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Business

  • Food for the Soul

        The return of a local man to his home town a few years ago opened the door for opportunities to serve his home town,

        Mike Payne left Bedford after graduating from Liberty High School. After 30  years  working   for  the federal government followed by 15 years as a Las Vegas entertainer, Payne returned to his hometown, and his home church, Oakmulgee Baptist Church, located on U. S. 460 across the highway from the Moose Lodge. That’s the church where he was baptized.

  • Johnson Health Center receives Employer of Choice honor

        Johnson Health Center, which has a satellite office in Bedford, was named an Employer of Choice last week.

        An award, recognizing the designation, was presented to Gary Campbell, Johnson’s CEO, by Joyce Gioia, of Employer of Choice International, Inc., at a breakfast in Lynchburg Thursday morning.
        “It’s hard to get,” said Gioia. “We discourage people from applying if we think they don’t qualify.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

        Susan Martin, the president of the Chamber, urged people to come out the Saturday after Thanksgiving and do some of their Christmas shopping at local small businesses.
        Martin said that, according to the U. S. Small Business Administration, half of America’s workers either own or work for a small business.

  • Bedford enters into agreement to bring business class hotel to town

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    The Town of Bedford’s Economic Development Authority today announced it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Dogwood Development Company to negotiate and plan the feasibility of the construction of a business-class hotel in the Town of Bedford.

     

  • 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.