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Government

  • 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.

  • Candidates speak on issues

        All candidates in contested board of supervisors elections, plus District 5 supervisor Steve Arrington who is running unopposed, turned out for a candidate forum sponsored by the Bedford and Franklin County Tea Party. A moderator posed questions for the candidates to answer. The evening ended with members of the audience having the opportunity to ask their own questions.

        All were asked why they are running.

  • Bill Thomasson challenges incumbent District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler

    The race for District 1 supervisor is a contested race with two candidates vying for the opportunity to sit in the hot seat.


    Dale Wheeler
        Dale Wheeler has held the District 1 supervisor’s seat for two decades. He’s seeking another term.
        “I’m not running against anyone,” he said. “I’m running for reelection.”
        He’s also running as an independent, something that he considers valuable.

  • 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.