The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Dollar General store at 1417 Virgil H. Goode Highway Wednesday (Oct. 19) night. The 911 center received a call from a store employee about 9:44 p.m., reporting that a robbery had just...
Event features unique performers, artisans, foods and activities By STACEY HAIRSTON Staff Writer The 44th annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Ferrum College campus. The event, held every year on...read more
Wheelchair seen as asset, not liability By STACEY HAIRSTON Staff Writer Youth served by Children’s Assistive Technology Services (CATS) are on a roll raising money with the organization’s first “Hallowheels” fundraising event. “Hallowheels is a...read more
All three Franklin county football programs post wins By DAVID B. CAMPBELL Staff Writer With the rains came the wins. On saturated fields that squished with each step, all three Franklin County football programs beat their opponents last week. The BFMS A-Team beat...
By DAVID B. CAMPBELL Staff Writer Brian Mann gave Ferrum College’s legendary football coach, Hank Norton, a wonderful 90th birthday present. Actually, Mann gave Norton five presents--five touchdowns that not only broke a school record, but also propelled the...read more
By DAVID B. CAMPBELL Staff Writer Traveling musicians know the story. Play the gig, tear down the equipment, pack it up, hit the road, get to the next gig, set it up, play, tear it down--over and over again. For some, it’s a grind. Others, however, embrace the...read more
Smith Mountain Lake
Appalachian Power (APCo) is changing out lights atop a number of lake-posted navigation signs that help boaters around Smith Mountain Lake after dark. The replacements will bring the markers into compliance with U.S. Coast Guard requirements, according to John...
Susan Sanders, a member of the Sauerkraut Band, does the chicken dance during last weekend’s Oktoberfest at the Westlake Towne Center. Proceeds from the event benefit the SML YMCA.read more
Blackwater Junction Wakepark at Smith Mountain Lake hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility on Oct. 10. Owners Russell and Melba Seneff and their family and staff were on hand to welcome visitors to the one-of-a-kind facility in the U.S. The pavilion area...read more