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What's News Today: June 17, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - The Smith Mountain Lake Anniversary Committee will cut the ribbon on a new bike route today. The 50 mile path starts at Smith Mountain Lake State Park and continues on the Bedford County side of the lake. Bikes are available for rent at the park.

Today is the last day to vote in the Cox Communications Cox Conserve Hero Finalist contest. Three finalists are trying to win an additional $5,000 for an environmental nonprofit of their choice. Roanoke's Ron McCorkle is a finalist, trying to win money for the Roanoke Community Garden Association. You can vote online. We have a link at wsls.com

You can eat lunch and help a good cause today. For $15, you can get lunch at the Kazim Shrine Temple, with $10 of each ticket going to Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to homebound people over the age of sixty. Last year, the event raised more than $64,000.

A former Bedford County educator is expected to enter a plea today in court. Kyler Parker was indicted by a Grand Jury on several child pornography charges, including taking indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian. The alleged offenses took place between November and December 2014, when Parker was a paid Color Guard Instructor at Jefferson Forest High School.

The Appomattox County Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly concert series, Appomattox Cheerz tonight. Local groups Southland and Rare Form will take to the stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit February's tornado victims. Admission is $5. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Abbitt Park.