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Government

  • O’Connor is running as a Republican

        Brian O’Connor is running as a Republican for the District 2 supervisor seat that Curry Martin is vacating when his term expires at the end of this month. Martin recruited him to run and feels that O’Connor’s approach to government is much like his.

  • Hales Ford Bridge repairs to begin

        Repairs to the Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) are set to begin next week and will impact traffic until the end of the year. The bridge is located on the Bedford/Franklin County line in the area of Bridgewater Plaza.
        Beginning September 6, the bridge will be reduced to one lane and a temporary signal will be in place allowing traffic to alternate crossing the bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in place through December 2017 or until bridge deck overlay on the bridge is complete, weather permitting.

  • New system will help with public safety

        Amherst County, Bedford County and the city of Lynchburg have launched a new public safety communications system, offering extended coverage and the ability to communicate with other localities during emergency or other public safety incidents.

  • LHS to hold Homecoming parade

        Bedford Town Council voted last week to close streets for what Liberty High School Student Council Association President Foster Garrett hopes will be the start of a new tradition — a Liberty High School Homecoming parade.
        Garrett, who spoke before Council supporting the street closure.
        “I think this will be the start of a nice, new tradition,” Garrett said.
        Garrett said the parade will include the school’s band and floats. It will be held on Sept. 22.

  • Officials provide updates at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a Town Hall lunch last week. The event gave Chamber members the opportunity to hear from local government officials and to ask questions.
        Town officials spoke about growth. Councilman Steve Rush said the meals tax is bringing in significant revenue which lets the town provide incentives for businesses. He also noted that Bedford has a hotel on the horizon. Work on a business class hotel in Harmony, on the west end of town, is slated to begin next year.

  • It’s official

        Last week’s Bedford Town Council meeting ended with a closed session.

        When councilmen came out of the closed session, they unanimously voted to appoint Bart Warner as town manager. Warner,  who had served as deputy town  manager under Charles Kolakowski, has served as acting town manager since Kolakowski resigned in late April.

  • Supervisors discuss use of ballfields at Body Camp Elem.

        Monday evening’s Bedford County Board of Supervisor’s meeting began with two people involved in youth soccer requesting permission to allow teams in Body Camp to use the fields at the former Body Camp Elementary School for practice and games.
        “They are beautiful and they are just sitting there,” said Ashley Boyer.

  • Moneta Park work day

        Thanks to a Lowe’s Hero’s grant, Moneta Park will get some upgrades.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s director of parks and recreation, the Lowe’s grant consists of $1,800 worth of material. He’s scheduled a volunteer work day this Saturday to do the upgrades.
        The dugouts at the ball field will get covers.
        “There’s not a whole lot of shade out there on the ball fields,” Woody said.

  • It runs in the family

        Monday was Shemia Ferguson’s first day on the job as the Bedford Police Department’s administrative assistant.

        She replaces the late Cynthia Hedrick who held the post for nearly 20 years. Hedrick succumbed to cancer two months ago.
        Ferguson is a 2013 Liberty University (LU) graduate with a degree in criminal justice. A Bedford native, she was born in the Bunker Hill area of the county, grew up in Bedford and graduated from Liberty High School.

  • Council considers new position

        Bedford Town Council was expected to decide Tuesday whether to proceed with establishing the position of an economic development coordinator, who might possibly also do contract work for Bedford Main Street, Inc.
        At a meeting earlier this month, council discussed the position. Funding for the position would be provided within the general fund from projected savings in compensation line items for positions that will not be filled during the current fiscal year.