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The American Electric Power Foundation is donating $30,000 to create free, public Wi-Fi hotspots at multiple locations across Appalachian Power’s Virginia service area, including Franklin County.

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Beginning June 1, Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) will provide additional services to assist those in need in Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties during Phase 1 of the Virginia governor’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery period.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) announced the reopening of the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center, which it operates, on Thursday, May 21, coinciding with the governor’s phase one opening of the state. 

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The Franklin County Family YMCA and Franklin County Public Schools teamed up to work closely in an effort to support critical members of the workforce and provide safe child-care alternatives for their families.

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Bedford County Deputy Brian Ellis was investigating a single-vehicle accident Saturday outside of Bedford when another vehicle crashed into his parked patrol vehicle, according to reports.

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is advising recreational boaters to use extreme caution this Memorial Day weekend as the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings in several locations throughout Southwest and Central Virginia.

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The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded the Virginia Department of Historic Resources more than $4.7 million in funding to provide recovery assistance to historic properties including archaeological sites damaged by hurricanes Florence and/or Michael in September and October 2018 that ar…

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As businesses began preparations to reopen May 15, the Bedford Regional Water Authority and Western Virginia Water Authority (Authorities) encouraged all businesses who have had reduced operations or had their doors shut since the Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Order 53 closed non-essent…

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Update:Appalachian Power, operator of the Smith Mountain Project hydroelectric facility in southwest Virginia, is advising property owners and visitors that the Smith Mountain Reservoir will exceed its full pond level by three feet Friday morning.Normal full pond level at Smith Mountain Lake…

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Virginia State Police Trooper T.J. Sica is investigating a two vehicle crash Wednesday in Bedford County that resulted in a fatality.

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The Challenge A class of Classical Conversations of Franklin County held their science fair in January at Franklin Heights Baptist Church, according to director Cathy Brubaker last Wednesday.

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Many local business owners in the area let out a big sigh of relief as the first phase for reopening Virginia set forth by Gov. Ralph Northam was put into action May 15.

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Men and women on the front line at Scruggs Volunteer Fire Department, the rescue squad, and the dive team recently received a gift from local State Farm Insurance Agent Debbie Robbins.

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The Franklin County School Board recognized retiring faculty and staff of all public schools in Franklin County at its regular monthly meeting May 11 and heard that the high school plans to hold drive-thru graduation June 8.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice, announced the agency will allocate $20,197,778 in COVID-19 relief funding to help Virginians. The allocation is part of a third wave in CARES Act coronavirus relief funding totaling one b…

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The Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department (RMFD) and other agencies responded to a structure fire Thursday at one of the town’s two CVS pharmacies.

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On May 5, ShopEvident, located in Glade Hill, donated 900 N95 masks to first responders in the county. Masks were divided between Franklin County Department of Public Safety, Rocky Mount Police Department and the Office of the Sheriff. “We thank the Grimm family and the staff of Evident for …

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A Henry County woman has been found dead in her home at the 1300 block of Wingfield Orchard Road, and a missing vehicle from the driveway was located in Franklin County.

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On May 1, the Bedford Regional Water Authority (Authority) gained ownership of the water and wastewater system in the Mariners Landing subdivision from the Mariners Landing Water and Sewer Company (Mariners Landing). This will add 526 customers from Mariners Landing to the Authority’s approx…

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The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently made their 2019 contributions to Smith Mountain Lake Area Charities. The 2019 recipients were SML Good Neighbors, Henry Fork Services, Lake Christian Ministries, the Alex Ernandes Scholarship Fund and CATS (Children’s Assistive…

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Putting a Dent in Mental Health Inc. has been distributing green bulbs around Franklin County for their “Light It Up Green” project in support of Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Churches across the state of Virginia, including local ones, have been working hard and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are anxious to get back to worshipping together.

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COVID-19 has restricted the daily life of many citizens, and a lot of nonessential businesses that are temporarily closed were the main source of entertainment for a large number of people.

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Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy had three of their players earn postseason honors from the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics.

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The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held their monthly meeting April 27, which included a public hearing over the county budget.

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Members of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors on April 27 unanimously voted on sending a resolution to Gov. Ralph Northam, urging to reopen nonessential businesses in Bedford County. 

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The Smith Mountain Eagle is proud to announce two writers won Virginia Press Association (VPA) Awards.

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Once Virginia schools were closed due to the growing concern of the threat that COVID-19 was starting to impose, many families were worried how they were going to feed their children since they relied on the school system.

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One of the local businesses in the area that is still in business despite the struggles of COVID-19 is Smith Mountain Lake Hearing.