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Folklife Festival celebrates 44th annual event

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...

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‘Hallowheels’ contest raises money for CATS

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...

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Sports

Mud, Sweat and Cheers

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...

Marching Eagle band takes second place

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...

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Smith Mountain Lake

SML channel navigation lights updated to green

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...

Oktoberfest 2017

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.

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Blackwater Junction Wakepark Opens

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...

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