The Smith Mountain Lake organization, 100+ Women Who Care, will celebrate its first anniversary next month. Over the past year, the group has donated more than $30,000 locally to help three area nonprofits.
Real estate sales at SML showed impressive gains in the first half of 2017 with higher numbers of sales across all categories of waterfront homes, water access homes, condos and town homes compared to the same time period last year, based on information by the Roanoke Multiple Listing Service.
The Smith Mountain Lake Association has joined with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to study the likelihood of the lake becoming infested by zebra mussels.
A Burlington, North Carolina, man has been charged with reckless operation of a watercraft after a crash in the Smith Mountain Lake area hospitalized a 15-year-old girl Saturday, according to a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries official. Read more
Fundraising is underway for this year’s Jim Cameron Memorial Walk scheduled for Sept. 16. The annual event has raised more than $200,000 for Lake Christian Ministries since it first began in 2011. Read more
Earlier this summer eight parishioners from Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta traveled to Tanzania, Africa to visit two ministries that are supported spiritually and financially by the church, Door of Hope and Hai Institute of Technology. David and De English, Tara Bouknight and Walt Dunba… Read more
Most lakers are aware that safe, responsible operation of a personal watercraft places high emphasis on moderate use of the machine’s capabilities. Reckless wake jumping, high-speed sprints in rough water or heavy traffic and sudden unpredictable turns all have the potential to put riders in peril. Read more
The monarch butterfly population has dramatically declined recently at Smith Mountain State Park and everyone should do their part to bring them back, said Jet Lawler, park interpreter at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. The park again purchased three monarch butterfly larvae to show Junior R… Read more
Smith Mountain Lake's pursuit to have the most people floating in a line last year did not make it into the record books after all. Organizers with the Franklin County Family YMCA's SML location recently were informed by Guinness World Records that the attempt did not meet qualifications. Read more
All the cardboard boats stayed afloat Saturday during the second annual Smith Mountain Lake Cardboard Boat Regatta at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center in Wirtz. Eight teams competed in this year’s event with the boat by Bedford Landings Bed and Breakfast finishing with the best time o… Read more
Life jackets are a critical piece of safety equipment that are required by law and can save a life. Virginia law requires that at least one life jacket (type I, II or III) is on a boat for each occupant, including anyone being towed on a tube, wakeboard or water skis. Read more
Fishing has been fair the past several weeks. The recent above average water temperatures made for tough fishing conditions. Fishing for bass has been good at night this past month. Water temperatures will be in the 80s this month. Best times to try will be early morning, late afternoon and … Read more
David and Diane Lohr’s house sits proudly on the point of Compass Cove along the Roanoke River arm of Smith Mountain Lake. It is one of eight homes that will be open to visitors during the 27th annual Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour held Oct. 6, 7 and 8. Read more
Moneta Lions joined other area Lions groups in supporting this year’s Camp Too Sweet at Camp Bethel in Fincastle. Members assisted Carilion Clinic staff with registering more than 50 campers this year. The camp focuses on helping children and young adults accept their diabetes and teaches th… Read more
The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake recently inducted new officers and directors for the new fiscal year. Past-president Susan Phillips administered the oath of office for incoming president James Buchanan. John Stafford will serve as president-elect for the upcoming fiscal year. Other of… Read more
Lake Christian Ministries is registering children in kindergarten through high school to assist them in purchasing school supplies needed for that first day of class. Read more
The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) said its recent water quality test results for E. coli bacteria were acceptable for recreational use by Virginia Department of Health standards. The nonprofit environmental group tested samples from 14 locations around Smith Mountain Lake on July 18. Read more
Helping others is what Rick and Nancy Ellett like to do. They collect toys for the annual Lake Christian Ministries’ “A Child’s Christmas” program, stock and maintain loaner life jacket stands at the lake’s public access boating facilities and hand out free hot dogs at vessel safety checks a… Read more
More than 70 people from Bedrock Community Church volunteered at the Agape Center as part of the church’s “Serve Sunday”. The volunteers, led by Agape Mentor and Floor Supervisor Jim Day, sorted five tons of food from the U.S. Postal Service food drive held in May and sorted clothing.The chu… Read more
Sue Ellen Havers and certified therapy dog Russell of Muscles With Russell visited the Southside Senior Citizens during their belated Fourth of July Luncheon on July 12. Muscles with Russell is a motivation and wellness education program. The Southside Senior Citizens Association meets the s… Read more
A story about the danger of Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD) was on the national television news recently due to a fatality at an Alabama lake. It’s an important topic to anyone who cares about the safety of loved ones, and that includes all of us. Read more
The Buffer Landscape Committee, sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Association, recently gave presentations to two local groups. In May, the committee gave a presentation to Stewards of the Earth at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. In June, the committee gave a presentation to the Artsy Gardeners. A… Read more
The Junior Ranger program “Working on the Farm” at the Booker T. Washington National Monument focused on the chores Booker T. Washington had on the farm where he was born and lived for the first nine years as an enslaved child until he was freed in the spring of 1865. Read more
The Moneta Ruritan Club and President Kirby Richardson (left) hosted Jim Bennett as its guest speaker last week. Bennett, chairman of SML Good Neighbors, informed the club members on the progress being made on a building replacement on Moneta Road after last year’s fiery accident. Read more