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Government

  • 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.

  • Supervisors authorize ambulance purchase

    Last night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized the department of fire and rescue to buy a new ambulance.
        “This is from our revenue recovery program, so no local dollars are involved,” said Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue.
        County rescue squads, and the county’s career staffed units, bill insurance companies for ambulance service. No bills are ever sent to individuals and people who do not have insurance that covers ambulance service.

  • Council supports effort to apply for grant for Bedford Amtrak station

        Last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council voted unanimously to support an application by Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Initiative to apply for a grant to construct a station for an Amtrak rail stop in Bedford.
        According to Town Manager Bart Warner, the action does not obligate the town to spend any money. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors adopted a similar resolution earlier this month.

  • Scott to chair board

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held its organizational meeting Monday night. The supervisors chose District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott as chairman and District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley as vice chairman.
        During the meeting, the supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the town’s application for a grant to design and build an Amtrak passenger station in Bedford. The resolution does not obligate the county to spend any money.

  • Going out on top

        Sheriff Mike Brown is 76, but age is not why he’s retiring. Brown said his health is good. He also said the department is strong.

        “The department is on a high level,” he said. He said the vice unit — which has a focus on drugs and gangs — is one of the best in the state. The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force has 21 officers looking for sexual predators and the unit has a 100 percent conviction rate for people it has arrested. It’s all paid for with money from federal grants.

  • Miller to run for sheriff

        Captain Mike Miller of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office wants to see the strides made under the two sheriffs he has served under move forward and he wants to build even stronger ties with the community in the days ahead.