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Government

  • Bedford County Board of Supervisors Commit to Land Transfer

    On a motion made by Supervisor Dale Wheeler on Tuesday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of granting land to the Bedford County Public Service Authority (“BCPSA”).  The Authority has requested the Board of Supervisors transfer 50 acres in and around where the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority formerly operated the Moneta Adult Detention Center (aka “Camp24”) to the BCPSA as a site for a potential regional water treatment plant.

     

  • Republican headquarters opens

        Bedford’s Republican Party headquarters is open for business on North Bridge Street in Bedford.  The site they chose is in the store front most recently occupied by Ranch Road. According to Nate Boyer, chairman of the Bedford Republican Committee, the site was chosen because its Centertown location gives them better exposure to foot traffic. This was especially important as they opened in time for Centerfest and this location placed them in the middle of the festival area. Boyer said that it also gives them space for larger events.

  • Few turn out for reversion meeting

        The turnout was less than what local officials had hoped for, but those attending last Thursday’s meeting on reversion in Bedford City Council Chambers had ample opportunity to get their questions answered.

        “The city is not in economic distress,” Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski said about Bedford’s decision to revert from a city to a town. “We’ve looked at this as a positive step for both parties.”

  • Board approves funding for additional teachers

        At its last meeting in August, the Bedford County School Board voted unanimously to amend the school division’s staffing standards to add an additional teacher to each school with less than 250 students. This will result in hiring seven additional teachers.

        In order to pay for that, the school board had to ask the board of supervisors to move $300,000 from the school maintenance category to the operations category to cover the cost. The supervisors unanimously approved that transfer at their regular meeting Monday night.

  • Lowry Post Office could be closed

        Patrons of the Lowry Post Office don’t believe that closing that historic facility will do much to help the United States Postal Service recover an $8 billion deficit its facing this year.

        And they want it left open.
        The Lowry Post Office has been operating at its current site since 1854. Fifteen residents who get their mail there attended a meeting last Thursday to find out more about what’s being proposed.

  • 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.