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The Smith Mountain Lake Airport will expand after a 7-0 unanimous vote of approval by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors on July 27.

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The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) advises recreational boaters to use extreme caution this week as the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in several locations throughout Virginia due to tropical storm Isaias.

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues to reopen customer service centers for specific services by appointment only.

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July is in full swing. As a camel might say, the hump month of summer, and already days are getting shorter — and hotter.

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The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bower Center for the Arts introduced a new initiative: “Celebrating CommUNITY through creativity, commerce, service, education and faith.”

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First Horizon National Corp. recently announced First Horizon Bank’s completion of the acquisition of 30 branches from SunTrust now Truist, including the Smith Mountain Lake location at 13264 Booker T Washington Highway in Hardy.

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Many residents spoke up at a public hearing concerning a Confederate monument in front of the Franklin County courthouse in Rocky Mount at the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting July 21.

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One of the most popular locations at Smith Mountain Lake to enjoy a meal and drinks with live music is Mango’s Bar & Grill. 

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The Smith Mountain Lake Airport will be expanding after an unanimous vote of approval by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Communication Center/Sheriff’s Office recognized Megan Shiner for her commitment to the community for the month of July.

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As Virginia is in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery period, Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) stated that it continues to do everything possible to keep its neighbors (clients), volunteers and staff safe while providing essential services to those in need in the Smith Mountain Lake region.

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Bobby Bays is the latest finalist in the Lyrics on the Lake Open Mic Competition. The 17 year old from Bedford has been playing the guitar since the age of three, and he showed that ability last Wednesday night.

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Eighteen high school graduates from across Southside Electric Cooperative’s service area have earned college scholarships awarded by the Southside Opportunity Fund, including Jared Mayhew of Staunton River High School.

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Fans of the Smith Mountain Lake area high school teams will have to wait until December to see any action, and until February to watch football, volleyball, cheerleading, cross country and golf.Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has caused school officials across the state to alter t…

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The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) has awarded Hannah Grove and Victoria Rogers college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.

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Last Wednesday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced the adoption of statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

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Mackenzie Reed of Bedford was named to the dean’s list by Dr. Troy Shoemaker, president of Pensacola Christian College, for academic achievement during the 2020 spring semester.

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Shown is an example of a baby Yoda craft project. The Moneta/SML Library will let participants build a baby Yoda from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, as part of the Family Fun Night series of programs. All the materials to make this craft will be supplied. Registration is required, and spo…

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The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present its 31st annual art show, scheduled for Oct. 23-25, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, located at 13586 Old Moneta Road (Route 122) in Moneta.

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James Madison University announced that the following students made the dean’s list for the spring 2020 semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899.

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On Thursday, July 2, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were treated to a pizza lunch (plus cookies and soda) by Kathryn Polk of Movement Mortgage for their Frontline Heroes program. As always, the donation was very appreciated! Thank you for the support. Pictured from left are …

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Franklin Heights Church recently donated handmade cards to each and every member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Inside of each card was a message of support and gift cards for McDonald’s. “The Office of the Sheriff is so thankful for the great community members in this county who s…

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Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) were very busy over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

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Less than a month after launch, Gallagher, 70, and Marvin, 60, have paddled more than 200 miles of the 500-plus shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake. The two are kayaking the full lake to raise funds and spread awareness for neglected children and to help recruit new volunteers to be court appoi…

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Since March, businesses around Smith Mountain Lake have felt the negative impact from the coronavirus, though some have managed to stay open and push through the pandemic.

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SML Good Neighbors had prepared, in hopeful anticipation, to host traditional programs in July for our Bedford County campers and scholars; however, we were unable to do so due to health safety risks and guidelines provided by local and State officials. Instead, we began our virtual programs…

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For parents and kids, digital safety can often be seen as limiting rather than protecting, causing fairness to be questioned. U.S. Cellular, which has a retail location in Rocky Mount, is looking to change that perception by providing resources for both parents and kids to create shared goal…

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Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) were very busy over the Independence Day holiday weekend.