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Last Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced a partnership with 18 libraries and library systems across the commonwealth to distribute COVID-19 rapid antigen at-home test kits at no cost. Just in time for Thanksgiving and holiday travel, the kits are available at all six…

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Septic systems aren’t exactly something people think much about, until they are having problems such as slow drains or water back-up or even septic odors seeping into your home. Failing systems can be costly to repair, and when within proximity to our pristine lake waters they can contaminat…

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Attorneys Anthony F. “Tony” Troy (a former attorney general of Virginia) and his law partner Sen. William M. “Bill” Stanley announced last Wednesday that they have been hired to represent 13 members of the Mattaponi tribe who were arrested for “peacefully demonstrating against the sexist and…

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There have been potential delays reported for Smith Mountain Lake projects, according to the minutes of the Oct. 19 regular meeting of the board of directors of the Bedford Regional Water Authority that were approved Nov. 16.

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Franklin County Board of Supervisors received an update on the Union Hall town village at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16. Lisa Cooper, who is a principal planner with the county, gave the board the latest numbers from last month’s community meeting and survey. 

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office held an appreciation lunch at Cedar Oaks Farm for its volunteers, who are known as RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol); it also honored and awarded plaques to two volunteers: Rick Taylor and Gary Treadway, who are retiring as volunteers.

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Each year, the average American family of four loses $1,500 to uneaten food — that’s about 1,160 pounds of food. At holiday or any time, it’s a good idea to think about how you can keep household food waste in check.

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Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA), with the help of local churches, are sending boxes full of eleven items to children in need around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse.

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A ceremony at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 6, marked the distribution of checks totaling $123,000 to the charities that participated in the SML Charity Home Tour this past October.  

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating multiple car break-ins in the Patterson Mill Road area of Bedford County. The incidents occurred between Nov. 12 and 15.

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In a press release last Wednesday, Member-elect Carletta Whiting (a Republican from Martinsville) declared victory in the Franklin County School Board race representing the Snow Creek District after the Franklin County Registrar’s Office released their completed tally of the write-in votes f…

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Electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, including Southside Electric Cooperative, which covers parts of the Smith Mountain Lake area on the Bedford County side, are preparing to accept applications for their scholarship from high school seniors who intend to pursue higher e…

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The “Get Nauti” boat in the Lighted Boat Parade travels from the Virginia Dare Marina to Hales Ford Bridge on Saturday evening, where spectators line the boardwalk at Bridgewater Plaza to get a glimpse. See more photos on Page 15.

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The 18th annual SML Chili Festival made its comeback this year on Saturday after having been cancelled last year due to COVID-19.

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Bedford and Franklin County School Boards will see some new faces after a number of incumbents were defeated, some by write-in candidates.

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UScellular customers in Bedford now have additional access to the company’s 5G network. New 5G equipment in Bedford offers coverage in Bedford County, joining other Virginia communities like Roanoke, Lynchburg, Martinsville and Charlottesville with access to the latest upgrades as UScellular…

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Virginia State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality Thursday at 1:45 a.m. on Route 460 near Route 825 in Bedford County.

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On Oct. 27, Jason Barger of Bedford was charged with three counts of grand larceny and one count of petit larceny in connection to recent larcenies at All Size Storage at 13000 Moneta Road, according to Bedford County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.

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Buchanan-based Bank of Botetourt (OTCPK: BORT), which has a Smith Mountain Lake location, announced Thursday its unaudited financial results for the three and nine months-end Sept. 30.

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Results of the 2021 Virginia election have come in for the statewide seats, but the total number of votes is not yet official. Local results from the Franklin County and Bedford County are also complete with the exception of a couple. Results will be certified on November 15.

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A dozen kayakers and paddle boarders, many dressed in witch costumes, braved the cold lake water as they made a lap around the marina before a small crowd that watched from the beach.