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Government

  • Judges approve reversion

        A three judge panel, consisting of Judge Pamela Baskerville, Judge Brett Geisler and Judge William Alexander, approved on Tuesday the reversion agreement between the city of Bedford and Bedford County.
        Now it’s official: the city is set to become a town July 1, 2013.
        The judges met in the Circuit Court courtroom; members of Bedford City Council attended. City Council had reconvened a meeting that it had continued last week.

  • Supervisors update Bedford County Code

    Fortune tellers will no longer be taxed by Bedford County, but those of you writing the county a bad check will face higher fees.
        Those and other changes were part of an effort Monday to update the Bedford County Code.
        A number of items needed updating, according to County Attorney Carl Boggess and the board of supervisors unanimously adopted those changes at their Monday night regular meeting.

  • Montgomery stepping down from BCSO

        Tom Montgomery, the bailiff in Bedford County General District Court, called it quits, Friday, retiring after 20 years with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

        Montgomery originally joined the Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy. Prior to going to the courthouse, Montgomery served as part of the regional homicide squad, which worked on especially difficult murder cases. He became a bailiff just after the turn of the century.    

  • Tharp to step down

        Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp told City Council last week he will step down from his duties as mayor at the end of this year.

        "I've thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it," Tharp said of his service as mayor. But now he's ready to step aside and let someone else lead the way.

  • Lawhorne elected president of Virginia Litter Council

        D. W. Lawhorne, Bedford’s superintendent of public works, has been elected president of the Virginia Litter Council for Litter Prevention and Recycling for the coming year.
        Lawhorne said that the Council consists of representatives of 180 Virginia localities. It works with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to get grants to buy supplies for litter clean-up activities and information on recycling. Lawhorne was elected during the Council’s quarterly meeting on Nov. 14.

  • Fire department proposes eliminating tanker

        Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy came before Bedford County’s supervisors Monday with an equipment replacement proposal.

  • Supervisors will consider eight districts

        A suggestion by District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson to consider creating an eighth district in Bedford County, as part of the rezoning required with Bedford’s reversion to town status, caused a sharp debate among the supervisors at a regular meeting on Nov. 14.
        The measure passed on a 4-2 vote with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek casting the opposing votes. Board Chairman Steve Arrington was absent.

  • New faces join local elected bodies

        Last Tuesday’s election will mean some new faces in local government.
        The Bedford County School Board and Bedford City Council will each have a new face as a result of last week’s elections.    
    Jason Johnson

  • Bedford County looking at Fire & Rescue policies

        At the request of the Board of Supervisors, Bedford County Fire & Rescue is putting together policies to oversee volunteer members and agencies to help with emergency response coverage in the county.

  • Board picks Martin

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors chose Curry Martin to fill the vacant District 2 supervisor seat.

        At a special meeting called for that purpose Monday night, the board chose Martin to fill the seat left open after Chuck Neudofer resigned in October. Martin will hold the seat for the remainder of Neudorfer’s unexpired term which ends on Dec. 31, 2013.