STEP Offers Free Tax Preparation

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

stepROCKY MOUNT - Free tax preparation is being offered each Monday and Thursday starting January 304-6 p.m. through STEP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at its Rocky Mount site on Dent Street.  The service is available to taxpayers earning $54,000 or less and will available through April 13.

The VITA program is an IRS sponsored program aimed at helping lower income individuals get the earned income credit they are entitled to.  STEP offers the assistance each year with the help of volunteers who are trained specifically for the job. Those who want to prepare their tax returns need to bring a picture ID, social security cards for all tax payers and dependents, and all tax related documents such as W-2.  They should also bring a copy of their last year’s tax return if possible.

STEP’s Yvonne Anderson, who oversees the program, says that volunteers are still being accepted. To learn more or to schedule an appointment to have your tax return prepared, call Anderson at 276-638-8311.


Man Charged After 13-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Herself in Callaway

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

gunfelonyCALLAWAY - A 13-year-old girl is in the hospital and in stable condition after the Franklin County Sheriff's Department says she accidentally shot herself with a loaded handgun in Callaway last Friday.

The incident happened in the 200 block of Isolane Road in Callaway. The sheriff's department says they responded to a 9-1-1 call at 7:32 p.m. in reference to the shooting. Deputies found the injured girl sitting in a creek in a wooded area just off of the road.

The girl was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.

Investigators say the loaded handgun the girl was carrying accidentally discharged and hit her in the lower back. 

Timothy Hale, 47, the girl's step-father owned the handgun according to investigators and has been charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

Hale was released on $5,000 bond.

The investigation continues.


SML Regional Chamber Awards Presented

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

smlawards1The 2017 Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Award Winner for Norma Jean Teass Award: (l. to r.)Pastor Troy Keaton, Eastlake Community Church; Bill Jacobson-Male Visionary Leader; Lauren Acker, Franklin Co. Family YMCA-Health Services of the Year; and Matt Hankins, Harvester Performance Center-Business of the Year.