News, views and musings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia
Faces of Floyd County government will be gone from the scene by the end of 2015. Some will be replaced by familiar folks while others will have newer, and not as recognizable, ones when 2016 starts.
Stephanie Shortt left county government shortly before the end of 2014, moving on to become a juvenile and domestic relations judge. Eric Branscom, who lost an earlier attempt to take the job in 2007, won a three-way primary earlier this month and appears headed for a four-year term in a November election with no opponents.
Sheriff Shannon Zeman is retiring after many years in the department and three terms in the top job. He’s been a popular and effective sheriff but leaves after pissing off some hardcore Floyd County Republicans who didn’t like his endorsement of Democratic Senator Mark Warner for re-election in 2014. Read More…