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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;

  • Tree lighting, parade usher in Christmas season

        Christmas kicks off in Centertown Bedford this week with a tree lighting event in Centertown Park on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. There will be music and performances by LeeAnne Ashley Studio of Dance.

  • Festival of Trees

        The Welcome Center’s Festival of Trees has really grown after a humble beginning a decade ago.

  • Garden Tour of Homes

        The Bedford Council of Garden Clubs will hold its 2017 Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, December 3, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The theme for this year’s tour was inspired by a sign in a local barber shop around 1950 – “The Worlds Best Little Town.”  “WBLT” became the call letters for the local radio station.

  • That’s one GIANT sweet potato

        Glenn and Laura Baublitz have been farming on Green Tower Farm, a short distance down U. S. 221 from Forest Middle School, for 10 years.

  • 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.