DeeDee Bondurant (left) and Marilyn Bach speak at a recent Proud Patriots of Smith Mountain Lake meeting about their poinsettia fundraiser. Kathy Byron (R-Bedford) also gave an update on issues in the state and local government. Franklin County Commonwealth Attorney A.J. Dudley and candidate Steve Maddy discussed their positions in the commonwealth’s attorney’s race. An update from the Liberty students rounded out the gathering. Proud Patriots of Smith Mountain Lake meets the first Tuesday of every month at The Westlake.