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Business

  • More space for Floors and More

    Floors and More moved from its original West Main Street location to the 6C’s Shopping Center this past summer. The move has provided more space and better customer parking for the business of Bob and Jann Sloper.

        The showroom is more than double the size of what it had. One side of the showroom, a space the same size as the Main Street store, is dedicated to samples of the flooring the business has to offer, and it also now has expanded flooring lines.

  • Dealing with coyotes in the county

        A coyote lottery is now in progress.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge closes

    By Ralph Berrier Jr.

    Landmark News Service

         Carole Edwards and Jackie Werb drove to the Peaks of Otter on a gorgeous fall morning last week to take one last trip around Abbott Lake and have a final meal at the restaurant.
        The Peaks of Otter Lodge at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway shut down this week. Last Thursday's Thanksgiving meal was the last large-scale event at the lodge, whose final guests checked out Monday morning.

  • Signs of the times

        Customers of Lyons Jewelers who showed up at the Bedford store the day after Election Day got a surprise.

  • Lago Pizza is still open at Moneta plaza

        Shoprite is no more, but the plaza is not entirely vacant. The gas station and car wash are still operating and Lago Pizza is still open    The pizza place and Italian restaurant is operated by Júlio Ortiz and Esperanza Forero.

        “We started just with a take-out,” said Forero.

  • Restaurant move provides real-world project

        When Original Italian Pizza (OIP) moved from its longtime home at the west end of Bedford to its new home in the old Wal-Mart Plaza, Domenica LoPiccolo wanted to commission Leslie Padgett to do a mural.

  • Harman Eye Center adds optometrist to its staff

        Harman Eye Center’s newest addition is Dr. Tracy Scheibe.

        A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Dr. Scheibe has lived in Beford County for six years, five of them in the Five Forks area. She earned her doctor of optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1999.
        She’s a baseball fan.
        “I like the Cubs, the Chicago Cubs,” she said.
        That choice was not influenced by the fact that Illinois College of Optometry is located in Chicago.

  • A healthier apple

        Danny Johnson jokes that he’s never eaten more than half a worm.

        His point is that there are worse things than an apple that doesn’t look perfect, the potential result of using reduced spray techniques. The worse thing is pesticide residue on the apple.
        Johnson said that he began using low spray techniques when he stopped shipping apples and began selling exclusively directly to the public.
        “I don’t have to grow a perfect apple anymore,” he said.

  • Making it pay for itself

        Doug and Lucy Overstreet didn’t originally intend to farm.

        They initially started raising livestock at Idlewild Farm because they were concerned about what was in the food they were eating. Their solution was to raise their own.
        Then friends started asking to buy some, so they expanded. Doug saw it as a way to make the whole project pay for itself.

  • At Island Creek Farm, they even make their own soil

        Troy and Holly Brown have had Island Creek Farm for 11 years.

        “We have farmed actively here for seven years,” Holly said.
        They are totally organic, and then some.
        “We don’t use any chemicals here,” she said. “We don’t even use organic chemicals. We believe in the importance of the health of the soil.”