A fishing tournament was interrupted for two teenagers Aug. 4 when their boat struck a dock that had floated into the main channel of the lake near Hales Ford Bridge. While the teens were not injured, the incident highlights an ongoing problem.

Epworth United Methodist Church featured foods from nine countries at its first ever International Tasting on Aug. 11. Foods from countries, including Greece, Mexico, Poland, Jamaica, Thailand, Italty, Trinidad, India and the U.S. were available for sampling during the event. The event was s…

Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue in Hardy is taking nearly a dozen animals seized from a horse sanctuary in New Jersey after its owner recently was charged with neglecting the animals.

Work on the new Hardy Ford Bridge continues. A large crane moved the first of a dozen 34,000-pound steel beams into place atop bridge supports last week.

Gary and Debra Christensen to Michael and Patrese Pyle, lots 16 and 17, Pleasure Point, July 24, Blue Ridge District, $280,000.

The Southside Senior Citizens enjoyed the group Sounds of Bluegrass at its monthly meeting Aug. 8. Band members Paul Craghead (from left), Roger Snyder, Harriett Lawrence, Ralph Tartaglia and Ray Noell entertained the crowd with a mixture of bluegrass, country and gospel music. The Southside…

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office held its National Night Out at Westlake Towne Center on Aug. 7. Several officers, along with volunteers from area fire and rescue departments, connected with residents and shared information about the work that they do.

Halesford United Methodist Church is hosting its 128th homecoming on Aug. 26. The morning service, which begins at 11 a.m., will feature the Rev. Edward Wade preaching along with the Halesford Gospel Singers providing music. Lunch will be served following the service.

The Kiwanis Club of Smith Mountain Lake will host its formal charter night Aug. 28 at The Westlake where its members will receive pins and badges from Kiwanis officials.

The full moon lit up the night sky over Smith Mountain Lake on July 26. Lake resident Freda Smith took this photo from Bernard’s Landing in Scruggs.

Union Hall resident Cathie Cummins saw a need four years ago and decided to take action. From her small garage, she started Children’s Assistive Technology Service to provide medical equipment at no cost to families with disabled children.

A new billboard in Moneta is encouraging boaters to wear life jackets while on the lake. The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council recently joined with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to create the promotion.

A house in the 1300 block of Campers Paradise Trail near Hales Ford Bridge in Moneta burned Aug. 5, according to the Bedford Fire Department.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recently held its third annual Virginia Rules Camp. Franklin County middle school students attended the law-themed summer camp at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center in Wirtz from July 30 through Aug. 3.

Volunteers Bette Gove (from left), Robyn Holmes and Nancy Trotter prepare school supplies for Lake Christian Ministries’ annual school supply drive. School supplies were collected and packed for more than 300 students in need from Bedford and Franklin counties. The supplies were given to stu…

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries created an honor guard earlier this year to pay respect at funerals of fallen or retired conservation officers. Flora Funeral Services in Rocky Mount recently donated a casket to help the honor guard prepare for future funeral ceremonies.

The watercolor paintings of Revelle Hamilton will be featured at the Electric Co. Art Gallery’s second Friday show Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Edward S. and Susan E. Girad to Mark W. and Autumn J. Sand, lot 65, Isle of Pines, July 19, Lakes District, $607,500.

Lake Christian Ministries’ New Tomorrows program was the topic of discussion during the Smith Mountain Lake Democrats’ general membership meeting on July 23.

Virginia’s 5th and 6th Congressional Districts will experience openly-contested races in the 2018 elections. The two Democratic party candidates, Leslie Cockburn (5th District) and Jennifer Lewis (6th District) are strong advocates of positions such as universal health care for all citizens,…

Sea Tow — Smith Mountain Lake, with the help of the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation, provided nearly 100 loaner life jackets to children from the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke who participated in the Wake the World at Crazy Horse Marina on July 30.

Having passed the six-month milestone since Amtrak ridership to and from the Roanoke station began, state transportation officials are describing it as “impressive.” Ridership on the Washington, D.C. to Roanoke line increased by more than 8 percent year-over-year, largely due to the addition…

Two local churches are sponsoring a culinary event that will give Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors an opportunity to taste food from around the world without leaving the area.

At Smith Mountain Lake, the community works together to keep the lake clean. Residents pitch in by picking up trash they see along the shoreline of their home, as well as on the water.

A Franklin County judge certified charges July 19 in General District Court against a man and a woman in relation to a meth lab discovered in a Rocky Mount hotel room.

Rachel Burks, wellness director for The Glebe, spoke at a recent Moneta Lions Club meeting to emphasize the importance of good eating and exercise habits especially as people age. Moneta Lions Club member Fred Cuffari thanked Burks for being a guest.

Monica Richards (from left), Jamie Young, Eric Cline, Susan Tyler, Christine Butts and Penny “G” Kisasonak of Eric and Company Premiere Salon, recently made a contribution to the Booker T. Washington Bucket Challenge.

Epworth and Halesford United Methodist churches are sponsoring an International Tasting at Epworth United Methodist Church (60 Merriman Way Road, Moneta) on Aug. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Smith Mountain Lake chapter of the American Association of University Women recently provided scholarships for four girls to attend summer camp at the Science Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke.

A 41-year-old woman lost part of her finger in a July 28 incident on the lake, according to Sgt. Karl Martin of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every six households is food insecure. Halesford United Methodist Church is hosting its “String Beans, Corn and Peas” concert Sept. 22 from 4 to 6 p.m., at Halesford United Methodist Church (1601 Lakewood Forest Road, Moneta).