• Lodge will stay open

    An 11th hour deal will keep the Peaks of Otter Lodge—operated by Virginia Peaks of Otter Company under a contract with the National Park Service—open.

  • Skate shop opens in Bedford

    It’s cold up in Maine and Colin Franklin was looking for a milder climate. That brought him to Bedford.

        The timing couldn’t have been better.
        Bedford County is building a skateboard facility at Falling Creek Park. That led Franklin to start a new business, after moving to Bedford four months ago.
        Franklin opened Full Deck on East Main Street on Dec. 4, the day of the Christmas parade. The store is located next door to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation office.

  • Ann Wood named this year’s Athena recipient by Chamber

    Ann Wood received this year’s Athena Award at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women of Influence luncheon, Friday.

        According to Athena International’s Web site, the Bedford area is one of 500 communities around the world where this award is presented.
        The Bedford Area Chamber presents the award, but doesn’t choose the winner. A committee is set up for that purpose and chooses the winner from women who are nominated. The criteria for selecting the winner is that she must have:

  • Derrick Alexander’s Barber Shop opens

    A new barbershop, Derrick Alexander’s Barber Shop, just opened in Bedford. The shop first opened its doors on Oct. 20, next door to Jackson Hewitt on West Main Street.

  • Volunteer helps transform Bedford Memorial gift shop

    As Christmas approaches, Barbara Hurt, Bedford Memorial Hospital’s manager of volunteer services, wants to call attention to the hospital’s gift shop. Hurt said that the shop’s merchandise goes beyond gifts for patients — it’s stocked with the general public in mind.

  • A recession proof business

        When Spinner’s Barbershop closed this summer, a local entrepreneur saw an opportunity.

        Chris Pannell, an Altavista native who has lived in Bedford since 1989, had formerly operated a mobile car wash business called TLC. He brought the car wash to the customer.
        “People aren’t doing luxury in this economy,” Pannell commented.
        However, people still need haircuts. Computers can’t do this, and you really can’t do it yourself.

  • New massage therapist opens shop

    Getting a lay-off notice can be the nudge a person needs to make a positive change.

        Carol Patterson, a Bedford County native, had worked as an administrative assistant and executive assistant for 30 years. She had been wanting to do something more fulfilling and had thought about massage therapy for a year. Leaving the security of an existing job, however, kept her from doing anything beyond thinking. Then, her job was eliminated and, with job security gone, she “ took a leap of faith.”

  • Coffey and Saunders closing this week

    “What am I going to do?” asked Ed Harman, as he stopped by Coffey and Saunders in Bedford, Monday afternoon.

  • Students learn what businesses do

    A joint venture among county government, the county’s public schools and local business seems to be paying off. Called Bedford One, the program works to show high school students what area businesses do.

        “It was wonderful that this happened on my watch,” commented Sue Montgomery at a business appreciation breakfast Tuesday morning.
        Montgomery retired as Bedford County’s director of economic development last year, but still does consulting work. She’s also still involved with Bedford One.

  • A-maze-ing

        P. W. Morgan is offering folks the opportunity to have some fun down on the farm.

        Morgan’s farm has a large pumpkin patch and a corn maze with 2,370 feet worth of trail winding through it.
        “I drew the design and I did it myself,” Morgan said of the maize maze.