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Government

  • 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.

  • Dittmar seeks 5th seat

        Jane Dittmar, the 5th District Democrats’ nominee for the 5th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Robert Hurt, stopped by local Democratic headquarters in Bedford, Friday.

  • School Board looks for options on baseball field for LHS

    School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler spoke to Town Council last week, during the work session that preceded the regular 7 p.m meeting,  asking for improvements to the ball field at Liberty Lake Park that would allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Hostutler said that the Liberty Lake ball field is a Plan B option. 
        “The ideal scenario is [for the baseball team] to play the 2017 season at  its current field and the 2018 season at the new field,” he said.

  • Town saves big bucks

        This call was well worth the dime -- or whatever it takes now-a-days to make a call.

        The town of Bedford recently experienced a malfunction of vital equipment at its Snowden hydroelectric plant on the James River.  A component known as a speed increaser failed. 
        And it wasn’t a cheap fix.

  • 5 vie for 4 council seat

        Bedford has had a lot of Town Council elections recently.
        First, people elected the first town council, which took office when the city reverted to town status. That was followed by another election because of the number of new residents taken into the town through an annexation that was part of the town’s reversion agreement with the county.

  • Bedford fireworks are July 3

        Bedford’s Fourth of July fireworks are slated for July 3, according to D. W. Lawhorne, Bedford’s director of public works. The town and the county are collaborating on the display with the town and county sharing the cost and the town handling the logistics.

  • Bansley unseats Wilkerson

        Last week’s Republican primary will result in a change in the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. Although this was a political party primary, the winners will run unopposed in November.
        The change came about in District 2 were Charla Bansley, the challenger, defeated incumbent Steve Wilkerson. Bansley won with 55 percent of the vote.

  • 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.

  • Primaries to select candidates Tuesday

    Back in 1961, when Lacey Putney unseated an incumbent to win election to the 19th House of Delegates seat, he did so in a Democratic Party primary. Back in those days, the winner of the Democrats’ primary was also the winner of the November election.