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Business

  • SE&M wins new contracts, set to expand business

        Systems Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (SE&M), a Forest-based manufacturer of military equipment, conveyors, and specialized engineering and project management services, will expand its business, adding 10 new jobs and investing more than $700,000 in new equipment over the next three years.

  • Elks Home marks centennial

        A crowd filled the Elks National Home, Thursday afternoon as English Meadows marked the facility’s 100th anniversary. The Elks national organization sold the home to English Meadows three years ago.

  • Honoring combat wounded

        Fisher’s Restaurant became the first Bedford business to reserve a parking spot for combat wounded veterans.

        The  Lynchburg  chapter Purple Heart has already placed 12 in the county, including at the Sheriff’s Office and the Bedford Moose Lodge. According to Clifton Krantz, a member of the Lynchburg chapter, Thaxton Baptist Church is reserving a spot and will get a sign. Two signs are also going up at the National D-Day Memorial.

  • County woman has plans for former Holy Land property

        Holy Land USA is long gone. The park, which depicted Jesus’ earthly ministry closed permanently in late 2009. Since then, the 250 acre site has been divided into several parcels and sold off.

  • Couple sells Westside Food Mart so they can retire

        Westside Food Mart, for the first time in its history, is no longer owned by a Zimmerman.

  • He’s tops in concrete

    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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.”