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At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Cardinal Glass Industries celebrated completion of its recent facility expansion project in Vinton, which will accommodate a robotic seaming and cutting system.

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The Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently announced that Damage Prevention Solutions LLC will invest more than $2 million in Bedford County and add up to 45 new jobs over the next five years.

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Owners of Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina, Garret Meyer and Darrin Main, have been overseeing the business for the past three years and have had their fair share of challenges.

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Marita Steinmetz Cheney, who serves on the Smith Mountain Arts Council Board for the SMAC Art Show, has her paintings available for viewing at the MOarts Gallery at Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library until Jan. 29.

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“This past year has been a financial and mental strain on all of us, especially our local senior citizens,” the Franklin County Office of Aging stated. “Winter is approaching, and this year it will be especially tough for older homebound neighbors, and now they might have to choose between f…

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office hosted a pinning ceremony of six new deputies on Jan. 4. Sheriff Mike Miller swore in deputies Melinda Docker, Joshua Person and Alexis Rucker, who just graduated the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, Miller swore in deputies Ricardo Orozco, Dan…

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The Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside health districts stated they are working to ensure the vaccination of prioritized groups as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and adopted by Virginia Disaster Medical Advi…

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The Town of Rocky Mount has launched a survey to gather public input on the unique perspectives and experiences of those who live, work, play and govern in the Town as it undergoes a process to brand itself for quality of life and regional tourism opportunities. Survey findings will help Tow…

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Rain, snow and/or a combination of the two may result in difficult driving conditions for motorists beginning overnight tonight (Thursday, Jan. 7) into the early hours of Saturday, Jan. 9.

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Lives were turned upside down in 2020. The pandemic, calls for racial justice, and other history-making moments made the year like no other. And though no one can predict what 2021 will look like, the Franklin County Public Library is certain about at least one thing: Stories connect people.

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The Pittsylvania-Danville and Southside Health Districts began conducting closed “point of dispensing” (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinics specifically for “Phase 1a” priority groups.

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The Franklin County Grand Jury recently handed down multiple indictments against four of six individuals — including two from Hardy and two from Rocky Mount — who are linked to the shooting death of 20-year-old Justin Chase Prillaman in July 2020 at the 100 block of Salthouse Branch Road in …

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The lingering uncertainty surrounding the second round of stimulus payments creates the perfect storm for fraudsters trying to make a dishonest dollar. Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Western Virginia warns the area of scammers looking to steal economic impact payments. BBB offers tips …

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Although Christmas has already passed, there are still a few days left to see the 12th annual Festival of Trees hosted by the Bedford Area Welcome Center.

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Bethlehem United Methodist Church (BUMC) hosted its annual Christmas Eve service but with some minor tweaks due to COVID-19. 

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WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Deputy Stephannie Mills for her commitment to our community for the month of December!

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Appalachian Power requested permission to recover costs associated with meeting environmental regulations at its generating plants that serve Virginia customers, including rules relating to the ash handling and wastewater discharge systems at the John Amos and Mountaineer plants.

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Southside Electric Cooperative, whose service area includes Bedford County near Smith Mountain Lake, has made donations to 24 food banks across its service territory, an outreach to help area residents who are hungry or unsure about their next meals.

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In its December meeting, the Southwest Virginia Deputy Commissioner of the Revenue Association voted to donate $3,500 to Feeding Southwest Virginia, a regional branch of the Feeding America Organization.

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Over the last several weeks, Centra has experienced significant surges in COVID inpatient census, so all Centra hospitals will limit visitors for procedural and inpatient spaces to one visitor per adult for non-COVID patients and patients in the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby Units.

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Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) is releasing its 2021 Public Policy Agenda outlining the chamber’s legislative policy on issues that effect the business community and for the advancement of the region’s workforce and economic development.

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“Getting a DUI is not fun and games,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office stated. “Think about others out on the roadways. The holidays are supposed to be fun.” The sheriff’s office advises the public to celebrate responsibly this Christmas and New Year’s Day by not drinking and driving.

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In the past years, Halesford United Methodist Church (UMC) and Epworth UMC have held an annual “String Beans, Corn and Peas Concert” to aid the local food banks in the Bedford, Rocky Mount and Roanoke areas, but it was not feasible to hold the concert this year due to the pandemic.

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The SML Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently presented a donation to the “Landing Love Project.” Shown from left is Tiffany Silva from the Landings Restaurant and Chapter President Dave Olson. The “Love Project” was started eight months ago to address the community’s need…

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On Saturday, Dec. 19, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received information that a subject described as a very short (had a hard time seeing over the steering wheel) white male, approximately 20 years old, with a mustache, attempted to steal a Kawasaki ATV from a residence on Crab Orchard Roa…

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Bank of Botetourt, whose locations include Moneta, announced the appointment of Beth Doughty to its Board of Directors. Doughty is retiring after 22 years as the executive director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. As executive director, she managed a $2.4 million-dollar economic developm…

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On Dec. 15 at approximately 5 p.m., the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a be-on-the-look-out notice for a black SUV involved in the theft of a purse from a vehicle in the Town of Bedford.

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Clara R. Taylor, 82, of Moneta, was apparently killed by her husband Donald Taylor today, according to the The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the homicide.

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Monday, Dec. 14, was supposed to be the day that Michael Alexander Brown, 23, faced trial in the murder of his mother’s boyfriend, Rodney Brown (unrelated), 54, of Hardy, just over one year ago on Nov. 9, 2019.