A Rocky Mount man is in jail after being charged with possession of methamphetamine and giving false information to law enforcement, according to a news release from Capt. Phillip Young of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

A steady stream of visitors entered Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta on Feb. 7 for a blood drive hosted by the Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club. Drives such as this one have become more important in recent weeks as blood is critically needed in hospitals nationwide.

Carl Cline may be new to his post as administrator of Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, but he’s no stranger to caring for Franklin County patients. With an extensive background in nursing — particularly in-flight medical evacuation care — Cline served as CFMH’s director of nursing for ov…

Area gifted and talented students participated in Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology’s annual Student Project Forum on Feb. 2.

Colder temperatures and windy weather made for slower fishing recently. Water temperature will be in the upper 30s to upper 40s this month. Baitfish will start to move to shallow water. Most species of fish will begin feeding actively this month as water temperature rises.

Members of the community were invited to have conversation and coffee with Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton and law enforcement personnel at Coffee with a Cop at Carilion Wellness Westlake on Feb. 6. “We’re so thrilled to be able to offer events like this in our community,” said Katie Ta…

As the smell of Old Bay seasoning combined with burning wood wafted through the air onlookers came to see for themselves what was left of Virginia Dare Marina and Beacon Pub restaurant after an early morning fire on Saturday.

Virginia State Police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a 29-year-old Moneta man, according to a news release from Sgt. Rick Garletts. The crash occurred Feb. 7 at 6:40 p.m. on Scruggs Road, approximately a half-mile east of Bluewater Drive in the Scruggs community.

For the past several weeks, Kroger at Westlake Towne Center has been undergoing a $3 million remodel that’s scheduled to be completed in time for the lake’s busy summer season.

Last month Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club President David Weiss (left), presented longtime member Keith Shelton with the Lions International 25-year membership award. Keith moved to SML in 1993 and joined the Lions the same year. He has worked on numerous projects to include the club's Adopt…

Several area nonprofits once again will compete in this year’s Dancing for a Cause, hosted by the Disability Rights and Resource Center of Rocky Mount. The dance will be at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Smith Mountain Arts Council’s 24th annual John Faber Memorial Photo Contest and Show will take place April 12 through 14 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta. All photographers — from amateur to professional levels — are encouraged to participate.

This sunrise photo was taken by Bev Petty from his home near channel marker C2 on Dec. 12. Snow is still visible from the major snow-storm a few days earlier on Dec. 6 as the sun creeps over Smith Mountain in the distance.

Former lake resident Bronson Aznavorian is looking for help from the community during his senior year at New York University. The Staunton River High School graduate is raising funds to direct a short film that will be his school thesis and possibly a stepping stone to a career in the movie …

The Waterfront Country Club and The Westlake recently were listed for sale by The Willard Companies. Both could be sold in a package deal that also includes The Water’s Edge Country Club, which has been on the market since 2015.

The Virginia Blue Ridge affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation is getting help from Smith Mountain Lake in its latest campaign to raise money for breast cancer initiatives. Andrea Fansler, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce event manager, has a $2,000 goal for the annual fundraiser.

Booker T. Washington National Monument reopened Jan. 27 after being closed for five weeks during a partial government shutdown. Timothy Sims, senior park ranger, staffs the front desk at the park’s visitor center that had been vacant since Dec. 22. The park is back to its regular operating s…

Chris Sawyers (second from left) and Michael Moorman (third from left) were sworn in by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Clyde Perdue (left) on Jan. 25. Sheriff Bill Overton welcomed the new officers who currently are attending criminal justice academy and are scheduled to graduate in June.

The Smith Mountain chapter of the American Association of University Women is accepting applications to award two $3,000 college scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year.

Donna Martin took this photo of a particularly colorful sunrise from her home at Bridgewater Pointe on Dec. 27. The sun reflects a yellow and orange glow on the clouds moments before it rises over the mountains.

The Jersey Girls of Smith Mountain Lake are holding their third annual yard sale on April 20 at The General Store and are looking for donations.

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton was guest speaker at the SML Lions Club’s Jan. 10 meeting at The Waterfront Country Club. Overton spoke on the growing concerns of scams targeting the elderly and the achievements and future direction of the sheriff’s office.

The most needed items that the Agape Center provides for clients are towels, washcloths and sheets of all sizes. For a third year, the nonprofit is hosting a linen shower for the next two months to encourage donations of new or gently used linens for those in need.

The photography of Robert Miller will continue to be displayed at the Electric Company Art Gallery in Bedford through February due to popular demand. Miller’s photography has appeared in corporate collections in Virginia, Washington D.C. and around the United States.

The Moonshine Beekeeper’s Association will host a weekly Saturday workshop from Feb. 23 through March 16. The association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting current and future beekeepers of Franklin and surrounding counties.

As the owner of Davis Heating and Air Conditioning, Chris Bishop employs 30 people. While business is good, Bishop said he felt it could be better and thought he and his employees were not on the same page when it came to how they felt about work. Then he noticed an advertisement for SCORE.