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Government

  • Two vie to fill District 7 seat

        Two candidates are vying to fill the District 7 supervisor’s seat currently held by Gary Lowry. Lowry announced this summer that he will not seek reelection.

  • Opinions vary on plan

        After working on reversion negotiations for three years behind closed doors, the city of Bedford and Bedford County’s elected officials took action in two open meetings last week to move forward with an agreement. Views by area citizens on what it will mean varied this week. Many wanted to learn more about the plan now that it was out in the open.

  • Pollard votes 'no'

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Annie Pollard cast the lone dissenting vote Wednesday against the agreement which would allow the city of Bedford to revert to town status.

        Pollard didn't make any statements about her vote during the meeting, but after said her "no" was in response to the needs of her district's constituents. Some of those would eventually become a part of the town of Bedford as part of a negotiated boundry expansion for the town.

  • City, county agree on plan for city to become town

        It could be 18 months before it actually takes place, but the city of Bedford is now one step closer to becoming a town once again.

        Last Wednesday both City Council and the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved the agreement that has been more than three years in the making.    
        This Thursday area residents will have a chance to voice their thoughts about the plan at a 7 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.

  • Virginia to take healthcare law challenge to Supreme Court

        Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general, stopped by Bedford, Thursday night, for a local Republican fundraiser.

        It just happened that this was the same day a federal appeals court dismissed Virginia’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the personal insurance mandate in President Obama’s healthcare law. A three judge panel ruled that the challenge lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit.

  • It's time to go public

    After more than three years of behind-closed-doors talks, Bedford and Bedford County officials will release, and vote on, the agreed-to plan for the city to revert to a town.
        Officials have kept quiet about the details and the discussions—that began back in 2008—of the plan. They set today (Wednesday, Sept. 14) as the unveiling. Questions remain about what that plan will contain, but there are some issues that appear to be clear cut.

  • Wheeler sees positives in reversion plan

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to vote on a reversion proposal at a special meeting on Sept. 14.

        According to District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler, who serves on the City/County Committee, the supervisors will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposal and vote on it, following a meeting by Bedford  City  Council  at 6 p.m.

  • Reverting to a town

        The long-awaited plan to revert the city of Bedford to town status is set to be revealed next Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp says it will be a “win-win” for both the city and Bedford County.

  • Bedford City Council hears reports

    In action last Tuesday, Bedford City Council:

        • Granted permission to block streets for the Children’s Ministry Committee of Main Street United Methodist Church Fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Reid to challenge Brown for sheriff

        Chuck Reid, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, will challenge Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown in this year’s election.

        Reid, a Bedford County native, was first hired as a deputy in 1980 by former Sheriff Carl Wells. He began as a road deputy and later served as an investigator. Reid said that he was part of the regional homicide squad and also worked as an undercover investigator in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.