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Government

  • Town electric rates may increase

        During a 5:30 p.m. work session, last week, Bedford Town Council discussed recommendations  that were part of a study on what the electric department charges customers.
        This followed a presentation by John Wagner, the department’s director, on the electric department’s capital needs. These include major upgrades to the Snowdon Hydroelectric Plant on the James River.
        Council is looking at possibly increasing the electric department’s customer charges, which will vary by rate groups.

  • Interim no more

        Carl Boggess and Patrick Skelley no longer have interim in front of their titles.

        Monday night, the supervisors emerged from a closed door session to name Boggess county administrator and Skelley as county attorney. Boggess had  been  serving  as   interim  county administrator since former county attorney Mark Reeter left last spring. Skelley moved to interim county attorney at that point.

  • Hurt pleased with what he’s done while in office

        “I got elected when I was 30 and I’m 46 now,” commented Congressman Robert Hurt.

        Hurt was referring to his entire time in elected office which included terms in the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate. He was elected to his first elected office right at the turn of the century.
        “I never thought, when I first ran, that I wanted to do it for a career,” he said.
        “I never thought I would end up in Washington,” he added.

  • Letter from school board chair irks Wandrei

        Bedford Town Council went over the town’s proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year prior to a public hearing, last week, at which nobody spoke.
        But a letter from the chairman of the Bedford County School Board brought a negative response from council members.

  • Legislators speak out about state of health care

    By Matt Chaney
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – A group of Virginia lawmakers called for legislation to reform Virginia’s “monopolistic” and “inefficient” health care system.

  • Back on the job

        Last fall, Bedford Police Officer Trista McKrickard stopped a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed the wrong way on U. S. 460.

        The way she ended up stopping the car wasn’t the way she planned, although Chief Todd Foreman notes that she probably saved somebody’s life.
        McKrickard is originally from Campbell County and has been with the Bedford Police Department since 2013. She’s been here long enough to pick up a nickname.

  • The good, the bad — and a surprise

        A report on the material condition of the county’s buildings included some good news, some bad news—and a surprise.
        The county supervisors heard the report Tuesday evening from Jeremy Lucas of Master Engineers & Designers, which was hired to do a study and evaluation of the buildings.

  • Supervisors hold their organizational meeting

        Bedford County’s supervisors held an extra meeting this month, starting out the new year with an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson was chosen as chairman and District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin was chosen as vice chairman.
        The supervisors also re-adopted their rules of procedure and entertained a motion by District 4 Supervisor John Sharp to require that all contracts that require a vote by the board be first reviewed by a relevant committee composed of two supervisors.

  • McKelvey to seek 5th District GOP nomination

        Following Congressman Robert Hurt’s announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term, Jim McKelvey has become the first Republican to toss his hat in the ring for his party’s nomination to run for the seat.

        McKelvey originally sought the nomination back in 2010. He came in second in a crowded field with a little better than a quarter of the votes cast. Hurt won the nomination and went on to win the election, unseating incumbent Tom Perriello who, in turn, had unseated incumbent Virgil Goode in 2008.

  • Hurt won’t seek fourth term

        Congressman Robert Hurt, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, unseating former Congressman Tom Periello after one term, will not seek a fourth term next year.