• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct by former Centra CEO


                A Lynchburg woman and former Centra employee has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Centra Health Inc. and its former Chief Executive Officer E.W. Tibbs, alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Tibbs.

  • Harris Printing to close

        After more than 40 years, Harris Printing is closing. It officially closes Feb. 1.

        Robert Harris, who owns the business, has been in printing for a lot longer than that. He’s been involved for more than 60 years. At one point, he worked for three weekly newspapers at the same time, the Bedford Bulletin and the Bedford Democrat, in Bedford, and the Roanoke Tribune in Roanoke.

  • New design honors KFC founder

        The 882 East Main Street KFC has a fresh new look.

  • BMH plays Santa

        The staff of Bedford Memorial Hospital has teamed up with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to play Santa.

        According to Stacey Hopkins, the emergency department nursing director, the emergency department nursing staff started doing this four years ago. They wanted to do something for the community and reached out to the Sheriff’s Office for help as they knew the sheriff had been involved with this sort of effort before. That year, they gave gifts to 10 children who would have otherwise had a spartan Christmas.

  • Bedford Memorial gets prestigious designation

        Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital (BMH) has received a prestigious nursing designation. It’s awarded by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC).

        “It verifies we are committed to our nurses excelling and that they are empowered here in Bedford,” said Carolyn Hitchcock, a registered nurse and Pathway Excellence Coordinator.
        What does “empowered” mean?