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Government

  • 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.

  • School Board looks for options on baseball field for LHS

    School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler spoke to Town Council last week, during the work session that preceded the regular 7 p.m meeting,  asking for improvements to the ball field at Liberty Lake Park that would allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Hostutler said that the Liberty Lake ball field is a Plan B option. 
        “The ideal scenario is [for the baseball team] to play the 2017 season at  its current field and the 2018 season at the new field,” he said.

  • Dittmar seeks 5th seat

        Jane Dittmar, the 5th District Democrats’ nominee for the 5th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Robert Hurt, stopped by local Democratic headquarters in Bedford, Friday.

  • 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.

  • 5 vie for 4 council seat

        Bedford has had a lot of Town Council elections recently.
        First, people elected the first town council, which took office when the city reverted to town status. That was followed by another election because of the number of new residents taken into the town through an annexation that was part of the town’s reversion agreement with the county.

  • Rezoning request tabled

        A request by a developer to have a track of land rezoned from General Business District (B-2) to High Density Residential (R-3) was tabled by the Bedford Planning Commission Thursday.
        The property in question is currently known as Billie Leighs Court. It was formerly known as Whispering Pines. The site has 97 lots, with sewer and water hookups. Only 27 currently have mobile homes on them.

  • Homeless shelter added to town zoning

        Last week, Bedford Town Council adopted an amendment to town zoning that allows emergency homeless shelters as a permitted use in B1 business districts.
        The Rev. Josh Bell, pastor of Grace Ministries, addressed Council before the vote. Grace Ministries is a church that operates a homeless shelter, called Grace House, in the Six C’s Shopping Center in Bedford.

  • 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.