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Government

  • Hurt gets to work representing the Fifth District

    “It’s great to be here,” commented Congressman Robert Hurt in a phone interview last week.

        Hurt had just completed his first week representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives as part of the 112th Congress. The new Congress was sworn in on Jan. 5.
        He sees getting spending under control as a critical issue for the new Congress, as well as a daunting task. Part of what makes it daunting is what the previous Congress did, or rather, didn’t do, he said.

  • Pollard elected chairman

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began its first regular meeting of the new year by choosing a new chairman and vice chairman for the year. District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard was elected chairman and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry was elected vice chairman.

  • Face (book) time: BPD hits the social media

    The Bedford Police Department has joined the world of social media.

        After putting its foot in the social water last year through the Web site Nixle.com, the BPD has jumped in head first by publishing its own Facebook page.
        And people are responding.
        In less than 24 hours after signing on, 200 people had joined the department’s Facebook page. Within a week, that had gone over 250. And in that week, close to 1,000 people had visited the page.

  • NPS to hold public meetings to discuss National D-Day Memorial special resource study

        The National Park Service (NPS) will hold a public meeting to discuss a Special Resource Study/Environmental Assessment for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
        The study, authorized by the United States Congress as part of Public Law 111-84, will help determine whether the National D-Day Memorial would meet criteria for congressional designation as a unit of the National Park System. The meeting is open to everyone and will take place Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. at Bedford Elementary School, 806 Tiger Trail, Bedford,.

  • Stanley heads into homestretch of race

    It’s not November, but there is an election next Tuesday.

        Robert Hurt’s election to the House of Representatives in November has left his Virginia Senate Seat vacant and Bill Stanley, a WestLake area attorney hopes to fill it. Stanley has previously served as the 5th Congressional District Chairman for the Republican Party.

  • Direction changes for improvements to zoning ordinance

    The new year means a change of direction on efforts to improve Bedford County’s zoning ordinance.

        Bedford County adopted its current zoning ordinance in 1998 and, for the past couple of years, the county’s planning department has been working on developing a new ordinance to replace it. Last year ended with a decision by the supervisors to drop that idea and, instead, modify the existing ordinance.

  • Planning director hired for Bedford County

    A new year brought a new job for Tim Wilson. Wilson has been hired as Bedford County’s new director of community planning and development.

        Monday was his first day on the job, in an office that still has a barren, spartan appearance because he has not yet had the chance to bring in any personal items. The day involved learning how the computer system and the phone system works. Wilson notes that every local government handles these a little differently.

  • July 2012 set as target date for city to become town

    The city of Bedford has been in negotiations with Bedford County for two years on the possibility of having the city revert to town status. An agreement on that could be made public in the first quarter of this year with a target date for reversion of July 2012, according to Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp.

        Tharp, who was unanimously re-elected by council to serve another term as mayor during a reorganizational meeting Monday, said reversion will be a “win-win” for both the city and county.

  • Legislators get ready for another tough session

        Delegate Lacey Putney expects another tough General Assembly session when legislators convene in Richmond next month.

        This will be a long session, in which the state legislature develops the Commonwealth’s biennial budget. Putney chairs the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee, which plays one of the principal roles in developing that budget.

  • Wuergler steps down from Board of Zoning Appeals

    Bedford County’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) said “goodbye” to Becky Wuergler with a reception Tuesday night. Wuergler, along with Mark Martin, were the two remaining charter members of the BZA from its formation in 1989. Members of the BZA are appointed by the circuit court and Wuergler has announced that she won’t seek reappointment.