• The shelter is full

        The Bedford County Animal Shelter has a problem. It’s overflowing with dogs and cats.

        According to Stacy Epperson, president of Friends of the Bedford County Animal Shelter, the Shelter has a maximum capacity of 24 dogs and 40 cats. Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization that partners with the shelter to find permanent homes for unclaimed animals that show up at the shelter.

  • Supervisors authorize ambulance purchase

    Last night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized the department of fire and rescue to buy a new ambulance.
        “This is from our revenue recovery program, so no local dollars are involved,” said Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue.
        County rescue squads, and the county’s career staffed units, bill insurance companies for ambulance service. No bills are ever sent to individuals and people who do not have insurance that covers ambulance service.

  • Council supports effort to apply for grant for Bedford Amtrak station

        Last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council voted unanimously to support an application by Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Initiative to apply for a grant to construct a station for an Amtrak rail stop in Bedford.
        According to Town Manager Bart Warner, the action does not obligate the town to spend any money. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors adopted a similar resolution earlier this month.

  • Scott to chair board

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held its organizational meeting Monday night. The supervisors chose District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott as chairman and District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley as vice chairman.
        During the meeting, the supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the town’s application for a grant to design and build an Amtrak passenger station in Bedford. The resolution does not obligate the county to spend any money.

  • 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.