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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • On 4-3 vote, supervisors approve 3 cent increase

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted, Monday night, to advertise a real estate tax rate of 53 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This passed on a 4-3 vote after comments from the public and often passionate discussion by the supervisors. The 53 cent rate is an equalization rate, intended to bring in the same amount of revenue as the current 50 cent rate.

        One citizen, Don Barlow, asked the supervisors to raise his taxes.

  • On 4-3 vote, supervisors approve 3 cent increase

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted, Monday night, to advertise a real estate tax rate of 53 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This passed on a 4-3 vote after comments from the public and often passionate discussion by the supervisors. The 53 cent rate is an equalization rate, intended to bring in the same amount of revenue as the current 50 cent rate.

        One citizen, Don Barlow, asked the supervisors to raise his taxes.

  • Enforce the contract

        Parents of children at Bedford Primary School had one request when they spoke to Bedford City Council last week — enforce the contract.