reelected to his second term in November, said that his district has geographically grown after the post 2010 census redistricting. He picked up three counties and the 5th District now stretches from the North Carolina border to include Fauquier County in the northern part of Virginia.
        “Rural areas are shrinking in population,” he said.

  • Revised plan agreed to by board

        Bedford County’s supervisors signed off, Monday, on a revised seven-district county map which will be presented at a public hearing in March.

  • Chicken ordinance headed to supervisors

        The Bedford County Planning Commission voted unanimously last week, at its Tuesday night regular meeting,  to send a proposed chicken ordinance to the board of supervisors.

        The ordinance will allow people to keep a limited number of chickens for personal use in residential neighborhoods.    

  • Bedford County will keep 7 districts after reversion

        Bedford County will still have seven districts when redistricting to accommodate Bedford’s reversion to town status is complete.
        Late last year the supervisors voted to instruct the redistricting commission to present them with both a seven district map and an eight district map which makes the town its own district. A majority of the committee preferred the seven district version.

  • Story goes viral on Facebook

        Bedford Police Officer Kenneth Burdette has created quite a stir amongst Facebook users.
        Sometimes it’s the little things people notice the most.
        Burdette, who has been with the BPD for two years, answered a call recently to the home of Ronnie Rice, who was injured in a car accident several years ago and now needs a walker to get around. Someone’s vehicle had gotten off the road and knocked Rice’s mailbox down.

  • Taking care of farmers

        The Virginia General Assembly convenes today and the Virginia Farm Bureau has some issues it hopes will be considered.
        One involves funding for soil and water districts and the Agriculture Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. According to Bill Nance, president of the Bedford County Farm Bureau, the two go together.

  • Wandrei elected Bedford mayor

    Bob Wandrei will serve as Bedford’s mayor as the city rushes toward its reversion to town status later this year.

        Wandrei was unanimously elected mayor by his fellow city council members during a reorganization meeting last Wednesday. Skip Tharp indicated last November he wouldn’t seek reappointment as mayor, though he will continue to serve on council.
        Council also elected James Vest as vice mayor.

  • City council prepares for reversion

        In a brief Tuesday night meeting last week, Bedford City Council approved several resolutions in preparation for reversion.

  • Supervisors focus on choice of new county administrator

        The search for a new Bedford County administrator should reach its conclusion early next year, approximately one year after former County Administrator Kathleen Guzi resigned.
        According to District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, a consultant hired by the county has presented the board with a list of 10 candidates, narrowed down from a list of 41 applicants. Cheek said that the supervisors will narrow it down further, then conduct interviews.