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Staunton River High School will have two students participate in the Super Regionals forensics tournament after placing in the top three during the regional tournament Saturday. Junior Sydney Thomas and freshman Johana Atchison placed second and third, respectively, in the poetry category.

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Appalachian Power, whose service area includes Smith Mountain Lake, issued a Request for Proposals (RFPs) for up to 300 megawatts (MWs) of solar and/or wind generation resources. The request for bids is the first in a series of RFPs Appalachian Power will issue this year to comply with provi…

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Several zoning issues came up before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors in its regular meeting Monday. The board also voted to give approval for Bedford County Economic Development Director Traci Blido to apply for a grant for use in the continued development of the New London Business …

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The Franklin County Board of Supervisors, by way of a 3-3 split vote, decided to hold off on a decision to authorize a distillery in the Westlake Towne Center, which would be located at 96 Builders Pride Drive.

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Gov. Ralph Northam announced that seven companies have graduated from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, including Sentry Equipment & Erectors from Bedford County.

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Bedford County residents and businesses are asked to complete a survey so the county has a better understanding the specific areas that do not have internet service or have inadequate internet service.

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With a system breach that happened at a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, Florida, on Friday, Feb. 5, water utilities across the nation have begun re-examining their current security measures to ensure that the community’s water supply is protected from harmful attacks.

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100+ Women Who Care~SML selected Food For Kids to receive its January donation of $13,500+. Food For Kids helps address local food insecurity through its weekend pack a sack program. 100+ Women Who Care~SML states that it is an organization of local women dedicated to making positive local i…

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Franklin County is currently working with multiple state and local agencies with emergency preparations for tomorrow’s pending winter storm.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are urging localities to be prepared for a significant i…

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's assistance in finding a person missing last seen Jan. 19.

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Shown is a collection box for Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s food drive to assist families in need. The public may donate non-perishable food along with toiletries, diapers, feminine products, toilet paper and household cleaning products. Local civic organizations will distribute the it…

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Donald Taylor, 84, who was accused of killing his wife in December, died Monday, Feb. 8 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital while released on a medical furlough, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office today.

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Approximately 13 percent of Bedford County residents, 22 percent of Franklin County residents and 43 percent of Pittsylvania County residents are still without power since Saturday, and areas hardest hit by the ice storm may be without power for multiple days.

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During this pressure-packed and technology challenged week, the House processed their remaining bills by Crossover on Feb. 5. After Crossover, the House may only consider Senate bills and visa versa, except for the budget bill.

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The Smith Mountain Arts Council announced that the 25th Annual John Faber Memorial Photography Contest and Show will take place April 24-25 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 13586 S. Old Moneta Road, Moneta.

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Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”), whose service area includes Smith Mountain Lake, plans to sell its wireless assets and operations (“Shentel Wireless”) to T-Mobile US Inc. (“T-Mobile”) for $1.95 billion and announced last Wednesday the expected uses of the approximately $1.…

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and WoodmenLife Representative Lisa Landes have named Tracey and Rick Lozeau as the February recipients of the WoodmenLife Recognition Award.

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Lake Writers, the literary branch of the Smith Mountain Arts Council, is welcoming writers of all levels of experience to join its community and is offering the first 10 new members in 2021 free publishing of their work through Snowy Day Publications, the publishing arm of Lake Writers.

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On Friday, Jan. 22, Latinas Network partnered with The Gauntlet Business Program & Competition to sponsor a member of Latinas Network, Ivana Savany, with a full tuition of $249 to the 7th Annual Gauntlet Business Program & Competition, according to The Advancement Foundation in Vinton.

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Supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses in Southwest Virginia, State Farm has awarded The Advancement Foundation in Vinton a $35,000 grant to help sustain and scale the Commonwealth’s largest business program and competition, The Gauntlet.

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After bringing about 1,000 shows to Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, General Manager Gary Jackson will retire from his post at the venue in this month.

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Two people are sought after thousands of dollars were spent from cards stolen from a vehicle broken into in Rocky Mount on Saturday, Jan. 30, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

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Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Society Publicity Chairman George Blosser will step down after 11 years in the position. Blosser will continue to remain a member of the club but feels it’s time for new leadership.

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Bedford County Public Schools High School Assistant Principal Dr. Austin D. Norman II has been named the 2021 Outstanding Secondary School Assistant Principal of Virginia by a panel of principals and superintendents representing the Principal Awards Committee of the Virginia Association of S…

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While in person events may be restricted for now, that doesn’t stop the Bedford Public Library System from offering virtual social opportunities for patrons.