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.

  • Youth deer hunt provides intro to hunting

        The last weekend of September is designated by the state as a time to introduce youth to deer hunting. It’s just before deer season starts, so there are no adult hunters in the woods.
        In Bedford County, local hunter safety instructors will hold a youth deer hunt at Kennedy’s Orchard on Sept. 29. Vernie Kennedy, who owns the 288 acre tract of land, which has been in his family since 1813, is a long-time firearms and hunter safety instructor.

  • Centerfest is Saturday!

        Bedford’s showcase event, Centerfest, will be held this Saturday, Sept. 22, kicking off festival season throughout the county.
        There will plenty for all to enjoy at this family event.
        Centerfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring two entertainment stages, a Kids Zone, food galore and some 120 artisans and vendors.

  • Update on River Oak Drive murder investigation; suspects arrested

    On Monday evening September 10, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Nadia La-sha McDaniel, 21. She is presently charged with breaking and entering, while armed with a firearm, with the intent to commit robbery.
    This charge stems from the homicide of Aaron Brumfield in Bedford County on Friday September 7. She is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford without bond. Additional charges against McDaniel are possible as the investigation continues.

  • Area preps for hurricane

        The Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue, and other departments and agencies in the town and county, are focused on preparation efforts for the pending effects of Hurricane Florence.
        The hurricane is expected  to bring heavy rains and wind through the area beginning on Friday, Sept. 14 and hovering for several days.

  • Providing food for others

        A modest metal building next to a farm field in Big Island is the national headquarters of a ministry that salvages massive amounts of fresh produce that would have otherwise gone to waste.

  • Weather forces cancellation of SML Walk to End Poverty

    To all SML Walk to End Poverty participants & supporters,

    The Lake Christian Ministries’ 2018 SML Walk to End Poverty, scheduled for Saturday, September 15, has been cancelled. We have been notified that the State of VA has issued a closure for the SML State Park this weekend due to the anticipated severe storm, and with the forecast for flooding rains and possible strong winds, we do not want to risk the safety of our walkers and volunteers by attempting to hold the walk at an alternate location.

  • Boys with a Dream hold Prayer Vigil

        For law enforcement members and first responders, it means the world to them to have the backing of the local community.