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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…

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Current U.S. senator and former governor Mark Warner visited the town of Rocky Mount on Tuesday to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill that is currently about to be voted on by House of Representatives by the end of next month. Other topics such as COVID-19 and Afghanistan also were d…

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Hickory Hill Vineyards in Moneta was the venue, SML Boomer Band the main event, and Food for Kids: Weekend Pack-a-Sack Program the beneficiary at Charity Cheers on Friday evening.

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The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) today announced it will no longer hold the 32nd annual wine festival this year due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region and across the country.

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With the school year upon us, the Franklin County Family YMCA SAFE before-and-after-school program is a place where children can be physically active, learn and be engaged during out-of-school hours.