• Bedford County will keep 7 districts after reversion

        Bedford County will still have seven districts when redistricting to accommodate Bedford’s reversion to town status is complete.
        Late last year the supervisors voted to instruct the redistricting commission to present them with both a seven district map and an eight district map which makes the town its own district. A majority of the committee preferred the seven district version.

  • Story goes viral on Facebook

        Bedford Police Officer Kenneth Burdette has created quite a stir amongst Facebook users.
        Sometimes it’s the little things people notice the most.
        Burdette, who has been with the BPD for two years, answered a call recently to the home of Ronnie Rice, who was injured in a car accident several years ago and now needs a walker to get around. Someone’s vehicle had gotten off the road and knocked Rice’s mailbox down.

  • Taking care of farmers

        The Virginia General Assembly convenes today and the Virginia Farm Bureau has some issues it hopes will be considered.
        One involves funding for soil and water districts and the Agriculture Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. According to Bill Nance, president of the Bedford County Farm Bureau, the two go together.

  • Wandrei elected Bedford mayor

    Bob Wandrei will serve as Bedford’s mayor as the city rushes toward its reversion to town status later this year.

        Wandrei was unanimously elected mayor by his fellow city council members during a reorganization meeting last Wednesday. Skip Tharp indicated last November he wouldn’t seek reappointment as mayor, though he will continue to serve on council.
        Council also elected James Vest as vice mayor.

  • City council prepares for reversion

        In a brief Tuesday night meeting last week, Bedford City Council approved several resolutions in preparation for reversion.

  • Supervisors focus on choice of new county administrator

        The search for a new Bedford County administrator should reach its conclusion early next year, approximately one year after former County Administrator Kathleen Guzi resigned.
        According to District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, a consultant hired by the county has presented the board with a list of 10 candidates, narrowed down from a list of 41 applicants. Cheek said that the supervisors will narrow it down further, then conduct interviews.

  • Judges approve reversion

        A three judge panel, consisting of Judge Pamela Baskerville, Judge Brett Geisler and Judge William Alexander, approved on Tuesday the reversion agreement between the city of Bedford and Bedford County.
        Now it’s official: the city is set to become a town July 1, 2013.
        The judges met in the Circuit Court courtroom; members of Bedford City Council attended. City Council had reconvened a meeting that it had continued last week.

  • Supervisors update Bedford County Code

    Fortune tellers will no longer be taxed by Bedford County, but those of you writing the county a bad check will face higher fees.
        Those and other changes were part of an effort Monday to update the Bedford County Code.
        A number of items needed updating, according to County Attorney Carl Boggess and the board of supervisors unanimously adopted those changes at their Monday night regular meeting.

  • Montgomery stepping down from BCSO

        Tom Montgomery, the bailiff in Bedford County General District Court, called it quits, Friday, retiring after 20 years with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

        Montgomery originally joined the Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy. Prior to going to the courthouse, Montgomery served as part of the regional homicide squad, which worked on especially difficult murder cases. He became a bailiff just after the turn of the century.    

  • Tharp to step down

        Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp told City Council last week he will step down from his duties as mayor at the end of this year.

        "I've thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it," Tharp said of his service as mayor. But now he's ready to step aside and let someone else lead the way.