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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Council to look at hunting, meeting time

        Bedford Town Council will likely be moving its starting time for Tuesday council meetings from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until the end of the year, following a request by Mayor Bob Wandrei.
        Wandrei made the request at last week’s meeting, stating that he is taking a class in Lynchburg to learn to speak French in preparation for a trip with the Bedford International Alliance (BIA) next summer. A group from the organization will be traveling to France in June 2014 to join in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

  • Fire, rescue requests get OK from board

        Two requests by Bedford County’s fire and rescue department dominated the Board of Supervisors’ discussions Monday night.
        One was a request by Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue, for $80,000, to be transferred from the contingency fund for personal protection equipment for firefighters. According to Jones, the fire and rescue capital improvement plan (CIP) has had a line item for this equipment that has not been funded for four years.

  • Town to hold meetings on Rec program

        The Bedford Central Recreation Association has been legally incorporated and is now soliciting membership. This Association will oversee the rec program for the town of Bedford.
        The Association was created as a result of Bedford’s reversion from a city to a town. The county will eventually be taking over administration of the town’s recreation program and creating the Association brings the town in line with how the other rec programs are run throughout the rest of the county.

  • Are info meetings on the way out?

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0 Monday, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent due to illness, to initiate changes to Article I of the county’s zoning ordinance.
        The main changes eliminate the requirement for developers to hold public informational meetings, which are held before public hearings and must be advertised, and the need to post signs on property that are subject to requests for rezoning, special use permits or variances.

  • Citizens: Hire new tourism director

        Several people spoke Monday evening,  during the citizen comment period that precedes every board of supervisors meeting, urging the county leaders to act soon to hire a new tourism director.
        The job came open last month when the previous tourism director, Sergei Troubetzkoy, left to take a job with Lynchburg starting that city’s first tourism department.

  • He’s been a mentor to many at the BPD

        If you ever happened to be at the Bedford YMCA when Sgt. Charles Nelms of the Bedford Police Department was lifting weights, you knew why it was foolish for anybody to try to resist arrest when he hauled that person in. In his prime, Nelms bench pressed 365 pounds.

        Nelms officially retired on July 1 and the Police Department held a farewell dinner for him at Olde Liberty Station Monday. During the dinner, officers who worked with him and for him offered compliments and some humorous stories.

  • Flushed

        A decision by the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) board of directors last week put an end to a local developer’s plan for a public/private partnership to extend a sewer line to Moneta Elementary School.