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Government

  • Deer kill will be up this year in town program

        The number of deer being killed through the Bedford Police Department’s deer management program in town this year will easily surpass last year’s number. Already this season the department has killed 68, the same amount that was killed for the entire season in 2012.
        “There’s no shortage of deer,” Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of the effort.
        Through the Department of Agriculture, localities can manage deer herds.

  • Guns in the classroom

        Speakers during the citizen’s comment period at last week’s board of supervisors meeting gave a thumbs up to the supervisors' decision to ask for legislation that would allow school staff to carry guns on school property.

  • Could town get a rail stop?

        Bedford Town Council discussed a couple of items on its wish list last Tuesday, including having rail service stop in Bedford and, for at least some council members, have a new high school built in the Liberty Zone.
        
    Rail service
        With the planned return of rail service to Roanoke, and the success of the Lynchburg passenger service, council would like to see Bedford be considered for a stop since the proposed expansion will pass right through Bedford County and the town.

  • Austin to fill Putney's seat

        A new face has joined the legislators representing the Bedford area. Terry Austin, a member of the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors was successful in his bid to succeed Delegate Lacey Putney representing the 19th House of Delegates District.
        “I’m very proud of it,” Austin said of his election. “It’s quite a step going from supervisor to delegate. It’s challenging — it’s such a big district.”

  • Bedford votes key in AG election

        A question mark still hangs over the race for Attorney General nearly a week after the election. At present, Mark Herring leads Mark Obenshain by a margin of 117 votes — 1,103,610 to 1,103,493.  That will probably result in a recount.

  • Delegate Byron remarks on election results

    Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Bedford County) celebrated a victory this evening, winning her ninth term representing the 22nd District in the Virginia General Assembly. At a gathering of supporters at the Republican Victory Center on Leesville Road in Lynchburg, Byron delivered the following remarks:

  • Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe's Acceptance Speech

    MCAULIFFE: Over the past months, I’ve started speeches thanking a lot of political figures.

  • Martin breaks 'Pharoah's Curse'

    Bedford County had six local elections this year — three for board of supervisors and three for school board. All six were unopposed elections.

  • 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.