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Government

  • Council candidates face off

        Bedford town residents had a chance last week to hear from the men who are seeking seats on Town Council next Tuesday.
        The candidate forum, sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, gave each candidate five minutes to make an opening statement. That opening was followed by a question and answer period with questions submitted by the audience. All questions had to be submitted written on question cards, giving the chamber members who moderated the forum a chance to screen them.

  • Polls open at 6 a.m. Nov. 4

        Area voters head to the polls Tuesday with Bedford voters electing council members and everyone having the opportunity to vote in a congressional race and a US Senate race.
        Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.

  • Curbside recycling might return

        Curbside recycling may be on its way back in the town of Bedford.
        But how it will be implemented is yet to be determined.
        The Council Solid Waste Committee has recommended to the full Town Council that curbside recycling be brought back. Council has heard from numerous citizens upset that the town stopped the service earlier this year.

  • Event is chance to honor local law enforcement

    Thursday night was a night to honor local law enforcement and promote public safety at the Bedford Police Department’s annual Crime Prevention Day, held at the Bedford Farmer’s Market.

        The Bedford Fire Department showed up with a truck and various organizations set up informational booths. The police department gave people a chance to try driving the golf cart, or walk a straight line, with goggles that simulate how drinking too much can mess up your ability to do these simple tasks.

  • Trial run: New voting machine to be used

        Bedford County is getting ready to buy new voting machines, a move that will replace touch screen voting machines with an optically scanned paper ballot.

  • Tower lease transferred

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to transfer a tower lease to Region 2000. The tower will be part of the regional radio system the county participates in.
        According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the tower was leased by Bedford County in 1997 as part of the original regional radio system. However, the tower was never actually used and Bedford County, for that reason, isn’t paying any lease money.

  • Living within the community

        “We want to make a living within, not off, the community,” said Centra Health’s CEO E. W. Tibbs.
        Tibbs was speaking to a joint meeting of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford Town Council Monday night. He was there to give the two elected bodies an update following Centra’s assuming full ownership of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • ICAC: 16 years of catching sexual predators

    Sheriff Mike Brown hosted a celebration for the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force earlier this month. It marked 16 years of catching sexual predators who use the Internet to find victims.

  • Foreman takes over as Bedford Police Department's new chief

        Todd Foreman always wanted to be in law enforcement.

        More than 18 years ago that desire became reality when he was hired by the Bedford Police Department. He's worked his way up the ranks and last week reached the pinnacle of the department, being appointed as the Chief of Police for the town of Bedford.  
        “I wanted to be able to help people,” Foreman said of his desire for a career in law enforcement.

  • Bedford Moose ask town for money to help with fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, came to Bedford Town Council last week looking for money to put on next year’s display.
        According to Dooley, the Lodge plans to launch them from the National D-Day Memorial and this will raise the cost of the display. Dooley said the fireworks will have to go higher to be visible, and this means bigger shells which, in turn, means that it will cost more.