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Government

  • No tax hikes in proposed county budget

        Monday night, Assistant County Administrator Dr. Reid Wodicka presented the Bedford County Board of Supervisors with a preliminary budget that calls for no tax increases and gives the school board most of the local transfer it has requested.
        This year marks the first time the school board has presented its budget to the supervisors at the beginning of their budget development process.

  • Bedford Town Council meets to discuss BMS, Old Yellow

        “This building is just not really safe to be in at this moment,” announced Brittan Springs, an architect with the architecture and engineering firm Wiley Wilson.

        Springs was referring to the Old Public School Building, commonly known as “Old Yellow,” located on the current Bedford Middle School campus. 
        On Monday, March 6, Bedford Town Council viewed a powerpoint presentation presented by Project Manager and architect Randy Vaughn and Springs.

  • Bedford Middle School building subject of meeting

    Bedford Town Council will hold a meeting in council chambers at the town's municipal building on proposals for what to do with the current middle school building once the school division declares it surplus. A structural engineer will make a presentation, which will include the old 1912 school building commonly called "Old Yellow."

    "I think, as we have found in the past, there is a lot of nostalgia for "Old Yellow," Mayor Robert Wandrei commented during a Town Council Meeting, Tuesday.

  • School board adopts preliminary budget

        The Bedford County School Board unanimously adopted its preliminary budget last week.
        This preliminary budget will be presented to the board of supervisors at a 5 p.m. work session on March 6. The meeting will be held in the supervisors’ meeting chamber on the third floor of the County Administration Building on East Main Street in Bedford.

  • Board OK’s funds for heating, cooling loop

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to allow the school board to use $712,000 of the money borrowed to finance construction of a new middle school and competition gym to replace the heating and cooling loop at Liberty High School (LHS).

  • Fortune telling in future as a Bedford business?

        Fortune tellers are prohibited under a current town ordinance, but that will soon change. Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner presented his recommendations to Bedford Town Council last week.
        Warner said the town’s planning commission recommended changing the town’s zoning ordinance at the same time Council repeals the fortune teller ban. The zoning ordinance change would limit the B-2 (General Business District) zones as a conditional use.

  • Dollar General rezoning request denied

        A proposal to build a Dollar General store on Va. 24, across the highway from Staunton River High School, drew major opposition when the rezoning request, necessary for the construction of the store, came before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        A large number of neighbors opposed it. The planning commission opposed it. County planning staff opposed it. The county school division opposed it. In the end, five of seven supervisors opposed it.

  • Bedford Central Library acquires 3D printer

    By Emily Scruggs

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A move to Thailand landed Bedford Central Library a 3D printer.
        This isn’t your normal printer.
        According to Youth Service Librarian, Lauren Harper, the library had been interested in purchasing a 3D printer for quite some time. Around the end of July, 2016, friends of Harper’s moved to Thailand,  and the library was fortunate enough to purchase their 3D printer for about half of the retail price.

  • New tourism director knows the county

        Bedford County got a new tourism director in January but Nicole Johnson is not new to Bedford County.

        She’s a Liberty High School graduate. After college — she majored in medial studies with a journalism concentration — she worked in the Washington D. C. area. She returned to Bedford 10 years ago and worked for five years at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, working on visitor services.

  • Council to hold public hearing on fortune telling regs

        Town Council is looking at lifting a ban on fortune tellers.
        At the request of David Guy, who wants to open a fortune telling business, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner made a presentation to Council, noting that repealing this ban is something town staff had previously recommended. He said the repeal will require a public hearing.
        Warner recommended that fortune telling be a commercial use, “which will keep it out of residential [areas].”