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Government

  • 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.

  • Randy Krantz has served as commonwealth's attorney since 1995

        Randy Krantz is seeking his fifth term as Bedford County's Commonwealth's Attorney and like all but one of his previous elections, he is running unopposed.

        First elected in 1995—his only contested election—Krantz says he has been “very privileged” to have served in his position. “I get to do a job I love in a hometown I love,” he said.
        Not that it's always easy.

  • County treasurer, commissioner of the revenue run unopposed

        Both Faye Eubank, Bedford County’s commissioner of the revenue, and Rebecca C. “Becky” Jones, Bedford County’s treasurer, were their predecessors’ chief deputy before being elected to their respective offices. Both the commissioner of the revenue and the treasurer are constitutional officers. Eubank and Jones are both running unopposed this year.

  • Election '11 provides a number of contested local, state races

        Next Tuesday is the big day.
        Bedford and Bedford County voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls Nov. 8 and make decisions that will affect the make-up of the county’s board of supervisors and the school board. They will also decide who will represent them in the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates.

        And there’s a contested sheriff’s race.
        There’s a lot at stake in this year’s election.

  • County has new economic development director

        Bedford County has a new director of economic development.

        Traci Blido’s first day on the job was Aug. 1. She’s been spending her time meeting with companies, learning about what their challenges are and what can be done to help them.

  • Supervisors approve hiring grant for deputies to investigate gang activity

        According to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, there have been signs of some gang activity in the area.

        With that in mind, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved accepting a federal grant Monday night, that will pay the salary and benefits for two deputies designated to investigate gangs. The resolution to accept the grant was originally part of the supervisors’ consent agenda but was pulled out for separate discussion at the request of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek.