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Government

  • Promoting tourism, business

    Bedford City Council received an update from Bedford Main Street and the Welcome Center during its meeting last week.

        After two soggy Centerfests in a row, this year’s event benefited from good weather. Dan Plattus, Main Street’s office manager, said that Centerfest brought 17,000 people into Bedford’s Centertown. Plattus said that the organization expanded the festival’s footprint this year to additional streets. That meant that vendors were not crowded.

  • Property values down, overall, in county

    Property values in Bedford County are going down.

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors learned, at a work session last week, the results of the real estate reassessment that was completed this year.
        Don Thomas, of Wingate & Associates, told the supervisors that the company had assessed 47,000 parcels and the average value had decreased by 2.71 percent from last year’s taxable base.
        This, however, varied a great deal according to the type of property and where it was located.

  • Perriello, Hurt pledge cooperation in process

    Democrat Tom Perriello has pledged cooperation as he hands off the 5th Congressional District seat to last week’s election victor, Republican Robert Hurt. Hurt defeated Perriello in the nationally-watched election as part of a wave of Republicans elected to the House of Representatives.

  • Voters get out early

        This year’s midterm election resulted in brisk voter turnout in both Bedford city precincts and in the county.

        “Tremendous! Great! It’s been really good,” said Zack Black, ward chief for the city ward that votes at the library.
        Black said that 257 people had voted there by 9 a.m. And, more were coming. There were two lines going to the door.

  • Hurt wins 5th District race

    Two years ago Tom Perriello earned a surprise victory in the Fifth District House race, defeating six-term Republican Virgil Goode by less than 800 votes.
        Perriello’s reelection bid Tuesday wouldn’t be nearly as close; and it came with a much different result.

  • Supervisors agree on several spending requests

        A series of capital improvement requests with a total price tag of $1.3 million was greeted with caution from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors at its regular Monday night meeting. The 18 requests ranged in cost from $20,000 for the county’s on-line plan review system to $400,000 for emergency apparatus for fire and rescue.

  • 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.