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Government

  • S-curves may get VDOT funding

    Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation, dropped by the Welcome Center with some good news. The S-curves on U. S. 460 may get realigned. These two sets of curves have been the scene of a number accidents and have proven fatal to truckers if their load shifts while negotiating them.

  • County budget passes

        Bedford County now has a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
        The budget, which calls for $94 million in general fund expenditures, passed on a 4-3 vote with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott and Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson voting in favor. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin, District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley and District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis cast the dissenting votes.

  • Fire Chief: Claims not true

        Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy said claims that local fire departments didn’t do all that they could to save a home on Montevideo Road last Wednesday are false.
        On April 20 at about 9:58 p.m. the Bedford Fire Department responded to 1972 Montevideo Road for a report of fire at the historic home.

  • Work would cost $2.7M to improve hydroelectric plant’s efficiency

        Bedford’s Snowden hydroelectric plant has been generating electricity on the James River for 106 years. And it’s showing its age.

        Major upgrades needed over the next several years could cost $2.7 million.

  • Town to hold public meeting on comp plan

        A public meeting has been scheduled to present information and to solicit input regarding the town of Bedford’s revision of its Comprehensive Plan. 

  • Letter from school board chair irks Wandrei

        Bedford Town Council went over the town’s proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year prior to a public hearing, last week, at which nobody spoke.
        But a letter from the chairman of the Bedford County School Board brought a negative response from council members.

  • Residents sound off on road concerns to board

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) six year secondary road plan for 2017 through 2022. Residents  living on Pike Road and Angel Place came to ask that these gravel roads be paved.

  • Schools to get $1M more from county

        School board chairman Gary Hostutler asked the board of supervisors for $3.45 million in additional school funding during a joint work session Monday evening. He didn’t get it, but the supervisors will provide a little more than $1 million in additional local funds for the next fiscal year.

  • Town not planning property tax hike

        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski has prepared a proposed budget, for Town Council approval, that calls for $9 million in general fund expenditures. This is a $600,000 increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        It also has calls for a $986,000 solid waste fund and a $23 million electric fund. Both of these are enterprise funds and funded by user fees, rather than tax money.

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office loses top investigator, friend

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its best investigators when cancer claimed Lt. Darryl Saunders last week. Saunders was lieutenant of the criminal investigations unit.

        “It left a big hole over here,” commented Major Ricky Gardner. “I’ve been here 30 years and he was here 28 years.”
        Saunders held a number of positions over the years, including road deputy and canine officer.