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Government

  • Homeless shelter added to town zoning

        Last week, Bedford Town Council adopted an amendment to town zoning that allows emergency homeless shelters as a permitted use in B1 business districts.
        The Rev. Josh Bell, pastor of Grace Ministries, addressed Council before the vote. Grace Ministries is a church that operates a homeless shelter, called Grace House, in the Six C’s Shopping Center in Bedford.

  • Up and running

        Carl Wells, a member of the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA),  remembers a very different facility where the Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility now stands.

  • Garrett faces tough crowd at town hall

        Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett held a town hall meeting at EastLake Community Church. EastLake had agreed to host the town hall as it is the only facility in that area large enough to hold the anticipated crowd.

  • Town to prepare field for Minute Men

        It appears the Liberty High School Minutemen baseball team will play next season—or at least most of it—at Liberty Lake Park as opposed to its new field which will be located at the new Liberty Middle School property.
        D.W. Lawhorne told Bedford Town Council last Tuesday night that after meeting with representatives of the school on April 27 it appeared the town should move forward with getting the field ready for the 2018 season.

  • Projects generate controversy in Forest

        Some proposed residential projects in Forest have generated controversy over their impact once completed.

  • Civil War trail marker put back

        After some two years in storage, the Hunter’s Raid Civil War trail marker is back up in Bedford’s Centertown Plaza.

  • Board approves housing project

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2, Monday night, to approve a rezoning that will clear the way for an upscale housing development in Forest on Va. 221, across the highway from Bethany Church Circle.
        The project, which plans for 170 houses with a starting price of $300,000 will cover 189 acres and have exits on Va. 221 and Everett Road. The average lot size will be just under an acre.

  • Board approves extra deputy to deal with gangs

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Sheriff’s Office request to hire an extra deputy to work on gang-related investigations.

  • Gangs are here, but not yet a problem

    Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks, the Bulletin will take a look at gang activity and the attempts to stop its growth in the town of Bedford, Bedford County and Central Virginia.

        “Bedford County has gangs. But Bedford County does not have a (gang) problem—yet. That’s why we want to be proactive.”

  • Kolakowski resigns as town manager

        Bedford Town Council added a closed door session, not previously scheduled, to the end of its regular Tuesday night meeting. When Council came out of the executive session, Town Manager Charles Kolakowski announced his resignation.