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General Assembly moves to honor the late Lacey Putney with highway designation

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RICHMOND — Members of Virginia's House of Delegates are moving forward with a plan to honor their late colleague. 

The House passed legislation Monday that would rename a portion of U.S. 221 between Bedford and Lynchburg as the "Delegate Lacey E. Putney Memorial Highway." 

Putney, Virginia's longest-serving state lawmaker, died in August at age 89. Putney was known as "the lion of Bedford" and served in the House for 52 years. He won election to the General Assembly as a Democrat, but served most of his time as an independent. 

Del. Kathy Byron, the bill's patron, called Putney a friend, mentor and outstanding legislative partner Friday. 

"If any of you are familiar with Bedford County and in particular that area of Bedford County, you would know that Lacey probably drove up and down that road more times than any of us could imagine," said Byron, R-Bedford.

The memorial highway will be just one way to remember Putney, she said. 

Byron's legislation would require Virginia's Department of Transportation to install signage remembering Putney on the approximately 25-mile stretch of highway.


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