• 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.

  • AARP Community Challenge Grant Awarded to Town of Bedford


  • 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.”

  • Jurkus to retire from Centra BMH

        Patti Jurkus, the CEO of Bedford Memorial Hospital, is calling it quits. She will retire this summer.

        “It’s the right time,” Jurkus commented.
        The Bedford native said her goal, when she first took the CEO job, was to leave the hospital a better place than it was when she found it.
        “I feel really good about where the hospital is today,” Jurkus said.

  • Online business opens brick-and-mortar location

        A business that has been solely online for four years now has a brick-and-mortar location.

        Something Else Boutique, owned and operated by Jenée Welsh, and her husband, Joe, opened its first brick-and-mortar location, located at the corner of North Bridge Street and West Depot Street, on March 7. She said the online business generates between 400 and 500 orders a week and the physical location is part of her expanding business.

  • Goode man breathes new life into old building

    Jim and Lisa Beck have been working to breathe new life in an old building on North Bridge Street. The Becks own A Goodeview Alpaca Farm in Goode.

        They are originally from Philadelphia.
        “We came down for the alpaca farm,” Jim said.
        Jim was the one who got the idea of buying the farm.
        “I told Lisa, ‘Let’s buy a farm,’” he said.

  • Hospital honors its volunteers

        Bedford Memorial Hospital held a thank-you dinner for the hospital’s volunteers, Thursday night at Trivium. Live entertainment was provided by the local band Heat of the Night.

  • The best of Bedford

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce announced the best of the best at its annual awards dinner.

        Wende Gaylor, the chamber’s president, noted that it’s an honor for a business to be nominated for these awards because other area businesses have made the nominations.
        Delegate Scott Garret opened the evening by presenting a resolution from the General Assembly to Gaylor recognizing the Bedford Chamber on its 80th anniversary.