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Government

  • Hiring tourism director put on hold

        “We need a marketing plan, we need a direction, we need a vision on how we are going to sell Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess told a gathering of tourism stakeholders at a Thursday morning meeting at the Welcome Center.
        Boggess told the group that his recommendation will be to develop a marketing plan before hiring a new tourism director.

  • Town’s enterprise zone expanded

        Bedford is expanding its enterprise zone from its current 240 acres to 636 acres. According to Bart Warner, the assistant town manager, doing this will open the possibility for more state grants. Warner said the state allows a locality to activate up to 640 acres.

  • Nance sworn in

    “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Wes,” commented Circuit Court Judge James Updike. “He is a very hard worker, conscientious, always respectful. Wes is always prepared.”

        Judge Updike had these words to say about Wes Nance before swearing him in as Bedford County’s commonwealth’s attorney.

  • Council may get computers

        The town of Bedford is looking into buying computers — either laptop or tablet computers — for councilmen to use. Christie Crouch, the town’s technology manager, briefed Town Council on the project last week.

  • Town honors police, firefighters

    Bedford Police officers and firefighters were honored, at last week’s Town Council meeting, for their work during a house fire on Grove Street in January.

        Both the town and Bedford’s American Legion post honored the men. The town presented them with plaques and the Legion awarded its Heroism Medal to the police officers.

  • Johnson to run again in District 2

        District 2 School Board member Jason Johnson has announced plans to seek re-election to the District 2 seat on the Bedford County School Board.

  • County: No tax increase

        In a brief Monday night meeting, preceded by a work session, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to advertise tax rates for the coming fiscal year.
        The advertised tax rates will remain the same as the current year’s rates. Once tax rates have been advertised, state law prohibits the supervisors from raising them above the advertised rate. They can, however, lower them.

  • 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.

  • New tourism director knows the county

        Bedford County got a new tourism director in January but Nicole Johnson is not new to Bedford County.

        She’s a Liberty High School graduate. After college — she majored in medial studies with a journalism concentration — she worked in the Washington D. C. area. She returned to Bedford 10 years ago and worked for five years at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, working on visitor services.

  • Carson, Stanley move on from council

        When Bedford Town Council convenes for the first time next year, two men will no longer occupy one of the hot seats.
        Robert Carson and Beckham Stanley chose not to run and newcomers Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley picked up the vacant seats.
        Carson, who served on Council for four years, said he tends to be his own worst critic.
        “I just didn’t feel very effective,” he said.