The ongoing dispute between Appalachian Power and lakefront homeowners Bill and Lora Nissen could be coming to a close. The couple applied for a permit earlier this month that may be the first step into bringing their dock into compliance and ending a yearslong feud.

First responders at Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department have two new tools at their disposal when answering fire and other emergency calls around the lake area. A new ladder truck and attack truck recently joined the department’s fleet.

Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, is recovering at home following surgery Jan. 9 to ease some of the pain she has suffered since a 2015 shooting at Bridgewater Plaza.

Lake resident Rebecca Galeota shared this photo of a recent sunrise from her home near channel marker B2. The morning fog and still water allowed for a unique image as the sun rose over Smith Mountain in the distance.

Four Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently graduated from the 25th Entry Level Law Enforcement Session at the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy. The officers were hired months ago, but were on limited duty until they graduated this state-mandated academy. Now e…

There have been a few bouts of winter weather so far this year and chances are, there will be more. While staying home is encouraged, people can sometimes find themselves on a road that has been impacted by winter weather.

STEP’s Early Head Start/Head Start Health Manager Tanya Huff (left) and Early Childhood Education Director Shirley Wells (right) accepted more than 10 boxes of books from Logan Davis, representing Girl Scout Troop 158. The books were donated to the STEP Head Start programs in Franklin and Pa…

Moneta Lions Club member Bob Pfoutz presented a briefing and pep rally for the club’s 19th annual golf outing. The event is the club’s major fundraising project of the year. This year’s event will take place April 29 at Mariners Landing Golf and Country Club in Huddleston. The registration d…

The Moneta Lions Club started 2019 on a good note with the addition of two new club members. Grace Clark (from left) stands with club president Bart Matthies, her husband, Phil Clark stands with club secretary Pat Bailey who presided over the induction ceremony.

The Smith Mountain Arts Council is hosting Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Conductor David Stewart Wiley, Leah Wiley and Philip and Tara Bouknight for a special Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

Franklin County Parks and Recreation team Just Us Dent is the 2018 women’s volleyball regular season and tournament champs. Team members include Mindy Dent (from left), Christy Terry, Hunter Merritt and Tiffany Dent. A new co-ed volleyball league will start this month.

A winter storm brought snow and ice to Southwest Virginia over the weekend. Snow fell across Smith Mountain Lake throughout the afternoon on Jan. 12, followed by freezing rain overnight. While the wintry weather moved out of the area the following morning, below freezing temperatures kept sc…

A member of Franklin County High School’s cross country team was running at Waid Park last year when she noticed a middle-school runner struggling to finish a nearby cross country meet. The high school sophomore ran alongside her middle-school counterpart, offering encouraging words until th…

Members of the Southside Senior Citizens held their first meeting of 2019 earlier this month. Gloria Guice, club president, read a story about a little lost lamb named Snowflake to start the meeting. Following story time, the members prepared belated gift baskets for several members who have…

Members of the Moneta Lions Club, including Bart Matthies, Pat and Del Bailey, Rob Senoski and Gloria Guice, recently entertained members of the Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living Inc. by singing Christmas carols, in addition to Mary Davis, senior services chairperson. The group …

Members from the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Community Club, the Lucky 4-Hers, donated supplies to the Franklin County Humane Society and Planned Pethood Clinic on Dec. 22. Funds were raised by a bake sale, as well as during the annual Clover Sales and gift card competition. The community servic…

Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club recently gathered at Lake Christian Ministries in Moneta to help serve neighbors in need, helping to pack 300 bags of food. Tom Hamlin also presented Colleen McNulty, LCM’s pantry manager with a donation. LCM has been serving families in Bedford,…

You probably think the noise and disruption of a campground could not pop up in your neighborhood. That is what we thought in our quiet little lake community in Union Hall. Like you, we thought that rules against short-term rentals and zoning plans for low density housing would prevent campe…

The Lions clubs of Franklin County will host its annual James Bland Memorial Music Contest at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church on March 10 at 2 p.m.

Do not just browse or look around when you go into our neighborhood businesses. Make a commitment to spend $10 to $20 every visit. Our friends who commit their lives to these businesses are not there for you to treat them as museums. I have seen so many of my neighbors go into local business…

Nearly a year after the Bedford Area Family YMCA announced its Moneta branch would be closing, the small facility has fought to stay open. The Moneta Athletic Club has continued to provide a place for locals to not only work out, but also hang out with others in the community.

The MOarts Gallery at the Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library is looking for photos, paintings and other works of art inspired by Alaska for an exhibit in March.

Bass fishing has been great the past several weeks. The water temperature is dropping and will continue to make fishing better.

Members of the SML Water Ski Club enjoyed a warmer air temperature that was in the 50s for the club’s 26th annual Polar Bear Ski Day on Jan. 1. While it was comfortable out of the water, water-skiers and wakeboarders discovered the temperature was much colder in the water.

Despite the cold winter temperatures, hearty water sports lovers continue their pursuits on the lake. Extra caution is required this time of year since getting immersed in the cold water, even for relatively short periods, can be life-threatening.

Ellen McMichael shared this photo she took of her son, Dan McMichael, feeling the cold after jumping off their dock on New Year’s Day morning. The water temperature was 47 degrees when he took the plunge into the lake near channel marker R25.

Maddie Collins (left) and Chassity Alphin from Liberty High School were sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Civitan Club to attend the 45th Chesapeake District Leaders In Freedom Conference. They traveled to Camp Piankatank on Dec. 7 to learn leadership skills and participate in numerous wo…

One of the most vibrant groups at Smith Mountain Lake was founded with the purpose of encouraging friendship and social opportunities for area residents. Since 1996, the Smith Mountain Lake Newcomers has offered a full roster of activities, social events and service opportunities to lake are…