SML Wine Festival Moves to the Water

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

c1f5e884-eabe-46a0-86c2-dc051be66518Organizers of the Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival in September say this year's festival will be held at Crazy Horse Marina. 

Although the size of the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival is substantial today (12,000-13,000 attendees), it traces back to humble beginnings in 1989 at The Manor at Taylor’s Store. It

expanded from one-day to two when it moved to Bernard’s Landing in 1991. It moved to LakeWatch Plantation in 2008.


Now in its 28th year, the Wine Festival moves to its fourth home at Crazy Horse Marina for 2016. Today, the event has a significant positive economic impact on local businesses by attracting

visitors to the Lake during the off-peak season.





824f8414-efe3-4655-9cae-8d99bcc40424Wine Festival Sites

 The Manor at Taylor’s Store (1989-1990)

 Bernard’s Landing (1991-2007)

 LakeWatch Plantation (2008-2015)

 Crazy Horse Marina (2016)

 Bring the Wine Festival back to the Lake for the 50th Anniversary of SML.

 Crazy Horse Marina offers a fabulous, lake-side setting with all the amenities and an easy-

    to-access location.

 Strong interest by Wine Festival fans in holding it at a waterside venue.

 Sat./Sun., Sept. 24-25, 2016

 Crazy Horse Marina, 400 Crazy Horse Dr., Moneta

 29 wineries, 80 crafters, 20 food vendors, live music

 Chalets available for private parties, VIP tickets, General Admission tickets available.

 Advance Tickets go on sale in June at

Parking Prerequisite Specifications:

- Must be a Non-Profit Organization to apply

- Must have 25 volunteers and 5 back-up people

- Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age


- Application must be completed and submitted by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 31, 2016.

For an application, e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . 


State Police Searching For Answers After Fatal Callaway Crash

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

CALLAWAY - State Police received an emergency call from a citizen which had found an overturned vehicle on Gap Gate Road in Callaway. Trooper Eames was dispatched to the crash scene at 4:33 a.m. Thursday and located a 2001 Ford Mustang convertible approximately 20 feet off the roadway.

The vehicle had been traveling east on Route 739, a tenth of a mile west of Route 742, when it ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned. The time has of the crash has not been determined, but the investigation has found that the driver was last seen at approximately 10:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The 2001 Ford was driven by Chad Goodwin Nichols, 39, of Callaway. Mr. Nichols was wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

If you have any information regarding Mr. Nichols between the hours of 10:00 p.m. Wednesday and 4:00 a.m. Thursday, please call the Virginia State Police.


State Police Advise 'Keep the Shenanigans Off the Road' This St. Patrick's Day/Night

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

dui checkpoint-568x376FRANKLIN CO. - While St. Patrick's Day is a fun time for many, the drinking that many choose to add to their celebrations can be costly. 

For that reason, you can be sure local law enforcement along with State Police will be out looking for drunk drivers. Just over the past weekend, Roanoke Police instituted a no refusal weekend. Anyone who was suspected of driving under the influence and refused a breath test were tested anyway after the arresting officer obtained a warrant from a judge.

Virginia State Police will also be cracking down heading into this weekend, including tonight.

Below is a press release sent out this St. Patrick's Day. Be safe!

RICHMOND – A popular holiday in the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the roots of millions of Americans with Irish ancestry. Unfortunately on March 17, the number of drunk drivers on the road also makes St. Patrick’s Day one of the deadliest holidays. So, Virginia State Police will be increasing patrols to deter and detect those motorists who choose to drive under the influence.


Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that over the past five years, 266 individuals lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes during St. Patrick’s Day nationwide. In 2014, between the hours of 6 p.m. March 16, to 5:59 a.m. March 18, more than a quarter, or 28 percent, of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. It wasn’t much better in the early hours of March 18, 2014, as nearly half of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers between midnight and 5:59 a.m.*


“A buzzed or drunk driver puts everyone’s life at risk,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Impaired driving claimed 251 lives on Virginia’s highways in 2014.** These deaths were 100% preventable. There is no excuse for it when there are so many alternatives to help you get home safely, especially with today’s technology.”


Did you know NHTSA has a SaferRide app which is available for Android and Apple users? The app can help call a taxi, or a friend for a ride home or identify your location so you can be picked up. For more information:


Let’s make 2016 safer. Plan Before You Party:

*      Ensure you have a designated sober driver before any drinking begins;

*      If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend/family member, or request a transportation network company (TNC) - which uses online-enabled platforms to connect paying passengers with drivers who use their own non-commercial, personal vehicles, or opt to use public transportation, so you get home safely;

*      Consider using your local community’s Sober Rides program – in Northern Virginia call 1-800-200-TAXI;

*      To drink and drive is a crime. If you witness a drunk driver on the road, dial #77 on a cell phone for the nearest Virginia State Police Emergency Communications Center or call 911;

*      And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take the keys and help them make arrangements to get to where they are going safely.