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Government

  • City to sue county school board for breach of contract

    The City of Bedford voted unanimously, at a Wednesday night meeting, to sue the Bedford County School Board for breach of contract.

    The meeting, which convened in council chambers at 5:30 p.m. was a continuation of a previous meeting. Assistant City Manager Bart Warner said that this time was set because all City Council members wanted to be there. After opening, city council resumed their closed session, then joined the city school board in a closed session.

  • ‘War’s been declared:’ What led up to Monday’s decision

        It became apparent last week there wouldn’t be an extra $1.1 million for Bedford County schools next year. And the possibility was given that if the School Board decides to close any schools, there might be even less.

        Those were some of the decisions the Bedford County Board of Supervisors made during a budget work session Thursday, prior to Monday night’s vote to approve the county budget.

  • Sups cut school budget

        The ball is now in the School Board’s court

        On Monday, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a budget that leaves the tax rate of 50 cents per $100 of assessed valuation unchanged.
        In the wake of the recent reassessment, this will mean a tax cut for most people. It will bring in about $2 million less than it did last year. The supervisors also eliminated the merchants’ capital tax, which brings in approximately $218,000.

  • 'War's been declared'

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Staff Writer
    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        It appears there won't be an extra $1.1 million for Bedford County schools next year. And if the School Board decides to close any schools, there will be even less. Those were some of the decisions the Bedford County Board of Supervisors made during a budget work session Thursday, prior to Monday night's vote to approve the county budget.

  • Full house speaks on county budget

        In contrast to the last year's public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on the county budget, which brought out only three people, this year's nearly filled  Bedford Science and Technology Center’s Susie Gibson Auditorium Monday night. The crowd included a large contingent of teachers, wearing red shirts.

  • Redistricting committee presents plan

    Bedford County’s redistricting committee presented a redistricting plan to the County Board of Supervisors at a Monday evening work session. Local election districts must be redrawn after each census to ensure that all citizens have equal representation on the county’s school board and the board of supervisors. The 2010 census indicates that Bedford County has a population of 68,676 people. This means that there are currently 11,447 people in District 4 and 8,637 in District 6.

  • Senate plan puts Smith in Newman’s district

        A redistricting plan, under consideration by the Virginia Senate, would make substantial changes in State Senator Steve Newman’s district.

        “It is mostly my old district,” Newman said.
        Newman would still have Bedford County, and also get Botetourt and Craig counties. Newman said that Botetourt has 33,000 people and Craig County, with 5,000 residents, has a smaller population than the city of Bedford.

  • Supervisors say they won't support closing the school

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, found himself in the hot seat at a Board of Supervisors meeting Monday evening.    
        After Julie Bennington, vice chairman of the school board gave the supervisors a rundown on the school budget, which includes closing Bedford Primary School, introducing a blended learning program and a 1 percent pay raise for school employees, District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler welcomed Dr. Schuch to “the wolf’s lair.”

  • Jones elected president of Fire Chief’s Association

    Jack Jones, Bedford County’s chief of fire and rescue, has been elected president of the Virginia Fire Chief’s Association.

        The 650-member organization attracts EMS chiefs, emergency services personnel and vendors associated with fire and safety related businesses as well as retirees.

  • Parents urge Board to keep schools open

        It was a full house at the regular Monday night meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors as parents turned out to urge the supervisors to keep Body Camp Elementary and Bedford Primary open.