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Government

  • Letter from school board chair irks Wandrei

        Bedford Town Council went over the town’s proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year prior to a public hearing, last week, at which nobody spoke.
        But a letter from the chairman of the Bedford County School Board brought a negative response from council members.

  • Legislators speak out about state of health care

    By Matt Chaney
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – A group of Virginia lawmakers called for legislation to reform Virginia’s “monopolistic” and “inefficient” health care system.

  • Back on the job

        Last fall, Bedford Police Officer Trista McKrickard stopped a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed the wrong way on U. S. 460.

        The way she ended up stopping the car wasn’t the way she planned, although Chief Todd Foreman notes that she probably saved somebody’s life.
        McKrickard is originally from Campbell County and has been with the Bedford Police Department since 2013. She’s been here long enough to pick up a nickname.

  • The good, the bad — and a surprise

        A report on the material condition of the county’s buildings included some good news, some bad news—and a surprise.
        The county supervisors heard the report Tuesday evening from Jeremy Lucas of Master Engineers & Designers, which was hired to do a study and evaluation of the buildings.

  • Supervisors hold their organizational meeting

        Bedford County’s supervisors held an extra meeting this month, starting out the new year with an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson was chosen as chairman and District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin was chosen as vice chairman.
        The supervisors also re-adopted their rules of procedure and entertained a motion by District 4 Supervisor John Sharp to require that all contracts that require a vote by the board be first reviewed by a relevant committee composed of two supervisors.

  • McKelvey to seek 5th District GOP nomination

        Following Congressman Robert Hurt’s announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term, Jim McKelvey has become the first Republican to toss his hat in the ring for his party’s nomination to run for the seat.

        McKelvey originally sought the nomination back in 2010. He came in second in a crowded field with a little better than a quarter of the votes cast. Hurt won the nomination and went on to win the election, unseating incumbent Tom Perriello who, in turn, had unseated incumbent Virgil Goode in 2008.

  • High school tracks to get upgrade

        A request to appropriate $3 million held in reserve for construction of the new middle school drew discussion about what happened to the remaining $1.1 million of the money left over from the Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) renovation.
        There was also discussion, and eventual approval, of a request for funding upgrades to the tracks at the county’s three high schools.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • Nance, Babb honored for their work on Harris case

        Two Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney office employees, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and Investigator Gary Babb, were recently presented with 2016 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards by the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia for their work on the federal prosecution and conviction of a serial sextortionist of teenage girls.