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The SML Business Expo returned in 2021 after skipping 2020 and featured 83 different businesses at Eastlake Community Church on Friday.

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The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) invites members of the community to a public meeting to learn more about the Bedford/Franklin Regional Passenger Rail Stop Study.

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Diabetes is a serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat healthy and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

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On Oct. 4, Sen. David Suetterlein, who represents part of the Smith Mountain Lake area, addressed the Redistricting Commission at its 10 a.m. Southwest Regional Virtual Hearing and made the following remarks (in italic) regarding the latest Democratic redistricting-drawn proposal for Southwe…

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Christine Kennedy, a Lynchburg-based leadership and life purpose coach, will be the featured speaker at the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 6th Annual Women’s Night Out on Oct. 27 at the Bernard’s Landing Clubhouse Pavilion.

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The Smith Mountain Arts Council is hosting its 32nd Annual Art Show Oct. 22–24 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta.

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The Lobsterfest on Saturday hosted by the SML Rotary Club saw unexpected success at last year’s event with more than 300 lobsters sold in the midst of the pandemic. This year, their fourth year hosting the event at Hot Shots, they sold more than 440 lobsters.

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The Bedford Area Resource Council (BARC), a stakeholder group that explores solutions to community issues, has reported that there is a severe shortage of childcare providers in Bedford County.

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.J. O’Dell is investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality of a Moneta woman.

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The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission met on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford County to approve projects that promise to create nearly 1,500 jobs, support many new and expanded workforce training programs, along with value-added facilities for farmers i…

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The Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo, a free event open to the public that will also serve as a mini job fair, will take place Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium at Eastlake Community Church.  

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Virginia State Police Trooper M.C. Scott is investigating a two-vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities in Bedford County.The crash occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 10:39 p.m. on Route 122, two tenths of a mile south of Route 878 in Bedford County.A 1997 Honda Accord was traveling south…

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During the majority of the year, Smith Mountain Airport hosts a monthly cook-out in the hangar with more than 50 aviation enthusiasts bringing a dish to share while management supplies dogs, hamburgers and sausages from the smoker. On the evening of Friday, Sept. 17, a musical bonus was prov…

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The SML Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recently hosted several cadets from the AF Junior ROTC unit at Franklin County High School. These students were accompanied by their leader, Chief Master Sgt. James T. Wood, USAF (retired), and each cadet took the floor to re…

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Virginia State Police Trooper T.M. Wertz is investigating a motorcycle crash that resulted in a fatality.

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Last Wednesday, Sept 29, 2021, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joseph D. Minnig of Bedford, for two counts of rape, according to the sheriff’s office on Thursday.

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Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) has stepped in to fill a last-minute vacancy in the roster of charities that will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s 30th anniversary edition of the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour. 

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The SML Charity Home Tour (SMLCHT) is taking measures to “ensure a safe and responsible tour for all our guests and volunteers” at its 30th anniversary event Oct. 8-10.

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After lots of discussion, disagreements, uncertainty and controversy, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors voted 4-3 to move forward with construction of the new Glade Hill Fire & Rescue EMS station that will be located near the intersection of Old Franklin Turnpike and Turtle Hill Road.

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The Restore the Republic Freedom Rally hosted by the Patriotic Network of Franklin County on Saturday, Sept. 25, in Boones Mill was an event to remind the citizens of Franklin County their constitutional rights. It was focused on the First and Second Amendments, which have been the center po…

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According to The Stanley Law Group in Moneta, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s alleged attempt to delay Virginia business owner and NASCAR legend Hermie Sadler’s lawsuit against Virginia failed as the judge denied Herring’s motion to transfer venue from Emporia to Richmond, denied He…

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The Smith Mountain Lake State Park normally brings in more than 400,000 visitors a year and saw close to half a million this past year. With all that the state park offers, it’s not hard to understand why it brings out so many people.

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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulated the following students on being named to the summer 2021 President’s List:

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On Friday, Sept. 10, Jean Wibbens, the judge for Bower Center for the Arts’ “Through the LENS” exhibit, spoke about the diverse array of photography that had been entered and presented awards to 10 of the 29 photographers who submitted 83 photographs that will be displayed through Sept. 25.

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The Republican Election Headquarters in Moneta officially opened Monday, Sept. 20. Located at the McKelvy Companies office on 400 Scruggs Road, this office will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until election day. Election information, yard signs and other promotional materials will…

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A man wanted on outstanding warrants for the past two years recently was located, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office today.

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According to the West Piedmont Health District, which includes Franklin County, testing demand has recently increased across the western region, as cases of COVID-19 are rising due to the more contagious Delta variant.

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Beginning Sunday, Sept. 26, the new roundabout at the intersection of Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) and Route 636 (Hardy Road) in Franklin County will open to traffic. The Virginia Department of Transportation is constructing the roundabout as a safety improvement.

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In the past few weeks, Franklin County has had an increase in catalytic converter thefts. The sheriff’s office is asking residents be on the lookout for anything that may look suspicious.