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The Franklin County Broadband Authority has received notice of grant funding awards from Virginia’s Telecommunication Grant Initiative (VATI) program for two new projects to bring broadband to the much of the remaining unserved areas of Franklin County.

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Bill Stanley, Anthony F. “Tony” Troy, Dean Rod Smolla, Ryan T. McDougle and Jason Hicks, attorneys for Virginia business owner and NASCAR legend Hermie Sadler, responded to the Supreme Court of Virginia’s refusal to hear outgoing Attorney General Mark Herring’s appeal of the Greensville Circ…

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Due to ongoing COVID-19 issues, AARP’s TaxAide in Bedford is continuing the appointment drop-off method implemented last year. The difference this year is that appointments will be scheduled in-person rather than by telephone.

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To date Franklin County has secured $18.8 million (approximately $19 million) in state and federal grant funding for the development of the Summit View Business Park, with $1 million being the latest, which was announced Thursday for the continued development of the 100-acre business ready s…

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Lake Retreat Properties Inc. has become one of the notable real estate companies at Smith Mountain Lake. This distinction is because of a unique familiarity and knowledge of the lake and its history as well as diligence in evaluating the real estate market.

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Rope training came in handy last Wednesday when members of the Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Rescue Squad were called in to rescue a dog that had fallen into an 80-foot well.

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A scam that moved into the region last year has returned to the area. Bureau Better Business Serving Western Virginia (BBB) warns Appalachian Power (AEP) customers to be careful of utility phone scams. BBB offers these helpful tips on how to avoid falling victim to utility scams.

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The Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority has made the decision to temporarily close the Bedford County Adult Detention Center (BCADC) located at 1000 Broad Street Bedford, VA 24532. Due to the recent rises in positive COVID-19 cases within our regions, safe housing of incarcerated individuals …

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Appalachian Power, whose service area includes parts of the Smith Mountain Lake area, seeks to acquire or contract for 294 megawatts (MW) of solar and 204 MW of wind power over the next three years as part of its long-range plan to meet the renewable energy targets established by the Virgini…

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The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is beginning its biennial process for changing the regulations guiding recreational fishing, aquatic wildlife management and boating. New regulations will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.

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The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) has had a busy start to the year running 14 calls from Jan. 1 to Jan. 5. Among those calls included a vehicle accident with entrapment last Wednesday morning in Huddleston. According to the Huddleston Volunteer Fire Department, they were dispatched…

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Director Denis Deane will conduct auditions for the award-winning drama “Doubt” on Jan. 23 and 24 at the Little Town Players theatre located in The Elks–A Noble Senior Living Community at 7 p.m. each night.

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The She Doos rang in the money for the Salvation Army in December and collected a total of $2,721.81. The She Doos have been around Smith Mountain Lake for more than 20 years, supporting and raising funds for numerous organizations. In the month of December, the She Doos volunteered for the …

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The Franklin County Democratic Committee called an assembled caucus beginning at 10 a.m. Jan. 8, at the Franklin Democratic Committee Office, 527 S. Main Street in Rocky Mount.

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Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced eight projects that will receive nearly $160,000 in funding through the inaugural round of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industry Development (AFID) Fund Infrastructure Grant Program.

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Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV), a lending cooperative that provides financing to farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, pledged a Christmas donation this month of $15,000, which will be divided amongst 19 charities local to their tri-state t…

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a nighttime burglary of the Dollar General located at 11490 W. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in Montvale that occurred Dec. 20.

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A new legal action filed last Wednesday challenges Virginia’s State Water Control Board approval of a key water quality permit for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), which is planned to travel through the Union Hall and Penhook areas south of Smith Mountain Lake.

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Bedford County, in partnership with three Internet Service Provider (ISP) partners, was awarded multiple grants totaling $25,225,717 from VATI in the county’s ongoing efforts to achieve functional universal broadband coverage in Bedford County. These funds will help bring reliable, high-spee…

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Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced new grants that will advance Virginia 90 percent to the goal of achieving universal access to broadband and high-speed internet, placing Virginia on track to being one of the first states successfully charting a path to universal access to broadband.

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With the help of customers of four local Dollar General stores, the fishermen of the Striper Mafia, Sea Tow captains and members, as well as the Meadows Subdivision and America’s Boating Club, Sea Tow turned in 1,150 toys and $200 cash to Lake Christian Ministries. Cindy Simmons, of SML Stor…

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The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats hosted a holiday party Dec. 8 at the Waterfront Country Club. Over 80 members attended, each contributing at least one toy to be donated to A Child’s Christmas Event sponsored by Lake Christian Ministries. Pictured seated from left are Mike and Pat Carr, and…