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  • Dr. Gladwell retires

        Dr. David Gladwell, a Bedford optometrist, is calling it quits.

        Actually, he retired a couple of years ago when he sold his practice, Bedford Family Eye Care. However, he continued practicing on a part-basis with the practice. It’s been a slow retreat into retirement for Dr. Gladwell, who is now 70.

  • Property gets new tenant

    “They are wonderful,” commented Julie Swanson, president of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA).

        Swanson was referring to the four residential cottages of Bedford County’s former group home. LFSVA is renting them and now has residents in three of them. The county is completing improvements in the fourth.

  • Spotlight on agriculture

        Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry stopped by Bedford, Monday for Delegate Scott Garrett’s annual Spotlight on Agriculture breakfast.

  • Real estate market ticking up in county

        When the real estate bubble burst several years ago, the Bedford area wasn’t hit as hard as most other places in Virginia.
        And Virginia wasn’t hit as hard as most other states, local real estate agents note.

    Price realistically

  • Developments move forward in Bedford

        One development had a ground breaking, another a ribbon cutting, as the town of Bedford saw its housing offerings diversify and expand over the past couple of months.

        Bedford Lofts had an open house during Centerfest and the following Tuesday officially opened its doors. A month earlier,  The Villas at Oakwood broke ground on the maintenance-free, one-level living, patio home community next to Bedford Memorial Hospital.

    Bedford Lofts

  • Ag strategic plan unveiled

    Region 2000’s Local Government Council has developed a strategic plan for agriculture and forestry.
        According to Scott Baker, Virginia Cooperative Extension agent for Bedford County, it took two years to develop the plan. The Virginia Cooperative Extension was deeply involved in developing the plan.
        “They knew we had a pretty good feel for agricultural needs,” Baker said.

  • Tibbs: Centra’s commitment 'long-term’ to BMH

        Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs knows Bedford and its hospital very well.

        And he’s looking to make both better with Centra’s recent purchase of Carilion’s 50 percent share of Bedford Memorial Hospital.
        Tibbs, born and raised in Bedford, still lives here with his family. He  is  a former  nurse and president and CEO of BMH.

  • BMH moving ahead under ownership of Centra

    There have been town halls, meetings with local organizations and input from neighbors.

        There has been construction, an IT makeover and the addition of new staff.
        Bedford Memorial Hospital is now a full-fledged member of the Centra family and millions of dollars are being spent to bring it up-to-date and make its services more effective.

    Upgrades underway
        

  • Apple Harvest Festival is Saturday

        Gross’ Orchard will have its 24th Annual Apple Harvest Festival Saturday.

  • 297 M-Market sold

    297 Minute Market is metamorphosing into a Go-Mart today.

        Rixie Lineberry, who owned the gas station and convenience store for 31 years, sold the business to the West Virginia chain and the store will close on Oct. 15 for the changeover. It reopens Oct. 16.