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Government

  • 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.

  • Grace House protests proposed zoning change

        The public comment portion of Bedford Town Council rarely has speakers, but last week’s Council meeting was an exception.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace Ministries, is worried that new language being added to the town’s zoning ordinance to permit emergency homeless shelters in business areas will actually hurt the homeless shelter  he operates. He and several of the residents came to speak about the shelter’s importance.

  • How, who will handle tourism?

        Reid Wodicka, the new assistant county administrator, talked to the supervisors about tourism during a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening.
        Wodicka said the tourism director’s position has been vacant since May. He said the tourism director’s job description focuses heavily on managing the Welcome Center and this may no longer be appropriate. He also said county staff needs direction from the supervisors concerning the tourism program.

  • 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.