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Government

  • Lacey Putney seeks another term

        Delegate Lacey Putney, currently the longest serving legislator in Virginia history, is seeking another term. If reelected, the opening of the General Assembly in January will mark the 50th anniversary of the day that Putney first set foot in the House of Delegates. He was first elected in 1961.

        Putney was born in Big Island. His father was  section foreman for the   C&O   Railroad   and   Lacey Putney grew up in the section foreman’s house.    

  • Lew Medlin runs as Democrat

        He lives in Stewartsville and is vice-president of E-Z Mount Bracket Company, located in Montvale, which he co-founded with his father, Lewis B. Medlin Sr. The business has a 10,000 square foot facility that makes 23 different bracket designs used primarily by the electrical industry. The company has 15 U. S. patents.

  • Jerry Johnson runs as Republican

        Jerry Johnson, who lives in the Buchanan area, is challenging Delegate Lacey Putney for the 19th House of Delegates seat. Johnson is running as a Republican.
        A native of Atlanta, Ga., Johnson came to Franklin County in 1988. He has lived in Botetourt County since 2000. He is a retired building/electrical contractor.

  • Voter cards are out; voter turnout may be low

        New voter cards have been sent out, according to Barbara Gunter, the county registrar.

  • Planning commission denies rezoning request for shooting range

    After three hours worth of public hearings and discussion, the Bedford County Planning Commission made one decision concerning a shooting range on Va. 811 (Thomas Jefferson Road) and postponed making a second one.

  • Incumbent faces challenge in District 6 supervisor race

    The race for the District 6 seat on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors is one of several contested elections in this area.


    Annie Pollard
        Annie Pollard, the incumbent, won  the  seat  in  2007  after the death of her husband, Bobby Pollard, who had previously held the seat. She is seeking her second term on the board of supervisors.

  • Newman voices support for Putney over Republican nominee

        Republicans have not run a candidate against Delegate Lacey Putney since the days when Putney was a Democrat, back in the 1960s. Putney, an independent, has caucused with the Republicans in the House of Delegates for many years.

        So, why are they running a candidate against him now? The process allowed it, Republican leaders state.

  • Fallout from the lawsuit continues

     

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    Fallout from the video and lawsuit surrounding the actions of a Bedford County Public Schools special education bus driver and aide continued this week.

    The Virginia Department of Education informed Bedford County Public Schools Thursday that the department will conduct a review of the division’s training procedures for special education bus drivers and bus aides.

  • Bedford County Board of Supervisors Commit to Land Transfer

    On a motion made by Supervisor Dale Wheeler on Tuesday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of granting land to the Bedford County Public Service Authority (“BCPSA”).  The Authority has requested the Board of Supervisors transfer 50 acres in and around where the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority formerly operated the Moneta Adult Detention Center (aka “Camp24”) to the BCPSA as a site for a potential regional water treatment plant.

     

  • Republican headquarters opens

        Bedford’s Republican Party headquarters is open for business on North Bridge Street in Bedford.  The site they chose is in the store front most recently occupied by Ranch Road. According to Nate Boyer, chairman of the Bedford Republican Committee, the site was chosen because its Centertown location gives them better exposure to foot traffic. This was especially important as they opened in time for Centerfest and this location placed them in the middle of the festival area. Boyer said that it also gives them space for larger events.