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Salem Man Killed in Franklin Co. Motorcycle Crash

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

motorcycleFRANKLIN COUNTY – Virginia State Police Trooper Rorrer is investigating a motorcycle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash is believed to have occurred on August 25, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Route 116, one quarter mile north of Valley Road in Franklin County.

A 2004 Suzuki GSX1300 was traveling on Route 116 when the motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, striking a traffic sign and then a tree.

The crash was not discovered until early Saturday morning when sunlight revealed the crash scene. After interviewing the residents in the area, it is believed the crash occurred on Friday, August 25, 2017 around 11:00 p.m.

Residents stated they had heard a motorcycle engine noise, as it passed by, but did not go
outside to investigate.

The driver of the 2004 Suzuki was identified as Raymond James Nester, 29, of Salem, VA.

Mr. Nester was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash and he died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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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

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

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.