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Government

  • Officials provide updates at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a Town Hall lunch last week. The event gave Chamber members the opportunity to hear from local government officials and to ask questions.
        Town officials spoke about growth. Councilman Steve Rush said the meals tax is bringing in significant revenue which lets the town provide incentives for businesses. He also noted that Bedford has a hotel on the horizon. Work on a business class hotel in Harmony, on the west end of town, is slated to begin next year.

  • Supervisors discuss use of ballfields at Body Camp Elem.

        Monday evening’s Bedford County Board of Supervisor’s meeting began with two people involved in youth soccer requesting permission to allow teams in Body Camp to use the fields at the former Body Camp Elementary School for practice and games.
        “They are beautiful and they are just sitting there,” said Ashley Boyer.

  • Herring in town on Tueday

        Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be holding a roundtable discussion in Bedford Tuesday with members of law enforcement, medical professionals, and community leaders on the heroin and opioid epidemic.
        The event will be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

  • Supervisors adopt dock ordinance

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted, after a joint public hearing with the planning commission, to remove all references to American Electric Power (AEP) from the zoning ordinance’s building permit process for docks at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • County considers sale of two closed schools

        In a light meeting agenda, Bedford County’s supervisors dealt with three issues.
        The supervisors unanimously agreed to seek a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit that will cover the entire 229 acre landfill rather than seeking permits for each cell as it is opened,  Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of pubic works, said there are between 10 and 15 cells remaining in the landfill.

  • Town still dealing with Belltown Road water issues

    By John Barnhart
    Staff Writer
    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        A decade ago, the city of Bedford connected a number of Belltown Road residents to the city’s water system because the city’s old landfill, closed in the mid-1990s,  had contaminated their wells. The city connected these residences to its municipal water system in 2005.

  • Bansley, Sharp win GOP primary

    The voters have spoken and Charla Bansley will replace Steve Wilkerson in the District 3 seat on the board of supervisors in January. Bansley defeated incumbent Wilkerson in last night's Republican primary with 55 percent of the vote. Wilkerson got 45 percent.

    In District 4, incumbent John Sharp won by an even larger margin. He fended off a challenge by Gary Hostutler with 59 percent of the vote. Hostutler received 41 percent.

  • Primaries to select candidates Tuesday

    Back in 1961, when Lacey Putney unseated an incumbent to win election to the 19th House of Delegates seat, he did so in a Democratic Party primary. Back in those days, the winner of the Democrats’ primary was also the winner of the November election.

  • Board approves housing project

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2, Monday night, to approve a rezoning that will clear the way for an upscale housing development in Forest on Va. 221, across the highway from Bethany Church Circle.
        The project, which plans for 170 houses with a starting price of $300,000 will cover 189 acres and have exits on Va. 221 and Everett Road. The average lot size will be just under an acre.

  • Civil War trail marker put back

        After some two years in storage, the Hunter’s Raid Civil War trail marker is back up in Bedford’s Centertown Plaza.