Local News

  • 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;

  • SALEM DISTRICT: Snow arrives in Bedford area; VDOT, VSP urge caution

    Morning snow showers have started to fall through southwest Virginia and road conditions may continue to change and impact drivers over the next few hours. Virginia Department of Transportation crews have been attending to roads throughout the night and will continue to monitor and address road conditions today.

  • BCSO seeks info on suspect in shoplifting case


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    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white man who shoplifted a bottle of alcohol from the ABC Store located in the Graves Mill Shopping Center on January 24, 2018.

  • Local firefighters help with film

        For Brad Creasy and the Bedford Fire Department, the timing couldn’t have been better.

        Creasy, the fire department’s chief, contacted Liberty University just three weeks ago with hopes that their cinematography students might be looking for a film project. 
        “The fire department wanted to have a short film produced to highlight its rich history and tradition of excellence; something that could be used as a recruitment tool as well,” Creasy explained.

  • Separate accidents result in fatalities

        Two local men were killed in separate motor vehicle accidents last week.
        Virginia State Police Trooper T.C. Fairburn is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 on Route 608 (Tolers Ferry Road), near the intersection of Route 739 (Fairview Church Road) in Bedford County.

  • People are welcome

        The fenced in area to your left, as you enter the Claytor Nature Study Center, is not an off-limits research area.

        It’s only off limits to deer, and they are why the fence is there. People are welcome. In fact, the Claytor folks, and the Bedford Area Master Gardeners want you to look around in that area because it is a demonstration garden. It has species of plants — a number are native species — that do well in this area.

  • Hospice House Friends raise more than $2,000

        Friends of Bedford Hospice House held what Anne Soukhanov, chairman of the Friends board of directors, considers a very successful fundraiser. It was a breakfast held at the Bower Center last week and Friends sold 90 out of the 100 tickets they printed.

        Friends exists to assist the Bedford Hospice House and to organize volunteers who support the House in various ways.

  • Trucks damaging Wolf Creek Bridge

        Tractor trailers have been getting into trouble on Dickerson Mill Road. The problem comes at the bridge crossing Wolf Creek. The bridge is narrow and, at one end, the road makes a 90 degree turn just off the bridge. The big rigs can’t make it and get hung up.

  • Storm leaves downed trees, some without power

    The Bedford area experienced high winds, Friday, that often sounded like a jet plane roaring over.

        The winds knocked over trees and left people without power, some for extended periods of time. The county’s volunteer fire companies were kept busy with wind-whipped wildland fires.
        “We had everybody on by Saturday evening,” said John Wagner, director of Bedford’s electric department.

  • The Raider Challenge

        Raider Challenge is an extra curricular activity for Junior ROTC Cadets that promotes physical fitness as well as responsibility and accountability to a team. 
        Schools around the region host them, usually in the fall so the local unit decided to offer a late winter event at the National D-Day Memorial for those that are interested.  Teams consist of eight or nine Cadets.