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 Monday, March 2, 2015
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Bill to reduce boater safety requirement killed in House
Local delegates gained enough support to defeat the bill
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A bill that would exempt motorboat operators 43 and older from having to take a boating safety course was defeated in the House of Delegates Tuesday.

"It was a long, hard fight," said Del. Charles Poindexter. "The sentiment right now among legislators is to kill regulations, so Del. Kathy Byron and I fought hard to make the others understand that inland waters, like Smith Mountain Lake, have different issues, specifically congestion and safety."

"We have to make certain that our reputation at Smith Mountain Lake is that it is a safe and fun place to visit and live," he added.

The law that requires the boating safety course for boat and personal watercraft (PWC) operators went into effect in Virginia on July 1, 2008.

The boater safety course must be approved by the National Association of State Administrators (NASBLA).

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SML boaters warned of flipped boat barrier
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Appalachian Power is warning boaters on Smith Mountain Lake to be aware of possible hazardous conditions near the dam where part of a boat barrier has flipped over into the water.

The barrier has vertical poles attached to its floating sections and is linked by cables holding warning signs, but many of those are now underwater, making the barrier hard to see from the lake surface.

The barrier is even less visible in the dark. However, three companion lighted buoys remain operational and visible at night.

"There is no danger to the public at this point," said Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Appalachian is working with an outside contractor to fully inspect the location and to repair damage as early as next week.

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Neighbor saves woman from frigid water

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Moneta woman was treated for hypothermia after falling from her personal watercraft (PWC) Sunday afternoon at Smith Mountain Lake.

The 53-year-old Boardwalk resident left her dock about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, following her husband who was operating a bass boat, according to Sgt. Karl Martin with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

About 150 yards from the shore, her PWC experienced mechanical failure, Martin said. She got it started again and headed back in the direction of the dock.

When she was about 30 yards away from the dock, the PWC began taking on water, and she toppled into the lake, Martin said.

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ACBS Visits Roanoke Boat Show

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Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society recently participated in the Roanoke Boat show, sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Boat Dealers Association. In spite of the inclement weather, many boat enthusiasts were able to visit the groups display and learn the details of a restored 1949 Neal "F" Class Hydro.

Above, from left, are chapter members Alan Frederick, Sybil Smith and Roger Smith.

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Sponsors committee to ask for scholarship dollars
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The SML Lions Junior Golf Sponsors Committee are gearing up to accept sponsors for the 25th annual Andrew Haley - SML Lions Junior Golf Tournament this July.

The SML Lions Sponsors Committee can direct all donations to charitable projects because entry fees and in-kind gifts to the event fund the tournament expenses.

The donations fund the SML Lions Club's contributions to the SML Lions Scholarship Trust that awards annual scholarships to Franklin County High School seniors.

Last year, the SML Lions Club again funded a skilled trade scholarship, while the SML Lions Scholarship Trust was able to award six 4-year scholarships to 4-year colleges and universities in Virginia. Students earn both kinds of scholarships because of their academic records, extracurricular involvement, community service records and financial needs.

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Rhodes to exhibit paintings at SML library
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Artist Martha Rhodes will show her paintings in a solo exhibit in the MOarts Gallery at the Moneta - Smith Mountain Lake Library from March 2 through March 31.

She works primarily in acrylic, collage, mixed media and watercolor, and her paintings demonstrate her experimental techniques creating texture and interesting surfaces.

Rhodes is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor's degree in design and art education.

A teacher for the past 30 years in Roanoke County workshops and an instructor for private and public classes, Rhodes also juries art exhibitions. She is a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and the Virginia Collage Society.

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What’s Coming Up on Lake and Land
Smith Mountain Lake Community Calendar


SML State Parks Friends will hold a winter lecture series "Red Clay, Green Hills, Blue Water: A brief geologic history of Central Virginia" from 3 to 4 pm. at the Discovery Center. Cost is $7. For more information, call 540-297-6066.


An alzheimer/dementia caregiver support group will meet at 2 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

Life for One will meet at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Bring a bagged lunch and drink.


A multiple sclerosis support group will meet at 12 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church. Bring a bagged lunch and drink.

A men's cancer support group will meet at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.


The Smith Mountain Lake Association will hold its annual town hall meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish.

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