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Government

  • Town owes county $148,000

        Sonia Jammes, Bedford’s director of finance, had some strange news for Town Council last week. It seems that the Town received $148,000 in vehicle rental tax that was supposed to go to Bedford County.
        According to Jammes, the state department of taxation collects vehicle rental tax and divvies up the local share of the tax to localities depending on where the rental agency is located. The state depends on the agency to select the correct locality when it reports. This is where the problem comes in.

  • Few attend public hearings on budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a tax ordinance that leaves all tax rates the same as they are in the current fiscal year.
        District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson, who made the motion to approve the ordinance, noted that the budget the supervisors devised is based on these tax rates.
        Few attended the public hearings the supervisors held on the tax rates and the budget. Only two people, both representatives of the Bedford County Education Association, spoke.

  • Project helps save money, time to fight fires

        The Huddleston Fire Department can now fill up its tankers right behind its buildings off of Dundee Road at Trading Post No. 3 or at the Waltons Station No. 4 as the result of a project through the Peaks of Otter Soil & Water Conservation District.

  • Flaherty to challenge Austin in 19th District

        Reagan Flaherty announced, Monday, that she is running for the 19th House of Delegates seat as a Democrat.

        “I am a wife, mother, and living the American dream of opportunity and prosperity, keen to giving back to the country I love,” Flaherty said.

  • Bedford Lifesaving Crew dissolves

        After 74 years, the Bedford Lifesaving Crew has dissolved itself.
        On Monday night, representatives of the crew presented a resolution to the supervisors, which the supervisors unanimously accepted, turning over all of crew’s property and equipment to the county.

  • Update: Arrests made in death of teen found deceased on road

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  • County: No tax increase

        In a brief Monday night meeting, preceded by a work session, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to advertise tax rates for the coming fiscal year.
        The advertised tax rates will remain the same as the current year’s rates. Once tax rates have been advertised, state law prohibits the supervisors from raising them above the advertised rate. They can, however, lower them.

  • Johnson to run again in District 2

        District 2 School Board member Jason Johnson has announced plans to seek re-election to the District 2 seat on the Bedford County School Board.

  • Town honors police, firefighters

    Bedford Police officers and firefighters were honored, at last week’s Town Council meeting, for their work during a house fire on Grove Street in January.

        Both the town and Bedford’s American Legion post honored the men. The town presented them with plaques and the Legion awarded its Heroism Medal to the police officers.

  • Students observe lawmaking firsthand

    By Mary Lee Clark
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.
        These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.