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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.