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Business

  • Ag strategic plan unveiled

    Region 2000’s Local Government Council has developed a strategic plan for agriculture and forestry.
        According to Scott Baker, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Bedford County, it took two years to develop the plan. The Virginia Cooperative Extension was deeply involved in developing the plan.
        “They knew we had a pretty good feel for agricultural needs,” Baker said.

  • Tibbs: Centra’s commitment 'long-term’ to BMH

        Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs knows Bedford and its hospital very well.

        And he’s looking to make both better with Centra’s recent purchase of Carilion’s 50 percent share of Bedford Memorial Hospital.
        Tibbs, born and raised in Bedford, still lives here with his family. He  is  a former  nurse and president and CEO of BMH.

  • BMH moving ahead under ownership of Centra

    There have been town halls, meetings with local organizations and input from neighbors.

        There has been construction, an IT makeover and the addition of new staff.
        Bedford Memorial Hospital is now a full-fledged member of the Centra family and millions of dollars are being spent to bring it up-to-date and make its services more effective.

    Upgrades underway
        

  • Apple Harvest Festival is Saturday

        Gross’ Orchard will have its 24th Annual Apple Harvest Festival Saturday.

  • 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.