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Step Names New Youth Services Director

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

MikeMeredithROCKY MOUNT - Mike Meredith of Boones Mill has been named Director of Youth Services at STEP (Solutions That Empower People), Inc. Youth Services encompasses LIFES Academy, an alternative day school, and Project Discovery, a college access program.

 

Meredith’s background includes working in special education over the past 10 years for Franklin County High School. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching-Special Education from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Hampton University, and an Education Specialist Certificate (post-graduate) in K-12 Leadership from Oakland University. He has additional career development in Asperger/Autism, Individual Education Program (IEP) Writing, Inclusion Teaching, and Self-Determination.

LIFES Academy provides an engaging alternative setting for students with special needs and serves students with developmental delays, emotional and intellectual disabilities, as well as health, learning, speech and language challenges. LIFES Academy is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education and is an accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF). Students are referred to LIFES Academy through their LEA's special education department in cooperation with the locality's Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) and Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT).

Project Discovery is a college access program offered in grades 9-12 through STEP. Project Discovery encourages students to stay in and graduate high school and provides resources and tools for students to successfully make the transition to education beyond high school.

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Sheriff Speaks at Booker T. Washington Event

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

sheriff speakWESTLAKE - Sheriff Bill Overton spoke recently at a special Booker T Washington Employees Planning Event. This meeting was to lay out a plan and vision for the next 5 years at the park. Sheriff Overton advised the panel the Office of the Sheriff would continue our partnership with them, offering assistance in traffic safety and emergencies as needed.

 

 

 

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29th Annual SML Wine Festival Returns Sept. 23-24

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SML Wine Festival Logo no dateMONETA - Private chalets are available to purchase for the 29th Anniversary SML Wine Festival. They are perfect for large groups, parties, corporate events, hosting clients/potential clients, and/or hosting a private picnic for your friends and family.  There are three different size chalets, each including a tent, tasting and non-tasting tickets, banquet tables, cocktail tables, signage, and a private fenced in area. Due to the high demand and the limited number of chalets (ten per day), please call Andrea Fansler at 540-721- 1203 or email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve and confirm your chalet.

Treat yourself with a $125 VIP ticket, which includes, exclusive, enclosed Pavilion area with comfortable seating, fine catered dining, a great selection of wine and beer and private, clean, air conditioned, deluxe restroom facilities! There are a limited number of VIP tickets available and are good for one day only (Saturday or Sunday). For more information, or to order your VIP ticket, call 540-721- 1203, or online at, www.visitsmithmountainlake.com. SML Wine Festival Discount Tickets, purchase on-line using our secure Eventbrite ticketing system The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival’s participating area ticket outlets are in high gear selling for the lake’s popular autumn celebration.   The 29th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held the last Saturday and Sunday in September (23 rd and 24 th ).  This year, 29 Virginia wineries will be participating as well as 85 juried craft and food vendors.  

Three popular live bands will also be there to entertain festival-goers.  Saturday crowds will enjoy the music of Barefoot West and Fuzzy Logic. Sunday’s festivities feature The Hip Pocket Band. The Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is now on the lake at Crazy Horse Campground, 400 Crazy Horse Drive in Moneta. The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, is offering tickets via Eventbrite at www.visitsmithmountainlake.com, click on “Wine Festival Tickets” at the top of the Home page. Eventbrite offers the ticket purchaser all of the crucial elements of proven web-based security, plus it’s convenient for our out-of- area festival- goers or those locally who prefer on-line transactions.