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.

  • Bedford PD investigating incidents involving firearms

                The Bedford Police Department is investigating incidents that occurred Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, possibly involving men who were armed.

                According to a press release from the Bedford PD, o            n Wednesday, April 10,  at about 10 a.m., the Bedford Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 300 Block of E Franklin St.

  • Big Otter Mill festival set for Saturday

        The Big Otter Mill will hold its annual spring festival this Saturday.

        Kristy Milton, chairman of the Big Otter Mill Foundation’s board of directors, said this event, along with the mill’s fall festival, is one of the mill’s two major fundraisers.

  • Bios on new BCPS administrative appointments

    The following administrative appointments have been approved by the Bedford County School Board. They will formally be recognized during Thursday night's regularly scheduled meeting.


    JeanMarie Johnston

  • Boys with a Dream holds prayer circle

        Boys with a Dream held its annual prayer circle April 27 at the Bedford’s Farmers Market. The event began during what Bob Carson, president of the Bedford Branch of the NAACP, described as a difficult time for law enforcement.

        “We wanted to begin a relationship between young people and police,” Carson said.
        Saturday marked the fourth time they have done this.

  • Derby Day

        The wet evening didn’t dampen spirits at Avenel, Saturday night, when more than 150 people turned out for the biggest party in Bedford.

  • U. S. 460 fatality accident

        A Lynchburg man died after striking two vehicles while driving on the wrong side of US 460 near Owen’s Market. Three others were injured in the accident.

        Virginia State Police Trooper T.M. Wertz is investigating the three-vehicle fatal crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred May 4 at 1:30 p.m. on US 460 near Harvest Lane.

  • School board makes major decisions

    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during a special called meeting on May 1, 2019. Highlights of the budget include accelerating the district’s 1:1 device initiative so that all learners in Grades 6-12 will be issued a Chromebook next school year. Additionally, most Bedford County teachers and support staff will receive a 4% salary increase, and there will be no increases to employee health insurance premiums.