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Government

  • Sheriff makes it official

        In front of a room packed with supporters, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown officially announced his plans Friday to run for a fifth and final term as sheriff.

        “I believe I have the best personnel any sheriff can have,” Brown said. “You couldn’t find a better group of men or women.”

  • Hoback to face challenge for District 7 seat

        In past years, contested elections for local elected offices have been rare. But it’s different this year and voters will have choices in at least four local races.

        One of those is the District 7 school board race where Kevin Willis is challenging Debbie Hoback, the incumbent. Hoback is seeking her third term on the board.
        “I haven’t lost the passion for it,” Hoback commented. “I love trying to make a difference.”

  • Hurt defends vote on debt ceiling bill

        The debt ceiling bill, passed by the House of Representatives, was the best deal that could be achieved at the time, according to Robert Hurt. Hurt said this during an interview at the Elks National Home while on a tour through Bedford Tuesday morning.

        “It’s disappointing that we have not been able to achieve more to make more progress in cutting back reckless spending,” Hurt said.

  • GOP nominates its local candidates

    Bedford area Republicans nominated a slate of five candidates for local offices.

        They endorsed Sheriff Mike Brown for a fifth term as Bedford County’s sheriff. Brown, first elected in 1995, will have completed 20 years in that office at the end of his next term if his reelection bid is successful. Brown said earlier this year that he will step down at the end of his next term.

  • McCabe won’t seek reelection in District 6

        Shirley McCabe, who has represented District 6 on the Bedford County School Board since 1995, won’t seek reelection this fall.

  • City reduces time for late payments on power bills

        City Council Members were briefed on an electrical new disconnect policy at a work session last week.

        According to City Manager Charles Kolakowski and City Treasurer Debbie Roberts, Bedford, for a number of years, has waited for electrical customers to get two months in arrears on their electric bills before cutting power. A new policy will accelerate this.

  • Jefferson Villas residents caught in middle between PSA and supervisors' past decision

    Who’s fault is it that trees were planted over a Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) waterline at Jefferson Villas in Forest?

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors discussed this issue when District 4 Supervisor John Sharp brought it up at the end of Monday night’s meeting. Jefferson Villas is in his district.

  • Historic building to become B&B

        In other action Tuesday Bedford City Council unanimously approved a rezoning request which will allow the former Runk and Pratt assisted living facility on East Main Street in Bedford to become an event venue and bed & breakfast.

        Council voted Tuesday to approve the zoning of the property at 812 E. Main Street to allow the use change. Runk and Pratt Health Care Enterprises Inc. will maintain ownership of the facility.

  • Bedford Council picks three members for City School Board

        The controversy surrounding the attempt to close Bedford Primary School during budget discussions earlier this year raised up a group of people passionate about what’s going on in city and county government.

  • Reservoir project well underway

    A $7 million project on Bedford’s Stoney Creek Reservoir, mandated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, began in April and is currently on schedule.