• Historic building may become bed & breakfast, event venue

    The former Runk and Pratt assisted living facility on East Main Street in Bedford may soon become an event venue and bed & breakfast.

        The Bedford Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday to recommend a zoning change of the property at 812 E. Main Street to allow the use change. Runk and Pratt Health Care Enterprises Inc. will maintain ownership of the facility.
        The rezoning request, from low density residential to limited business district, now goes to Bedford City Council for approval.

  • BlueCrane Acupuncture

        Multiple trips to Nepal and the Himalayan region of India with Barnabas Fellowship exposed Ken and Diana Harbour to traditional Asian medicine. The couple, who own BlueCrane Acupuncture in Forest, founded Barnabas Fellowship, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, 25 years ago as a Christian relief organization.

        “The natural healing methods are all over the area,” Ken commented. “Pharmaceuticals are usually the last resort instead of the first line of defense.”

  • Chamber honors local business

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce honored local business during its annual awards banquet, held at the Elks National Home.

  • WGN dropped

    Fans of Chicago sports teams or a number of syndicated shows will have to look elsewhere for that programming if they currently watch WGN through Shentel Cable in Bedford.

        On April 5, Shentel is set to drop the Chicago-based channel from its programming lineup.
        “I think it’s a loss of service without any notification of how they’re going to replace it,” Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski said of the change. “I know they’re making some improvements, but this is a step back.”

  • Wigs, hair pieces among offerings of business

    By Peter Sawyer

    Intern Writer

        Alice Hampton said hair loss is one of the most emotional experiences for a person.
        Hampton has been a hair dresser since 1968.  Because one of her loved ones experienced hair loss, she has a passion for providing people with hair replacements.  She opened Beautiful Naturally: Wigs and Hair Pieces inside Salon Marinos on Forest Road a year ago.  She runs it with her daughter, Nicki Mohler.

  • Beyond the Hills Gallery & Home Accents

    By Peter Sawyer

    Intern Writer

        Beyond the Hills Gallery & Home Accents has become a hub for local artisans and craftsmen.  Vera Swain is from the area and said she always wanted to own a business.  A year and a half ago she opened her store.
        “I decided in 2009, I was going to go for it,” Swain said.

  • Kathy’s Beauty Salon moves to new location

    By Peter Sawyer

  • Business provides winter clothes for passers by

    By Peter Sawyer

  • Shoprite will soon become Farmer’s Foods

    Lewis Creasey will end half a century in the grocery business next month.

        Creasey, who owns Shoprite, located on Va. 122 near Smith Mountain Lake, will sell the store to Farmer’s Foods, located in Chase City, Virginia. Farmer’s currently has seven stores in Virginia and two in North Carolina. Shoprite will be the company’s 10th store.
        According to Creasey, he is currently working out the final language of the contract and he  expects the sale to be complete the first week of March.

  • Barbershop moves to new location

    A new year has meant a new location for Pat’s Barbershop.

        Formerly located on Franklin Street, Pat Johnson has moved to a larger, and more visible, location on West Main Street. While the location is new, Johnson has been barbering for quite some time.
        “Twenty-four years and three months I’ve been barbering,” she said.