• Bedford Memorial now part of Centra

        Bedford Memorial Hospital held a picnic on its front lawn, July 1, to formally mark its first day as part of Centra’s hospital system.

        “This is the day the Lord has made,” said Laura Carey, one of the hospital’s volunteer chaplains and the first speaker.
        Carey was born in the old John Russell Hospital, which Bedford Memorial replaced.
        “They were getting ready to tear it down and I had to be born,” she commented.

  • Wheelabrator celebrates 40 years

        “This is our 40th anniversary family day,” Wheelabrator plant manager John Moore told a gathering of employees Friday.

        “We poured our first heat in April, 1974,” he added.
        April, however, does not have the best weather for outdoor activities, so plant officials opted to have their family day in June.
        “We picked a day we thought would have pretty weather in the summer,” Moore said.

  • Family protects property from future development

        Several hundred acres of Bedford County farmland is safe from development, thanks to action by Linwood and Pam Willoughby and two of their children.
        The Willoughbys own 350 acres in the Chamblissburg area and their daughter, Holly Willoughby, owns 205 adjoining acres. Another daughter, Rhonda Nunley, and her husband, Tom Nunley, own an additional 233 acres, separated from the others by a 600-foot wide strip of land. They all have put their land under a conservation easement with the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.

  • GP partners with Chestnut Foundation to plant seedlings

        Under a spreading chestnut-tree

        The village smithy stands;
        The smith, a mighty man is he,
        With large and sinewy hands;
        And the muscles of his brawny arms
        Are strong as iron bands. 

        Thus began Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous 19th century poem.

  • 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.

  • New plumbing business opens in Bedford

        Marty Hamrick and Spencer Bobbitt, both from Bedford, noticed a shortage of plumbers in the Bedford area, once James Welch, a well-known local plumber, came to be in ill health.
        Both men knew Welch, who died last month.
        “I thought a lot of James,” Hamrick said. “It’s hard not to see him in parts houses in the morning.”

  • Chamber celebrates its 75th birthday

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce packed the Oakwood Country Club for its 75th anniversary dinner.

        The event drew 175 people. Actually, this is the anniversary of its incorporation in 1939. The Chamber is actually somewhat older and a House Joint Resolution, presented by the area’s House of Delegates delegation, recites some of that history.

  • Suspended Coffees

    Suspended Coffees is a “pay it forward program,” according to Catherine Eubank, who owns Joppy’s in Bedford.

        Joppy’s became, in January, the first Virginia location to participate in this national program.  There are now three in the commonwealth.

  • Tibbs: Centra makes commitment to BMH

        Centra Health is committed to keeping Bedford Memorial Hospital open as a full-service hospital, according to E. W. Tibbs, Centra’s CEO.