• Planners oppose shooting range

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously gave a thumbs down to a request by Timothy Hooper to operate a shooting range on his farm in the New London area.

        Hooper had requested that a portion of his farm, previously zoned R-2 (medium density residential), be rezoned to AP (agricultural preserve) to allow him to operate a shooting range on the property. A shooting range is a permitted use in an AP zone with a special use permit. At the same time, he sought a special use permit to operate the range.

  • Zoning change process creates dispute between boards

        The Bedford County Planning Commission held its first meeting last week, since the completion of a public hearing on Nov. 17.

        The hearing was on modifications, proposed by the board of supervisors, to the existing zoning ordinance. Last year, the supervisors rejected a new zoning ordinance that the planning commission had developed. The planning commission has 90 days to make its recommendations on the supervisors’ changes.

  • Shooting range moves forward

        Timothy Hooper is half way toward his goal of operating a commercial shooting range that will be used to train law enforcement officers.

  • State mandate concerns board, some citizens

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors were unanimously uncomfortable with a text amendment to the PD-1 zoning district, a type of planned development district, that will provide for urban development areas.

        The problem the supervisors face is that they are under a state mandate to provide these. The county would also have to repay a $50,000 Virginia Department of Transportation grant if the supervisors fail to approve the amendment.

  • Public sounds off on proposed zoning changes

    This was a second chance to sound off.
    About 135 people turned out, Thursday night, for a joint public hearing by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission on proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.
    The hearing had been continued after 300 people showed up, Nov. 10, for a hearing in a venue that could only accommodate 75. This time, the hearing was held in the auditorium of Bedford Science and Technology Center, which can hold several hundred.

  • Putney returns to House of Delegates

        When Delegate Lacey Putney returns to the House of Delegates in January, it will mark his 50th anniversary of representing the 19th House District.

        Virginia’s state legislature is the oldest democratically elected legislature in the Western Hemisphere — it first met 392 years ago in Jamestown. Putney has personally been a part of more than 12 percent of that history.  He first set foot on the floor of the House in January 1962.

  • Zoning ordinance hearing continued to this Thurs. as overflow crowd turns out

        A public hearing on changes to the county’s zoning ordinance, Thursday night, drew so many people that the hearing had to be continued until this Thursday night.

        About 300 people showed up last week; there was only room for 75.
        Most of those who turned out were unable to get into the meeting room and some of those who managed to squeeze in had to leave and stand in the hall.
        The crowd was angry — and vocal.

  • Candidates sound off about the election

        With Election 2011 behind us, some of those who threw their hat in the ring discuss the election and the future.

    Sheriff Mike Brown
        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown to another term. Brown won with 72 percent of the vote. When he completes this term, he will have served for 20 years.    
        “We were very pleased,” Brown commented about the results.

  • Turnout surprisingly good by mid-afternoon

        A warm, sunny November day combined with contested races in many of the elections, brought a steady stream of voters to polling places in the county and city.

        The city’s Ward 1 saw 189 voters by 10:57 a.m. and 139 had showed up at the county’s Public Service Authority polling place by 11:26 a.m. Carl Wells, who heads up that polling place, said that, although there had been no line, voter turnout had been steady all morning.

  • Election 2011

    Some incumbents won't be returning to local boards, and one local state delegate, Bedford 's Lacey Putney, found himself in a tight race, but won, defeating two opponents.

    And there won't be a new sheriff in town—Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown easily won reelection for what he has said will be his last term.