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Business

  • Family protects property from future development

        Several hundred acres of Bedford County farmland is safe from development, thanks to action by Linwood and Pam Willoughby and two of their children.
        The Willoughbys own 350 acres in the Chamblissburg area and their daughter, Holly Willoughby, owns 205 adjoining acres. Another daughter, Rhonda Nunley, and her husband, Tom Nunley, own an additional 233 acres, separated from the others by a 600-foot wide strip of land. They all have put their land under a conservation easement with the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.

  • GP partners with Chestnut Foundation to plant seedlings

        Under a spreading chestnut-tree

        The village smithy stands;
        The smith, a mighty man is he,
        With large and sinewy hands;
        And the muscles of his brawny arms
        Are strong as iron bands. 

        Thus began Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous 19th century poem.

  • New plumbing business opens in Bedford

        Marty Hamrick and Spencer Bobbitt, both from Bedford, noticed a shortage of plumbers in the Bedford area, once James Welch, a well-known local plumber, came to be in ill health.
        Both men knew Welch, who died last month.
        “I thought a lot of James,” Hamrick said. “It’s hard not to see him in parts houses in the morning.”

  • Chamber celebrates its 75th birthday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce packed the Oakwood Country Club for its 75th anniversary dinner.

        The event drew 175 people. Actually, this is the anniversary of its incorporation in 1939. The Chamber is actually somewhat older and a House Joint Resolution, presented by the area’s House of Delegates delegation, recites some of that history.

  • Agriculture conference draws large crowd

        The weather was perfect for the agricultural conference that Bedford County’s ag board sponsored Saturday and Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford facility.

        It was a mild sunny day, but farm fields were still muddy, so local farmers turned out for the conference. Jeff Powers, chairman of the ag board, estimated the turnout at about 100 people. This count does not include what may be the world’s friendliest dog, who came over from a neighboring house to greet people.

  • Suspended Coffees

    Suspended Coffees is a “pay it forward program,” according to Catherine Eubank, who owns Joppy’s in Bedford.

        Joppy’s became, in January, the first Virginia location to participate in this national program.  There are now three in the commonwealth.

  • Tibbs: Centra makes commitment to BMH

        Centra Health is committed to keeping Bedford Memorial Hospital open as a full-service hospital, according to E. W. Tibbs, Centra’s CEO.

  • Ag conference, expo is Saturday

        Area farmers and those involved in agriculture will gather Saturday for Bedford’s first Regional Ag Conference and Expo.

        The event will be held at the Central Virginia Community College Bedford campus from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. It will feature a trade show, seminars, coyote lottery drawing and a panel discussion on the future of agriculture.

  • An American dream

        If you visit Bella Italia and ask to speak to the owner you will get a surprise. A young man will come out of the kitchen wearing an apron and you may think he’s a waiter. He’s not. That’s Giovanni Baiada and he is the owner.

        Actually, he and his aunt, Lori Giambanco, co-own the restaurant. Giambanco owns Lori’s Italian Grill, in Forest, and she helped Baiada get financing for Bella Italia.
        “I used to work for her,” Baiada said.

  • Joppy’s opens where ‘Duchess’ used to be

        You’ve probably noticed that building that used to house the Duchess of Bedford has a different name on it – Joppy’s.