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Business

  • Business raises funds for hurricane relief

        Blue Ridge Optics, a Bedford high tech manufacturer — they make optics that send laser beams precisely where the engineers, who design equipment, want them to go — is holding a yard sale to raise money for hurricane relief.

        The yard sale is slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the company’s manufacturing facility in the former Longwood Industries building. It’s located near the Food Lion shopping center and is directly across Big Island Highway from Forks’ parking lot.

  • Bedford’s Walmart completes renovations

        Twenty-eight years ago Hilda Witt found herself looking for a new job when the store she worked for, Maxway, closed.

  • New electronics repair shop promises fast repairs

        You drop your cell phone and, when you pick it up you discover the screen is cracked. What do you do?

        You could mutter some bad words, but a more constructive approach would be to take it to PhoneAxiom. The business started in Lynchburg three years ago and now has a Bedford shop, located on South Bridge Street beside Clam Diggers.
        “We do repairs on phones, tablets, computers and game systems,” said Mark Pauley, PhoneAxiom’s owner.

  • Developer: Hotel is needed tool

        James Oliver, the developer who is going to build a business class hotel in the Harmony development just west of Bedford, expects construction to begin in the late spring of 2018.

        Oliver’s company, Dogwood Development Company, has agreed to purchase the property in conjunction with Bedford’s economic development authority.
        “We still have some hoops to jump through,” Oliver said.

  • Floors and More moves to new location

        Floors and More moved to its new home on Burks Hill Road on Jan. 1 and has a grand reopening set for this Friday and Saturday.

        It was a big move for two reasons.
        “We were able to purchase the property,” said Bob Sloper.
        This is the first time in the six-and-a-half years they’ve operated the business in Bedford that they have actually owned the building where their business is located.

  • Liberty Landscape expands, beautifies

        Bryan Schley, owner of Liberty Landscape, has made a major expansion of the business. In the process, he has made a major improvement to what had previously been one of the ugliest corners of town.

        “We’ve invested more than $280,000,” Schley said, adding that the business has created eight full-time jobs.

  • Bedford agrees to bring hotel to town

        The Economic Development Authority of the town of Bedford (EDA) and Dogwood Development Company, Inc. announced last week that they are pursuing the development and construction of a business class hotel within the town limits. 

  • Oakwood gets a facelift

        Oakwood’s second floor has received a major renovation as part of Bedford Memorial’s overall makeover. The second floor is dedicated to long term rehabilitation.

  • Chamber gets 4-star status

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has been granted 4-Star Accredited status with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for the third time in a row. The Chamber must reapply for accreditation every five years and has maintained this status for the last 10 years.

  • Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice has worked at the Peaks of Otter Lodge for the better part of the past six decades. Now his legacy of service has been honored with the opening of the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge.