• Cafe on Depot is open in the Electric Company building

        Cafe on Depot officially opened on April 9.

        The cafe occupies the restaurant facility at the east end of the Electric Company building. The building once housed Bedford’s electric department and you can still see the conduits, just below the edge of the roof, that once carried power lines out to the town. The building housed a steam-powered generator 120 years ago.
        Cafe on Depot is owned and operated by Kim Laverty.
        “I love cooking,” she said.

  • Tax-free holiday begins Fri.

            Haven’t purchased those school supplies yet? This weekend would be a good time to get that done.
        Virginia’s three-day, tax-free holiday will be held from this Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. The annual event allows those purchasing certain items to have the state sales tax waived.

  • Johnson’s Orchard receives Century Farm designation

        The Virginia Department of Agriculture has named Johnson’s Orchard as a Century Farm.

  • A sad end to search for missing child


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    It was a sad end to the search for a 2-year-old missing child Thursday afternoon after law enforcement officials confirmed that divers had located the missing boy's body around 1 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake.

    The body of August Farley was found at 12:55 p.m. near a dock at the Lake. The family is from Texas and has been renting a home at SML.


  • Local eatery closing its doors

        The Rainbow Drive-In closed its doors Saturday, although a sign on the doors stated that it will reopen at an unspecified later date.

  • Scam alert

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a telephone scam.

  • Martin resigns from Bedford Chamber

        Susan Martin has resigned as president of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.

        After 11 years at the helm, Martin is leaving to take a job with Ross IES in Roanoke. Martin said the IES in Ross’s name stands for Innovative Employment Solutions.
        Martin first took charge of the Bedford Chamber in February, 2007. A West Virginia native, Martin had lived in Bedford for 10 years before taking the job with the Chamber.

  • SML Hearing Center opens location in Bedford

    SML Hearing Center held a ribbon cutting at its new location in Bedford Friday and officially opened its doors at the new office on Monday.

        The new service center will be open on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Bedford at the office located at 1029K Turnpike Rd. Tuesday through Friday it will be open by appointment.
        This is the second location for SML Hearing Center. The flagship facility is located in Moneta at 1100 Celebration Ave., #210.

  • Local businessman opens firearms shop

        A new gun shop in Forest, Elk Creek Sporting and Precision Gun Smithing, combines firearms sales and gunsmithing.

  • Innovairre makes big investment in county

        Innovairre has made a major investment in its plant on Elkton Farm Road, in Forest.

        The company has invested $4.85 million in two advanced inkjet presses which, according to Chad Stevens, the vice president for operations, can each produce 720 feet of printed material per minute. The new presses also mean the company will hire 12 additional employees. The presses can also be expanded with add ons.