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Government

  • 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.

  • Parrish seeks 23rd seat

        Jonathan Parrish, a 33-year-old graphic designer from Lynchburg, is seeking the 23rd District House of Delegates seat as a Libertarian candidate. He’s a 1999 Jefferson Forest High School graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in graphic design, from Liberty University.

        “This is my first time ever seeking elective office,” he said.

  • BRWA looks ahead to future water issues

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) came into being with Bedford’s reversion to town status. The reversion took place this year on July 1, but the process of merging the city’s water and sewer department and the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) into one water authority began late last year.

  • Supervisors approve maintenance fund request

    Bedford County’s board of supervisors had a varied agenda last week. The supervisors’ normal Monday night meeting was moved to Tuesday night because county offices were closed on Monday for Columbus Day.