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Government

  • Council delays decision on schools

        Town Council was slated, last week, to approve a performance agreement with Waukeshaw Development for the repurposing of Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow.
        It didn’t happen. Instead, Council tabled action on the agreement to allow concerns that Councilman Bob Wandrei  raised   to   be  addressed.

  • Board to advertise tax rate at current level

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted, by a 4-3 vote Monday night at a called meeting, to advertise a real estate tax rate of 52 cents per $100 of assessed value.
        This is the same as the current tax rate but will yield more revenue as the most recent real estate reassessment showed an increase in assessed values. The 52 cent tax rate, if adopted, will bring in an additional $3 million in tax revenue.

  • Libertarian to challenge Austin

        Dean Davison, a Stewartsville resident, has been nominated by the Libertarian Party to run for the 19th District House of Delegates seat in November. Terry Austin, a Republican, currently holds the seat.

  • Supervisors approve bonds for FMS expansion

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 Monday night, with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson absent, authorizing the issuance of general obligation school bonds in an amount not to exceed $22.5 million. The money is intended to finance the   renovation and expansion of Forest Middle School (FMS).

  • Kirkland joins race for Sheriff

        Bedford County’s longest serving K9 handler, Deputy James Kirkland, has announced he will join the race for sheriff to replace retiring Sheriff Mike Brown.

  • To equalize or not equalize, that is the question

    Susan Crawford, the Bedford County’s director of fiscal management, had good news for the supervisors Monday night: County revenue is up.
        Counting revenue from all taxes, revenue is up by $4.3 million. This includes a $3 million increase in property tax revenue. This, however, is what it will be if the supervisors keep the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value.

  • LU withdraws rezoning request

    A public hearing before the Bedford County Planning Commission, scheduled for Tuesday night, on a rezoning and special use permit by Liberty University didn’t happen.
        The university withdrew the request Monday. It was not known, by press time when the university plans to refile the request.

  • Council to advertise for tax hike

        Bedford Town Council voted last week 4-3 to advertise a real estate tax rate of 32 cents per $100 of assessed value.
        That’s the same as the current tax rate but, if adopted, will result higher tax bills for town residents. That’s because the most recent real estate reassessment showed an average increase of 6.5  percent in real estate values in town.

  • Dills stepping down as principal at Liberty HS

     

                Liberty High School Principal Dr. Kathleen Dills is stepping down from her position at the school, effective immediately, according to an announcement on the school’s website.

  • Whitehurst files federal lawsuit against school board, school superintendent

     

                Having filed charges against Bedford County Public Schools with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that she was the victim of discrimination on account of her sex, Dr. Cherie Whitehurst has taken the issue to the next level, filing a federal lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board and Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.