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Government

  • Election 2015: The results are in

        This year’s state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots last Tuesday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him.   Charles  Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Voter turnout was good

        A warm, sunny election day brought more voters than anticipated to the polls yesterday. According to Barbara Gunter, total voter turnout across the county was 11.7 percent by 11:35 a.m, but some precincts had reached 14 percent and the Knights of Columbus precinct, in Forest, was the morning turnout champion with 18 percent of its registered voters having cast ballots before noon.

        Gunter, in a phone interview before noon, said turnout was higher than expected at that point.

  • Council looks at stronger regs on those who don’t keep up property

        Town Council is looking to strengthen the town’s ordinance dealing with property owners who don’t maintain their property.
        “We have a number of consistent violators, “ Town Manager Charles Kolakowki told Council during a work session last week.
        Kolakowski said the vast majority of the problem property owners are out of town. Some are out of state. Some “use us for a lawn service.”

  • The voters have spoken

        This year's state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots yesterday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him. Charles Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Centertown Park gets a facelift

        If you have driven down Main Street in Bedford over the past week, you’ve probably noticed that all the trees in Centertown Park have been cut down. Right now, it looks more like Centertown Patio.

        Up until 2005, there were two rows of trees at Centertown Park. The first row, the row along the North Bridge Street side, were cut down that year.
        “That was kind of the prolog to what we are doing now,” said Bart Warner, Bedford’s assistant town manager.

  • Bowden seeks election as write-in

        Pam Bowden, a local real estate paralegal, would like to be Bedford County’s next commissioner of the revenue.
        Bowden is lifelong Bedford County native. She’s a Liberty High School graduate and a 2003 Averett University graduate, graduating suma cum laude with a degree in business administration.
        There was quite a gap between her high school and college years.
        “I went back when my kids went to college,” she said.

  • Creasy seeks Eubank’s office

        Julie Creasy, who has worked in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office for 22 years, hopes to succeed Faye Eubank as Commissioner of the Revenue. Eubank is not seeking reelection this year.

  • Johnson seeks to unseat Downey in District 1

        District 1 features the only contested school board race, with W. P. Johnson seeking to unseat one-term incumbent Richard Downey.
        Downey feels retaining an experienced school board member is important as two current school board members will not seek reelection to the board. He said a new school board member has a steep learning curve. A new member on the school board will spend his first year in office learning how everything works.

  • Dooley seeks to unseat Pollard

        District 6 is the only contested board of supervisors race. District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson faces no opposition in his reelection bid and Kevin Willis and Tommy Scott are running unopposed for the District 7 and District 5 seats.
        Back in June, Andy Dooley defeated District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard in a primary for the Republican nomination. Pollard, who has always previously run as an independent, is now mounting a write-in campaign.

    Andy Dooley

  • Stebbins challenges Brown for sheriff

        Sheriff Mike Brown is seeking another term as Bedford County’s sheriff. He promises to continue and expand the programs he has already started, and is adding a new one.
        For the past few years Brown has been strongly urging the board of supervisors to add more school resource officers to improve school safety.