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Government

  • Cujo will head back into the fray

    When the boxing is good, why waste time on trash talk?

  • Virginia should retain AAA rating

    Virginia should retain its current AAA bond rating, according to Delegate Lacey Putney.

        Putney, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, accompanied Governor Bob McDonnell to New York to talk to the three bond rating agencies—Fitch Ratings, Moody’s  and Standard and Poor’s. All three of them give Virginia’s bonds a AAA rating. Standard and Poor’s downgraded U. S. sovereign debt last year.

  • Supervisors reorganize

        The Bedford County Board of supervisors held its organizational meeting Monday night in which members selected a chairman and vice chairman for the rest of the year.

        The supervisors follow a rotation and this year is District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer’s turn to head the board. Neudorfer was unanimously chosen as chairman and District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington was unanimously chosen as vice chairman.

  • Foster, adoptive families needed

        There's a need for more foster families in the Bedford area. And there's a need for more families willing to adopt foster children.
        According to Andy Crawford, director of Bedford County Department of Social Services, the county is constantly recruiting new families to help in those areas.
        “We really need foster parents and adoptive parents,” Crawford stated.

  • Commission on Local Government to look at Bedford reversion agreement

        Bedford’s reversion to town status still has a long road to travel.
        Ever since the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford City Council voted, in September, to approve a reversion agreement between the city and county, city and county staff have been assembling a packet of information to send to the Virginia Commission on Local Government.  According to Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski this commission looks at all agreements between local governments in the Commonwealth.

  • Citizen group says supervisors violated state law

        A group that calls itself Bedford Above Board, is unhappy with the way the county went about notifying citizens of a public hearing on the zoning ordinance. The hearing, on changes that the board of supervisors plans to make to the county’s zoning ordinance, was held in November. It ended up being held in two parts because the supervisors’ meeting chamber was not big enough to hold the crowd that turned out. It was reconvened to Bedford Science and Technology Center the following week.

  • Council looks to end charge for 'out-of-business' sales

        The city of Bedford is providing non-potable water to customers located on Orange Street, and City Council set the rate last Tuesday for charging for that water.

        Council set the rate at 90.7 cents per 1,000 gallons of non-potable water, plus a monthly customer charge of $13.01.

  • Boards will have new look as new members take their seat

        For Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike, it was a welcome change — everyone in the courtroom Friday morning was smiling.

        That's not usually the case when court is in session.
        But this was a different occasion. On Friday, the newly-elected local officials were being sworn in for their upcoming terms. Family, friends, supporters and other government officials packed the courtroom to witness the ceremony.
        And it represents a changing of the guard.

  • Board approves shooting range request

        In its last meeting of the year, Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a special use permit that will allow Timothy Hooper to operate a shooting range on his farm, located off Va. 811 in New London. A week before, the County Planning Com-mission had unanimously recommended not approving the permit.

  • Planners oppose shooting range

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously gave a thumbs down to a request by Timothy Hooper to operate a shooting range on his farm in the New London area.

        Hooper had requested that a portion of his farm, previously zoned R-2 (medium density residential), be rezoned to AP (agricultural preserve) to allow him to operate a shooting range on the property. A shooting range is a permitted use in an AP zone with a special use permit. At the same time, he sought a special use permit to operate the range.