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Government

  • Supervisors question school spending

    Mark Twain, the famous 19th century author, once wrote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” in response to some newspaper stories stating that he had died.
        The same is apparently true of an article that appeared in another county newspaper that reported a heated debate between members of county administration and some members of the board of supervisors during a Jan. 11 retreat held at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
        Was there a heated debate?

  • Board looks at signs, rentals

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a discussion, at a 5 p. m. work session Monday, on proposals initiated by the supervisors to change the county's zoning and subdivision ordinances. No action was taken at the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting that followed.

    Signage restrictions
        One item was a proposal to eliminate the signage restrictions from corridor overlay districts. Corridor overlays are applied to certain highways and add additional restrictions to the underlying zone's requirements.

  • Warner visits New London at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Senator Mark Warner at an event held at the Center for Advanced Research and Engineering in New London last week. Warner, first elected to the U. S. Senate in 2008, is up for reelection this year.

        “I’ve actually been a business guy long before I was a political guy,” Warner told the Chamber gathering.

  • Senate looks at weekend jail sentencing

    By Eric Luther
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND -- A new bill aiming to amend and reenact the Code of Virginia requirements allowing individuals guilty of misdemeanors and certain nonviolent felonies to serve nonconsecutive jail sentences has been proposed by Sen. William Stanley Jr., R-Moneta.
        Senate Bill 167 seeks to remove a code provision stating a criminal sentence of nonconsecutive days only be issued on the basis of allowing a convicted individual to retain employment.

  • Sharp new board chair

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors began the new year with its annual organizational meeting, choosing District 4 Supervisor John Sharp as chairman and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker as vice chairman.
        Then, the supervisors got down to business. A request by the Bedford Regional Water Authority to transfer the former Camp 24 property to the Authority for a site for its proposed new water treatment plant proved to be contentious.

  • New system means big changes for DSS

    October 1 brought some big changes for the Bedford County Department of Social Services.

        Prior to that, according to Andy Crawford, the county’s director of Social Services, the department used one eligibility computer system for all the programs Social Services administers.
        “Of course, that system is very outdated,” Crawford commented.

  • Planning Commission wraps up year

        Bedford County’s planning commission held it’s last meeting of the year last week and a final recommendation on board of supervisors’ proposed changes to the zoning ordinance is still pending.
        After debate, the planing commission chose to recommend leaving the signage restrictions in the corridor overlay districts as they are.

  • Arrington to resign from board

        Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Arrington closed a marathon meeting, which ran past midnight, with a surprise announcement.

        “This night has been a very difficult meeting for me,” Arrington said.
        It was a long meeting—it was District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek’s last meeting—but it also marked what Arrington said was a difficult decision for him. He said that he will resign from the board of supervisors, effective at the end of January.

  • Cheek has his last meeting

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors last meeting of the year held on Monday, and the last board of supervisors meeting for District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, turned into a lengthy session that ran past midnight.

        It began with an appearance by Delegate-elect Terry Austin. Austin was elected to the 19th House of Delegates seat last month after Delegate Lacey Putney, who held the seat for 52 years, chose not to seek reelection.

  • This was one high-powered retirement party

        This was a retirement party unlike the one most folks have. It brought out three sitting judges and another who is retired. Members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town council were there as well as were local constitutional officers and the local General Assembly delegation.