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Saint Macarius wrote that “The signs accompanying grace are much joy, peace, love and truth. Such truth impels man to seek truth. But the signs of sin are accompanied by turmoil, not joy and love toward God.”

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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.

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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…

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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. 

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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.

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The Franklin/Pittsylvania County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is recruiting volunteers to serve as advocates for children in the region.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Effective at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday, Route 116 (Jubal Early Highway) in Franklin County has reopened to traffic.

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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.

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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…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Smith Mountain Arts Council to announce changes to its 31st Annual Art Show, now scheduled for Oct. 24-25.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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).