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Business

  • Forest company gets visit from Goodlatte

        Moore & Giles is an 80-year-old company that has been doing business in Bedford’s Lake Vista Center for the last 10 years.

        According to Donald Moore Giles, chairman of the company’s board of directors, the company was founded by his grandfather, Donald Moore.
        “My grandfather was the youngest of eight children,” Giles said.
        Donald Moore went to work for the Craddock Terry Shoe Company.

  • 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.”

  • Dirt Road Treasures

        West Main Street isn’t the Yellow Brick Road, but there is a tin man on a ladder painting a post in front of Dirt Road Treasures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”