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Business

  • Self-published

        Self-publishing has always been a tough road for authors. There are large up-front costs.

        The author has to pay for a press run, then he has to have a place to store the copies of his work, as well as transport them to his storage area. Furthermore, he has to market his work himself.
        George Roland Wills found an easier, less financially risky way to do this.

  • A peek upstairs

        While many are familiar with the first floor interiors of many of the buildings in Bedford’s Centertown, the upper floors of these old buildings aren’t as well known. That’s because many of these second floors haven’t been used for a long time, some haven’t been used in decades.

  • Some Elks not happy with sale

        The recent sale of the Elks National Home is not sitting well with some long-time Elks who currently live at the Home.

        Bill McGuiness, who hails from Massachusetts, was the exalted ruler of the Elks Home Lodge. “Was” is the word.
        “We are closing down the Home Lodge,” said McGuiness. “If you don’t have a Home, you don’t have a Home Lodge.”

  • Bedford manufacturer wins Tayloe Murphy Resilience award

        A Bedford manufacturer has won the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award. This award is sponsored by the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The award recognizes small businesses.

         Blue Ridge Optics was selected from one of 13 finalists.

  • Big plans in store at Peaks of Otter Lodge

        Robert Peters, the general manager of the Peaks of Otter Lodge, took charge on Aug. 19.

  • Elks Home sold

    Pamala Mutter, executive director of the Elks National Home confirmed, Tuesday, that the Home has been sold.

        According to Mutter, Mike Williams, a long-term care consultant from Christiansburg, purchased the Home for $4.5 million. Williams already owns English Meadows, an assisted living facility in Christiansburg. Mutter said the sale is expected to close at the end of the year.
        “Mr. Williams is not interested in changing the home,” Mutter said. “He just wants to improve and add to what we have.”

  • A farmer never retires

        Ray Turner, a Bedford County dairy farmer, has seen huge changes in agriculture in his 88 years of life. As a teenager, he plowed fields with a horse-drawn, single blade plow. Now, he uses a computer-controlled system to feed Holstein calves.

        “I was born in that house,” he said, pointing to the large, white farmhouse where he still lives today. “My dad built that house. He came here in nineteen and twelve.”

  • Local fish farm brings fresh fish to customers

    John Graham has been interested in farming fish since the mid-1990s—now he’s doing it, right in his own backyard.

        Graham, who lives off Peaks Street in the town of Bedford, has seen his dream grow from a few fish in his living room aquarium into a combination of large-recirculating systems and ponds with, at any given time, hundreds of fish successfully growing to the proper size for harvest.
        In essence, he has a series of “very large fish tanks on steroids.”

  • Johnsons win state award for young farmers

        W. P. Johnson, and his wife, Dr. Amy Johnson, were awarded this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Excellence in Agriculture Award for Virginia.

        “We competed as a couple,” said W. P. Johnson.
        “That’s quite an honor,” he commented.
        Johnson said the awards are based on what a farmer does to promote agriculture and educate people about it. Candidates are asked what they believe the three main challenges are that young farmers face today.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge reopens

        Although the Peaks of Otter Lodge is operated by a private company — none of its staff or management are federal employees — it was closed by the Federal Government shutdown on Oct. 1. Va. 43, which uses a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, remained open, however, as did the Parkway itself.
        Now, the Lodge is open again.