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Government

  • Bus service will connect Bedford with Amtrak

        Two county department heads, Sergei Troubetzkoy, the Bedford area’s director of tourism, and Jack Jones, director of fire and rescue, came to the board of supervisors asking for permission to redirect funds that they already have on hand.

  • Cell tower extension gets thumbs up

        Bedford County’s planning commission unanimously recommended Monday approval of a request by Verizon to increase the height of one of its cell towers by 15 feet. The tower is located off Bethany Church Circle in Forest. The existing tower is 80-feet tall and extending its height requires approval by the Board of Supervisors.

  • City council adopts budget

        Bedford City Council formally adopted the city’s budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year last week with no discussion. The vote was unanimous. A public hearing on the budget on May 24 drew no speakers.

  • Byron to seek reelection

        Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Campbell), chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology, last week announced her candidacy for an eighth term representing the 22nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates.  Having already secured the Republican nomination, Byron’s name will appear on the ballot in the November 8 General Election.

  • 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.”