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Government

  • Sheriff defends license plate reader

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown appeared before the board of supervisors, during a work session Monday to defend his office’s use of a license plate reader (LPR).
        It was no secret that Sheriff Brown was interested in a license plate reader. In an interview with the Bedford Bulletin, published in the March 3,  2011, edition, Sheriff Brown listed technology initiatives he wanted to implement in his final term in office, including one utilizing automatic license plate recognition.

  • Montvale Park gets more money

        Montvale Park will get most of the money needed for its completion.
        According to Michael Stokes, Bedford County’s director of parks and recreation, $267,000 is needed to complete the park. He said there is currently $139,000 in the capital improvement plan for the park.

  • Tax bills change for town residents

        Residents of the new town of Bedford will soon be receiving their first tax tickets from Bedford County and the town of Bedford, which will be a change from what they have experienced in the past.
        Real estate in the former city of Bedford was taxed on a fiscal year cycle with the tax year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  County taxes are on a calendar year cycle, so town residents will receive a tax bill from both the county and the town covering the time period of July 1 – December 31, 2013. 

  • Bedford PD receives national recognition

        The Bedford Police Department has garnered national recognition for its efforts to promote traffic safety in the town.

        On August 27 the Bedford PD was recognized at the 88th annual Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Williamsburg for its traffic safety programs.

  • Council considers firearms hunting in town

        Next Tuesday, Bedford Town Council will consider changing its firearms ordinance to allow some hunting with firearms in the town.
        The proposed ordinance amendment would allow for the discharge of firearms at private firearms ranges approved by the Bedford Police Department or for hunting with shotguns on parcels of at least 5 acres that are not within 100 yards of buildings, dwellings, streets, schools, ponds or public land or public places.

  • Tribute to landmark legislator

        A landmark in Richmond’s downtown served as the scene for a tribute to a landmark in Virginia history.

  • Board rejects zoning text amendment

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted against a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that the board had initiated this past spring.
        The amendment, which would have made outdoor commercial entertainment a use by right at New London Airport and Drag Strip, finally made its way back to the supervisors for a public hearing Monday night. The hearing filled the supervisors meeting chamber with people, all of them opposed. The opponents included Kevin Murray, the owner.

  • PC looks at New London drag strip request

        A text amendment that will allow commercial outdoor entertainment in an agricultural zone is on its way to the supervisors. The amendment is tailored so that it will only apply to the New London Airport, which also doubles as a drag strip.

  • Kaine stops in New London for economic development visit

        United States Senator Tim Kaine took a tour of the Center for Advanced Research and Engineering (CAER) in New London, Friday morning.

  • On the campaign trail: Cuccinelli visits Bedford

        “Sheriff Brown is a national leader in this area,” Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said, during a campaign stop in Bedford. Cuccinelli was referring to Sheriff Mike Brown’s efforts to catch sexual predators who hunt children on the Internet.