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Government

  • Deputies receive pay raise

        Last week the Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action, by a 6-0 vote, that will give an $1,800 per year pay raise to county deputies who complete the police academy.
        The pay raise starts retroactive to Oct. 1 and will go to deputies ranked sergeant or below. The raises will also include animal control officers.

  • Supervisors dump trash collection site

        Bedford County staff will be looking for a another site for a trash collection and recycling center in the Stewartsville area after last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The supervisors voted 5-1, with District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington absent, to deny a special use permit for the center. The center was to be located at a 3-acre site at the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewery Hill Road the county purchased for that purpose back in August. The new center was intended to replace the existing Stewartsville collection center.

  • Rural Bike Patrol

        Starting a Rural Bike Patrol for a county as big as Bedford’s—764 square miles in all—might seem like a task worthy of tilting at wind mills.

  • Republicans open headquarters at SML Parkway

        Bedford County’s Republicans opened their county headquarters this week on Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, near White House Corner.

        According to Nate Boyer, the local Republican Party’s chairman, this site was chosen because Republicans are only in two contested races, locally. Sheriff Mike Brown is seeking reelection to a county-wide office. David Suetterlein is seeking election to the 19th Senate District, which includes the Lake area of the county.

  • Town reschedules E-Waste Day to Oct. 24

        Due to the inclement weather Oct. 3, the town of Bedford re-scheduled its annual E-Waste Day to Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Farmers Market, Centertown Plaza.
        The event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.
        Just as in other years, the town will be accepting electronic waste (e-waste) to be recycled by ECyclers USA. This includes TV’s, monitors, cell phones, computers, printers, phones, laptops, tablets, microwave ovens -- just about anything electronic.

  • Challenger calls on sheriff to resign

    seeking to unseat Sheriff Mike Brown in the Nov. 3 election, called on Brown to resign, Friday.
        Stebbins spoke at a sparsely attended public event that was originally slated for Centertown Park, by the clock. Heavy rain forced it to be moved to the community room at the Bedford Central Library.
        Stebbins based his call for Brown’s resignation on recent news about allegations of a county deputy’s misconduct and how that conduct is being used by a convicted felon in an effort to have his conviction overturned.

  • Wives Behind the Badge

        An organization called “Wives Behind the Badge” has gotten rolling in Bedford County. Wives Behind the Badge is an organization of people married to law enforcement officers.

        “It’s a national program throughout the United States,” said Kathy Hatcher, who is spearheading the local organization. She said they are still getting organized under the auspices of the national organization’s Virginia Auxiliary.

  • Council discusses trash carts, dog park

        D. W. Lawhorne, Bed-ford’s director of public works, told Bedford Town Council last week the town has given out 770 of the new trash carts to town residents. The carts come in 95 gallon and 65 gallon sizes.
        “We figured that big container would be enough for everyone,” Lawhorne told Council. He said the 95 gallon size is the standard size for a family of four.

  • Too close

        A proposal to locate a recycling and trash collection station near the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewrys Hill Road (Va 886) in Stewartsville drew opposition from people who live in close proximity to the proposed site at a meeting of the Bedford County Planning Commission last week.

  • Saying thanks

        The Bedford County Nursing Home held an employee appreciation lunch for its staff, recently. According to Toni Pierce, the Home holds employee events several times each year.

        “They do a very good job,” she said of the Home’s employees.
        “They know the residents,” Pierce added. “They know what people like to eat, how they like their hair fixed.”
        Pierce said the nursing home, which can accommodate 90 people, runs full most of the time.