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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deputies receive pay raise

        Last week the Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action, by a 6-0 vote, that will give an $1,800 per year pay raise to county deputies who complete the police academy.
        The pay raise starts retroactive to Oct. 1 and will go to deputies ranked sergeant or below. The raises will also include animal control officers.

  • Supervisors dump trash collection site

        Bedford County staff will be looking for a another site for a trash collection and recycling center in the Stewartsville area after last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The supervisors voted 5-1, with District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington absent, to deny a special use permit for the center. The center was to be located at a 3-acre site at the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewery Hill Road the county purchased for that purpose back in August. The new center was intended to replace the existing Stewartsville collection center.

  • Rural Bike Patrol

        Starting a Rural Bike Patrol for a county as big as Bedford’s—764 square miles in all—might seem like a task worthy of tilting at wind mills.

  • Republicans open headquarters at SML Parkway

        Bedford County’s Republicans opened their county headquarters this week on Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, near White House Corner.

        According to Nate Boyer, the local Republican Party’s chairman, this site was chosen because Republicans are only in two contested races, locally. Sheriff Mike Brown is seeking reelection to a county-wide office. David Suetterlein is seeking election to the 19th Senate District, which includes the Lake area of the county.

  • Town reschedules E-Waste Day to Oct. 24

        Due to the inclement weather Oct. 3, the town of Bedford re-scheduled its annual E-Waste Day to Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Farmers Market, Centertown Plaza.
        The event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.
        Just as in other years, the town will be accepting electronic waste (e-waste) to be recycled by ECyclers USA. This includes TV’s, monitors, cell phones, computers, printers, phones, laptops, tablets, microwave ovens -- just about anything electronic.

  • Challenger calls on sheriff to resign

    seeking to unseat Sheriff Mike Brown in the Nov. 3 election, called on Brown to resign, Friday.
        Stebbins spoke at a sparsely attended public event that was originally slated for Centertown Park, by the clock. Heavy rain forced it to be moved to the community room at the Bedford Central Library.
        Stebbins based his call for Brown’s resignation on recent news about allegations of a county deputy’s misconduct and how that conduct is being used by a convicted felon in an effort to have his conviction overturned.