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  • 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.

  • HEBRUZ opens in Bedford

        The century-old bank building — the place with four white columns across Main Street from the County Administration building — is now the home of Bedford's newest coffee shop.

        Lorenza and Leah Coles opened Hebruz in the building last week, on Oct. 14. They plan a grand opening in November.

  • Master taxidermist opens shop in Moneta

        A desire to be near his aging parents induced Marty VandeLinde to move his taxidermy business from Charlottesville to Moneta.

  • Shop, café open in Bedford

        Looking for a walk down memory lane? Retro on Depot might be just the place for you.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Shearing day comes to local alpaca farm

        Otter Peaks Alpacas invited three other alpaca farms to join in as the farm brought in a professional shearing team to shear their alpacas.

        John and Cindy Ferrante, who own Otter Peaks, have 22 alpacas.
        Alpacas are domesticated camelids that were bred in the Andes Mountains for very thick, wooly coats. Alpaca wool is warmer than sheep’s wool and is not prickly. It is also hypoallergenic because it does not contain lanolin. Alpaca wool is flame resistant.

  • Bedford Weaving drops lawsuit against Water Authority

    The lawsuit filed against the Bedford Regional Water Authority is now in the process of being dropped.  On Friday, February 21 Bedford Weaving filed a motion for a non-suit at the Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Bedford company expanding workforce

    Bedford County’s Office of Economic Development has announced that The Matrixx Group, a Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. company, is growing and expanding its workforce to meet increased customer demands. The company is located in the Bedford Center for Business (1660 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24523) and is a leading manufacturer of thermoplastic compounds for various industries.

    The Matrixx Group/Citadel Plastics has moved to a four-shift, 24/7 operation and currently has nine open positions including:

  • Tibbs says there will be changes coming to BMH

        For Centra President and CEO E.W. Tibbs, Centra’s upcoming purchase of Carilion’s interest in Bedford Memorial Hospital “is really a homecoming.”

        “The people there are a lot of my own family, my neighbors, my friends – people I see daily,” Tibbs said. “This is deeply personal.”