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The Friends of the Bedford Public Library will hold their Winter Used Book Sale on the second floor of Bedford Central Library on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will have a larger book room to make shopping easier. There will be a large number of books available, both fiction …

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It was decided in the Jan. 13 regular meeting of the Franklin County School Board that the Confederate flag will not be banned from the dress code in Franklin County's school system, according to a series of reports. 

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Smith Mountain Lake resident Lisa Fornier will be among the 60 Alzheimer’s state champions who will travel to Richmond to meet with state legislators on Jan. 16 for a Day on the Hill and to advocate for the 150,000 Virginians impacted by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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The 18th Annual Winter Lecture Series at SML State Park begins Jan. 12. Shearer Rumsey put together the following program for the 2020 Winter Lecture Series:

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All the state parks in Virginia offered First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, which were free to the public with no parking fees. About 140 hikers, along with some well-behaved leashed dogs showed up at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

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A new spa, located at 135 David Lane in Union Hall, is offering dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, to anyone interested. The spa is located on a farm owned by residents Lori and Jeff Dupier, who opened it on their property in the hopes that being out in nature would relieve clients of stress …

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On Friday the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office held a pinning ceremony for newly elected Sheriff Mike Miller, along with 15 other BCSO officers. Miller was the first to receive his pin, which was put on him by his wife, Amy Miller and his family.

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The Eighteenth Annual Winter Lecture Series at SML State Park begins Jan. 12. Shearer Rumsey put together the following program for the 2020 Winter Lecture Series:

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Through the donation of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, the Agape parking lot expansion is completed, providing black-top surface parking for clients and volunteers in a more organized way. More accessible parking spaces have been designated, and lines have been added to make more eff…

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A single story garage with a vehicle inside burned down around 4:30 p.m. today near a home on the 11100 block of Old Franklin Turnpike between Holliday Lane and Old Salem School Road in Franklin County.

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Along with the New Year comes the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions.

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Franklin County’s Board of Supervisors in its Dec. 17 regular meeting voted to join more than 100 localities, including Bedford County, in becoming a second amendment sanctuary, protecting the second amendment rights of its citizens. According to a series of reports, this resolution was pass…

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To give kids a unique way to spend their winter break, ONE Forest School in Huddleston is providing a nature-based crafting event for children ages 2-12 this week. This program offers the kids a unique opportunity to learn how to use basic tools including bow saws, hand drills, whittling kni…

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On Monday morning the Bedford County 911 Communications Center received a 911 call to an address on Cinnamon Ridge Rd. in Moneta in reference to a disturbance involving a knife. Upon arrival, deputies learned that this was a domestic disturbance involving parties at the residence.

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Members of the Moneta Lions Club Choir, with buckets in hand carrying the tunes of various Christmas carols, recently visited the Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living (CVACL) in Moneta.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour is looking toward its 30th year. The organization announced the return of eight charities for the 2020 home tour as well as a lineup of participating homeowners.

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On Thursday afternoon, local residents Susan and Bruce Cowdrick visited the Moneta Smith Mountain Lake Library to give a presentation on healthy eating. The Cowdricks are certified food preparers by ServSafe.

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The Bedford Planning Commission in its Dec. 16 regular meeting, denied to recommend creating an airport district.

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The Bedford Regional Water Authority Board of Directors in its Dec. 17 regular meeting last week, approved a revised nepotism policy due to the authority’s growth, the competitive job market and its location in Bedford, which is considered to be a small community. The policy was modified to …

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The String Bean, Corn and Peas Concert recently was held at Halesford United Methodist Church (UMC) to success. The concert featured soloist Sharon Jones, the Main Street Men quartet and Halesford Gospel Singers Choir. Door prizes were given out between singers while light refreshments and f…

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On Thursday morning in the Bedford Circuit Court, Mike Miller was sworn in as the new sheriff for Bedford County. His term will officially begin at the beginning of January next year.

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The Bedford County School Board in its Dec. 12 regular meeting on Thursday approved a carryover balance of $263,591.19 to the maintenance fund and the self-funded health fund in the 2019 budget.

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This week, after having read Willy Wonka, Glade Hill Elementary School decorated its hallways with a Willy Wonka theme, portraying the doors as chocolate bars and other various candy decorations throughout the hallway. On the walls of the cafeteria, the students had their photos decorated in…

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John Shepelwich, the principal communications consultant and spokesperson with Appalachian Power, which includes the Smith Mountain Dam, has announced his retirement and will officially leave the company in February.

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On Monday, Dec. 9, Franklin County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. W. Mark Church notified the School Board of his intention to complete his 34-year career in public education and retire effective Aug. 1, 2020.

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A Winter Weather Advisory was released for the Smith Mountain Lake area at 7:09 a.m. this morning by the National Weather Service.

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The SML Model Railroad Group’s annual Charity Chug model train open house, benefiting Lake Christian Ministries’ “A Child’s Christmas,” will return for its 12th consecutive year on Saturday with a display at Trinity Ecumenical Parish (TEP) plus three home layouts to visit.

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Charles “Chuck” R. Cope, 71, of Moneta, who was the general manager of the sixth largest mail in the United States — Tysons Corner Center in McLean, Virginia — recently died from complications related to a liver transplant.

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The Westlake Town Center kicked off the holiday season Thursday last week with its annual Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting.

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Kevin Soto-Bonilla, according to a series of reports, plead guilty to murder, abduction and gang participation and was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday after his involvement with the killing of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood in 2017.

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The Bedford County Board of Supervisors, in front a full auditorium at Liberty High School and after hearing from numerous speakers, voted Monday night to declare Bedford County as a Second Amendment sanctuary, meaning that the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office will not enforce any of the gun …

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A two vehicle accident occurred around 8 to 8:15 a.m. today at the intersection of Rt. 122 Booker T. Washington Highway and Lost Mountain Road in Franklin County, resulting in the highway being blocked.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with numerous other business communities, recognized Small Business Saturday this past weekend, an event that began after Thanksgiving in 2010.

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Spring Valley Farm (SVF) held its first Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The event was open to anyone who otherwise wouldn’t be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner, particularly people who are homeless, or just to people who would otherwise be along on Thanksgiving Day.

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Michael Brown, who faces a charge of second degree murder of Rodney Brown, was in the attic of Rodney Brown's home on Woodthrush Cir. in Hardy when law enforcement apprehended him, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office today.

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From the first Thanksgiving at Virginia’s Berkeley Hundred plantation in 1619, Virginians have gathered to give thanks and enjoy family, friends and fun during the holiday. Special time together can continue past the last slice of pie with a visit to the Smith Mountain Lake (SML) State Park.

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MKB Realtors at Smith Mountain Lake held an open house last week. The office, located at Bridgewater Plaza, previously was known as Lake & Land Realty.

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According to the Franklin County State Police, a Laurie Pickeral Chitwood, 44, of Moneta, was killed in a car crash on Route 220 around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

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Employees from Appalachian Power visited about 420 schools on Thursday for the company’s annual “Read to Me” Day. According to a press release from AEP, on one day in November every year, Appalachian Power employees go out to hundreds of elementary schools across West Virginia, Virginia and …

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According to reports, the U.S. Marshals Service has confirmed that Michael Alexander Brown, who was wanted in Franklin County with a charge of second degree murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, has been arrested.

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On Saturday, the Virginia Dare Marina held an appreciation event for the first responders who responded to fire that occurred back in February. The event was an open house with free food including barbecue, hot dogs and chicken wings.