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Government

  • Supervisors grant pay raises

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted pay raises for full time and part time county employees, effective Dec. 1.
        The raises are the result of a salary study that indicated that Bedford County salaries are substantially lower than those paid by surrounding localities. It will cost $900,000 to implement the pay raises for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30.
        The raises range from 2 percent to 32 percent, depending on how a position ranked in the study.

  • Carson, Stanley move on from council

        When Bedford Town Council convenes for the first time next year, two men will no longer occupy one of the hot seats.

        Robert Carson and Beckham Stanley chose not to run and newcomers Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley picked up the vacant seats.
        Carson, who served on Council for four years, said he tends to be his own worst critic.
        “I just didn’t feel very effective,” he said.

  • Solar Power farm coming to Bedford

        The town of Bedford intends to enter into a solar franchise agreement with the North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc to construct a utility scale solar farm within the town.
        The facility will be located off Draper Road adjacent to the old town landfill and will occupy approximately 20 acres.  O2 will lease the land from the town. 

  • Council doesn’t chicken out

        Bedford residents living in low density residential areas (R1) will now be able to keep chickens in their backyard.
        According to Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner, the new ordinance is based on the ordinances that Roanoke and Salem have and no roosters are allowed.
        Enforcement will  be complaint driving. Council adopted the ordinance by a 5-0 vote with Councilmen Beckham Stanley and Jim Vest absent.

  • Election drew high voter turnout

        Election day appeared to be drawing a heavy voter turnout. According to County Registrar Barbara Gunter, most precincts had recorded a 50 percent voter turnout by 3 p.m.  She noted that this is a high turnout.

        For complete results of Tuesday’s election visit www.bedfordbulletin.com Wednesday or see next week’s paper.

  • Few minorities work in local law enforcement

        Captain Timothy Hayden of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office remembers well one of his first assignments as a new deputy for the county.

        There had been a robbery at a bank near the intersection of Route 24 and Va. 122 and the suspect had fled into the woods. Hayden, who had yet to go through the Police Academy, was given a shotgun and told to wait in the woods in case the suspect came back that way.

  • Ministry or homeless shelter?

        Bedford’s planning commission had  an item on its agenda, Thursday evening, about whether to issue a conditional use permit to allow Grace House Community Church to operate a homeless shelter. It didn’t quite go that way.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House, argued that the homeless shelter is what his church does. He said Grace House started in 2011.
        “We found a need that was in the community,” he said.

  • Herring in town on Tueday

        Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be holding a roundtable discussion in Bedford Tuesday with members of law enforcement, medical professionals, and community leaders on the heroin and opioid epidemic.
        The event will be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

  • County considers sale of two closed schools

        In a light meeting agenda, Bedford County’s supervisors dealt with three issues.
        The supervisors unanimously agreed to seek a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit that will cover the entire 229 acre landfill rather than seeking permits for each cell as it is opened,  Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of pubic works, said there are between 10 and 15 cells remaining in the landfill.

  • Town still dealing with Belltown Road water issues

    By John Barnhart
    Staff Writer
    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        A decade ago, the city of Bedford connected a number of Belltown Road residents to the city’s water system because the city’s old landfill, closed in the mid-1990s,  had contaminated their wells. The city connected these residences to its municipal water system in 2005.