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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Supervisors approve easement for airsoft range

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an easement that will allow Roanoke Airsoft to continue development of an airsoft range on Rucker Road, next to Moneta Park.
        Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with soft pellets using airsoft guns.

  • Nance to seek nomination for commonwealth’s attorney

        Stating he wants to build upon the legacy of his predecessor, Bedford Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance has announced his candidacy for the position of commonwealth’s attorney.

        Nance will be seeking the Republican nomination to fill the vacancy being left by current Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, who has been selected as the next 24th General District Judge, replacing the retiring Judge Harold Black.

  • It's official: Krantz will be next judge

        Randy Krantz was in Wednesday night Bible Study when he got the call – he had officially been selected as the next 24th General District Judge.

        Two days before the current Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney had been in  Richmond  meeting  with  a  joint committee of the House and Senate on the judicial appointment to replace retiring Judge Harold Black. The local legislative delegation had placed their support behind him for the appointment.

  • Requests exceed available money

        Bedford County’s supervisors are, once again, faced with more budget requests than they have money to pay for. 
        Susan Crawford, the county’s director of fiscal management, presented the supervisors with the budget that had requests that exceed current revenue highlighted in gray. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has requested 17 new vehicles. Seven of these were in the gray section. Each vehicle, fully equipped, will cost an average of $48,000.

  • Clinton, Trump win in Virginia

        Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election on Tuesday, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump narrowly defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican contest.

  • A champion

        Last Tuesday Bedford Town Council voted to save some money and learned the town had a state champion mulberry.

        During citizens comments, Sandra Boyes told Council that Bedford has the Virginia state champion red mulberry tree at 528 South Street, in the side yard of the J. F. Wingfield House. The tree is 100 years old and is the survivor from a number of mulberry trees that were planted in Bedford as part of an effort to start a domestic silk industry.

  • Super Tuesday

        Bedford area residents went to the polls Tuesday to do their part to help select Republican and Democratic nominees for November’s presidential election.

        County voters could vote in only one of the primaries; they had to select either the GOP or Democratic ballot prior to voting.
        The Virginia primaries were part of the much larger Super Tuesday voting involving 12 states in which about half of the delegates to each convention will be up for grabs.