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Government

  • Thumbs up to apartment development

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has given a thumbs up to an apartment development at Thomas Jefferson Crossing in Forest.
        Part of a multi-phase development, the 16-acre parcel in question, had originally been slated for 77 single-family homes. The developer came before the Planning Commission to get approval to build 228 apartment units there instead.

  • Citizen group files lawsuit against county

        A group that calls itself Bedford Above Board has filed a lawsuit against the Bedford County Board of Supervisors alleging that the supervisors failed to adequately inform county property owners of the extent of the changes to the county zoning ordinance that they are considering.

  • Citizen group sues Bedford County

        A group that calls it'self Bedford Above Board has filed a lawsuit against the Bedford County Board of Supervisors of Bedford County  alleging that the supervisors failed to adequately inform county property owners of the extent of the changes to the county zoning ordinance that they are considering.

  • City eliminates fee

        Retail merchants in the city of Bedford going out of business won't be required any longer to pay a fee to run a “going-out-of-business” sale.
        But they still will have to obtain a permit for that sale.
        At last week's City Council meeting, council voted 6-0 to eliminate a $65 fee that had previously been charged to file the permit. Last month Vice Mayor Robert Wandrei brought up the issue—after being approached by a local business that was closing—about the fee.

  • Hurt addresses Chamber Roundtable

        Congressman Robert Hurt drew a contrast between the Virginia General Assembly and Congress when he spoke before a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce roundtable last week. Hurt served in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2010. The General Assembly convened in Richmond the same day.

        Hurt said that the General Assembly operates with compromise, while in Congress, everybody wants to get their own way because they can borrow 40 cents of every dollar they spend.

  • BZA backs property owner

        A hearing before Bedford’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) last week was historic. It’s the first time Bedford’s BZA has convened in 10 years. The result was that the BZA unanimously upheld the property owner’s appeal.

  • 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.