• Customers still eating out at restaurants

        Restaurants are a local bright spot in the economy, and meals tax revenue shows that to be true.

        According to Rosie Jordan, Bedford’s director of fiscal management, meals tax revenue is down  by just 1 percent in the first quarter of the new fiscal year, which began on July 1, compared to the same time last year.
        “This is a decrease, but not that much,” Jordan said.
        This amounts to a drop of $1,700.    

  • Red carpet event celebrates how a community came together to help movie project succeed

    On Friday, the community that helped make Lake Effects happen, came together.

        There were the stars, the filmmakers, the investors and the community folks who just helped out.
        There were limos, a red carpet and a community screening of the film.
        It was an event right out of Hollywood, but one that L.A could never have. This was one purely crafted by the Smith Mountain Lake community.

  • Dry weather hurt some local crops

    Although the Bedford area has been getting a good bit of rain this month, the weather was dry in the summer. According to P. W. Morgan, who operates a family farm in Huddleston, his farm went 48 days without rain. Morgan raises wheat, soybeans, corn and beef cattle.    

        The wheat is harvested in June and did very well. Along with selling the grain, Morgan markets square bales of wheat straw.
        “We can deliver that in tractor trailer loads,” he said.

  • What some businesses are doing

    Two years after the end of the worst recession in decades, the economy remains tough. Here’s a look at how a number of Bedford County businesses have been able to navigate the rough waters and, in a number of cases, thrive.

    Still developing
        Real estate was an area that took a heavy hit when the real estate bubble burst a few years ago, putting a stop to a number of development projects. Locally, Downtown Moneta and Mayberry Hills developer George Aznavorian is bucking that trend.    

  • Local business leaders respond to questions about today's business outlook

        So how are area businesses coping with the new economy? The Bulletin posed several questions about that to some business leaders. Here are the responses we received from Dan Plattus of Bedford Main Street, Inc.; Susan Martin, president and CEO of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce; and Jim Shauberger, events manager, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce:

        Q: What would you say is the state of business in this area right now?

  • D. Reynolds to close its doors

        D. Reynolds has catered to the clothing needs of Bedford’s men from its South Bridge Street location for more than 60 years. But that’s about to come to an end.

        Carl Wells, who owns the store along with his wife, Dale, announced Monday that the store will close at the beginning of December.
        Wells bought the store in 1976 when he was still sheriff in Bedford County.

  • A good year for apples

        While some county agricultural operations got hammered by dry weather this summer, orchards have been an exception.

  • New physician joins Lake medical practice

        Smith Mountain Lake Family Practice now has a second doctor.

        Dr. Susan Funk joined the practice at the beginning of July. While she is a new face at SML Family Practice, she’s a familiar face in Bedford.  She practiced in a physicians group that included Dr. Allen Joslyn and Dr. Brian Buchanan for a number of years.
        “I came to Bedford in 1991,” she said.

  • Sears bringing Hometown Store to Downtown Moneta

        Plenty of excitement surrounded the announcement Thursday of a new store locating at the  Downtown Moneta development. Folks at the Lake were left guessing right up until developer George Aznavorian told the SML Chamber and other officials gathered for the unveiling.

        And they weren’t disappointed.
        The new 9,000 square foot building in Downtown Moneta will be a Sears Hometown Store.

  • Tech center opens in NL

        A new facility in New London promises to put Bedford County on the cutting edge of technology.

        The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) held an official ribbon cutting, Thursday, although people were already at work in the facility.
        “We had people move in here before we even had the grand opening,” commented Bob Bailey, CAER’s executive director.