• Reversion agreement goes to Commission on Local Government

        Six months after officially adopting a resolution to revert the city of Bedford to a town—and some four years after discussion about reversion began—the actual document for the process to be reviewed has been filed with the Virginia Commission on Local Government.
        The document was filed Tuesday and the Commission is expected to meet Monday to establish a timeline for review of the agreement, along with setting the times for presentations and public hearings on it. The Commission will also tour the area as part of its review.

  • EPA rules worry area farmers, municipalities

    EPA efforts to reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus flowing into Chesapeake Bay could have a serious impact on farms and municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay area.

        The issue is the EPA’s  proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes portions of Bedford County. TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can carry and still meet clean water standards.

  • Low turnout in primary costs taxpayers

        A Republican presidential primary that produced low voter turnout still cost local taxpayers.

        Only 4.99 percent of Bedford’s registered voters, and 6.72 percent of county registered voters, turned out to cast ballots in the primary in which Mitt Romney and Ron Paul were the only two candidates on the ballot. Both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum failed to make Virginia’s ballot.
        The primary cost the city $4,000, according to City Registrar Randi Herrick.

  • Cell tower plan needs update

        Bedford County’s telecommunications tower strategic plan needs an update, according to George Condyles, president of The Atlantic Group. This company serves as the county’s technical consultant on telecommunications tower issues.
        The current plan was adopted in 2002. At that time cell phone companies were in the process of transitioning from analog transmissions to digital. Wireless service concentrated on voice with very little data.
        “There was no such thing as apps,” Condyles said.

  • BCSO seeks funds to allow inmates to serve on work details

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking funds to allow Blue Ridge Regional Jail inmates to form clean-up work details along highways in the county.

  • New ambulance takes to the road

        A career ambulance crew that has been using a borrowed ambulance, provided courtesy of the Montvale Rescue Squad, now has its own. According to Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue, the ambulance was purchased from money obtained from insurance billing, rather than tax money. This is the second county-owned ambulance put into service this year.

  • Harmony decision delayed

        Harmony, George Aznavorian’s latest planned development, encountered push-back from some citizens during a public hearing last week.
        All but 10 acres of the land where he proposes to build Harmony is in Bedford County and is currently zoned AR, an agricultural zone, and Aznavorian needs it rezoned to PD-1, a planned development zoning, in order to build the project.

  • Group home faces shortfall

         Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services, brought a problem to the Board of Supervisors’ budget work session, Monday evening.
        The work session was dedicated to enterprise funds, county services that are supposed to pay their own way due to the revenue they generate. Bedford County Group Homes is one of these.

  • Supervisors approve one School Board request; table another

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action an a number of issues at a Monday night meeting that featured a lengthy agenda—including cell towers, the change of the master plan for Thomas Jefferson Crossing and the re-appropriation of funds for the school system.

  • No tax hikes planned by county this year

        The good news is that Bedford County has a balanced budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The bad news is that this is a tentative budget as there are a lot of factors, still unknown, that could impact it.