• A good year for apples

        While some county agricultural operations got hammered by dry weather this summer, orchards have been an exception.

  • New physician joins Lake medical practice

        Smith Mountain Lake Family Practice now has a second doctor.

        Dr. Susan Funk joined the practice at the beginning of July. While she is a new face at SML Family Practice, she’s a familiar face in Bedford.  She practiced in a physicians group that included Dr. Allen Joslyn and Dr. Brian Buchanan for a number of years.
        “I came to Bedford in 1991,” she said.

  • Sears bringing Hometown Store to Downtown Moneta

        Plenty of excitement surrounded the announcement Thursday of a new store locating at the  Downtown Moneta development. Folks at the Lake were left guessing right up until developer George Aznavorian told the SML Chamber and other officials gathered for the unveiling.

        And they weren’t disappointed.
        The new 9,000 square foot building in Downtown Moneta will be a Sears Hometown Store.

  • Tech center opens in NL

        A new facility in New London promises to put Bedford County on the cutting edge of technology.

        The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) held an official ribbon cutting, Thursday, although people were already at work in the facility.
        “We had people move in here before we even had the grand opening,” commented Bob Bailey, CAER’s executive director.

  • Sweet family business

    Rick De Simone, of Bedford, bought a sweet business back in 1970. That’s the year he purchased Bedford’s Dairy Queen. He’s owned the place ever since and, last week, Matt Dunham, vice president of Dairy Queen of Virginia, came to Bedford to honor him for 40 years in the business.    

        De Simone’s relationship with Dunham’s family also goes back four decades.
        “He signed a contract with my grandfather in 1971,” Dunham said.

  • Equine Association wants to bring facility to Bedford County

        The Bedford Equine Association’s dream is to set up an equine and agricultural complex in Bedford County. 

  • 309 Winery promises fun, food and wine

     Peggy Overstreet and Scott Taylor promise fun, food and wine at 309 Winery. The new business opened its doors at the end of April in the historic Wharton Cottage, located at 309 North Bridge Street.

        It’s an eclectic business: You can buy wine and beer there; you can buy Gross’ Orchard products; you can buy local art and locally made jewelry.
        “We are trying to do everything local,” Overstreet said,

  • Floors and More—and more

    Floors and More, located on West Main Street in Bedford, got new owners at the beginning of May.

  • Daughter takes over at Rapid Printing

        Sometimes something bad may work out for the best after all.

        Early last year, Liz Brown and her husband, Roger, were living in Florida. Roger Brown had a charter fishing business, operating out of a port in Florida’s panhandle, and Liz was controller for a management company that managed five restaurants.
        Then, in late April, an exploratory well  being   drilled  in   the  Gulf   of Mexico erupted.

  • Luncheon features 70 years of history

        A retiree luncheon at Smyth featured 70 years of local history.

        It was living history. The oldest employees who showed up started work just before the U. S. entry into World War II. The local plant, originally Piedmont Label, has been in business since 1919.  The plant got a new name after it was purchased by Smyth a few years after the turn of the century.