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Government

  • Cuccinelli does well in Bedford County

        Terry McAuliffe won a narrow victory over Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night to become Virginia's next governor.  Although polls a month ago showed McAuliffe with a substantial lead of Cuccinelli, that lead evaporated as Election Day approached. In the end, McAuliffe received 48 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli's 45 percent. Robert Sarvis, who ran as a Libertarian, came in a distant third with 7 percent of the vote.

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        Terry Austin, a Botetourt County businessman, was elected, Tuesday, to fill the 19th House of Delegates District seat that Delegate Lacey Putney has held for 52 years. Putney defeated Lewis Medlin Jr., a Bedford County businessman in the two-way race by a 70 percent to 30 percent margin. Austin did his best in Botetourt County, where he got 76 percent of the vote, but he also did well in Bedford County, garnering 71 percent of the vote. Medlin did best at in Allegheny County and Covington. He got 48 percent in Covington and 41 percent in Allegheny County.

  • Replacing the fleet

        At a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening,  Jack Jones, Bedford County’s chief of fire and rescue—accompanied by Eric Shell, the Hardy fire chief and Jack Sorrells, the Boonsboro fire chief—spoke to the supervisors about the need to set up an apparatus purchase program for its fleet of firetrucks.

  • Rec plans move ahead

        The town of Bedford is one step closer to being out of the Recreation Department business.

  • Small purchase limit raised

        Bedford County staff now have more room to make small purchases without going through the sealed bid process. The supervisors voted unanimously, Monday night,  to raise the small purchase limit from $30,000 to $50,000.
        According to Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers, the $30,000 limit was set in 2002. He said state law allows the limit to be as high as $100,000.

  • Austin vies for 19th seat

    Although nobody will be able to fill Delegate Lacy Putney’s shoes, two men are vying to fill Delegate Putney’s seat representing the 19th District in the House of Delegates. The seat is vacant because Delegate Putney announced, in the spring, that he will not seek reelection after 52 years in the House of Delegates.

        One of them is Terry Austin. Austin has served for 16 years on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors.    

  • Medlin vies for 19th seat

        Lewis Medlin Jr. is making his third bid for the 19th District House of Delegates seat. The seat was left vacant this year when Delegate Lacey Putney announced that he would not seek reelection. Putney held the seat for 52 years.

  • 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.