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Government

  • 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.

        

  • City looks at limiting through truck traffic

    Several times each year, a tractor-trailer attempts—and fails—to navigate the turn from Main Street onto North Bridge. Bedford Police Chief Jim Day wants the city to have better control of that issue.

        Day presented a report to Bedford City Council last Tuesday, going over several options the city has to regulate through truck traffic at that intersection.

  • Dog license rates going up in Bedford

    Owning a dog in Bedford just got a little more expensive.

        At its meeting Tuesday, City Council approved, an a unanimous vote, an ordinance increasing dog license fees for the upcoming year.
        The new fees will include:
        • altered dogs — $5 rate, up from $3;
        • male and female dogs — $10 rate, up from $5;
        • kennel tags up to 10 — $35 rate, up from $25;

  • Senior groups provide chance for fellowship

    A group of Bedford County seniors from throughout the county gathered in Goodview earlier this month to honor Lana Obenchain who for the last decade has been helping coordinate activities for them with the county.

        Obenchain, Bedford County program coordinator with the parks and rec department, will retire at the end of this month. The seniors program on Dec. 3 just happened to occur on the same day Obenchain became a great-grandmother.

  • Board approves Centra Health request

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors, Monday night, unanimously approved a change of use request by Centra Health for a pavilion on New London Road.

        The 9,316 facility with a gravel parking lot, is located on a 22-acre tract. The late Al Stroobants built the pavilion for private gatherings and left the pavilion to Centra in his will. Centra plans to use it for public events, educational purposes, retreats and staff meetings.