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Government

  • Board kicks in $20,000 for field upgrade

        The money is now in place to renovate a ball field at Liberty Lake Park to allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Bedford’s Town Council and the school board had already put up $20,000 each for the renovation.      Monday  night, the board of supervisors also unanimously voted to spend $20,000 from the contingency fund for the work.

  • Churches will be exempt from outdoor gathering regulation

        Bedford County’s planning commission looked at a draft ordinance, last week, that will change the way outdoor gatherings are permitted.
        According to Gregg Zody, it will change outdoor gatherings from something that requires a special use permit to something that will be a use by right.
        “Technically, we shouldn’t have them because nobody has come to me for a permit,” Zody said.

  • Council looks at solar power

        Bedford is planning to apply for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing funds to build some additional sidewalks in town—and is also looking for someone willing to build a solar farm on town property.
        Last Tuesday Wayne Hale, the town’s engineering services manager, briefed Council on areas that need attention.

  • County nursing home celebrates achievement

        Bedford County’s nursing home held an employee appreciation lunch, Thursday. It’s the second year in a row that the home has done that and the reason is that this year marks the second year in a row that the home has passed its annual state inspection with a perfect score.

        “Can you believe that?” commented Toni Pierce, the nursing home’s director.
        Every year, every nursing facility gets a survey by the Virginia Department of Health.

  • Forum showcases council candidates

        The public got a chance, Thursday evening, to hear all five candidates who are vying for the four open seats on Bedford Town Council answer questions.

  • VDOT no longer interested in old Montvale school

        The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has dropped its effort to buy the old Montavle School property.

        The former school site would have been used to replace road maintenance headquarters that VDOT currently operates on Nester Road.
        “We were looking to relocate the Irving Area Headquarters to Montvale,” Jason Bond, a VDOT spokesman said.

  • Nance unopposed for commonwealth’s attorney post

        Wes Nance has been settling into his new seat as commonwealth’s attorney just fine. It appears he should get used to it.
        On July 1, Nance was sworn in to the position to take over for Randy Krantz, who officially left that position on that date to become a 24th General District Court judge.

  • ‘Foul’ move? Board votes to spare dogs that kill poultry

        Dogs that kill poultry will now be treated differently under county code from dogs that kill other types of livestock after a 4-3 vote by the county supervisors Monday night.
        According to County Attorney Patrick Skelley, who presented the text amendments to the supervisors, the county code change will allow courts to impose something other than the death penalty on dogs that kill poultry.

  • Hiring tourism director put on hold

        “We need a marketing plan, we need a direction, we need a vision on how we are going to sell Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess told a gathering of tourism stakeholders at a Thursday morning meeting at the Welcome Center.
        Boggess told the group that his recommendation will be to develop a marketing plan before hiring a new tourism director.

  • Board looks at county buildings

    Three buildings owned by Bedford County — the old county nursing home building, the Burks-Scott Building and the County Administration Building — were the center of attention at a long Bedford County Board of Supervisors work session held Monday night.