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Government

  • Byron seeks reelection

        Delegate Kathy Byron, first elected to the House of Delegates 14 years ago, was interviewed for this story three weeks after HealthCare.gov went live. However, Byron’s worries about ObamaCare had nothing to do with the website’s performance. Byron was concerned with what she was seeing concerning insurance rates.

        “Virginia is leading the pack as far as the cost of it,” she said. “Those 27 and under are going to see a 252.5 percent jump in their healthcare premiums.”

  • Teacher challenges Byron for seat

        Katie Cyphert, a Lynchburg middle school teacher, is challenging Delegate Kathy Byron for the 22nd District House of Delegates seat.

  • Garrett seeks 3rd term

        Delegate Scott Garrett, who represents the 23rd District in the House of Delegates, unseated an incumbent in 2009 to win his first term in the General Assembly. He said he learned that, in order to win an election, a candidate must get out and see where people are. He added that, once elected, a delegate needs to keep doing that; it’s important to get out and listen.

        “If you’re just willing to get out and listen to people, you’ll learn a lot from people,” he said.

  • Parrish seeks 23rd seat

        Jonathan Parrish, a 33-year-old graphic designer from Lynchburg, is seeking the 23rd District House of Delegates seat as a Libertarian candidate. He’s a 1999 Jefferson Forest High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in graphic design, from Liberty University.

        “This is my first time ever seeking elective office,” he said.

  • BRWA looks ahead to future water issues

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) came into being with Bedford’s reversion to town status. The reversion took place this year on July 1, but the process of merging the city’s water and sewer department and the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) into one water authority began late last year.

  • Supervisors approve maintenance fund request

    Bedford County’s board of supervisors had a varied agenda last week. The supervisors’ normal Monday night meeting was moved to Tuesday night because county offices were closed on Monday for Columbus Day.

  • Cuccinelli stops in Bedford

        Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli brought his campaign for governor through Bedford late Saturday afternoon, asking supporters to knock on doors and bring voters over to his side, one at a time.

        Cuccinelli stopped at the Republican Victory Center on Grove Street to speak with supporters who were also greeted by Del. Lacey Putney and Del. Kathy Byron.

  • Council approves firearms hunting regs for the town

        Attempts to lower the caliber of bullet that can be fired within the old town limits—or to prevent hunting there altogether—failed last Tuesday as Bedford Town Council approved amendments to the town ordinance allowing some firearms hunting within the town limits.

  • Auction seeks to make Christmas brighter

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, and Warren Radford, a partner in McCraw Auction Company, are teaming up to host a fundraiser to buy toys for children who won’t be getting much, if anything, for Christmas. The effort is called Toys for Kids.

        According to Gross, Radford came up with the idea. Gross said Radford was looking for a way that he could use his talents as an auctioneer to give back to the community. The idea of raising money to buy toys came from Julie Hertig, a local teacher.

  • Two new faces join Town Council

        A special election, required as a result of Bedford's annexation of some territory as part of it's reversion deal with the county brought two new faces to Town Council.
        Tim Black was the number one vote getter in the six-way race for Council's four two-year seats. Black got 1,104 votes, representing 23 percent of the votes cast. Black is the son of former clerk of the circuit court Carol Black.