Giving back to the community has become Christmas tradition for many Smith Mountain Lake residents. That generosity has helped Lake Christian Ministries’ A Child’s Christmas program continue to serve families in need during the holiday season for more than 20 years.

Appalachian Power has introduced the first two in series of commercials running in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee demonstrating how they work to serve the community and customers in addition to producing energy.

Nancy and Rick Ellett of Sea Tow — Smith Mountain Lake recently attended Sea Tow’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida where they were recognized for their work.

Sweet Tater, one of the pigs at Booker T. Washington National Monument, enjoys a post-Thanksgiving pumpkin. Timothy Sims, senior park ranger, said pumpkins are a favorite food supplement and a toy that can be knocked around and chewed on.

Trinity Ecumenical Parish’s Living the Nativity event gave visitors the opportunity to tour Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth. Along the tour were shepherds, Roman soldiers, tax collectors and even thieves and a look at the very first Christmas more than 2,000 years ago.

At Downtown Moneta’s Light Up Night on Nov. 30, visitors enjoyed carriage rides, face painting, music and several performances throughout the night. The event was capped off with a visit from Santa.

Charlene Jones and Jeff Park each won a $50 gift certificate at Hot Shots recently. Charlene Jones won a raffle during a World Tavern Poker Tournament to recognize a current player who brought a new player. Jeff Park won from a raffle of 24 new players.

Smith Mountain Lake resident Rich Millar (from left) coordinated a canned food drive hosted by Hot Shots owner Jeff Schott and collected by World Tavern Poker tournament director Jeff Carter. More than 170 cans of food were donated by more than 30 poker players at Hot Shots. Players meet eve…

The SML Lions Club, along with the Ferrum Lions Club, sponsored this year’s Lions International Peace Poster Contest at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Winners were Cooper Myers (from left), first place; Alayna Walker, second place and Nicholas Guilliams, third place. Art teacher Freda Nich…

The Moneta Ruritan Club recently installed officers for 2019, conducted by the Peaks of Otter District Governor O.H. Bobbitt III (right). Officers are Jack Harrison (from left), treasurer; Cliff Wade, secretary; Mike Casey, president; and Dan Addair (not pictured), vice president.

Fishing should be good in the coming weeks. Largemouth bass fishing will be slow this month. Water temperature will be in the upper 40s to lower 50s.

A houseboat that sunk in October has become an ongoing navigation hazard on the Roanoke River arm of the lake. It is one of multiple sunken vessels that the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is working to either raise or remove from the lake.

Lt. Erik Mollin with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was the guest speaker at the Smith Mountain American Association of University Women’s meeting at The Waterfront Country Club on Oct. 20. Mollin discussed being diligent and watchful in public, what to do in a violent situation and ov…

Despite chilly temperatures and the threat of freezing rain, several young boys and girls were given the opportunity to share with Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas at Bridgewater Marina while parents shopped at area stores during Small Business Saturday at Bridgewater Plaza.

Tackling Hunger, a local project that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to area residents in need, is hoping to raise at least $600 through a recently launched crowdfunding campaign.

The public is invited to visit Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library to make a pop-up card, pine cone bird feeder and other crafts for Holiday Craft Night.

The SML Lions Club and the Daleville Lions Club recently prepared Thanksgiving meals at Lake Christian Ministries for community members in need. The service project packs traditional canned and packaged items in brown bags for later distribution.

Moneta Lions Club members Pat Bailey (from left), Del Bailey, Bart Matthies and Rob Senoski visited the English Meadows Senior Living Community in Bedford to decorate a Christmas tree in one of the main entrance halls in hopes of adding to the residents’ holiday spirit.

For more than 20 years, Morgans Baptist Church in Moneta has participated in Operation Christmas Child, and this year’s goal was to package 200 shoeboxes. Cora Arthur (center), places a handmade hat into a box along with Moneta Lions Club members Rob Senoski and Gloria Guice.

Tom Ericson, a member of the Southside Senior Citizens Association, discussed his lifelong trials and hardships that started when he was young. Ericson said he had a hearing impairment that led to learning problems in school and was not detected until later in life. His father’s work also re…

The Smith Mountain Lake Civitan Club recently presented a check to Children’s Assistive Technology Services for $23,885. The money will be used to purchase a second van to transport refurbished assistive equipment to children with disabilities around the state. The funds for the van were fro…

As part of its involvement in Lake Christian Ministries’ A Child’s Christmas program, Sea Tow — Smith Mountain Lake will collect new, unwrapped toys through December at area Dollar General stores.

Casey Kroll of Moneta took this photo while boating in October. The photo was taken at sunset near channel marker R14. The dark outline of The Boardwalk can be seen in the distance.

As the new owners of Virginia Dare Marina and Portside Grill & Bar, business partners Garret Meyer and Darrin Main have found their dream jobs. After years of working in the health care industry, they said they are doing what they love while working to make improvements to a popular lake…

Thanksgiving dinner can wreak havoc on waistlines. It turns out those high-fat meals also can be devastating to plumbing and water treatment systems.

Smith Mountain Lake residents share their beautiful environment with a variety of wildlife: deer, turkeys, chipmunks, squirrels, racoons, and even an occasional bear make appearances.

Anyone who spends time in Franklin County has probably come across a barn quilt. The large, colorful squares that hang on barns, homes, fences or even on docks have become a growing attraction in the county.