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Government

  • Hurt visits local business

        Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Fresenius Blueridge Dialysis last week on a tour of businesses in the 5th Congressional District. The visit took place on Wednesday as the area was recovering from power outages due to the massive derecho that struck the area the previous Friday.

        According to Stephany Dietrich, who heads the dialysis center, Blueridge Dialysis did not lose power, but it also has a generator.
        “We are a dialysis facility,” she explained.

  • Reversion closer

        The reversion agreement, signed by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford City Council last year cleared a major hurdle on Monday.

  • 2 will challenge four incumbents for open city council seats

        Bedford’s city council race will be a competitive affair this year as two men are challenging the four incumbents for seats this fall. Bedford’s city council seats are at-large seats, so the two are not challenging any specific individual.

         Stacey Hailey and Michael Schneider will be running along with incumbents Guy E. Murray, Steve C. Rush, W.D. “Skip” Tharp and Robert T. Wandrei. Tharp is currently serving as mayor and Wandrei as vice mayor. Those positions are elected by council from among its members.

  • Press barred from political fundraiser

        Tim Kaine was in town Saturday afternoon for a fundraiser, but you won’t see any stories about it in newspapers. That’s because the event, which took place at the local Democratic Party campaign headquarters on West Main Street, was closed to the press.

        “Generally the campaign fundraisers we hold are not open to the press,” said Lilly Adams, Kaine’s press secretary.
        Why is that?
        “Most fundraisers are in peoples’ houses,” she said.

  • Supervisors question developer's track record

        A request by a developer to rezone five acres of a nine acre tract in Forest failed by a tie vote when it came before the board of supervisors Monday night.

  • Commission members explain stance on why they won’t attend program

        Two newly appointed members of the Bedford County Planning Commission do not intend to take the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners’ Program, even though a provision requiring that remains in the planning commission’s bylaws.
        County Attorney Carl Boggess has written a legal opinion stating that the planning commission has no mechanism to enforce this bylaw.
        Here is why the two men aren’t going to attend the program.

  • City budget remains tight

        “Extremely tight.”
        That’s how Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski describes this year’s budget for the city.
        So tight, in fact, that Council has squeezed out even the $14,000 set aside every year for the annual fireworks display in Bedford.

  • The bylaws say do it

        A provision in the Bedford County Planning Commission’s bylaws that requires all commission members to complete the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner’s Program within one year of being appointed to the commission remains in force.
        But don’t look for all of the commissioners to comply.

  • Supervisors discuss planning commission recommendations

        Back on Feb. 6, the Bedford County Planning Commission completed its comments on the Board of Supervisors’ proposed extensive revision of the county’s zoning ordinance.
        By that time, the supervisors were in the middle of developing the county’s FY 2012-2013 budget and they chose to wait until that was finished before they reviewed these comments, many of which were recommendations against a number of the supervisors’ proposed revisions. In some cases, the supervisors accepted these recommendations.

  • Voter turnout appears low for Primary

    egistrars reported light turnout for Tuesday’s Republican primary.
        By 10 a.m. only 1.58 percent of Bedford County’s registered voters had turned out to cast ballots, according to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. She said that Forest Elementary school had the largest voter turnout with 2.8 percent of that precinct’s voters turning out.
        Gunter believes that rain in the morning discouraged many early voters. Furthermore, some county precincts historically don’t get a large early bird turnout.