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Government

  • Out of the ‘trailer park’

        Bedford County Fire and Rescue made its official move from what some called “the trailer park” into its new quarters on Sept. 1.

  • Resident asks council to lower taxi rates

        A resident wanting to start a taxi service in town asked Bedford Town Council to consider lowering its rates to make her charges competitive.
        Penny Beard has filed paperwork to have a cab service in town, but told council members at Tuesday’s meeting that the current rates are too high. She asked that rates be changed to be more in line with what Roanoke has in place.

  • County supports rail study

        Bedford County will join other localities to fund a study that may convince the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to reconsider its decision to not include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

  • As year ends, some farewell remarks

        Monday night’s supervisor’s meeting marked the last appearance of four elected officials.        

        Commissioner of the Revenue Faye Eubank’s term of office ends Dec. 31 and she did not seek reelection, ending a 48-year career with Bedford County. She made a final appearance before the supervisors explaining why attempting to do real estate reappraisals in-house, rather than hiring a firm to do them, won’t provide any advantage.

  • They want an Amtrak stop

        The possibility of getting an Amtrak stop in Bedford isn’t dead, but local governing bodies will have to move fast.
        After the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) chose not to include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke, a volunteer group consisting of people from Bedford County and Franklin County got to work and assembled a set of facts that show that the stop would have an economic impact that would reach beyond Bedford, going down into Franklin County.

  • BRWA to hold meeting on project

        Construction on the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and waterlines is now underway.
        The installation of the raw water pipeline that will run from the Authority’s water intake in the High Point subdivision to the proposed water treatment plant site on Radford Church Road has begun. A few hundred feet have already been installed.

  • 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.

  • Bedford Police join White House initiative for open data

        The Bedford Police Department is participating in an Open Data Initiative sponsored by the White House in an effort to help law enforcement be more transparent to the public.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner and IT specialist  Christie Crouch attended a one-day seminar last month in Washington D.C. at the White House as part of joining that initiative.