• Putney won't run again

        Normally at this time of year, Delegate Lacey Putney announces his intention to run for reelection. This year is different.

        “After several weeks of consideration and deliberation, I have decided not to seek another term in the Virginia House of Delegates,” Putney wrote in a news release.

  • Never defeated: Putney ending 52-years of service

        Delegate Lacey Putney has never lost an election.

  • Jordan leaving Bedford for position in Salem

        Salem City Manager Kevin Boggess announced this week the hiring of Rosie Jordan as the city’s new finance director.

        Jordan goes to Salem from the city of Bedford, where she has been a fixture since 1994. She began her professional career here as an accountant, later became the assistant director of finance and in 2001, was named Bedford’s finance director.

  • Supervisors adopt zoning map

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved a seven district election map, Monday night, on a 4-2 vote.
        The map divides what will be the town of Bedford between District 6 and District 7 with Va. 43 forming the dividing line. County Attorney Carl Boggess noted that the committee that developed the map had to bring 6,000 people into the county while working with congressional district boundaries and census blocks.

  • Planners continue look at zoning ordinance amendments

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has nearly finished its comments on the board of supervisors’ proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance.   
        District 2 planning commission member Jeff Burdett said that the corridor overlays requirements are fine in rural areas but too restrictive  at points where the corridor goes through developed areas. In those areas, the planning commission members want to eliminate the overlays’ additional setbacks and allow larger signs.

  • School budget cut by $2.5M

        The Bedford County School Board won’t get all the funding it was hoping to receive from the county. This means school board members will have to find cuts to their proposed $106 million budget.
        Bedford County’s supervisors are proposing to transfer $38 million to the school division in the next fiscal year. In addition, they are proposing to hold $1 million in a general fund reserve, earmarked for future school division debt service.

  • Supervisors debate CIP, school budget at meeting

    By John Barnhart
    Staff Writer

        Bedford County’s supervisors reviewed their capital improvement plan and took a look at the school budget, Monday evening. The school board had passed the school budget late last week and the supervisors got their first look at it when copies were distributed to them at their 5 p.m. work session.

  • Local farmers support use of bioslids

        An informational meeting held last week by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  on biosolids drew 54 people, mostly farmers in support of its use as fertilizer.
        Biosolids is a name given to sewer sludge that has been treated and prepared to be spread on agricultural land as fertilizer. Synagro Central LLC has applied for an issuance of a permit to authorize the land application of biosolids to 576 fields in Bedford County totaling about 13,033 acres of agricultural land.

  • Planning Commission looks at regs

        After briefly revisiting the issue of allowing firearms sales in residential zones, the county’s planning commission turned to discussing private roads, corridor overlays and subdivision of agricultural land. The latter entailed considerable discussion and the commission preceded its regular meeting, last week, with a 5 p.m. work session to allow ample time.

  • Changes to permitted use table sought

        Both District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker are seeking to have some additions made to the permitted use table in the county’s zoning ordinance.
        Unless something is listed in a permitted use for a particular zone, it is not allowed. The two supervisors’ motions instruct the planning commission to begin the process, which will come back to the supervisors for final approval.