• Supervisors adopt $89M budget; Pollard takes shot at teachers

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved an $89.17 million budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. This includes a local transfer of $38.04 million to Bedford County Schools, $3.5 million less than the school board had asked for.

        Although all supervisors voted in favor of the budget, some expressed concerns. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin wanted assurance that the budget did not endanger the 3 percent raises for school employees that the school board’s budget contained.

  • Public hearing brings out school budget supporters

        A public hearing on Bedford County’s budget and tax rate, held Monday night at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC), was dominated by the school budget.    
        About 75 people, attended the hearing. A majority of the 13 speakers at the hearing urged the supervisors to support the budget the school board presented. All of these speakers were applauded by a group of 20 people who sat together in one section of BSTC’s Susie Gibson auditorium where the meeting was held.

  • W-rec-ked by Reversion

    By Mike Forster
    and Tom Wilmoth

        The painful side of reversion showed itself last week, as Bedford City Parks and Recreation employees were informed that their department might cease to exist on July 1.
        While the move means that two city employees will probably lose their jobs, there is much more to it than that.

  • At least four will seek GOP nomination for 19th House District

        At least four hopefuls have thrown their hat in the ring to secure the Republican nomination for the House of Delegates seat being vacated by 19th District Delegate Lacey Putney.
        Jim Crosby, Jerry R. Johnson, Jim McKelvey and Zach Martin have all announced their intention to seek the nomination.
        A firehouse primary will be held Tuesday, May 7 from 6-9 p.m. for the Republican nomination at three locations: Alleghany County/Covington City, Botetourt County and Bedford City/County.

    Zach Martin

  • Putney won't run again

        Normally at this time of year, Delegate Lacey Putney announces his intention to run for reelection. This year is different.

        “After several weeks of consideration and deliberation, I have decided not to seek another term in the Virginia House of Delegates,” Putney wrote in a news release.

  • Never defeated: Putney ending 52-years of service

        Delegate Lacey Putney has never lost an election.

  • Jordan leaving Bedford for position in Salem

        Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess announced this week the hiring of Rosie Jordan as the city’s new finance director.

        Jordan goes to Salem from the city of Bedford, where she has been a fixture since 1994. She began her professional career here as an accountant, later became the assistant director of finance and in 2001, was named Bedford’s finance director.

  • Supervisors adopt zoning map

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved a seven district election map, Monday night, on a 4-2 vote.
        The map divides what will be the town of Bedford between District 6 and District 7 with Va. 43 forming the dividing line. County Attorney Carl Boggess noted that the committee that developed the map had to bring 6,000 people into the county while working with congressional district boundaries and census blocks.

  • Planners continue look at zoning ordinance amendments

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has nearly finished its comments on the board of supervisors’ proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance.   
        District 2 planning commission member Jeff Burdett said that the corridor overlays requirements are fine in rural areas but too restrictive  at points where the corridor goes through developed areas. In those areas, the planning commission members want to eliminate the overlays’ additional setbacks and allow larger signs.

  • School budget cut by $2.5M

        The Bedford County School Board won’t get all the funding it was hoping to receive from the county. This means school board members will have to find cuts to their proposed $106 million budget.
        Bedford County’s supervisors are proposing to transfer $38 million to the school division in the next fiscal year. In addition, they are proposing to hold $1 million in a general fund reserve, earmarked for future school division debt service.