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In the spirit of its hashtag, #MusicWillReturn, Harvester Performance Center announced Monday, Nov. 23, some highlights of its 2021 season.

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Although Christmas may be weeks away, Lake Christian Ministries’ (LCM) volunteers have been busy organizing A Child’s Christmas for a growing number of children in need. This year, many local families are struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are seeking assistance…

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office announced an addition to its K9 Unit. Deputy Lawson and K9 Toto have completed training at Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. The training consisted of 300 hours of classroom and practical instructions during their six-week class. The team is now certi…

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Members of the Anthony family, as well as representatives of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Order of Confederate Rose, and Children of the Confederacy recently gathered to honor Pinkney Anthony at Pecks Baptist Church and Charles Lewis Anthony at Staun…

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The Bedford Police Department earned it first international accreditation certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) following a panel interview by CALEA commissioners at the CALEA’s conference that was held virtually Friday Nov. 13.

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A reproduction steamboat built about 20 years ago with a 102-year-old Naval engine cruised on Smith Mountain Lake for the first time this past weekend.

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A reproduction steamboat built about 20 years ago with a 102-year-old Naval engine cruised on Smith Mountain Lake for the first time this past weekend.

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Republican candidate for Virginia governor and current state senator Amanda Chase made a stop at The Glenwood Center in Huddleston on Nov. 13 for a meet and greet. This comes almost two months since then-Republican candidates Daniel Gade and Bob Good visited Smith Mountain Lake during an eve…

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True Organics Spa is under new management but is still located at 130 Scruggs Road in Moneta, in the same building as True Awakeningz.

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At Smith Mountain Lake (SML), there are an abundance of outdoor activities to do such as fishing, hiking, camping, swimming and more. While outside, many can expect to catch some sunrays and get the satisfaction of a tan. A new business coming to SML will help anyone get a preferred shade of…

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The holiday season can be a difficult and lonely time for the 50-plus population in Franklin County. Some senior citizens have no family members, and they might not receive a holiday gift. However, anyone can help by picking a star off the Franklin County Office of Aging’s holiday giving tree.

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The 2020 Westlake Tree Lighting & Christmas Celebration, traditionally held on the first Thursday of December, has been canceled — but Santa Claus is still coming to town.

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Due to new state restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, Bridgewater Plaza representatives announced the cancellation of their annual Santa Around Bridgewater Plaza event, which had been scheduled for Nov. 28. 

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A vehicle crash in the 16000 block of Stewartsville Road (Route 24) on Friday resulted in the death of a Vinton man.

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Forensic Nurses Week was Nov. 9-13. Marking 11 years and counting, Forensic Nurses Week is designated to recognize the dedicated nurses who provide exceptional care to patients impacted by violence, abuse and trauma.

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Two Virginia electric cooperatives have made the National Cooperative Bank’s 2019 Co-op 100 list, which ranks America’s top 100 cooperatives by revenue.

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When a rural community straddles a county line, that divider may seem to have little bearing on everyday life, but it has become an issue for Pittsylvania and Franklin counties, the Penhook community, and the Cool Branch Fire and Volunteer Rescue Squads.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Nov. 11, to introduce the new facility for Children Assistive Technology Service (CATS), which is located at 12801 Moneta Road, Unit A, in Moneta.

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Va. State Police & the US Marshals conducted a narcotics round-up on November 12th & November 13th.  The following individuals were taken into custody on indictments.  There were 31 individuals on a total of 61 indictments.  This is the culminatio…

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) released its 2021 Public Policy Agenda on Thursday outlining the chamber’s legislative priorities on issues important to businesses and the advancement of the greater Smith Mountain Lake region.

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In anticipation of the holiday season, the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) and Lynchburg Water Resources (LWR) have partnered to encourage citizens to properly dispose of and recycle cooking oils and grease by giving away free grease disposal kits that can be filled with the dripping…

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As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Gov. Ralph Northam announced new actions to "mitigate the spread of the virus" in Virginia, which will start at midnight today.

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Appalachian Power, whose service area includes the Smith Mountain Lake area, will acquire or contract for 210 megawatts (MW) of solar power and 200 MW of wind power over the next five years as part of its long-range plan to meet the targets established by the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA).

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On Friday, November 13th, 2020, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received information from a vehicle stop that developed into a search warrant of a residence in the 2200 block of Five Forks Road in Bedford County.

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It’s that time of year where fall-inspired events take place around Smith Mountain Lake’s 500-mile-plus shoreline. One in particular was held in the cozy home of Jessica “J Bohn” Bishop on the Huddleston side of the lake as an open-house-style format.

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Taylor’d In Thyme hosted its fall festival this past Saturday, and it was considered by the owners to be their best yet considering the vendors and turnout.

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50 years of service, Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) has launched an awareness initiative to help area homeowners better understand the mission and accomplishments of their organization. Key branding elements released are a new mission statement and logo. 

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The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society participated in a fall cruise on Saturday, Oct. 31, on Smith Mountain Lake. Eight boats and 20 members and their guests gathered at Christmas Tree Island for the cruise. The group proceeded to Magnum Marina for lunch after a leisurely c…

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On Monday, Nov. 9, at approximately 1:55 p.m., Rico A. Turner, 27, of Bedford, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Lakeside Shopping Center in the 100 block of Electric Road in Salem, Virginia.

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Franklin County is now hosting a new website dedicated to providing citizens and businesses the opportunity to take a deeper look into the county’s efforts to expand broadband availability. These tools can be accessed from the existing Broadband Authority page on the county’s public website.

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When grieving the death of a family member or friend, people may dread the holiday season. Thoughts of social gatherings, family traditions and obligations may leave them anxious and overwhelmed. Sadness may seem unbearable. They may wish they could skip these next two months and go straight…

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) is promoting the importance of shopping local this holiday by rallying retailers to participate in Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28.