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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;

  • 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.

  • Remembering Dr. King

    Normally when temperatures are below 20 degrees, convincing someone to leave the warm relief of their home in the early morning is a back-breaking task.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march, program to be held Monday

        The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March/Program will be held Monday, January 15  at 10 a.m. at Washington Street Baptist Church.
        The march from the Courthouse to Washington Street Baptist Church/ Processional will be led by BCPS ROTC & Boys with a Dream.
        Special guests will include Minister Jonathan Slocumb, Oakmulgee Baptist Church; and Peaks of Otter Association Youth Choir under the direction of Rev. Edwin Taylor.
        The event is sponsored by the Bedford Chapter NAACP.

  • Order of the Day

        Back in 1944, a 19-year-old sergeant from Roanoke knew he was part of something huge and the piece of paper in his hands was going to be historic.

        The sergeant was Bob Slaughter and the piece of paper was his copy of General Dwight Eisenhower’s Order of the Day for D-Day. While he and the other men of his company were waiting to board landing craft, Slaughter took it around and asked them to sign it. The paper bears the signatures of 75 of those men on the front and back.

  • Burning boxwoods

        Last month the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department set fire to some of the boxwoods in the Wharton Garden. This is not something they normally do. Usually they put out fires, not start them.

  • Fire destroys farmhouse

        A Friday morning fire destroyed a two-story farmhouse that dated back to the 19th century.

  • Apple Valley run raised money for Bedford House

    race, held last month, raised $2,500 for Friends of Bedford House.  According to Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, this year was the 20th year the orchard sponsored the race. This year’s race drew 102 runners even though a rainy day suppressed turnout.

        “It ends up like a family reunion,” said Theresa Boyes, the race director.
        Boyes also runs in the race. She was a runner when she attended Liberty University. Boyes works as events coordinator at Avoca, the home of Charles Lynch.

  • Groups come together to hire Youth Career Navigator

        On Monday, Dec. 18 area community organizations came together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to hire a Youth Career Navigator for the Bedford area.
        In the case of area youth who may have experienced hardship, they now have a village of support. The village is comprised of Bedford County Public Schools, Bedford County Department of Social Services, Region 2000 Workforce Development Board and Adult & Career Education of Central Virginia.

  • Their job: Cut the grass

        O2 emc, the company that built a solar array on the former Schrock Farm now owned by Bedford has to make sure the site doesn’t grow up in weeds. Along with looking unsightly, the stuff would eventually block the solar panels.

        They contracted with Sunraised Farms to maintain the grounds.
        “It’s relatively hilly,” said Brooks Mixon, who is part of Sunraised’s ground maintenance team.