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Government

  • 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.

  • Here's how Bedford County citizens voted

    While the main news focus has been on the presidential race, lets not forget local and congressional contests.

     

  • Body cameras proving useful to town police

        The new body cameras the Bedford Police Department has are proving useful, according to Chief Todd Foreman. Chief Foreman made a presentation to Town Council last week on the cameras.

        “We wear them on our belts,” Chief Foreman said.

  • Business class hotel planned for Bedford

        The town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority announced late last week that it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the Town of Bedford.

  • Expect a busy day at the polls

        Barbara Gunter, Bedford County’s voter registrar, is expecting a busy election day.

        “Voter registration has been higher than normal.” she said.
        Gunter said some of the registrations they have received have been duplicates; the person turned out to be already registered, but did it again to be sure.
        Absentee balloting is also above normal. There is still time to request an absentee ballot, although it is too late to request an absentee ballot to be sent by mail.

  • Bedford enters into agreement to bring business class hotel to town

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    The Town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority today announced it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the Town of Bedford.

     

  • Board kicks in $20,000 for field upgrade

        The money is now in place to renovate a ball field at Liberty Lake Park to allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Bedford’s Town Council and the school board had already put up $20,000 each for the renovation.      Monday  night, the board of supervisors also unanimously voted to spend $20,000 from the contingency fund for the work.

  • Churches will be exempt from outdoor gathering regulation

        Bedford County’s planning commission looked at a draft ordinance, last week, that will change the way outdoor gatherings are permitted.
        According to Gregg Zody, it will change outdoor gatherings from something that requires a special use permit to something that will be a use by right.
        “Technically, we shouldn’t have them because nobody has come to me for a permit,” Zody said.

  • Council looks at solar power

        Bedford is planning to apply for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing funds to build some additional sidewalks in town—and is also looking for someone willing to build a solar farm on town property.
        Last Tuesday Wayne Hale, the town’s engineering services manager, briefed Council on areas that need attention.

  • County nursing home celebrates achievement

        Bedford County’s nursing home held an employee appreciation lunch, Thursday. It’s the second year in a row that the home has done that and the reason is that this year marks the second year in a row that the home has passed its annual state inspection with a perfect score.

        “Can you believe that?” commented Toni Pierce, the nursing home’s director.
        Every year, every nursing facility gets a survey by the Virginia Department of Health.