16th Annual Chili Festival and Competition Fires Up This Weekend (Nov. 3)

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

2017 Chili Fest-SPratt-cMONETA - The 16th Annual SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival is Saturday, November 3rd at Bridgewater Plaza next to Hales Ford Bridge - Rt. 122. 

A FREE shuttle service from Trinity Ecumenical Parish, provided by TNT Auto Body Repair & Service Centers, makes parking a breeze. Or come by boat and tie up at one of the many slips available. $7.00 admission gives you access to tasting great chilies in the competition, over 10 teams from returning champs to new challengers, more than 25 different craft vendors.

Gates open at 11:00; Chili Tasting begins at 12 Noon and the awards ceremony (complete with original trophies) takes place at 3:30pm.  Be part of the action as you vote for your favorite chili and the coveted "People’s Choice" award.

For more information on the festival brought to you by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, go to or call 540-721-1203.


Sheriff's Department Starts 2018 Beards for Charity

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

beardsFRANKLIN COUNTY - Sheriff Bill Overton has announced that his office will be participating in a Beards for Charity campaign for 2018 to benifit the Franklin County American Heart Association. 

Male deputies are allowed to grow and maintain a neat beard for a donation of $100.  Female deputies can donate $50 and not wear a neck tie when in uniform. 

"For the past several years, our deputies donate to this charity and we are able to give back to the community," Overton said. "They [the deputies] enjoy this time of year and we have a lot of fun with it."

Photo: Deputy Wes Parker shows his beard. 


Meeting to Discuss Bedford Amtrak Plans Schedule for Nov. 2

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

BFRRIlogoBEDFORD - The community is invited to a 30-minute briefing about the progress to date, economic impact on our region and steps forward to make it a reality. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.

Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Initiative (BFRRI) was formed in late 2014 with the goal of investigating the feasibility of an Amtrak stop in Bedford, along the existing route to Roanoke. The Town of Bedford, Bedford County, Franklin County, the region's two chambers of commerce, local state legislators, numerous local businesses and over 11,000 citizens support having a stop in the Town of Bedford.

The establishment of a passenger rail stop in downtown Bedford perfectly aligns with the goals of enhancing both economic development and tourism for the region. Bedford and Franklin counties, including the SML area, all stand to benefit.

The briefing takes place from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2, at the Bedford Area Welcome Center, 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford. This event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .