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Government

  • Council honors Rev. Henderson

        Bedford Town Council honored the Rev. Henry Henderson last week. The Rev. Henderson has been pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church for 50 years.

        The proclamation that Mayor Steve Rush read mentioned Rev. Henderson’s accomplishments over the years. He had a radio ministry on WBLT and was a leader in the work to establish the Shepherd’s Table. He counseled youth and adults as part of the Prison Ministry Team.

  • County’s Treasurer’s Office achieves accreditation

        The Bedford County Treasurer’s office recently received its accreditation from the Treasurer’s Association of Virginia (TAV).
        The certification was presented to Treasurer Kim Snow on June 14 as part of the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia’s annual conference in Arlington.

  • AARP Community Challenge Grant Awarded to Town of Bedford

     

  • Board deals with cost overrun on sewer line project

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to authorize a change order in the work on Corporate Park Drive that will result in a $213,000 cost overrun.
        According to Robert Hiss, the county administrator, the change order was needed because workers encountered large amounts of rock in the path where the plan called for relocating a sewer line. The blasting required to clear this path would have been very expensive. It was less expensive to change the design so the sewer line goes through a spot with less rock.

  • Broadband initiative underway

        The effort to provide last mile broadband Internet coverage to all of Bedford County got underway with a groundbreaking ceremony for a tower in Big Island last month.

        According to a press release from the county, a series of towers and fiber optic cable will help bring high-speed Internet service to 95 percent of the unserved and underserved areas of the county.

  • State to study stop in Bedford

        Although Michael McLaughlin,  chief of rail transportation for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DPRT) recommended against an Amtrak  platform in Bedford during the April 9 meeting of the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Rail and Transit Subcommittee, the Commonwealth Transportation Board approved, at its June 19 meeting, $300,000 to conduct a planning study on adding a train platform in Bedford.

  • Board tries to help nursing home attract staff

        Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved three special use permits after public hearings.
        The supervisors also approved by 6-0 votes to allow the Bedford County Nursing Home to provide three employee recruitment and retention incentives. One provides a $500 signing bonus for new medical staff and another provides a $500 bonus to employees who refer a new medical staff employee. The third provides an extra $1.25 per hour to licensed practical nurses who work the second and third shift.

  • Miller wins Republican Primary nomination for Sheriff

        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.

  • 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.