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Government

  • Perriello holds town hall

    Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello swung by Bedford, late Monday morning, for a town hall meeting. The meeting was well attended, in spite of being on a weekday morning, with most of the space in the board of supervisors’ meeting room pews filled.

        Perriello began with some comments about the economy.
        “The central challenge is how to start making things in America,” Perriello said.

  • Land will be used for research project

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday on a memorandum of understanding with Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) to let the school use two acres of county land for a research project.

        The project involves growing canola which produces an oil that can yield a biofuel. The memorandum calls for CVCC to return the land to its current state once the one-year project is done.

  • Hubbard resigns from council

    Bedford City Councilman Jeffrey B. Hubbard has resigned from council because his family has moved outside the city limits.

        Hubbard’s resignation became effective Aug. 17. In his letter of resignation to Mayor W.D. “Skip” Tharp, Hubbard expressed his “profound regret” for the necessity of this action. “I believe it is in the best interests of my family, the city and the goal of efficient and transparent government that I take this step,” he wrote.

  • Supervisors approve boat docks, gas station

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved a community boat dock special use permit, Monday night, for a residential development in the Goodview area.

  • The government’s view: Officials look at economic recovery

        “We all know that we’ve been through a very tough time,” said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as he spoke to a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Bedford Welcome Center, Monday.

        Bolling noted that, although economists state that the recession ended last year, it doesn’t feel that way to most people.
        “It’s been tough on families,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on government.”

  • Separate wind ordinance to be created

    The Bedford County Planning Commission has decided to create a separate wind ordinance.

        The original plan was to incorporate windmill language in the new zoning ordinance that the planning commission is working on, making it a use by right in certain areas. Currently, a landowner wishing to build a wind turbine must go through the special use permit process. The special use permit costs about $2,000.

  • Supervisors turn down SML area water/sewer project

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to deny a special use permit for a private water and sewage system that would serve proposed subdivisions on Smith Mountain Lake in the Goodview area. The vote was 5-0 with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry absent. The planning commission had given the project a thumbs down earlier this year on a 4-2 vote.

  • City’s electric fund hit hard by economic downturn

    Members of Bedford City Council got a brief look Tuesday at how the city weathered this past year’s financial downturn.