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Government

  • Bedford area to get third delegate

        Thanks to redistricting, the Bedford area will now be represented by three people in the House of Delegates when the Virginia General Assembly reconvenes.

        This is because the 23rd House District has been expanded westward to include a portion of Bedford County. The 2010 census reflected an eastward population shift, which caused western districts to expand geographically. Lacey Putney’s district, which still includes large parts of the Bedford area, now reaches to the West Virginia line.

  • Residents feel better about changes to forest plan

    Residents of  Cedar Key Estates in Huddleston are breathing a little easier now.
        For some time, the Homeowners Association there has been in a back-and-forth conversation with the Virginia Department of Forestry over the future of the 288-acre Bourassa State Forest. Last month those discussions appeared headed to a contentious public meeting this Saturday when the VDOF will conduct a presentation on the management plan and pending timber sale for the forest, which it has owned and managed since 1988.

  • Board approves them on 4-3 vote

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to spend $265,000 to give county employees one-time bonuses.
        The bonuses come from money left unspent as the current fiscal year ends. County Administrator Kathleen Guzi said that the county is ending the fiscal year with a savings equal to 5 percent of the budget, which will go into the fund balance.

  • Putney to seek reelection

        Delegate Lacey Putney will seek reelection to another two-year term in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the new 19th House District.

         Under the new redistricting plan, the 19th House District consists of the cities of Bedford and Covington, all of Alleghany County, parts of Bedford County and all but one precinct in Botetourt County.

  • George Allen calls for diversified energy policy

        George Allen, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Senate in 2012, called for a diversified energy policy on a visit to Bedford County, Wednesday.    

  • City budget, school board selections fill agenda

        A public hearing on Bedford’s budget, last week, drew no speakers.

        “There is no proposed increase in the real estate tax rate or personal property tax rates,” stated City Manager Charles Kolakowski in a letter to the mayor and City Council members last month. “There is no proposed increase in the solid waste charges.”

  • BCSO launches new Lake patrol boat

        A grant through the Department of Homeland Security has allowed the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to purchase a new Lake patrol boat.

        And it’s up and running.
        The department officially launched the boat for Memorial Day weekend and patrols from the Sheriff’s Office will continue to man it on weekends through Labor Day. The patrols will be focused on crime prevention and safety.

  • District 7 seat open

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a surprise announcement from District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry.

        “I will not run for the board of supervisors in 2011,” Lowry said. “The District 7 Seat is open.”

  • Planning commission turns down tower

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously turned down, Monday night, a request from AT&T to build a 160-foot cell tower on a property on Perrowville Road.

        The proposed location is in a wooded area at the rear of a commercial site, but there is dense residential development nearby. The people living in these adjoining neighborhoods spoke out against the proposal at a public hearing.

  • Bedford Co. eliminates tax on inventory

        In an effort to provide tax relief for small businesses, Bedford County has eliminated its Merchant’s Capital tax. That tax requires that businesses calculate their inventories on January 1, and pay a certain percentage of tax on that.

        District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler, who made the motion last month to eliminate this tax, said  the tax put retailers in a dilemma as the end of the year approached. If they didn’t buy enough, they could run out of inventory. If they bought too much, they got taxed.