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Bedford Police Officers responded to 977 Salem Turnpike at approximately 1:10 a.m. today in reference to a male named George Lamont Turner, 41, of Bedford, with a "self-inflicted knife wound."

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The Moneta/SML Library will have a Halloween-themed preschool story time for books, crafts and games. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. and is available for children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers. Registration is required for this event. Register online at www.bedford.libra…

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Sponsors of the Capps & Community Charity Challenge presented a check representing matching funds for the Oct. 12-17 online fundraising event to the executive directors of The Agape Center, Lake Christian Ministries and SML Good Neighbors on Oct. 22.

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When Bedford County Clerk of Court Cathy Hogan retired last November, her chief deputy, Judy E. Reynolds, was appointed the interim clerk. This November, Reynolds is seeking election for the remainder of Hogan’s unexpired term, which lasts through the end of 2023. She is running unopposed. 

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“Fall 2020 We Care ATV Ride was great.” That is what many of the over 70 people said after riding the trails from the Blue Ridge Parkway down into Franklin and Floyd counties. Charity organizer, Harry Clingenpeel said there were 50 ATVs, and they raised more than $1,000 for We Care of Frankl…

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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.