Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sears Opening in Downtown Moneta

Sears, one of the country’s best-known chain department stores, is opening at Smith Mountain Lake. Company representatives announced on Thursday that a Sears Hometown Store will open at Downtown Moneta on Virginia 122 in Bedford County this fall. “We are … Continue reading

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Unique Dock on Blackwater at SML

It’s not uncommon for boaters to pull up at Brad and Janis Vaughn’s dock near The Water’s Edge in Penhook and pepper the couple with questions about its design and construction. Janis said they’ve answered the question, “What color is … Continue reading

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Earthquake Felt at SML

There was no tsunami, but the 5.8 earthquake that rattled the East Coast early Tuesday afternoon was felt by many of those near and along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. “Union Hall was shaking like a leaf,” said Kate … Continue reading

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Lions Club Dedicates Paviolion

Some 65 persons, including members of the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club, attended the grand opening of a pavilion at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park built by Lions Club members and members of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. At the grand … Continue reading

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Civil War Days in Franklin County

Smith Mountain Lake will turn the clocks back 150 years Sept. 16-18 when it celebrates its first Franklin County Civil War Days, an educational, as well as entertaining observation of the war’s sesquicentennial. Sponsored by the Franklin County Sesquicentennial Committee … Continue reading

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Father’s Day At Smith Mountain Lake

Twenty years of being a dad is something worth celebrating. This year, my family spent a lazy Sunday afternoon at Smith Mountain Lake in celebration of Father’s Day. We rented a boat and packed a picnic lunch, and after applying … Continue reading

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Updates at Hot Shots Family Fun Center

If you haven’t taken the family to Hot Shots Family Fun Center this year, it may be time. Jeff Schott, ever the entrepreneur, and his wife, Rhonda, have shaken things up every year they’ve been in business and this one … Continue reading

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New Drive-Thru

An 85-year-old motorist and her husband escaped serious injury Friday afternoon at The Forum business center near Westlake when their vehicle crashed through the front of Kraven Solutions. Authorities said the driver apparently hit the car’s accelerator, rather than brakes, … Continue reading

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Bloodmobile at SML

The Smith Mountain Lake Women’s Club is sponsoring the American Red Cross bloodmobile at Trinity Ecumenical Parish from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 26.

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Park Closed for Season

With the start of the new school year and summer winding down, the beach at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park officially closed for the season on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The beach, which will open again in June 2012, consists of … Continue reading

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