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Government

  • Warner visits Booker T. Washington National Monument

        United States Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, made a stop at Booker T. Washington National Monument last week.

        The national monument preserves 207 acres of the tobacco farm where Washington was born as a slave in 1856 and lived until all slaves in Virginia were freed in 1865. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and went on to achieve national recognition. The national monument is located in Franklin County, just south of Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Council discusses golf carts on town streets

    Bedford Town Council discussed an ordinance that would allow electric or gas powered golf carts on town streets. The ordinance would limit them to streets with a 25 mph speed limit.

  • Robey to seek GOP nod for sheriff

    Kent Roby has joined Captain Mike Miller in seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff. The nomination will be decided by a primary on June 11.

                Robey is a Bedford native and a 1981 graduate of Liberty High School. He grew up attending Trinity Baptist Church but later joined Bedford Baptist Church where he is currently a member. He holds a master's degree, from Liberty University, in criminal justice and public administration.

  • Ayers selected to become J&DR Judge

    Stephanie Ayers is headed to a job she is tailor-made to work at.

                Now serving as Bedford County’s Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Ayers was notified last week she had been appointed by the Virginia General Assembly to become a juvenile and domestic relations judge.

  • Broadband Authority approves contract

        Bedford County’s Broadband Authority, last week, approved a contract to build the infrastructure to bring broadband Internet service to areas of the county that don’t currently have it.
        “We signed a contract with Blue Ridge Towers to construct the towers,” said Broadband Authority Chairman Tommy Scott. The board of supervisors also serve as the Broadband Authority so Scott, and chairman of the board of supervisors, serves ex-officio as the Authority’s chairman.

  • Johnson throws his hat in the ring

    Now that Bill Thomasson has announced that he will not run for reelection this fall, Mickey Johnson has tossed his trademark hat in the ring for the District 1 Supervisor seat.

        Johnson is in his fifth year on the Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and is currently the Authority’s chairman. He also serves on the county’s parks and recreation advisory board.

  • Creasey seeks reelection

        “That has been a fast four years,” commented Commissioner of the Revenue Julie Creasey.

        Creasey was first elected to the constitutional officer post in 2015 and is seeking reelection this year. She plans to run as a Republican. Republicans will hold a primary on June 11 and Creasey said she has not heard of anyone else seeking the Republican nomination for that office.
        “I work for the taxpayers,” Creasey commented.

  • Nance to seek reelection

        Wes Nance told the Bedford Republican committee last week that he had unfinished business to complete. That’s one reason he has decided to run for reelection as commonwealth’s attorney.

        Nance, 47, was appointed as interim commonwealth’s attorney after Randy Krantz stepped down from the position after receiving an appointment to become a general district court judge. Nance then ran unopposed in a special election to fill the rest of that vacant term.

  • Keeping his promise

        District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson won’t run for reelection this fall. There is nothing wrong with him; he’s just keeping a campaign promise.

        Thomasson was first elected in 2011. At the time, in his campaign literature, he promised to serve eight years. He was reelected in 2015 and now,  that eight years is ending with Thomasson’s current term. He’s keeping the promise he made to District 1 voters when he first ran.

  • The shelter is full

        The Bedford County Animal Shelter has a problem. It’s overflowing with dogs and cats.

        According to Stacy Epperson, president of Friends of the Bedford County Animal Shelter, the Shelter has a maximum capacity of 24 dogs and 40 cats. Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization that partners with the shelter to find permanent homes for unclaimed animals that show up at the shelter.