Following a national search process, County Administrator Robert Hiss on Thursday announced Judson Smith as Bedford County’s new Emergency Communications (911) Director beginning Oct. 5.
Bedford County Public Schools will be getting additional aid from the second round of CARES Act that was designated to them by the Board of Supervisors at their latest meeting on September 14. $1.5 million was designated to the school division in round 2 of the CARES Act to help out with the…
A silent auction led by local artist Lisa Floyd is happening right now at the Smith Mountain Lake Coffee House located at Bridgewater. The silent auction will benefit the Agape Center, which mentors and befriends those in need.
Franklin County continues to offer Small Business Recovery Grants to local businesses impacted by COVID-19. On September 8th, Franklin County began accepting applications for the second round of one-time grants of up to $10,000 to assist small businesses in the County, as well as those withi…
On Sunday, Sept. 20, the Smith Mountain Lake Democrats gathered outside their newly expanded headquarters to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away Friday at the age of 87.
Rocky Mount Elementary fifth-grade teacher Anthony Swann was left speechless when he was awarded Franklin County Public Schools Teacher of the Year during the spring semester of 2020. At the time, it was the peak of his teaching career — until he recently reached a new milestone.
Friday was POW/MIA Recognition Day. Although the National D-Day Memorial Foundation did not hold an in-person event this year due to COVID-19, a pre-recorded observance is available on dday.org.
It is every parent’s worst nightmare: the death of a child. A Smith Mountain Lake man faced that heartbreak on Friday when his three-year-old son died from injuries sustained in a case that the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Capps Home Building Center and a group of supporting sponsors have joined together to issue a $100,000 challenge to the Smith Mountain Lake community. Lake Christian Ministries, The Agape Center and SML Good Neighbors will share the proceeds of this effort, which runs from October 12 through…
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) would like to advise recreational boaters to use extreme caution this upcoming weekend as hurricane Sally has produced significant rainfall which has caused flooding and extremely high water levels on area rivers and lakes. There are a numb…
Co-owner of the Virginia Dare Cruise & Marina, Garrett Meyer, has always wanted to do a casino-themed cruise for a while. He finally got to experience it this past weekend.
After having a successful Fourth of July Float-In concert on July 4, Gills Creek Marina, located at 790 Fox Chase Road in Wirtz, decided to host another one on Labor Day weekend.
A Moneta woman has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, child neglect and misdemeanor driving under the influence stemming from a vehicle accident that resulted in the death of an 83-year-old man in August 2019.
Shown are Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton with Donna and Patrick Cosmato. Not long ago, the sheriff’s office received an assortment of gifts from the Cosmato family. “Patrick and Donna have been supporting the Office of the Sheriff for several years with their fantastic offerings of foo…
The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats have been hard on the campaign trail recently for their Democratic candidates in what many consider to be one of the most important election seasons this nation has faced.
Appalachian Power, a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) that covers a portion of the Smith Mountain Lake area, has filed its annual fuel factor update with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) and is requesting a reduction in the fuel rate for its Virginia c…
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Bedford Public Library System (BPLS) joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic…
On Oct. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m., the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Business Expo at the Forest Fire Department located at 1645 Thomas Jefferson Road, Forest.
Capt. William Tice, who has a United States Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, had completed more than 1,000 cruises as captain of the Virginia Dare cruise boat on Smith Mountain Lake before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Bedford County Board of Supervisors has allocated a portion of its CARES Act funding toward assistance to county residents who have suffered income loss or reduction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bedford County’s Back to Business Grant Program to assist Bedford County businesses that have experienced losses from COVID-19 closures and disruptions involves $1 million.
Weichert, Realtors - Bridges & Co., located in Moneta, announced that Yvonne Austin successfully completed the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. Fast Track training program.
Three vehicle accidents occurred on or near Booker T. Washington Highway today within a five-mile radius and three-and-a-half hour time span.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors has set aside $300,000 in CARES Act funding to assist local residents financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Franklin County citizens who have been laid-off, furloughed or experienced a reduction in hours due to COVID-19 may be eligible to app…
It’s common to see churches replace pastors after so many years or, in some denominations, see pastors rotate churches after a few years. One particular church, though, has had the same pastor for 50 years, but that will change this month when he retires.
A Simple Gesture SML, the Lake Christian Ministries’ food pantry pick-up program, continues to collect many pounds of food and personal care supplies for neighbors in need.
For more than 40 years, Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad (CBVRS) in Penhook has conducted a truck raffle as its main fundraiser to help pay for rescue equipment.
Since mid-June, two local residents have been kayaking the 500-mile shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake to raise awareness and funds for the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center in Rocky Mount. Sue Gallagher and Jane Marvin, who both volunteer as court appointed advocates for neglected or ab…
The Bedford Child Advocacy Center (CAC) will host an open house Thursday, Sept. 24, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., for anyone to meet the staff, tour the facility, and learn about the Child Advocacy Center services.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so many things; however, the need for area youth to experience positive growth through a mentoring relationship is now more important than ever, according to Goodwill.
A polarizing bill was passed by Virginia state senators Wednesday that will reclassify charges of assault against a law enforcement officer, now to be downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor.
On Aug. 17, Bedford County launched a Back-to-Business Grant to help Bedford County businesses that have experienced losses from COVID-19 closures.
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation is partnering with Bedford County Public Schools to help families access internet service and virtual learning, with the support of SML Good Neighbors, Inc.
On August 25, 2020 at approximately 1230 a.m., Huddleston Market fell victim to a Breaking and Entering causing the business property damage and loss. Anyone with information or that can help identify the subjects are asked to Contact Investigator Maddox with the Bedford County Sheriff Offic…
In 2014, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office became a state accredited agency through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy is increasing visitor services to provide orientations and more detailed information with limited access t…
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) passed a resolution at their recent board meeting for the Law Enforcement Division to become accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).