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  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged; allegations include murder of teen in Bedford County

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.

    Those indicted include:

    Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • Celebrating shared values

        An event dubbed “Bedford Get Together” was held Saturday at Edmund Street Park. The weather was perfect for an outdoor event. It was sunny and warm — not too hot, not too cold, just right. The event featured food, music, activities for children, story tellers and a chance to see what various community organizations and local government departments do.

  • Forum takes look at statues

        Poplar Forest hosted a panel discussion on historic monuments, with a focus on the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments.
         A small gathering, the largest group that could fit in Thomas Jefferson’s dining room, listened to Calder Loth, a retired senior Virginia Department of Historical Resources architectural historian; Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project; and Adam Dean, associate professor of history at Lynchburg College.

  • Audrey Lee touched many through her service as 4-H extension agent in Bedford

        Audrey Lee touched many lives as the 4-H extension agent in Bedford for more than 30 years.

        She was the cornerstone of that program here in Bedford County.
        As a tribute to her work, a memorial service to honor her life will be held Sunday, Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m., at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Franklin County.

  • A day at the Fair

        The Bedford County Fair provided county elementary schools with an opportunity for their students to learn about agriculture. Seven county elementary schools sent students and a total 475 fourth graders descended on the fair Friday.

  • Two decades of service

    Carol Duus and Annette Jackson have been volunteering at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office for more than two decades. Last Thursday they were recognized for that service at a luncheon held at Olde Liberty Station.

  • A visit from Patton

        General George Patton was not at D-Day, George Patton Waters, his grandson noted, when he spoke to a group from the 315th Infantry Regiment 70th Anniversary Reunion at the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

        However, what’s important is who else wasn’t at D-Day. Thanks to Gen. Patton, five German divisions were in Calais, not Normandy, on D-Day.

  • LHS to have homecoming parard

        The first ever Liberty High School Homecoming parade will take place Friday, Sept. 22, in Centertown Bedford, and the public is invited to attend.

        Why a parade?
        Cars and floats are no longer permitted to circle the football field due to the new track surface at Liberty. As Student Council President Foster Garrett stated, “The whole SCA is very excited to start this new tradition of the Homecoming parade, and we hope the community is as excited as we are.”

  • A final goodbye

        A gathering of local and state dignitaries, along with local people who had known him for decades, gathered at Bedford Baptist Church Friday afternoon, to say a last goodbye to former Delegate Lacey Putney.

  • Tour helps young adults consider law enforcement

        Ten young adults came with the Old Dominion Job Corps Center to visit the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office last week. The purpose was to present law enforcement to them as a possible career.

        Captain Tim Hayden and Captain Mike Miller spoke to the group. Miller is in charge of the operations division and Hayden heads up the community division. Both men have been with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years.