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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;

  • 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.

  • Next Stop Bedford!

        On Thursday, Nov. 9, a “Next Stop Bedford” Rail Rally will be held as the Amtrak train passes through Bedford en route to Roanoke.

        The goal is to show support for Amtrak stopping in Bedford while traveling between Roanoke and Lynchburg.

  • Apple Valley 5k gearing up to support Bedford Hospice House

        Back in 1998 Theresa Boyes approached Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchards, with the idea of starting a race at his orchard. Three weeks later the first race was held with 38 people in attendance.
        Boyes has been the race director of the Apple Valley 5k cross country race ever since.

  • Nance honored by Farm Bureau

        Bedford County’s Farm Bureau honored Bill Nance with its distinguished service award this year at its annual dinner meeting.

        Born and raised in Bedford County, Nance has been involved in farm work since his teens when he was a student at Moneta High School. He worked for a local farmer before and after school.