When Jim Erler discovered small amounts of stray voltage in the water around his Huddleston dock late last year, he contacted an electrician to fix it. After spending $2,000 on work that didn’t solve the problem, he decided to find a solution on his own.

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is asking the public for information on a channel marker that was recently damaged in a boating incident.

Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council wore life jackets during the group’s monthly meeting July 11 to encourage others to wear them. Children should wear life jackets while on or around the water and parents also should wear them to set a good example for their children, ac…

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton recently presented a donation, on behalf of the sheriff’s office, to the American Cancer Society through the Franklin County Relay for Life fundraiser. Josh Robertson (from left), Relay for Life event leader, accepts a check for $2,000 from Overton and De…

There were 32 players in four divisions who participated in the 28th annual Andrew Haley Memorial/SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament. The two-day tournament was at Mariners Landing in Huddleston on June 25 and The Waterfront Country Club in Scruggs on June 26.

Buying a lakefront home is vastly different compared to buying one that’s not on the water. It is important to understand the differences before making the leap into lakefront living.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recently gave $1,000 to the Free Clinic of Franklin County after collecting donations from officers and other employees. Sheriff Bill Overton presented a check to the clinic’s executive director Donna Proctor.

To support children’s programs at the Westlake Library, the Friends of the Westlake Library is selling raffle tickets for a waterfront getaway at Halesford Harbour Inn near Hales Ford Bridge.

The start of a new school year is just weeks away for children in Bedford and Franklin counties, and Lake Christian Ministries currently is registering children in grades kindergarten through high school for school supplies.

All road deputies and school resource officers with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office have been equipped with Pro-Vision body cameras that were purchased earlier this year by the sheriff’s office.

Members of the Southside Senior Citizens Association celebrated the Fourth of July holiday at a July 11 luncheon. Club president Gloria Guice led the group in several patriotic songs and discussed the history of the American flag. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Mon…

Fifty years ago on July 20, 1968, Jerry and Ferne Hale were married in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. They met in psychology class at the University of Illinois. After college, Ferne earned a master’s degree, and Jerry went to work but soon was drafted. The wedding date was chosen …

The Fourth of July holiday was marred by tragedy July 5 when a 2-year-old boy was found dead in the water just off the dock of a home where his family was vacationing. It is the second time in two years a child is suspected of drowning in Smith Mountain Lake.

The Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission is asking the public for information on incidents caused by large boat wakes at Smith Mountain Lake. Information is being collected to see how prevalent boat wakes are during the summer boating season.

The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats hosted Leslie Cockburn at its June 25 meeting. Cockburn is the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in the upcoming election against Republican candidate Denver Riggleman in November. During the meeting, Cockburn spoke about her pos…

The daylong Guts, Glory and Guitars Veterans Festival at Crazy Horse Marina on July 7 featured music from a variety of musicians, as well as beverages and food from local vendors. All proceeds from the festival were donated to the Veteran’s Outdoor Fund.

Jerry W. Graham and Annie D. Graham, trustees to Delmar C. and Deborah M. Kidd, lot 6A, Hannabass Dr., June 29, Lakes District, $595,000.

For the first time, Poplar Forest’s schools for archaeology and architectural restoration are studying the property’s South Tenant House, the only extant slave quarter on the plantation grounds.

During a ceremony attended by 90 fellow pilots and friends, local pilot Charlie Walker was presented with the “The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.”

Ahoy, SML community. If you live, work, own a business or just hang out at Smith Mountain Lake, we want you to “Get Your Pirate On.” Pirate Days, July 20-22, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The Smith Mountain Lake Civitan Club awarded $1,200 in donations to five local nonprofits that assist individuals with disabilities, including Wake the World, Children’s Assistive Technology Services, Skyway Animal Farm, Bedford Ride and the local Special Olympics program. Accepting the dona…

Each year, Pirate Days at Smith Mountain Lake has grown. Adults and children alike don pirate costumes, dozens of area boats transform into pirate ships and the battles ensue.

Dozens of boats participated in this year's July 4th boat parade organized by lake resident Tom Quinn and his family and friends. The parade traveled from channel marker B25 along the arm of the Blackwater River to Hales Ford Bridge. This is the fourth year the parade has been held at SML wi…

The heat and humidity didn’t deter hundreds of residents from across Southwest Virginia from attending the annual FireWORX Festival at Downtown Moneta on June 30. In addition to music by The Worx, there were food vendors, kids’ activities and a misting tent followed by a fireworks show after…

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries joined with boating agencies across the United States this past weekend for Operation Dry Water. Conservation officers patrolled Smith Mountain Lake looking for boaters who were operating under the influence.

Scruggs resident Sue Gallagher arrived at Portside Bar and Grille on June 29 for a final fundraising event capping her 500-mile kayaking journey around the Smith Mountain Lake. Gallagher, who was raising money for the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center, started kayaking the lake’s shore…

On behalf of Lyrics on the Lake and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we would like to publicly thank all the sponsors, venues, host families, songwriters, volunteers and especially the attendees and the communities in Franklin, Bedford and surrounding counties for all their hard wor…

Sally Wice, daughter of Cindy Wice of Hardy, recently earned her master’s degree in teaching from James Madison University. She will start her teaching career with Roanoke City Public Schools this fall.

The Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild of Bedford will hold its 22nd annual quilt show July 11 through 24 at the Bedford Central Library. The show is open to the public and will be available for viewing during regular library hours. The display will include numerous quilts and wall hangings in a v…