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Government

  • Parker to run for District 7 Board seat

        Former Bedford County Supervisor Tammy Parker said “District 7’s voice has become silent on some key issues.  I have been and will continue to be a voice to be heard on all issues.”
        Parker has filed as the Republican candidate for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors District 7 seat. Current District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis — who won the Republican primary in 2015 — announced April 2 that he is running as an independent candidate in November.

  • Democrat challenges Byron for 22nd House seat

        Democrats have nominated Jennifer Woofter to challenge Kathy Byron for the 22nd House of Delegates seat.

        Woofter lives in Lynchburg and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon and a master’s in political science from Virginia Tech. She also has a master’s in sustainability (environmental and social) from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. No, Woofter does not speak Swedish. This was an international program that was taught in English.

  • Council reaches compromise; adopts 31-cent tax rate

        After multiple failed votes, Bedford Town Council settled on a compromise tax rate of 31 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
        The tax rate had been 32 cents per $100 and an equalized rate would have been 30 cents. The town saw the assessed value of its real estate go up by an average of 7.65 percent.

  • Austin to seek re-election

        Delegate Terry Austin, 19th District will run for re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates.
        “I am excited to announce my candidacy for the 19th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. If elected, I will continue to focus on preserving  conservative  values and facilitating economic development in our district and throughout the region,” said Austin.

  • Board adopts 50-cent tax rate
  • Council approves contract for company to develop school properties

        Last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council approved a performance agreement with Waukesha Development to redevelop Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow.
        Under the agreement, Bedford Middle School will be converted to 50 market rate apartments and Old Yellow will become a boutique hotel. The middle school building was originally built as Bedford High School and first opened its doors in 1928. Old Yellow dates back to 1912 and served as a school until Bedford Elementary School was built in the 1980s.

  • Independents announce intentions to run

        Five candidates have announced bids for election to local office. Three of them are running for school board seats and, by state law, must run as independents.

    Dr. Susan Mele
         Dr. Susan Mele is running to fill the District 1 school board seat currently held by Richard Downey. Downey announced earlier this year that he will not seek reelection.
        “I think I have a lot of experience,” Mele said, explaining why she is running.

  • Talking trash

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors got some bad news when they met with Sheldon Cash, director of public works, and Mike Dorsey, the solid waste division manager, to talk trash Monday evening.
        The current landfill cell will fill up much faster than thought. The supervisors were told that the cell will run out of space in two years. It is now taking the state Department of Environmental Quality two years to issue permits for landfill expansions and Cash said it will take three years to construct the new cell.

  • County to fly POW/MIA flags

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously took action Monday to fly the POW/MIA flag at all county facilities.
        The action was taken following a citizen request last month by Salvatore Monastra, a Vietnam veteran, who asked the county to start flying the POW/MIA flag under the American Flag on all flagpoles.
        “I want to see it flown 365 days a year,” commented District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley. Dooley is a Vietnam veteran.

  • Son of former sheriff to seek GOP nod

        David Wells, the son of former Sheriff Carl Wells, announced yesterday that he will seek the Republican nomination for sheriff.

        He joins Captain Mike Miller of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and Kent Robey in running for the Republican nomination in the June 11 primary to replace retiring Sheriff Mike Brown. Captain Tim Hayden of the BCSO and Deputy James Kirkland have announced they will be running as independents for sheriff in the November general election.