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Business

  • New landscape supply business opens in Bedford

        The old Bedford public works facility on Grove Street is now back on the tax rolls.

        The public works department had long ago moved out of the facility to new quarters when Bryan Schley purchased it last September. He opened Liberty Landscape Supply there on March 21.

  • GP employees plant more American chestnut seedlings

        Big Island Mill employee volunteers spent part of Thursday morning planting 100 American chestnut seedlings in a test plot on mill property on the opposite side of the James River from the mill.

         This is the same test plot where some American chestnut saplings were planted five years ago and one of them seems to be doing well. It bore chestnuts last year.

  • Local vet raises, sells lamb from family farm

        While there are plenty of cattle farms selling locally raised beef, lamb is a bit more difficult to find. And lamb lovers know that supermarket lamb can often be stronger in taste and not live up to its expectations for a tender and tasty piece of meat.

        For those who enjoy lamb, there is one local source. Karen Baum and her husband Emile DeKeyser, raise lamb at their farm in Huddleston.

  • A new look for BMH

        Less than two years ago Centra Health took over as sole owner of Bedford Memorial Hospital. Since then Centra has poured millions of dollars into the renovation and upgrade of the facility, both inside and out.

        Most recently, the hospital’s renovated medical/surgical unit opened with private rooms, upgraded décor and a design to foster better patient flow and interaction of the medical and nursing teams serving the patients.

  • Foreign investment

        Bedford is going to receive some foreign investment. Two men from El Salvador, Louis Varca and Jimmy Sandoval, are opening a coffee shop in Bedford. It will be located in the former Ivybridge Cafe space on North Bridge Street.

  • Making college work

        Markel Bonds, a Bedford native and 2015 Liberty High School graduate, has found an opportunity that he believes could pay his way through college.

        Although Bonds was extensively involved in sports in high school, it’s not an athletic scholarship that could let him graduate from Christopher Newport University in Newport News debt free.
        Bonds is majoring in communications and business and will run his own business this spring and summer as part of College Works Painting.

  • New taquería opens in Bedford

    Bedford’s newest restaurant is named Azul.

        This means “Blue” in Spanish and the main color used in its interior and exterior decoration is blue. Michael Siehien who, along with his wife, Lauren, own the restaurant, explained his choice.
        “Blue is my favorite color,” he said.
        He also wanted something short and easy to remember.
        “Michael played with a lot of names,” Lauren commented.

  • The White Brick House

    By Patricia C Held
    Contributing Writer
     

  • Support local small businesses

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to shop small this Saturday, Nov. 28. 
        Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to help small business owners with their most pressing need—getting more customers, according to the Chamber.

  • GP Bucket Brigade makes donation

        The Big Island Fire Department received an $8,000 Georgia Pacific Bucket Brigade Grant to buy turnout gear. The Bucket Brigade Grants are a national program to help fire departments buy critical firefighter safety gear. This grant was one of 45 grants Georgia Pacific made nationwide.