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100+ Women Who Care–SML has donated about $13,000 to the Landing Love Project (LLP). The donation will support the LLP mission to provide meals, support and love to at-risk families and seniors in the greater Smith Mountain Lake area. 100+ Women Who Care–SML is an organization of local women…

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recognized Deputy Leon Goodin for his commitment to the community for the month of September. Goodin came to Franklin County after working in the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office for around 33 years. Goodin works part-time in the courts and t…

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A brush fire was put out on the 600 block of Redbud Lane in Moneta. Chief Dempsy Moore of Scruggs Fire and Rescue said the pile of logs was being burnt, and it starting to get out of control. “We had to put it out because it was too close to the woods,” he said. They received the call at 3:5…

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On Oct. 6, CORA Physical Therapy and CORAkids received recognition and appreciation from Children’s Assistive Technology Service (CATS), a Virginia non-profit that has a Moneta facility and provides adaptive equipment to children with disabilities at no cost.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause fear and uncertainty, Samaritan’s Purse is calling on churches and families in the Smith Mountain lake area to pack more shoebox gifts than ever before for Operation Christmas Child — making sure millions of children experience the “good news and g…

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After a successful “Dare to be Beautiful” cruise in August with local businesswomen Jessica “J Bohn” Bishop, Lisa Floyd and Aundrea Smiley, Virginia Dare Cruises decided to give the theme another go Thursday, and it turned out to be even more successful focusing on fall at the lake.

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In Smith Mountain Lake Association’s (SMLA) continuing effort to educate and advise members and residents on its mission to protect the water of SML and promote safe recreation, the following questions were addressed during an Annual Membership Meeting, as well as those received but unable t…

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The West Piedmont Health District (WPHD) will offer free seasonal flu vaccine at a special drive-thru dispensing clinic on Friday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Fire/Police station, 1250 N. Main Street. 

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The Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Company will jointly host a drive-thru trunk-or-treat event. This event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad building at 3060 Smith Mountain Road in Penhook.

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The Franklin County Treasurer, Susan Wray, has announced that her office will be closed to the public the remainder of this week in an effort to protect employees and citizens from the community spread of COVID-19. Citizens can pay taxes online at https://franklinvatax.com/taxSearch, over th…

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to band together to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer by giving blood or platelets. In appreciation, those who come to give Oct. 15-Nov. 11 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Car…

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Franklin County urges its citizens and guests to help one another to work in reducing community spread of COVID-19 in the County. VDH reports approximately 471 confirmed COVID cases in Franklin County which is a sizeable increase. During the last nine days, Franklin County has seen an additi…

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In its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the Bedford County School Board discussed a potential future redistricting of the county’s elementary schools to alleviate overcrowding in schools located in high population growth areas.

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Michael Craig Ayers, 44, of Bedford County, was arrested Tuesday by Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators on three counts of possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Club hasn’t been able to hold any events since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March. This past weekend, they were finally able to host an event for the first time in almost seven months, holding the 2020 Lobster Fest at Hot Shots.

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The 2019 Karl Martin award was announced at the Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and this year’s winner is Rick and Nancy Ellet, owners of Sea Tow franchise.

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronald Ray Allen III, 29, of Bedford late Monday night in connection to a theft at Moneta Farm and Home Center.

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Renowned artist Ron Boehmer will judge the 31st annual Smith Mountain Arts Council Art Show Oct. 24-25 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta. The show will be open to the public to look at entries Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 25, noon-2 p.m.

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Southside Electric Cooperative, whose service area includes Bedford County near Smith Mountain Lake, announced that members will soon receive a financial benefit due to their board of directors’ unanimous vote on Aug. 20 to return $3.5 million in capital credits.

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Franklin County and its partner Host Compliance have developed a new website for registration for anyone conducting short-term rentals in Franklin County. Property owners can access this link at secure.hostcompliance.com/franklin-county-va/permit-registration.

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Bank of Botetourt, which has a location in Moneta, joined the American Bankers Association (ABA) and banks across the nation in launching a first-of-its-kind, industry-wide campaign to educate consumers about the persistent threat of phishing scams.

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SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Virginia – The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) today announced the annual SML Business Expo will be canceled for 2020. Originally scheduled in May each year, it was postponed to October 15. Organizers were required to cancel it due to ongoing co…

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Retired USAF pilot Steve Holskey was the guest speaker at the SML Pilots Club meeting recently in Moneta, making his presentation originally scheduled earlier. He related numerous incidents encountered while flying all sorts of aircraft worldwide. Club President Lorraine Judd is shown thanki…

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Officials with the Franklin County Parks and Recreation and the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) announced a new Waid Park Sprint Enduro and VA Short Track XC championship race. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, at Waid Park in Rocky Mount. Preregistratio…

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It’s almost time to hang the holiday greens. Make a first impression at your doorstep with a homemade pinecone wreath this winter with the Bedford Public Library System.

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With almost a month left to go before the election, Republican nominees Daniel Gade and Bob Good stopped by Smith Mountain Lake to take part in an event hosted by the Proud Patriots of SML at Mangos Bar & Grill.

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The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted by a 6-1 margin at its meeting Monday to dissolve the Broadband Advisory Committee.