The Smith Mountain Lake community was given an update last week on the ongoing efforts to create a comprehensive plan for future development in the Westlake and Halesford areas.
Virginia State Police blame black ice for causing a three-vehicle wreck just north of Smith Mountain Lake on Rt. 122 that killed a 63-year-old Bedford County woman Wednesday night.
The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce took a moment to reflect on 2015 during their annual awards dinner this past week. The event honored several businesses and community leaders who made a difference in the previous year while also remembering the tragedy that changed thi…
From winter to spring and probably back to winter in a week can mix things up at the lake. Regardless, you can’t catch fish sitting beside the woodstove. When you make it out. Here’s what look for!
Editor’s note: Smith Mountain Lake fishing guide Travis Patsell provided this week’s SML fishing report.
Lake resident and business owner Jim McKelvey is running for Congress in the 5th district of Virginia.
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Looking ebullient and attractive as ever, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner was back on the job Monday, not quite five months after she was wounded during the on-air slayings of two television journalists.
Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 38-year-old Salem man Wednesday night after a child called authorities to tell them her mother was being beaten by her boyfriend at a home in Barrington Court in Hardy.
Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was honored last week by a standing ovation from members of the Virginia General Assembly, including Sen. Bill Stanley, a Republican whose district includes part of Smith Mountain Lake.
The first step in what will be a county wide change in how Franklin County handles trash is currently underway at the green box site in Hardy. A new, manned site just off Hardy Road is expected to be up and running sometime this year with several more sites to follow soon after.
Appalachian Power has installed a new floating boat barrier just upstream of the Smith Mountain Dam. The new barrier replaced the previous barrier that was damaged by ice and high winds early this past year.
In my collection of 400 or so cookbooks, a few stand out, most often church cookbooks filled with many traditional, tried-and-true recipes that have withstood the test of time and family tastes.
Clad in blue jeans, helmeted in black and his eyes obscured by shiny obsidian shades, Jackie Carver roared into a Smith Mountain Lake parking lot atop a massive, yet sleek Harley-Davidson, its chrome polished to a blinding sheen.
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The Zebra mussel, bane of northern waterways and an invasive species of shellfish from Russia, is but a day’s drive away from Smith Mountain Lake, the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council discovered during its meeting Wednesday.
If you've lived at Smith Mountain Lake for any length of time you likely have seen a military jet fly over at one point or another. There's a loud roar followed by the blur of a jet passing only a few hundred feet overhead.
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia becomes the first state this month to offer free Fillable Forms as an online option for filing income tax returns. It complements the Virginia Free File program that was introduced last year. Taxpayers can begin filing their 2011 tax returns electronically on Ja…
Summer time is here, at least it seems so with the heavy boat traffic. Even still, with the boat traffic, the fishing can still be good. Fishing early or late can really increase your odds of success. Here’s what to look for!
Plans are well under way for the 2016 Grand Winter Gala. The theme of this year’s event is “Starry, Starry Night.” It will be a grand evening of fun and fundraising as the lake stars come out to raise money for local charities.
A wildlife biologist with the Forest regional office of the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries in Bedford County calls them “bad news.” The creatures noted for their nasty tempers, voracious appetites and fecundity are wild swine, yet to be spotted around Smith Mountain Lake, but…
Smith Mountain Lake State Park has conducted a deer Management Plan since 1995. On the first day of this year’s hunt, a buck was taken which was the largest ever in the program. Tony Snodgrass has been participating in the program for the past 7 years and has always been successful. Th…
An eager and supportive Skylar Wilson was in the delivery room the day her little brother, Caleb, was born. She was a Daddy's girl, a big sister to 18-month-old Caleb and Keily, her now 12-year-old sister, musician and a poet, who at 14, already had published some of her work. One of Skyl…
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown is bringing Hollywood to Lynchburg this summer to film a movie about a subject matter he unfortunately knows too much about.....child predators on the Internet.
Lake Christian Ministries and Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors are all recipient charities among 75 regional non-profit organizations participating in Roanoke Valley Gives, a community giving day on March 16.
It is easy to see why the Bald Eagle is America’s iconic national raptor, a symbol of strength, power and endurance.
Moonshine has long been a part of the history of Virginia, with the largest still in the commonwealth discovered and destroyed by police in 1993 in Penhook, only half a mile from the Pittsylvania County shores of Smith Mountain Lake.
The Bedford County Planning Commission approved a permit request to convert a local restaurant on Smith Mountain Lake into a new apartment complex.
Jury: Marina not responsible
Captain Travis Patsell
Two Bedford County natives, Russell Otey and Noel Taylor, became political legends in their own right. Otey served as mayor of Bedford City from 1978-1980 and Taylor stayed in office as Roanoke’s mayor for over 17 years, from 1975 to 1992.
The Smith Mountain Lake Association will accept nominations until Feb. 13 for the organization’s prestigious Melvin S. Johnston Citizen Volunteer Award, presented annually to an individual or organization that has gone beyond the call of duty to contribute to the quality of life at Smith…
Five years ago, when she was only 20, Renee Bach founded a medical ministry a world away and now plans to expand her center of service and hope in Uganda to reach more people. She has been in the Smith Mountain Lake region, with her adopted five-year-old Ugandan daughter, Selah Grace, for…
Zane Edward Branson, 57, of Belgrade, Serbia, raised in Moneta, VA, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday, July 25th in Iten, Kenya, his favorite place on earth.
Camping can be fun for some people, but I have to be “up front” about it. I have certain reservations. This probably started years ago when I visited an aunt and uncle for the summer. They owned a piece of property on a lake in New Hampshire and were building a cottage there. It was s…
The Memorial Day holiday was marred at Smith Mountain Lake by a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Rt. 122 and Hardy Rd. that proved deadly for a 64-year-old passenger in one of the vehicles.
On Saturday, October 24, a crowd gathered at the Westlake Cinema for a red carpet premiere of the PBS documentary titled “Smith Mountain Lake. This inaugural event for Smith Mountain Lake’s 50th anniversary was a product of the hard work of many volunteers, under the direction of Jackie …
The Little Gallery, one of Smith Mountain Lake’s most enduring businesses and long a mecca for arts aficionados in the region, is under new ownership.
9th Grade: Hunter Adams, Ashlee Aheron, Anissa Aman, Katelyn Angell, Elizabeth Aquilina, Skyler Askey, Amelia Bates, Danielle Begley, Deanna Bernard, Jasmine Blake, Brittany Blankenship, John Boitnott, Jeannette Boucher, Seth Brock, Kelsey Broughman, Carlos Brown, Jr., Samantha Cabeca, Ja…