• On 4-3 vote, supervisors approve 3 cent increase

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted, Monday night, to advertise a real estate tax rate of 53 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This passed on a 4-3 vote after comments from the public and often passionate discussion by the supervisors. The 53 cent rate is an equalization rate, intended to bring in the same amount of revenue as the current 50 cent rate.

        One citizen, Don Barlow, asked the supervisors to raise his taxes.

  • Enforce the contract

        Parents of children at Bedford Primary School had one request when they spoke to Bedford City Council last week — enforce the contract.

  • Schools may get more local money from county

        Bedford County Public Schools may get more local money in the next fiscal year, after all.

        This assumes that the supervisors follow their past practice of equalizing the real estate tax rate and sharing half of additional discretionary revenue with the school division, which would increase the local transfer to the schools by $1.1 million.

  • Brown will seek one final term as sheriff

        “This will be my last run,” said Sheriff Mike Brown, when he announced last week that he will seek reelection as sheriff this fall. “It’ll be 20 years.”

        By 20 years, Brown means that when he leaves office in 2016 if he’s reelected in November, he would have completed 20 years in office. He was first elected in 1995 and took office in January, 1996.

  • Deficit, healthcare and regulations

    Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, last week, to address a business roundtable hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. His main themes were the need to reduce the federal deficit and reduce regulation.

        “We’ve got to get our fiscal house in order in Washington,” said Hurt, concerning the deficit.

  • School board seeks more money from county

    The Bedford County School Board has told the county's supervisors that the school system is still $2.3 million short of balancing the school division's budget. This was last week, before the General Assembly passed a budget which contains more school funding than the governor originally called for. Figures are not yet available on how much more Bedford County's schools will get.

  • Windmill ordinance approved

        Building a windmill for electric power generation is now a use-by-right in all zones in Bedford County. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the county's planning commission unanimously approved the ordinance at a joint meeting Monday night. The joint meeting was held in order to speed the process.

  • Bedford City Council opts for US 460 improvement

        Bedford City Council has decided it wants the Virginia Department of Transportation to make improvements to US 460, at the intersection of Ole Turnpike Drive and Woodhaven Drive its top priority in the city.

        During its meeting Tuesday, Council adopted a resolution directing VDOT to give the 460 West project the highest priority over all other projects that may be funded by VDOT within the city limits. 

  • Supervisors begin work on budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began work on the next fiscal year’s budget with a look at the county’s revenue picture during a 5 p.m. work session, Monday.

  • County may not increase school funding

    With Bedford County Public Schools looking at as much as a $5.8 million decrease in state and federal funding next year, school officials have been stating they plan to ask the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for additional funds to help make up the difference.

        “We’re going to need our county to step up with local funding,” Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, said during a school board meeting last month.