• Weather forces cancellation of SML Walk to End Poverty

    To all SML Walk to End Poverty participants & supporters,

    The Lake Christian Ministries’ 2018 SML Walk to End Poverty, scheduled for Saturday, September 15, has been cancelled. We have been notified that the State of VA has issued a closure for the SML State Park this weekend due to the anticipated severe storm, and with the forecast for flooding rains and possible strong winds, we do not want to risk the safety of our walkers and volunteers by attempting to hold the walk at an alternate location.

  • Centra set to go live with new Electronic Health Record

        Centra was set to go live this week with a new Electronic Health Record, an effort that has been years in the making.
        “This is single handedly the largest undertaking in Centra’s 32-year history,” a news release stated.
        Centra is consolidating several electronic health record applications into one integrated system with Cerner. The list of patient benefits includes:
        • Patients have online access to their personal medical records 24/7 through HealthyU;

  • Local farmers have eye-opening trip

    By Kenny Fletcher
    Virginia Communications Coordinator

  • EDA helps Bison Printing expand

    Bison Printing is undergoing a major expansion in the fall and the Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is assisting the company with new requirements from the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA)..

        Al Beisser, the company’s secretary-treasurer,  said Bison expects to break ground in October on the 10,000 square foot addition to its existing 42,000 square foot facility, located just west of Bedford. The expansion is due to company growth.

  • Chamber hires new CEO

        The new CEO of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce is a familiar face to many in the local business community.

        Wende Gaylor, who took over the job last week, was formerly the Chamber’s marketing and events coordinator from 2002 to 2007.  When the CEO job came open after Susan Martin’s resignation last month, Gaylor immediately applied for it.

  • 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.