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For those looking for an art adventure this summer, the Bower Center for the Arts is offering a summer outlet for children to expand their imaginations and artistic talents with a lineup of in-person Summer Art Camps beginning in June.

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With COVID-19 vaccines being distributed across the state of Virginia, Bedford County has been doing its part to help vaccinate the whole county, which included a mass vaccination clinic event Thursday at Eastlake Community Church (ECC).

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A wedding venue in Wirtz had filed a lawsuit against Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, arguing that his severe constraints have unfairly violated equal protection. While the court ruling did not go the venue’s way, the owner sees a glimmer of hope. 

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A Moneta woman was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of a Moneta man as a result of a DUI vehicle accident Aug. 8, 2019.

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Smith Mountain Lake’s own Hickory Hill Vineyards is celebrating 20 years in business and three medals in the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition. The wines were judged as among the best of 544 Virginia wines from over 100 Virginia wineries.

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Numerous Franklin County High School students and one from Staunton River High School who attend the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School won awards at the Western Virginia Regional Science Fair recently. 

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office members will participated in the We Care of Franklin County ATV ride on Saturday, April 24, at the Parkridge Sub-Division just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. This ride benefits We Care of Franklin County each year it has been held.

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The Vinton Dogwood Festival Committee is asking for help from residents, businesses and volunteers to “help create community spirit” by creating the “Blooming Again Vinton Dogwood Festival Drive-by and Walk-by Yard, Porch and Window Parade.”

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The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument (FBTWNM) recently announced the first annual FBTWNM Freedom Walk from April 17 to May 31.

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Last week, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Holland stopped by Burnt Chimney Elementary School and visited Mrs. Davis’ and Mrs. Altice’s classes after being invited by the school. “It’s community helpers week and I surely enjoyed my time interacting with the kiddos, telling them …

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A teenager from Bedford died in a single vehicle crash Wednesday after the vehicle he was driving overturned into a stream off Route 460 in the New London area near Lynchburg.

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Smith Mountain Lake Democrats held a virtual meeting with Del. Sam Rasoul (D-11th District) on March 22 to update them on changes to Virginia law resulting from the recent session of the General Assembly.

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A new local boutique business called Kennedy Kay that creates handmade wooden signs, business logos, home décor and other valuables has officially ushered in a new era by opening its first storefront location at 130 Scruggs Road Suite 102, which is next to True Awakeningz. The name comes fro…

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Eric & Company Salon Suites, recently renamed from Eric & Company Premiere Salon, is one of the most recognizable salons across Smith Mountain Lake, having first opened its doors in the Westlake area in 1997. He later moved to Fairway Village Shopping Center next to Cancun Mexican Re…

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For a second time, the jury trial of Michael Alexander Brown, 23, has been postponed. Brown faces seven felony charges — including murder — in Franklin County Circuit Court in Rocky Mount.

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Walter Thomas Smith, 40, of Bedford, was arrested today by Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office canine unit, with the assistance of the Central Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force (CVDGTF), has concluded a 12-month narcotics investigation, which involved a Bedford man.

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The Virginia Department of Health’s Pittsylvania/Danville Health District and Southside Health District are vaccinating those in Phase 1c while continuing to vaccinate in Phase 1a and 1b.

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The Franklin County Board of Supervisors, by way of a 6-1 vote March 16, granted a proposed rezoning requesting approval for a distillery store and tasting room that will be in a three-acre parcel located at 96 Builders Pride Drive in Westlake.

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The Franklin County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing March 16 regarding a special use permit for a telecommunications tower and voted unanimously in favor of approving the request.

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In order to provide customers with easy access to make payments and more payment options, the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) has implemented an advanced electronic billing and payment solution. The upgraded online account access and payments system has an expanded online payment por…

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The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) wants boaters to know that there are new engine cutoff device wear requirements for recreational boat operators as part of the Jan. 1 passage of National Defense Authorization Act that included a U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization.

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The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Bedford Town Police, Fire/Rescue and Waste Management, will host a series of events that offer document shredding and prescription drug take back disposal.