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Franklin County has experienced a recent spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from prior weeks, according to data from the Virginia Health Department (VDH).

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Although the SML Charity Home Tour Board has moved celebrating its 30th anniversary to October of next year out of concern for the safety and health of the nearly 3,000 volunteers, guests and homeowners, SML Charity Home Tour Executive Director Sandra Morse is encouraging businesses to donat…

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Horizon Behavioral Health is expanding its Family Treatment Drug Court initiative (FTDC) in Bedford County with a $1.9 million, five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

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On June 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested.

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Resurrection Catholic Church held its 31st Annual Holy Strokes Charity Golf Tournament on June 22 at The Westlake.

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A rare opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 without a doctor’s prescription was scheduled to take place in Franklin County on Tuesday, June 30, during a free drive-through clinic at Pigg River Community Center (2410 S Main St., Rocky Mount).

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The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to allow religious freedom for all citizens of all faiths to gather on the Fourth of July without any restrictions. 

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Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission is offering another summer Vessel Pump Out Program in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and the Smith Mountain Lake Association.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) has received several reports recently of green colored algae that have accumulated in some coves.

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Staunton River High School held its graduation ceremony Saturday at the Impact Church Outdoor Facility beside the Forest Volunteer Fire Department Station.

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The Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and Parkway Marina will not be having the 2020 Smith Mountain Lake fireworks and Fire Company Fundraiser on the 4 of July, according to reports.

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The general election for the 5th Congressional District in Virginia, which is the largest district in the state, is set. Representing the Democratic Party will be Dr. Cameron Webb, who is a medical and law graduate from the University of Virginia.

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Bedford Farmers Market, located at 220 W. Washington Street in Bedford, VA will hold a special market day event to honor Bedford County service members. 

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Two bodies that were found at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina were identified as Frank Arnold Jr. and John Keaton, according Coroner Deputy Darris Fowler from Horry County, South Carolina.

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Virginia hasn’t reached Phase 3 of its reopening plan quite yet, but when Phase 3 comes about, face coverings will still be required to be worn inside public buildings. 

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For all who shop for groceries at Smith Mt. Lake, I want you to understand something: My husband and I are senior citizens, and I check off every box for death by COVID-19 except for male smoker. Therefore, he does the grocery shopping; I have not been shopping since March.

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Karen Hughes of the Bedford Community Christmas Station announced that she was stepping down from the president’s position and leaving the Bedford Community Christmas Station Board after the scheduled board meeting on Monday, June 22. She made the following statement before stepping down:

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office members participated in the We Care of Franklin County ATV ride Saturday at the Parkridge Sub-Division just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This ride benefits We Care of Franklin County each year it has been held. The photo is of last spring’s event.

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SML Democrats help to keep Smith Mountain Lake beautiful while practicing social distancing and wearing masks as they perform road cleanup on Route 122.

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For more than 20 years, the Bethlehem United Methodist Men’s group in Moneta has roasted and packed more than 250,000 jars of peanuts with all profits going to local charities. Fortunately, the group’s inventory in the “Nut House” has carried sales through the current COVID-19 situation alth…

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As Virginia passes through Phase 1 of the COVID-19 process, the commonwealth’s 13 electric cooperatives continue to take unprecedented steps to maintain the safety of their employees and their consumer-members.

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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 one foot Thursday morning.

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As of Tuesday, the Agape Center is back in full operation while following Virginia’s Phase 2 guidelines for limited capacity, physical distancing and heightened sanitary and disinfection practices.

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The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) board passed a conservative budget at the May 19 board of directors meeting that does not include a rate change at the current time.