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It’s been said that one of the best things about being a grandparent is that you can enjoy your grandchildren and at the end of the day, turn them over to their parents. But some grandparents, instead of sending them home, are providing their home. At Smith Mountain Lake, as is the trend across the country, more and more grandparents are taking sole responsibility for their grandchildren. The reasons vary — the parents’ substance abuse, illness, financial problems, job loss, death, incarceration.
The business of making craft beer is booming nationwide, and on May 10, Smith Mountain Lake bellied up to the bar. An estimated 500-600 patrons turned out for the long-awaited grand opening of the $2.2 million Sunken City Brewing Company, a microbrewery beside Westlake Towne Center in Hardy. “It was a great crowd; everyone enjoyed the first batch of Dam Lager, finally brewed right here at the lake,” said owner Jerome Parnell. “We went through 12 kegs of our new beer, Red Clay IPA.” Parnell described Red Clay, which along with Dam Lager will be available in cans in mid-summer, as having a “flowery aroma and a malty backbone.” Sunken City will launch a third production beer this summer, Parnell said.
A rally for citizens to voice concerns over cuts to the 2013-14 school budget will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in the stadium at Franklin County High School. Organizers are asking concerned residents to attend to let the Franklin County Board of Supervisors know they wish to fully fund the school budget. The school board has said that without extra money from the county, it will have to cut
Jerry and Colleen McNulty (left) have been named Citizens of the Year by the Moneta Ruritan Club. For 20 years, the club has recognized a man and woman from the area for their outstanding contributions to the betterment of the community. The McNultys were voted by club members to receive the awards for their long, untiring commitment to the pantry section at Lake Christian Ministries. President Kirby Richardson (right) made
U.S. Marine Graduations The following recently earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from Marine Corps recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.: Pfc. Jeremy S. Kinkead, son of David M. Johnson of Goodview and a 2009 graduate of William Byrd High School in Vinton; Marine Corps Pvt. James D. Karnes, son of Martha V. Sexton of Covington and Patrick W. Karnes of Huddleston and a
Bedford County Ian H. and Dianna L. Rode to Michelle L. Purnell and Dan K. Purnell, Map of the 40 Acres, Lot 17, $525,000. William D. and Roberta G. Fike to William T. Feazell and Patricia C. Feazell, SR 760, 0.733 acre , $140,000. Chad A. and Martina Light to Cynthia D. Duncan, SR 758, Parcel 2, 2.609 acres, $139,750. Connie D. Harper to Henry Hubbard and Janis Hubbard, Lakewood,
Bart Matthies and Bill Daly have been named co-chairmen of the 2013 Jim Cameron Memorial Walk, which will be held Sept. 21 at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Proceeds from the second-annual walk will benefit Lake Christian Ministries. Chris Cameron again will serve as honorary chairman in tribute to her late husband, for whom the walk is named. Jim Cameron, LCM’s executive director from 2003-2010, was known for his tireless
If you own waterfront property in Franklin County, you likely have received a bright-yellow reminder notice from the county’s Planning and Community Development Department about its Mandatory Septic Tank Pump-out Program. “Our records further indicate that this property contains an on-site sewage treatment system, which may consist of a septic tank and septic drainfield, and that such system is located within five hundred (500) feet of the shoreline of Smith
The Association of Lake Area Communities will hold its quarterly membership meeting on May 23 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church near Downtown Moneta and directly across from the Moneta/SML Library. Bill Brush will speak on “Property Rights, Shoreline Management and What They Mean To You.” The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Terry Naylor, ALAC president, at 297-5495 or email@example.com.
Jonathan’s Restaurant, at the halfway point, is leading the Franklin County Retail Merchants Association’s contest for Friendliest Staff in Franklin County. The following businesses are listed in order of their donations to date: second place, the Franklin County Circuit Court Clerk’s office; third place, Ruth’s Place, followed by Franklin Restaurant, Hub Restaurant, Sally’s Restaurant, Smith Mountain Lake Family Practice, Check Into Cash, MT Mitchell Store, Dr. Charles Burt, Glade Hill
Find your flip-flops and floats: The beach at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park in Moneta will open on May 24 at 10 a.m . in time for Memorial Day weekend. It will continue to operate on a weekend schedule until June 9. From June 13 to Aug. 11, beachgoers will have daily access from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Aug. 12, the weekend schedule will resume before the beach
Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire/Rescue Co. volunteers , along with Officers Matthew Silicki and Edgar Huffman from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, responded to a call regarding a capsized sailboat on the cold and windy afternoon of May 5. Upon arrival, responders found six people stranded on Bird’s Island, which is located 0.7 miles southeast of Vista Pointe in Pittsylvania County, with the sailboat drifting away. Several younger
The Bass Federation in partnership with FLW, The Virginia Bass Federation and Franklin County Commerce and Leisure Services will host the 2013 Student Angler Federation Virginia High School Fishing State Championship on Sunday at Smith Mountain Lake. Anglers will launch out of Gills Creek Marina in Moneta. The state championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their “coach,” who will provide the
During several recent weekends, more than 100 volunteers from churches and civic groups in Bedford County came to the aid of neighbors under the auspices of Bedford Habitat for Humanity. From Big Island to Bunker Hill, the Critical Home Repair Division, formerly Christmas in Action, worked on seven houses while fulfilling its mission to provide a hand up rather than a handout. Among the groups pitching in were members of
Members of the Smith Mountain Lake American Association of University Women (from left) Pend Ford, Ann Johnson, Margee Kaufman and Nancy Umberge are making plans for the 2014 state meeting, which will be held at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center at SML. Johnson, vice president for membership, is serving as chairperson for the meeting, which is expected to bring more than 100 AAUWVA members to the lake April 4-6.
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Chess teams from Franklin County High School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School traveled to Longwood University in Farmville for the Virginia State Scholastic Chess Championship Tournament, which was held March 8-10. After two days of games, BFMS finished 12th, and FCHS finished fourth. Competing for the high school were Dalton Ruggieri, captain; Zachary Anderson, co-captain; Johnny Hughes; Sonny Williams; Joshua Schuck; Tyler Smith; Chase Cobbs; Andrew Williams; and Jesse Franklin.
A decade or so ago, when Bitsy and Reggie Anderson started planning their retirement years, they didn’t envision working on geography projects, driving to tae kwon do or packing school lunches . They never expected the money that Bitsy, 64, made as a caretaker for the elderly, and Reggie, 60, earned selling real estate at Smith Mountain Lake would go for a private school education and cheerleading. Soliciting for fundraising
Sunken City Brewing Company, a new craft brewery, will celebrate its grand opening today. Named for the villages that were submerged when Smith Mountain Lake was created, Sunken City is housed in a new building near Westlake Towne Center on Virginia 122 in Franklin County. The $2.3 million, 8,800-square-foot brewery features a 25-barrel brewhouse, automatic canning distribution, tasting room, pub and outdoor beer garden. Sunken City’s owners hope to distribute
Virginia Inland Sailing Association’s 45 volunteers played host to students from Wasena and Grandin Court elementary schools on May 3. The students got an opportunity to sail with VISA skippers, sing around the campfire, ride Lucy the donkey and participate in a water-quality inquiry with Clean Valley Council of Roanoke.
The Westlake Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the intersection of Virginia 122 and Scruggs Road, beside the Lake Inn. Vendors include Stone Soup Farm, vegetables, fruits and eggs; Back 2 Basics Cooking, Hungarian meals and pastries; Sweeties Market Cafe, homemade pastries and goodies; Diamond Hill General Store, trees and plants from the nursery; The Dragonfly Farm, natural face, body and bath products; and
The Rev. Gary Scheidt and wife Liz were honored Sunday, May 5, upon Scheidt’s 20th anniversary as pastor of Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. A sanctuary full of members and guests looked on as a presentation of a framed photo of the church was made by the Rev. Phil ip Bouknight, pastor. Gifts of altar paraments and stoles made by Sandra Ferguson and Penny Larson were blessed during worship, and
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