• Apocalypse Ale Works to open cidery

    “This is an agriculture announcement,” said Traci Blido, Bedford County’s economic director, Friday afternoon.

        The announcement was by Bettina King, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry. She announced a $12,000 grant from her department to Bedford County’s economic development authority to assist Apocalypse Ale Works, in Forest, to establish a cidery.

  • Bedford Town Manager responds to civic sign debate

    Bedford Town Manager Bart Warner issued the following statement related to the civic sign issue from last night's Council meeting:

    The issue related to the Town-owned civic sign structures on East Main Street and Blue Ridge Avenue actually has its roots in the state championship won by the Liberty High School softball team in early June and the desire to appropriately commemorate not only that team’s accomplishment, but the fact that it is the fourth different sport in which the school has claimed a title.

  • Arthur’s undergoing renovation

    Jim Messier, owner of Arthur’s Jewelry, as well as the building that houses it, is doing a renovation of his store’s interior and, when he’s done, he’s leaving the original brick work exposed at one point.

        He’s stripped that section of wall down to the brick and will leave it and some of the original old growth heart of pine flooring visible.

  • Bedford Farmers’ Market under new direction

        Bedford’s Farmers’ Market is now under new management and the new managers are farmers.

        Steven and Erika McFaden took over at the end of June. The McFadens own Oslin Creek livestock and sell meat at the market in Bedford and in Forest. They are assisted by their children, Matthias, 15, until school starts and Delaney, 18, until she heads off to college at the University of Maine.

  • Old bank now houses restaurant

        The old First National Exchange Bank building, next to the Burks-Scott Building, now hosts a restaurant.

        The Blue Lady moved from its former home, a historic house on West Main Street to the old bank on April 1. According to Jai Ippolito, the restaurant’s owner, it is one of only two restaurants in Virginia that are in former banks.

  • AARP Community Challenge Grant Awarded to Town of Bedford


  • Arriving in style

        Ken and Wendy Wilson have opened a limo service at the Lake. It’s called Fortunex Limousine.

        According to Wendy Wilson, they offer a variety of services. They pick people up at airports. When she does this, she makes sure she watches the flight numbers and, if the flight is delayed, she waits.

  • Centra names Bass as new BMH CEO

        With the retirement of Patti Jurkus, vice president and CEO of Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital, Centra has named William Bass Jr. (Bill) as BMH’s new vice president and CEO. 

  • Walmart donates to Hunters for the Hungry

    The Bedford Walmart, in connection with other stores in two local markets and the Walmart Foundation, donated $5,000 to Hunters for the Hungry, which ultimately will provide 21,000 servings of venison to those needing help with food in the community.

        Hunters for the Hungry works locally with the Agape Center, Bedford Christian Ministries and Lake Christian Ministries to distribute the meat. Local hunters provide deer to be processed and Hunters for the Hungry provides money for processing of the meat that goes to those organizations.

  • Gardner to step down as head of SML Chamber

        Vicki Gardner, who has steered the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2002, announced last week she will step down as Executive Director at the end of August.

        “For nearly 17 years, my personal and professional lives have been meaningfully enriched,” Gardner said. “ The Smith Mountain Lake community, region, businesses, leaders and residents have become part of my extended family.”