• Reeter to step down

        Mark Reeter has announced he is stepping down as Bedford County Administrator as of April 30.

  • Bell tower renovation to start soon

        A full-scale renovation of the Bedford County Courthouse’s bell tower is expected to begin within 45 days, according to County Administrator Mark Reeter. The courthouse’s front will be enveloped in scaffolding.

  • Local police cars promote domestic violence awareness

        A couple of striking police cars have taken to the roads and streets in the Bedford area. What really draws attention to them is that they are purple.

        Leanne Dudley, director of Bedford Domestic Violence Services, came up with the idea. She said she was looking for something new and different to promote domestic violence awareness. October is dedicated to the subject and the organization comes up with all sorts of purple themed  reminders,  but domestic violence happens all year.

  • Council considers 2 cent raise in RE tax

        A majority of Bedford Town Council appears ready to back no more than a 2 cents increase in the real estate tax rate, following budget work sessions held this past week.
        Council met last Tuesday and again on Monday to discuss the budget. At this past Tuesday’s meeting, council was expected to finish its discussion prior to publication of the tax rate for public comment.

  • School board presents budget to county

    School Board representatives met with the board of supervisors, Monday evening, in what District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson later called a “fruitful” meeting. The meeting was a 5 p.m. work session in which the school board presented the school’s FY 2016 budget.
        “Our emphasis this year is on seven points,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler as he began the budget presentation.

  • Couple wants to hold special events on property

        Last month, the Bedford County Planning Commission gave Gregg Zody, the county’s director of community development, the go-ahead to add wedding events as a by-right use in a number of zones.

  • Town raises penalty for misuse of town’s dumpsters

    Bedford has a law that limits who can dump household refuse in the town’s solid waste containers and what they can dump in them.
        A unanimous vote by Bedford Town Council last week raised the cost of breaking this law. The increase in the fines was prompted by widespread abuse of the town’s public dumpsters by people who are not town residents or who are dumping prohibited items.

  • BPD tries to fill openings

        Currently , staffing at the Bedford Police Department is down by a quarter of its allotted slots and Chief Todd Foreman is hoping to soon fill those positions.
        In all, the department at full force would have 24 officers; currently there are 18, including Foreman.
        “We’re trying to recruit,” Foreman said this week. “We’re having difficulties having good qualified applicants apply.”

  • School budget

        The Bedford County School Board  is scheduled to formally present its budget for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 to the county supervisors.
        On Monday, the supervisors were reluctant to comment on the budget prior to that presentation, but did question where additional funding would come from if that is eventually requested by the school board.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.