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Government

  • Rezoning request tabled

        A request by a developer to have a track of land rezoned from General Business District (B-2) to High Density Residential (R-3) was tabled by the Bedford Planning Commission Thursday.
        The property in question is currently known as Billie Leighs Court. It was formerly known as Whispering Pines. The site has 97 lots, with sewer and water hookups. Only 27 currently have mobile homes on them.

  • Homeless shelter added to town zoning

        Last week, Bedford Town Council adopted an amendment to town zoning that allows emergency homeless shelters as a permitted use in B1 business districts.
        The Rev. Josh Bell, pastor of Grace Ministries, addressed Council before the vote. Grace Ministries is a church that operates a homeless shelter, called Grace House, in the Six C’s Shopping Center in Bedford.

  • Grace House protests proposed zoning change

        The public comment portion of Bedford Town Council rarely has speakers, but last week’s Council meeting was an exception.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace Ministries, is worried that new language being added to the town’s zoning ordinance to permit emergency homeless shelters in business areas will actually hurt the homeless shelter  he operates. He and several of the residents came to speak about the shelter’s importance.

  • How, who will handle tourism?

        Reid Wodicka, the new assistant county administrator, talked to the supervisors about tourism during a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening.
        Wodicka said the tourism director’s position has been vacant since May. He said the tourism director’s job description focuses heavily on managing the Welcome Center and this may no longer be appropriate. He also said county staff needs direction from the supervisors concerning the tourism program.

  • Bedford town manager resigns

    Bedford Town Council added a closed door session, not previously scheduled, to the end of their regular Tuesday night meeting. When Council came out of it's executive session, Town Manager Charles Kolakowski announced his resignation.

    “I am hereby announcing my resignation as town manager,” Kolakowski said.

  • Project helps save money, time to fight fires

        The Huddleston Fire Department can now fill up its tankers right behind its buildings off of Dundee Road at Trading Post No. 3 or at the Waltons Station No. 4 as the result of a project through the Peaks of Otter Soil & Water Conservation District.

  • Update: Arrests made in death of teen found deceased on road

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  • Students observe lawmaking firsthand

    By Mary Lee Clark
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.
        These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

  • County to make building repairs

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and county staff are in the final stages of developing a budget that will not require a tax increase to balance.

  • Bedford Middle School building subject of meeting

    Bedford Town Council will hold a meeting in council chambers at the town's municipal building on proposals for what to do with the current middle school building once the school division declares it surplus. A structural engineer will make a presentation, which will include the old 1912 school building commonly called "Old Yellow."

    "I think, as we have found in the past, there is a lot of nostalgia for "Old Yellow," Mayor Robert Wandrei commented during a Town Council Meeting, Tuesday.