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Government

  • 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.

  • Town plans to preserve venue

        The town and fans of the Bedford Community Orchestra seem to be in tune.

  • County set to adopt budget

        The General Assembly still has not adopted a new state budget. Bedford County, however, will have a budget after May 14, regardless of whether state legislators have finished their work by then.

  • No name change for road

        A street won’t be renamed following a public hearing Monday on the request.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing, during its regular session, on a petition by Cynthia Chamberland to rename the street she lives on, in Gillfield Village, from Laura’s Home Place to Promise Way.

  • Three vying for GOP nod debate at LU

        Three candidates for the Republican nomination for Senate, E. W. Jackson, Nick Freitas  and Corey Stewart, met in a live televised debate at Liberty University Thursday night.

        It was initially a polite debate with all three candidates agreeing on a number of questions.
        All three    disliked    the budget bill that was passed by Congress last month.

  • Customers to be offered renewable energy subscription program

        Bedford Town Council voted 4-2 to accept a recommendation by John Wagner, the director of the town’s electric department, to offer a renewable energy subscription program. Mayor Robert Wandrei and Councilman Bruce Johannessen cast the dissenting votes.
        The program will be available to town electric customers on a voluntary basis. According to a document provided to Council’s electric committee a week earlier, two renewable energy options will be available.

  • County tax rates to stay the same

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing, Monday night on the county’s budget and proposed tax rates. Nobody spoke at either hearing. The hearing was held in the supervisors regular meeting chamber and was sparsely attended.
        “This is a flat tax rate,” County Administrator Carl Boggess said.
        All tax rates remained that same as they are for the current fiscal year. The supervisors unanimously adopted these tax rates.

  • Town set to raise trash fee

        Bedford Town Council held a public hearing on its proposed town budget, last week, before a virtually empty meeting chamber. Nobody spoke during the public hearing.
        The only person who spoke during the evening was Bruce Hartwick, who spoke at a public hearing on Council’s proposal to raise the fee for trash collection   by   $2   per  month.
        “I believe it would be a horrible idea to raise fees right now,” Hartwick said.

  • Warner visits Bedford

        Senator Mark Warner stopped by Bedford for a town hall at the Welcome Center last Wednesday. The audience consisted of local business men, local government officials and heads of non-profits.

        Warner, a Democrat, spent most of his time in this heavily Republican area taking questions from the floor.
        “This is a chance to try to answer your questions,” Warner told the gathering.