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Government

  • Council denies Elks request

        Bedford’s Elks lodge won’t get a tax exemption. Town Council voted against the lodge’s request by a 5-1 margin. Councilman Beckham Stanley was absent.
        “I am fully aware of the good works of the Elks,” commented Bedford Mayor Bob Wandrei.
        However, Wandrei said it’s important for all to pay their fair share of taxes.
        “I cannot support this ordinance,” Wandrei said of the ordinance that would have granted the tax exemption.

  • Assisted Living Facility gets OK from supervisors

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors dealt with several items, Monday night, during the group’s last meeting of 2016.

  • Local resident to lead tourism effort

    Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess, announced Monday that Nicole (Shackelford) Johnson, associate director for development and marketing at the National D-Day Memorial, has been named the new director of  tourism for Bedford County.

  • Supervisors grant pay raises

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted pay raises for full time and part time county employees, effective Dec. 1.
        The raises are the result of a salary study that indicated that Bedford County salaries are substantially lower than those paid by surrounding localities. It will cost $900,000 to implement the pay raises for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30.
        The raises range from 2 percent to 32 percent, depending on how a position ranked in the study.

  • Council considers tax exempt request

        A public hearing on a request by Bedford’s Elks Lodge for real estate tax exempt status drew only one speaker. Tim Childress, a member of the Lodge who spoke in favor of it.
        Childress said the Lodge’s directors are not paid and no money goes to any members and the Lodge does not attempt to influence legislation.
        “The tax is significant to the the Lodge but is negligible to the town,” Childress said.

  • Solar Power farm coming to Bedford

        The town of Bedford intends to enter into a solar franchise agreement with the North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc to construct a utility scale solar farm within the town.
        The facility will be located off Draper Road adjacent to the old town landfill and will occupy approximately 20 acres.  O2 will lease the land from the town. 

  • Carson, Stanley move on from council

        When Bedford Town Council convenes for the first time next year, two men will no longer occupy one of the hot seats.

        Robert Carson and Beckham Stanley chose not to run and newcomers Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley picked up the vacant seats.
        Carson, who served on Council for four years, said he tends to be his own worst critic.
        “I just didn’t feel very effective,” he said.

  • Carson, Stanley move on from council

        When Bedford Town Council convenes for the first time next year, two men will no longer occupy one of the hot seats.
        Robert Carson and Beckham Stanley chose not to run and newcomers Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley picked up the vacant seats.
        Carson, who served on Council for four years, said he tends to be his own worst critic.
        “I just didn’t feel very effective,” he said.

  • Council doesn’t chicken out

        Bedford residents living in low density residential areas (R1) will now be able to keep chickens in their backyard.
        According to Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner, the new ordinance is based on the ordinances that Roanoke and Salem have and no roosters are allowed.
        Enforcement will  be complaint driving. Council adopted the ordinance by a 5-0 vote with Councilmen Beckham Stanley and Jim Vest absent.

  • Ministry or homeless shelter?

        Bedford’s planning commission had  an item on its agenda, Thursday evening, about whether to issue a conditional use permit to allow Grace House Community Church to operate a homeless shelter. It didn’t quite go that way.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House, argued that the homeless shelter is what his church does. He said Grace House started in 2011.
        “We found a need that was in the community,” he said.