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Government

  • Board approves county budget

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Bedford County’s budget for the next fiscal year.
        The budget calls for $110 million in general fund expenditures. This includes a $36 million transfer to the school division’s operating fund. Included in the budget is money to hire an additional school resource officer and money to expand career staffed ambulance crews’ coverage in Big Island and Goode bringing coverage from 12 hours a day, seven days a week to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Mike Miller gets Republican nod

    Capt. Mike Miller emerged the victor in Tuesday's Republican primary for sheriff. Miller drew a plurality, 48 percent of the vote, in a three way race with Kent Robey and David Wells. Robey came in second with 38 percent of the vote and Wells came in third with 14 percent. Miller got 3,904 votes. Robey received 3,115 votes and 1,183 people cast ballots for Wells.

     

  • Council transfers funds for middle school, Old Yellow project

        At a brief meeting that lasted about 10 minutes, Bedford Town Council took care of what Town Manager Bart Warner termed housekeeping items.
        Council voted to transfer $400,000 to the town’s economic development authority (EDA) in accordance with the town’s performance agreement with Waukeshaw Development for the Bedford Middle School project.

  • Board argues about permit fees

         A heated argument between District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson and District 4 Supervisor John Sharp over fees for concealed weapons permits broke out at last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The meeting was held on Tuesday evening due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Board Chairman Tommy Scott ultimately had to gavel the meeting to order.

  • GOP primary for sheriff goes to voters

        Republicans have a primary scheduled for this coming Tuesday.
        Locally, the primary will decide which of three candidates for sheriff will get the Republican nod to take on two independents in November.

  • Low Flying Aircraft Advisory

     

                Planned, low-altitude flight activity will take place on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 near the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

  • Vice President Mike Pence to Attend 75th Anniversary Commemoration at National D-Day Memorial

                The National D-Day Memorial Foundation announced Friday Vice President Mike Pence will attend the 75th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day on Thursday, June 6 at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.

                Vice President Pence will deliver the keynote address, “D-Day and the Nation,” during the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. with an aerial tribute to veterans of the Second World War.

  • Bedford Town Council adopts budget

        Bedford Town Council adopted a budget last week that had been tweaked to fit the 31-cent per $100 in assessed valuation real estate tax rate they had earlier adopted.
        The budget, which passed unanimously, provides for $9.3 million in general fund expenditures.

  • Supervisors look at surplus

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a 5 p.m. work session Monday to reach a consensus on how a $135,000 surplus in the budget should be allocated.

        That’s the amount in excess of the draft budget county staff developed at the 50 cent per $100 in assessed value real estate tax the supervisors adopted last month.

  • A place to get fit!

        The newest addition to Liberty Lake Park’s offerings was dedicated last week.

         It’s a fitness court and it was built without requiring taxpayer funding. It’s part of the National Fitness Initiative and it’s the first of the Initiative’s fitness courts built in Virginia.
        D. W. Lawhorne, the town’s director of public works, and Town Councilman Bryan Schley learned of the fitness courts.