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Government

  • COPsync: County first in state to use it

        On Friday, Oct. 23 the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch and CEO of COPsync, Brandon Flanagan , formally announced the beginning of a new security project.

  • Bedford County makes progress on safer fire trucks

        According to Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue, a tax increase in 2014 and a plan developed by the county’s volunteer fire chiefs, has made it possible to get rolling on a project to replace aging fire trucks.

  • Work on courthouse nearly complete

        “We are 99 percent done,” said Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of public works, concerning repair work on the courthouse.

        The bell tower repair was done first.
        “They worked from the top down,” Cash said.
        The weather vane, which had lost half of its directions, was replaced. The new copper dome shines like a new penny — it will gradually weather and acquire a green patina.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.