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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.