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Government

  • Hurt vs. Perriello comes down to the wire

    By Tom Wilmoth
    and John Barnhart
    news@bedfordbulletin.com


        Voters will head to the polls this coming Tuesday, Nov. 2, in one of the more anticipated mid-term elections across this nation in some time.

  • Toler, Whorley seek school board seat

    Voters in Bedford County’s District 3 will elect a new school board member on Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of David Black who resigned the seat this summer because of a job move to North Carolina.


    Cheryl Toler

  • Parents seek restoration of band position in JF zone

        Bedford County Public Schools is set to receive more than $2 million as part of a federal education stimulus bill passed by Congress this summer — and some county residents voiced Thursday how they would like to see that money spent.

        During last week’s school board meeting, several speakers from the Jefferson Forest school zone said a band teaching position at Forest Middle School, cut as part of budget reductions this year, needs to be restored.

  • Supervisors split 5-2 over BZA action

    In an unusual decision, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 last week to appeal a decision by the county’s board of zoning appeals. That ruling overturned a decision by the county’s planning department that a used equipment sales business in Montvale was not in compliance with zoning requirements.
    Board Chairman Roger Cheek and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry cast the only dissenting votes against the appeal.
    “He’s just not in compliance with zoning,” said District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard, who requested the action.

  • Planning commission recommends approval of campground

        The Bedford County Planning Commission voted, Monday night, to recommend approval of a campground in the Huddleston area.

        The proposed campground will occupy 10 acres of a 64-acre property owned by Scott and Ida Heath. The property is bordered by White House Road and Ayers Road.
        The campground will consist of 18 campsites that can accommodate RV’s and six that are limited to tents. It will have a 24-foot by 65-foot camp store and a 24-foot by 41-foot caretaker’s house.

  • Grisham campaigns for Perriello

    Author John Grisham stopped in Bedford Monday morning, campaigning for Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello.

        The event took place at the Bower Center for the Performing Arts. Grisham served as a warm-up speaker for Perriello at the event. About 100 people turned out.

  • EMS billing rates to rise

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors, during its meeting Monday, authorized an increase in reimbursement rates for emergency medical service transports.

        The county bills Medicare, Medicaid and third party insurance companies when an ambulance transports someone. The revenue from this is used to reimburse the rescue squads and enhance the county’s EMS system, according to Jack   Jones,   the  county’s chief of fire and rescue.

  • Hurt vows to listen if elected

    Robert Hurt, the man Republicans hope will replace Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello next year, spent much of Thursday campaigning in Bedford County. The day ended with a barbeque reception at Delegate Lacey Putney’s house, attended by about 350 people.

        Hurt believes that Perriello has turned a deaf ear to the concerns of the people in the 5th  District he represents in Washington. He cited Perriello’s vote in favor of President Obama’s healthcare bill as an example.

  • Murray will replace Hubbard on Council

    Guy E. Murray Jr., a long-time businessman in Bedford, has been selected by City Council to fill the council seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeffrey Hubbard last month.
        Murray was one of five applicants for the position interviewed by council at its meeting last Tuesday. The announcement was made at the end of the meeting.

  • 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.