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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.

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

The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council announced last week they will be working with the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission and Smith Mountain Lake Association to gather input from the public on continuing problems caused by boat wakes. 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

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

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

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

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

World War II naval air veteran Carl P. Pollard Sr., 91, was offered a ride in a 1943 Stearman biplane, an aircraft used to train pilots during the war. Pilot Jessie Bean Jr. (left) took the veteran on a flight around the lake from Smith Mountain Lake Airport. 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