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Government

  • Going out on top

        Sheriff Mike Brown is 76, but age is not why he’s retiring. Brown said his health is good. He also said the department is strong.

        “The department is on a high level,” he said. He said the vice unit — which has a focus on drugs and gangs — is one of the best in the state. The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force has 21 officers looking for sexual predators and the unit has a 100 percent conviction rate for people it has arrested. It’s all paid for with money from federal grants.

  • Miller to run for sheriff

        Captain Mike Miller of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office wants to see the strides made under the two sheriffs he has served under move forward and he wants to build even stronger ties with the community in the days ahead.

  • Northam touts bills on voting rights, campaign finance system

    By Owen FitzGerald
    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam introduced two legislative proposals at a press conference Monday aimed at improving voting access and transparency in the campaign finance system.
        One proposal would allow Virginians to vote absentee without having to provide an excuse — legislation the governor said would reduce crowds at the polls on Election Day.  The current law, which Northam called “arbitrary,” requires citizens to give one of 20 reasons to vote absentee.

  • Brown to retire at the end of the year

    After 24 years serving as Bedford County Sheriff, Mike Brown has announced he won’t seek another term in November.

  • Council selects Rush as Bedford mayor

        Steve Rush is now Bedford’s new mayor. Rush was chosen by his fellow councilmen when Bedford Town Council met the day after New Year’s Day to choose a mayor and vice-mayor.

  • Town’s new building official is now on the job

        When Bedford was a city, it had its own building official. Once it reverted to town status six years ago, it ceded that enforcement of the state portions of the building code to the county.

        The town retained enforcement of the maintenance code because it varies from locality to locality. Now the town is taking back the responsibility for enforcing the entire code and hired its own building official. The new building official started the day after New Year’s Day.

  • Library honors combat wounded

        All of Bedford County’s libraries, except for the Big Island Library, have a parking space reserved for combat wounded. That’s because that library is a shared facility with Big Island Elementary School and has limited parking.

  • BRP accessible to public during shutdown

        During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, overlooks, and trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway will remain accessible to visitors weather permitting. Emergency and rescue services will be limited.

  • Merry Christmas from Parks and Rec

        About 50 people enjoyed the county parks and rec department’s annual Senior Social earlier this month. The event, held at Bedford’s Moose lodge, featured food, music games and a visit by Santa.

  • County hires administrator

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors appointed Robert Hiss as its new County Administrator at its specially called December 21 meeting.

        Hiss’ first day as County Administrator will be Feb. 25.  The current Administrator, Carl Boggess, is retiring at the end of 2018.