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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;

  • There’s a new church at Apple Valley

        For six years, the church  on Wheats Valley Road had set empty on most Sunday mornings.

        That was until just a few weeks ago.
        Now the Apple Valley Community Center is once again a weekly place of worship for that community. And many are giving thanks for that.

  • Helping rebuild

        On  Oct. 2 Glenwood Oil & Gas Inc., working under Foster Fuels, sent two local men from Glenwood Oil & Gas to help support the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the massive destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

  • Community loses a good friend

        What wasn’t Edna Hayden involved with?

        It seems like you hardly went a civic event in Bedford where you didn’t see Hayden’s smiling face and busy hands. When she died on Sept. 9 at the age of 83, many organizations lost a great friend.

  • Christmas season events planned for Bedford

        Centertown Bedford will provide plenty of opportunities to get in the Christmas season spirit over the next several weeks.
        December events kick off with a tree lighting event in Centertown Park on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. There will be music and performances by LeeAnne Ashley Studio of Dance.
        Santa Land will also open Dec. 1 and will be located inside Meraki Artworks, 111 S. Bridge St. Santa will be there on Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening.

  • Targeted therapy produces fewer side effects

        “I had prostate cancer,” said Don Toms.

        Toms, who lives in the Bedford area, did research before opting on a treatment for his cancer. He said he didn’t want surgery because, he said, prostate cancer surgery often leaves a man incontinent. He talked to a radiologist about radiation therapy and said he wasn’t happy with what he heard.

  • Brook Hill fundraiser supports at-risk youth

        A recent fundraiser for Brook Hill Farm raised $24,000 for scholarships for at-risk youth.

        Brook Hill rescues unwanted and abused horses. It uses these horses to rescue at-risk teens. At risk teens are teens who are at risk of not completing high school.

  • LCM celebrates 25 years of service

        Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) celebrated its 25th anniversary with a luncheon and a professional story teller, Thursday.

         The organization first opened its doors on Sept. 9, 1992, in the old Rucker House in Moneta, with four churches involved. Today, 14 churches partner with LCM.

  • USMC’s story to be told at ceremony

        This Veterans Day the National D-Day Memorial will dedicate its newest narrative plaque, one that tells the story of Marines in the European Theater around the time of the Normandy Invasion.

        The United States Marine Corps’ story is often overlooked and far too many are unaware of the role Marines played on D-Day, according to a news release from the Memorial.

  • 22 Too Many

    Tiffany Farmer-Bowyer wants people to understand the trauma that can follow military personnel home from their service.

        Last year her brother committed suicide, a year after getting out of the military; it was a devastating blow to the family.
        While searching for help, Tiffany discovered the 22 Too Many Foundation. Every day, according to statistics, an estimated 22 veterans and one active duty soldier commits suicide. With Tiffany  and  her family, that statistic hit too close to home a year ago this month.