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Business

  • 297 M-Market sold

    297 Minute Market is metamorphosing into a Go-Mart today.

        Rixie Lineberry, who owned the gas station and convenience store for 31 years, sold the business to the West Virginia chain and the store will close on Oct. 15 for the changeover. It reopens Oct. 16.

  • Donation will help feed children

        A $50,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation will help children in Virginia who may have little or nothing to eat on weekends.

        The donation was made to Blessings in a Backpack which, locally, has joined Bedrock Community Church, Main Street United Methodist Church and the Bedford Rotary Club to help children at Bedford Primary School.

  • Project turns old tobacco warehouse into apartments

        Want to see what living in a historic tobacco warehouse is like? You can find out this Saturday during Centerfest.

        The historic building on Jackson Street in Centertown Bedford is almost completed. Thirty-two new, residential units will soon boost the population of Bedford and add to a growing and vibrant downtown scene. 
        Keeping the beauty of this landmark intact yet adding all the modern amenities, this is a project that could have been constructed in Roanoke or Lynchburg, but it is all in Bedford.

  • Elks Home sale official

        The Elks National Home is now officially English Meadows Elks Home Campus.
        Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff, who own and operate English Meadows, an assisted living facility in Christiansburg, purchased the Elks National Home last year and closing was originally scheduled for the end of last year. The two have run the facility in Christiansburg for six years.
        Williams said the process turned out to be longer than they expected.

  • Fisher's Restaurant is coming back to town

        Fisher’s Restaurant is coming back, operated by the children of the folks who last ran the place.

         Long time Bedford residents know where Fisher’s was, but for those who don’t, it’s the brick building on 4th Street, just before you go under the railroad trestle. The red brick building kind of looks like it may have been a gas station at one time. That’s because long ago Fisher’s also sold gas and the front was a covered area for the pumps.

  • Smyth takes Icebucket challenge

        Employee’s of Smyth took time out on a hot, humid afternoon last week to pour buckets of ice water over their heads.

        This wasn’t part of an effort to cool off. The 30 employees took the Icebucket Challenge in honor of Scott Carlquist, a Smyth employee at the company’s Minneapolis office who was recently diagnosed with ALS.

  • Construction set to begin on The Villas at Oakwood

        Nine years in the making, The Villas at Oakwood held an official groundbreaking ceremony Friday on the 27-acre property located adjacent to Bedford Memorial Hospital on Oakwood Street.

        “It’s a great day for Bedford,” noted developer Gibo Luck, as he greeted guests at the event.

  • Centra CEO shares plans for Bedford Memorial Hospital

        E.W. Tibbs, president and chief executive officer of Centra, didn’t want anyone to pull any punches.
        He wanted the dialogue at Centra’s Town Hall held last Thursday on the state of healthcare in the area to be honest and direct. And he promised to offer direct answers in response.

  • Shentel makes Forbes list for 2nd year

        Shentel has been named to the Forbes 2014 list of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America.
        Shentel’s inclusion on the list marks the second consecutive year in which the company has been awarded this honor, which recognizes organizations who have demonstrated exemplary trustworthy business practices over the previous year.

  • Bedford Memorial now part of Centra

        Bedford Memorial Hospital held a picnic on its front lawn, July 1, to formally mark its first day as part of Centra’s hospital system.

        “This is the day the Lord has made,” said Laura Carey, one of the hospital’s volunteer chaplains and the first speaker.
        Carey was born in the old John Russell Hospital, which Bedford Memorial replaced.
        “They were getting ready to tear it down and I had to be born,” she commented.