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Government

  • Bedford Police Department to carry magazines honoring 'Bedford Boy."

        When Lisa Dishman learned that the Bedford Police Department was looking for bids to replace its patrol rifle magazines, she had the ultimate offer: to donate the magazines without any charge from her business.
        The reason Dishman was willing to do this was because of her ties to the Bedford community. She grew up in Lynchburg and her family was from the area. And her mom was a cousin to Staff Sgt. Gordon Henry White Jr., one of the Bedford Boys who was killed during the Normandy invasion on D-Day.

  • Town to seek grant

        When Bedford Town Council met last week, Town Manager Bart Warner announced his intention to apply for a redevelopment grant for Bedford Middle School.
        Warner said that, if the town’s application is successful, it could get as much as $600,000. Warner said there would be a local match required, but applying for the grant does not obligate the town to spend any money.

  • Supervisors approve new ICAC position

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved four measures Monday night.

        Monday night, the supervisors approved a new position for a local area network (LAN) administrator for the Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.
        “This is 100 percent ICAC funded,” said Captain Mike Harmony, who is in command of the task force. Harmony said that the money comes from the same grants that fund the task force.

  • Hayden to run as independent for sheriff

    Nearly 200 people turned out for Captain Tim Hayden’s announcement, last week, that he plans to run as an independent for sheriff.

        Because Hayden is running as an independent, whoever wins the Republican Primary in June will face him in the November general election.
        Hayden noted that his candidacy is historic. He’s the first black candidate ever to run for sheriff. If elected he would be Bedford County’s first black sheriff in its history, a history that goes back more than 260 years.

  • Warner visits Booker T. Washington National Monument

        United States Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, made a stop at Booker T. Washington National Monument last week.

        The national monument preserves 207 acres of the tobacco farm where Washington was born as a slave in 1856 and lived until all slaves in Virginia were freed in 1865. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and went on to achieve national recognition. The national monument is located in Franklin County, just south of Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Council discusses golf carts on town streets

    Bedford Town Council discussed an ordinance that would allow electric or gas powered golf carts on town streets. The ordinance would limit them to streets with a 25 mph speed limit.

  • Robey to seek GOP nod for sheriff

    Kent Roby has joined Captain Mike Miller in seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff. The nomination will be decided by a primary on June 11.

                Robey is a Bedford native and a 1981 graduate of Liberty High School. He grew up attending Trinity Baptist Church but later joined Bedford Baptist Church where he is currently a member. He holds a master's degree, from Liberty University, in criminal justice and public administration.

  • Ayers selected to become J&DR Judge

    Stephanie Ayers is headed to a job she is tailor-made to work at.

                Now serving as Bedford County’s Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ayers was notified last week she had been appointed by the Virginia General Assembly to become a juvenile and domestic relations judge.

  • Broadband Authority approves contract

        Bedford County’s Broadband Authority, last week, approved a contract to build the infrastructure to bring broadband Internet service to areas of the county that don’t currently have it.
        “We signed a contract with Blue Ridge Towers to construct the towers,” said Broadband Authority Chairman Tommy Scott. The board of supervisors also serve as the Broadband Authority so Scott, and chairman of the board of supervisors, serves ex-officio as the Authority’s chairman.

  • Johnson throws his hat in the ring

    Now that Bill Thomasson has announced that he will not run for reelection this fall, Mickey Johnson has tossed his trademark hat in the ring for the District 1 Supervisor seat.

        Johnson is in his fifth year on the Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and is currently the Authority’s chairman. He also serves on the county’s parks and recreation advisory board.