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Business

  • New plumbing business opens in Bedford

        Marty Hamrick and Spencer Bobbitt, both from Bedford, noticed a shortage of plumbers in the Bedford area, once James Welch, a well-known local plumber, came to be in ill health.
        Both men knew Welch, who died last month.
        “I thought a lot of James,” Hamrick said. “It’s hard not to see him in parts houses in the morning.”

  • Chamber celebrates its 75th birthday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce packed the Oakwood Country Club for its 75th anniversary dinner.

        The event drew 175 people. Actually, this is the anniversary of its incorporation in 1939. The Chamber is actually somewhat older and a House Joint Resolution, presented by the area’s House of Delegates delegation, recites some of that history.

  • Agriculture conference draws large crowd

        The weather was perfect for the agricultural conference that Bedford County’s ag board sponsored Saturday and Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford facility.

        It was a mild sunny day, but farm fields were still muddy, so local farmers turned out for the conference. Jeff Powers, chairman of the ag board, estimated the turnout at about 100 people. This count does not include what may be the world’s friendliest dog, who came over from a neighboring house to greet people.

  • Suspended Coffees

    Suspended Coffees is a “pay it forward program,” according to Catherine Eubank, who owns Joppy’s in Bedford.

        Joppy’s became, in January, the first Virginia location to participate in this national program.  There are now three in the commonwealth.

  • Tibbs: Centra makes commitment to BMH

        Centra Health is committed to keeping Bedford Memorial Hospital open as a full-service hospital, according to E. W. Tibbs, Centra’s CEO.

  • Ag conference, expo is Saturday

        Area farmers and those involved in agriculture will gather Saturday for Bedford’s first Regional Ag Conference and Expo.

        The event will be held at the Central Virginia Community College Bedford campus from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. It will feature a trade show, seminars, coyote lottery drawing and a panel discussion on the future of agriculture.

  • An American dream

        If you visit Bella Italia and ask to speak to the owner you will get a surprise. A young man will come out of the kitchen wearing an apron and you may think he’s a waiter. He’s not. That’s Giovanni Baiada and he is the owner.

        Actually, he and his aunt, Lori Giambanco, co-own the restaurant. Giambanco owns Lori’s Italian Grill, in Forest, and she helped Baiada get financing for Bella Italia.
        “I used to work for her,” Baiada said.

  • Joppy’s opens where ‘Duchess’ used to be

        You’ve probably noticed that building that used to house the Duchess of Bedford has a different name on it – Joppy’s.

  • Bedford company expanding workforce

    Bedford County’s Office of Economic Development has announced that The Matrixx Group, a Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. company, is growing and expanding its workforce to meet increased customer demands. The company is located in the Bedford Center for Business (1660 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523) and is a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds for various industries.

    The Matrixx Group/Citadel Plastics has moved to a four-shift, 24/7 operation and currently has nine open positions including:

  • Tibbs says there will be changes coming to BMH

        For Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs, Centra’s upcoming purchase of Carilion’s interest in Bedford Memorial Hospital “is really a homecoming.”

        “The people there are a lot of my own family, my neighbors, my friends – people I see daily,” Tibbs said. “This is deeply personal.”