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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.

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According to The Stanley Law Group, PLLC, based in Moneta, on Monday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Circuit Court for the County of Greensville, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office was expected to present its motion to transfer the Sadler case from Greensville to the City of Richmond, in a “…

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The Franklin County Broadband Authority directed staff at its Aug. 30 meeting to move forward with two comprehensive proposals to bring broadband to the remaining unserved areas of Franklin County. The authority approved moving forward with a proposal by Shentel and a second by River Street …

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Some parents and citizens of Franklin County are calling for the resignation of Franklin County School Board member-at-large Penny Blue after an interview she did with Channel 4 News in January has resurfaced in which it appears she said people in Franklin County are taught white supremacy.

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Dr. Jeffrey C. Fox of Rocky Mount spent almost four decades dealing with terrorism — either studying it, training to stop or deal with it, or dealing with terrorists. Terrorism remains an ever-present danger, and his goal is to train, educate and inform anyone who is interested in learning a…

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Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce officials recently announced sponsorship and registration has opened for the 17th Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo, which will take place Friday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium at Eastlake Community Church.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) invites all SMLA members to attend its annual membership meeting via Zoom Webinar on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Smith Mountain Lake Live Music, originally created in 2018, started out as a public Facebook group to provide a place where musicians may announce and promote their shows so that people seeking a fun time might find live music around the lake and adjacent regions, but in recent months, it ha…

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On Saturday afternoon at Bernard’s Landing, singer/songwriter Jolie put listeners under her spell with a carefully blended concoction of originals and classic cover songs.

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The Bedford County Board of Supervisors joined Pittsylvania County by granting approval for a resolution to allow the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) to regulate no-wake surfing zones. Franklin County is the only county remaining that will need to approve a resolution.

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Bridgette Craighead, Democratic nominee for delegate of the 9th District, which covers part of Smith Mountain Lake, announced Aug. 30 that she met with the family of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as part of that weekend’s March On For Voting Rights rally in Washington, D.C.

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Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, just under 3,000 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Since that fatal attack, the victims, their families, and all that helped during and after the attack are remembered every year on the day it happened.

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The Bedford County Fair will return Oct. 15-17, and the fair’s board announced a new location. The Bedford County Moose Lodge will host the 2021 fair.

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At a regular meeting of the Bedford Regional Water Authority Board of Directors, held Aug. 17 in the Board Meeting Room at the Authority’s Administrative Annex Building, the board of directors approved additional funding in the amount of $400,000 for parking lot construction.

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Preliminary data from the 2020 United States Census has been published, and the results show that both the commonwealth of Virginia and Bedford County experienced population growth in the past 10 years.

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At 8:45 a.m., on Sept. 11, 2001, Tom Roby, Chief Battalion Commander of the New York Fire Department’s 16th Battalion, was halfway through a 24-hour tour at the firehouse at 143rd Street in Harlem. He was in the kitchen fixing himself a cup of hot tea. On the TV a local news station was broa…

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With temperatures reaching near 100 degrees with humidity during these hot summer days, a nice cold and tasty treat can always be counted on. When visiting Franklin County, one doesn’t have to look far to find the birthplace of Homestead Creamery, which creates some of the most popular ice c…

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Bedford County Public Schools (BCPS) recently announced its 2021-22 class schedule for adult education. Staff will teach classes in three locations in Bedford County.

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The 24th annual Apple Valley 5k cross country race will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Gross’ Orchard, 6817 Wheats Valley Road, Bedford.

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A survey from Home Instead Inc., which has an office serving the Smith Mountain Lake area, found that older adults who eat most meals alone are more than twice as likely to be lonely. Eating alone often leads to a poorer diet compared to those who enjoy meals in the company of others.

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When out sailing on Smith Mountain Lake, there are bound to be incidents that range from dropping a possession in the lake to sinking boats. In these cases, the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire & Rescue Emergency Response Divers (ERDs) are the ones who are called to save the day.

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This fall, Kyle Petty will host the “Charity Ride Revival (CRR),” a one-time only, miniature version of his annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, which will stop at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

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At the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Aug. 17, Supervisor Ben Farmer (Callands-Gretna) made a motion to continue matching donations collected by the Cool Branch Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, the Penhook agency that services about 60 percent of calls to Fran…

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Franklin County officials announced today the County will postpone the 2021 Franklin County Agricultural Fair out of an abundance of caution due to rising COVID-19 cases in the community and region which is of specific concern for attendees, volunteers, and staff working the event.

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The living history guild at Jubal Early Homeplace presented a Visit From President Jefferson Davis on Aug. 15. Visitors enjoyed a tour of the home and period refreshments. To schedule a private tour or a school visit, call 540-892-9881. The home is open on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Association and Ferrum College announced the results of the sixth and final bi-weekly water quality monitoring session of 2021 at Smith Mountain Lake. This ongoing joint effort is comprised of 58 lake residents sampling at 84 sites around the lake, and scientists at t…