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Government

  • Town finds group to take over Centerfest

        In spite of Bedford Main Street’s recent demise, Centerfest will go on as scheduled on Sept. 22.
         This time the Lynchburg Retail Merchants’ Association (RMA) will be in charge. Thursday night, after a long closed session during which Bedford Town Council listened to three applicants interested in running the annual street festival, council unanimously awarded RMA the right to close streets for Centerfest.

  • Renewanation granted tax exempt status

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at a regular meeting last week to grant Renewanation real estate tax exempt status for its headquarters in Bedford County.
        The ministry was founded in 2008 and is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. It is focused on assisting Christian schools and home schoolers.
        The facility the ministry sought tax exempt status for is located on Gravel Hill Road, off Hardy Road. The ministry is 95 percent donor funded. The ministry paid $1,700 in property tax on the facility last year.

  • Parties to hold primaries on Tues.

        Both Democrats and Republicans have called for primaries this coming Tuesday, June 12.
        Four Democrats —  Sergio A. Coppola II,  Jennifer Lynn Lewis, Peter J. Volosin  and Charlotte Ann Moore — are seeking their party’s nod to run for the District 6 House of Representatives.
        Republicans will hold a primary the same day.  Corey A. Stewart, Nick J. Freitas  and
    E. W. Jackson are seeking the Republican nod to take on incumbent Senator Tim Kaine in November.

  • Bedford remembers

        This Friday, June 8, the town of Bedford and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will unveil the first two of six historical markers of the “Bedford Remembers” campaign.
        The first plaque dedication will take place at 5 p.m. along W. Main St. at the newly installed platform in front of Smyth Companies. Those gathered will then process to Centertown Park for the unveiling of the second plaque.

  • County adopts broadband plan

        After three years of discussions, the Bedford County Broadband Authority voted to accept a plan presented by George Condyles, of Atlantic Technology Consultants, to expand broadband availability in the county.

  • Board adopts budget

        The Commonwealth of Virginia still does not have a budget for the next fiscal year, but Bedford County does.
        Monday night, the board of supervisors unanimously adopted its budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which starts on July 1. The county budget includes the school budget and adoption, at this point, was necessary so that the school division can send out teacher contracts for the   next   school      year.

  • Trails add new amenity to office park

        Bedford County’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), working with the county’s parks and recreation department, has developed 6.5 miles of dirt trails at the The New London Business and Technology Center in New London.

  • Dealing with trash

    By Patricia C Held
    Contributing Writer

        Solid waste is not on the top of the list for interesting conversation for most people. But after a brief exchange with Vicki Esposito, solid waste becomes a hot topic.
        Esposito serves as the county’s solid waste programs manager. She is ideally suited for her occupation because she loves trash and recycling. She brings an air of enthusiasm and excitement to her profession. After even a brief visit with Esposito, it is obvious that she loves her job.

  • Council meets with developer

        Bedford Town Council’s meeting last week consisted mostly of staff reports.
        D. W. Lawhorne, director of public works, said his department picked up 300 percent more brush than normal in March due to a strong windstorm that swept trough the area.
        Sonia Jammes, deputy town administrator, reported that recordings of Town Council meetings are now available on the town’s website.

  • Local legislators look back on GA session

        “What an interesting year,” commented State Senator Steve Newman.

        Newman was speaking at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast, Tuesday. The Chamber normally holds this event in April, but there was a major item from this year’s legislative session that has not been wrapped up yet — the state’s biennial budget.