• Reverting to a town

        The long-awaited plan to revert the city of Bedford to town status is set to be revealed next Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp says it will be a “win-win” for both the city and Bedford County.

  • Bedford City Council hears reports

    In action last Tuesday, Bedford City Council:

        • Granted permission to block streets for the Children’s Ministry Committee of Main Street United Methodist Church Fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Reid to challenge Brown for sheriff

        Chuck Reid, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, will challenge Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown in this year’s election.

        Reid, a Bedford County native, was first hired as a deputy in 1980 by former Sheriff Carl Wells. He began as a road deputy and later served as an investigator. Reid said that he was part of the regional homicide squad and also worked as an undercover investigator in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

  • Sheriff makes it official

        In front of a room packed with supporters, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown officially announced his plans Friday to run for a fifth and final term as sheriff.

        “I believe I have the best personnel any sheriff can have,” Brown said. “You couldn’t find a better group of men or women.”

  • Hoback to face challenge for District 7 seat

        In past years, contested elections for local elected offices have been rare. But it’s different this year and voters will have choices in at least four local races.

        One of those is the District 7 school board race where Kevin Willis is challenging Debbie Hoback, the incumbent. Hoback is seeking her third term on the board.
        “I haven’t lost the passion for it,” Hoback commented. “I love trying to make a difference.”

  • Hurt defends vote on debt ceiling bill

        The debt ceiling bill, passed by the House of Representatives, was the best deal that could be achieved at the time, according to Robert Hurt. Hurt said this during an interview at the Elks National Home while on a tour through Bedford Tuesday morning.

        “It’s disappointing that we have not been able to achieve more to make more progress in cutting back reckless spending,” Hurt said.

  • GOP nominates its local candidates

    Bedford area Republicans nominated a slate of five candidates for local offices.

        They endorsed Sheriff Mike Brown for a fifth term as Bedford County’s sheriff. Brown, first elected in 1995, will have completed 20 years in that office at the end of his next term if his reelection bid is successful. Brown said earlier this year that he will step down at the end of his next term.

  • McCabe won’t seek reelection in District 6

        Shirley McCabe, who has represented District 6 on the Bedford County School Board since 1995, won’t seek reelection this fall.

  • City reduces time for late payments on power bills

        City Council Members were briefed on an electrical new disconnect policy at a work session last week.

        According to City Manager Charles Kolakowski and City Treasurer Debbie Roberts, Bedford, for a number of years, has waited for electrical customers to get two months in arrears on their electric bills before cutting power. A new policy will accelerate this.

  • Jefferson Villas residents caught in middle between PSA and supervisors' past decision

    Who’s fault is it that trees were planted over a Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) waterline at Jefferson Villas in Forest?

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors discussed this issue when District 4 Supervisor John Sharp brought it up at the end of Monday night’s meeting. Jefferson Villas is in his district.