• Sweet family business

    Rick De Simone, of Bedford, bought a sweet business back in 1970. That’s the year he purchased Bedford’s Dairy Queen. He’s owned the place ever since and, last week, Matt Dunham, vice president of Dairy Queen of Virginia, came to Bedford to honor him for 40 years in the business.    

        De Simone’s relationship with Dunham’s family also goes back four decades.
        “He signed a contract with my grandfather in 1971,” Dunham said.

  • Equine Association wants to bring facility to Bedford County

        The Bedford Equine Association’s dream is to set up an equine and agricultural complex in Bedford County. 

  • 309 Winery promises fun, food and wine

     Peggy Overstreet and Scott Taylor promise fun, food and wine at 309 Winery. The new business opened its doors at the end of April in the historic Wharton Cottage, located at 309 North Bridge Street.

        It’s an eclectic business: You can buy wine and beer there; you can buy Gross’ Orchard products; you can buy local art and locally made jewelry.
        “We are trying to do everything local,” Overstreet said,

  • Floors and More—and more

    Floors and More, located on West Main Street in Bedford, got new owners at the beginning of May.

  • Daughter takes over at Rapid Printing

        Sometimes something bad may work out for the best after all.

        Early last year, Liz Brown and her husband, Roger, were living in Florida. Roger Brown had a charter fishing business, operating out of a port in Florida’s panhandle, and Liz was controller for a management company that managed five restaurants.
        Then, in late April, an exploratory well  being   drilled  in   the  Gulf   of Mexico erupted.

  • Luncheon features 70 years of history

        A retiree luncheon at Smyth featured 70 years of local history.

        It was living history. The oldest employees who showed up started work just before the U. S. entry into World War II. The local plant, originally Piedmont Label, has been in business since 1919.  The plant got a new name after it was purchased by Smyth a few years after the turn of the century.

  • Historic building may become bed & breakfast, event venue

    The former Runk and Pratt assisted living facility on East Main Street in Bedford may soon become an event venue and bed & breakfast.

        The Bedford Planning Commission unanimously voted Thursday to recommend a zoning change of the property at 812 E. Main Street to allow the use change. Runk and Pratt Health Care Enterprises Inc. will maintain ownership of the facility.
        The rezoning request, from low density residential to limited business district, now goes to Bedford City Council for approval.

  • BlueCrane Acupuncture

        Multiple trips to Nepal and the Himalayan region of India with Barnabas Fellowship exposed Ken and Diana Harbour to traditional Asian medicine. The couple, who own BlueCrane Acupuncture in Forest, founded Barnabas Fellowship, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, 25 years ago as a Christian relief organization.

        “The natural healing methods are all over the area,” Ken commented. “Pharmaceuticals are usually the last resort instead of the first line of defense.”

  • Chamber honors local business

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce honored local business during its annual awards banquet, held at the Elks National Home.

  • WGN dropped

    Fans of Chicago sports teams or a number of syndicated shows will have to look elsewhere for that programming if they currently watch WGN through Shentel Cable in Bedford.

        On April 5, Shentel is set to drop the Chicago-based channel from its programming lineup.
        “I think it’s a loss of service without any notification of how they’re going to replace it,” Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski said of the change. “I know they’re making some improvements, but this is a step back.”