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Business

  • Developer: Hotel is needed tool

        James Oliver, the developer who is going to build a business class hotel in the Harmony development just west of Bedford, expects construction to begin in the late spring of 2018.

        Oliver’s company, Dogwood Development Company, has agreed to purchase the property in conjunction with Bedford’s economic development authority.
        “We still have some hoops to jump through,” Oliver said.

  • Floors and More moves to new location

        Floors and More moved to its new home on Burks Hill Road on Jan. 1 and has a grand reopening set for this Friday and Saturday.

        It was a big move for two reasons.
        “We were able to purchase the property,” said Bob Sloper.
        This is the first time in the six-and-a-half years they’ve operated the business in Bedford that they have actually owned the building where their business is located.

  • Liberty Landscape expands, beautifies

        Bryan Schley, owner of Liberty Landscape, has made a major expansion of the business. In the process, he has made a major improvement to what had previously been one of the ugliest corners of town.

        “We’ve invested more than $280,000,” Schley said, adding that the business has created eight full-time jobs.

  • Bedford agrees to bring hotel to town

        The Economic Development Authority of the town of Bedford (EDA) and Dogwood Development Company, Inc. announced last week that they are pursuing the development and construction of a business class hotel within the town limits. 

  • Oakwood gets a facelift

        Oakwood’s second floor has received a major renovation as part of Bedford Memorial’s overall makeover. The second floor is dedicated to long term rehabilitation.

  • Chamber gets 4-star status

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has been granted 4-Star Accredited status with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for the third time in a row. The Chamber must reapply for accreditation every five years and has maintained this status for the last 10 years.

  • Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice has worked at the Peaks of Otter Lodge for the better part of the past six decades. Now his legacy of service has been honored with the opening of the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge.

  • Finding Beale’s Gold

        Beale’s will open its doors to the public for the first time on June 24.

  • Bedford Memorial celebrates its volunteers

        Bedford Memorial Hospital celebrated National Volunteers week by hosting a dinner for its 48 volunteers April 27 at the Bedford Columns.

        The hospital presented 50 door prizes and danced to music by Heat of the Night. This is a local band headed by Mike Payne who returned home to Bedford County after retiring. The band plays a wide variety of music and volunteers enjoyed dancing to their sounds after dinner.

  • Valley Processing sold; plant in Bedford shuts down

        Valley Processing in Bedford has closed its doors, leaving 40 of its employees out of work.
        The plant, which produces custom-mixed, rubber-based compounds, ceased operations last week, following the sale of the plant.
        Valley Processing was bought out by HEXPOL Compounding, which was consolidating operations which led to the Bedford plant being closed. The Bedford plant was not included in the sale.
        Four years ago Valley Processing purchased Rubatex out of bankruptcy.