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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.

  • County appropriates budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent, to appropriate the county’s $89.38 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The budget’s capital improvement fund includes $800,000 designated for emergency apparatus. It also includes $2 million for water and sewer debt service.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Boards discuss school options

        Within 60 days, the Bedford County School Board hopes to have a clear direction from the County Board of Supervisors as to how much the board will be willing to ante up to build a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone.
        Whether that school will be a middle school, high school or some hybrid between the two remains to be seen—and it all hinges on how much money the supervisors will be willing to borrow for the construction project.