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Business

  • New feature will help dementia patients

        Oakwood Health and Rehab Center’s new sensory room is the result of 18 months of work. The reason it took so long is that it’s on the cutting edge of efforts to improve the quality of life for dementia patients.

        According to Tracy Chisholm, Oakwood’s nursing director, the idea of multi-sensory stimulus has been used successfully in Europe for some time. The idea is new to the U. S. It’s so new that Chisholm had trouble finding suppliers to provide equipment to set up Okwood’s room.

  • Taxidermist has deep local roots

        Miranda Patterson is now Miranda Jones. She married Chris Jones just a couple of weeks ago, but her business cards still say Miranda Patterson. The Patterson name is well known in the Bedford area. She’s part of the family that owns Patterson Brothers Paving.

        “I’ve been really busy since then,” she said.

  • Kathleen’s Kitchen

        Bedford’s newest restaurant is a bit hard to see.

  • He’s tops in concrete

    Yesterday the American Concrete Institute, at its World of Concrete convention in Las Vegas, named the four most influential people in concrete construction in the world.

        One of them, Steve Lloyd, lives in Bedford County. Lloyd owns Lloyd Concrete Services, located in Rustburg. It started out in 1985 with five employees — all five still work for the company  —  and now has 88. The company has done major jobs in 28 states.

  • The King of Contacts

    Domenick Nati has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars in the music and film industry over the past decade.

  • Chamber promotes Small Business Saturday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a press conference, Friday, to promote Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 26.

  • Smyth to expand

        The Bedford County Office of Economic Development has announced that Smyth Companies LLC of Bedford will invest more than $4.6 million in new offset printing equipment at its Bedford facility and add a minimum of 16 full time jobs over the next three years.
        The investment comes in the form of a new sheet-fed press to be installed over the next several months that will give the company a greater capacity to grow its production and improve efficiencies to compete in the highly advanced print label industry.

  • Progress is ongoing at Bedford Memorial

    Progress at Bedford Memorial Hospital has been an ongoing project this year.

        According to Patti Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO, the hospital recently completed a major renovation of the medical/surgical floor that occupies the former obstetrics floor.
        This was more than just cosmetic. They ripped out ceilings. They ripped up floors. They reconfigured rooms.
        The result does not look like a 1950s hospital.

  • Beale’s Gold

        Come June of next year, people looking for Beale’s Gold won’t need to try to solve a complex cipher and then head out with a pick and shovel. All they’ll have to do is go to Beale’s Brewery & BBQ on Grove Street in Bedford. Beale’s Gold will be the new brewery’s flagship beer.

  • Rain didn’t stop Big Island Mill celebration

        Fire and floods didn’t stop the paper mill at Big Island.

        And a rainy Saturday didn’t stop the big event that capped off the mill’s 125th anniversary celebration. The big pavilion at Sedalia Center provided shelter for those attending the event, as well as the band that entertained them. Tents provided further shelter.
        Those attending, including Jim Hannan, Georgia-Pacific’s chief executive officer, lined up in the drizzle to get burgers and fries at a food truck.