Serving as the next executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce feels like a homecoming for Christopher Finley.
Appalachian Power will temporarily close to the public its Smith Mountain Project visitors center and adjacent observation area for work on a roadway bridge that provides access to the site.
Update 11/11/19, 10 a.m.: The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant today of second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for Michael Alexander Brown in connection to the homicide of Rodney Brown on Saturday.
In October, Major General Jeff Broadwater, whose family resides in the Smith Mountain Lake area, assumed command of the First Cavalry Division, consisting of 18,775 soldiers.
Team “Out of Balance”, of SunTrust Bank, were the winners of the 2019 Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival on Saturday. The event was the 17th annual festival, held at Bridgewater Plaza and it was the first one with Executive Director Christopher Finley at the helm, although he has been involv…
Virginia Western Community College recently welcomed community members from across the Roanoke region to celebrate the grand opening of its new $37-million STEM Building. More than 300 attendees heard from local elected officials, business leaders and students about the impact the new facili…
Many SML voters in two Franklin County precincts will enter their polling places through new entrances on Election Day, Nov. 5. In both precincts, the Franklin County Electoral Board and registrar believe the voting process will be more convenient for voters.
Virginia State Police Senior Trooper W.I. Davis is investigating a motorcycle crash which resulted in a fatality near the Smith Mountain lake Dam in Pittsylvania County. The crash occurred Sunday, Oct. 27, at 6:09 p.m. on Route 908, one mile north of Route 777 in Pittsylvania County.A 2007 H…
Neora representatives Alicia Hodges and Jeanie Patterson presented to the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at Smith Mountain Lake Coffee House for the SML Connects meeting. Neora is an organization that specializes in skincare and wellness products, which Hodges a…
There were 17 candidates running in both the state and local elections coming up in November, who gathered at The Columns in Bedford last week on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for the candidates forum.
This year has been the year of PRIDE at the Bedford Regional Water Authority (“Authority”). PRIDE, in this case, being an acronym for the theme of the year at the Authority: Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence.
Thirty two drug-related indictments were issued on 16 different suspects from Franklin County, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.
In the late evening hours Monday, Andy Turner, a candidate for commissioner of revenue in Franklin County, placed a picture of the Franklin County Courthouse on the front window of his campaign headquarters located in downtown Rocky Mount and proceeded to stage re-created scarecrows that onc…
For the second time this year, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors has authorized negotiations of a contract for the development of the future Westlake trail.
Verizon Wireless brought a request to the Bedford Planning Commission during its Oct. 15 meeting to construct an 80-foot-tall monopole tower on a property in Election District Two in Bedford County.
The 17th annual Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival, an event put on by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Bridgewater Plaza this year on Saturday, Nov. 2.
“Music to Warm Your Heart,” featuring The Ken Hitchcock-Sue Halloran Jazz Quintet, will provide an evening of Jazz and Broadway standards from the American Songbook on Saturday, Nov. 16. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta. Funds raise…
Franklin Heights Baptist Church, the most recent addition to Agape’s Member Churches, has taken God’s command to ‘multiply’ to heart, as they have been multiplying worshippers and locations in recent years.
Pottery, stained glass and oil paintings will be among the artistic works on display and available for purchase during the fifth annual Franklin County Artisan Studio & Harvest Tour.
Numerous changes to the Franklin County Zoning Ordinance, including the creation of two new zoning districts in the Westlake area, have been panned by the Franklin County Planning Commission.
At 10:28 p.m. Monday night Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a female who reported that she had received a text from her husband that he had taken a large amount of medication.
On Tuesday morning, a collision that resulted in a vehicle pileup occurred on Route 24 in Bedford, where the highway intersects with Sandy Level Road. The wreck caused authorities to have to block the road and send traffic on a detour while rescuers responded to the accident.
The Liberty University Crew team, established in 2009, is back practicing on the water near Craddock Creek until November and will be out again next spring from March through May.
Located at Bridgewater Plaza off of Booker T. Washington Highway, Smith Mountain Lake Coffee House has been open since May and already, according to owners Sara and Kevin Gray, business has been very successful, even more-so than they anticipated.
Lake-area residents will open up their homes once again to benefit local charities. The 2019 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with eight homes participating in the event.
Voters recently got the chance to hear their candidates’ positions on state and local issues. A candidate forum was held Monday at Trinity Ecumenical Parish for contenders seeking a seat in the Virginia General Assembly and various offices in Franklin County, including the board of superviso…
A group known as the Sister’s Circle, through volunteer work, is making its way around Franklin County’s school system, donating blankets to all of Franklin County’s preschool students, so the children can use the blankets for taking naps during the year. At the end of the school year, the s…
A meeting was held on Monday night at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park visitor center about plans to expand the park in the coming future, which was announced earlier this month by the Virginia Department of Conservation.
The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce today named Christopher Finley as its new Executive Director. Finley replaces Vicki Gardner who stepped down in July after nearly 17 years at the helm of the 750-member organization.
It was with overflowing arms and hearts that Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) employees were able to walk into Bedford Christian Ministries with almost two thousand food and personal care items to donate to the local community.
The Smith Mountain Project visitors center and nearby observation area has closed temporarily to allow maintenance work on the site's access road.
The 29th edition of the SML Charity Home Tour is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 11-13. As the event approaches, Executive Director Sandra Morse welcomes enthusiastic people to join the Tour team.