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The Bedford Community Christmas Station will hold a “Name Your Price” sale Oct. 9-13 to clear its shelves and racks in preparation for the Christmas season.

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We all have times when we just don’t feel like going to the gym or doing anything for that matter. As you know, this isn’t a new topic to my articles, and I hope each of my articles provides a little inspiration to get moving. This time, though, I thought I would give you some specific ideas…

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We all know that our success in becoming fit and healthy has much to do with our diet. Actual weight loss success is about 85 percent, and so with that said, I am passing on to you one my absolute go-to salad recipes. I’m not sure exactly who to give credit to for this deliciousness, but I a…

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“I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money’s sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it’s just about a number. It’s never been anything I understood.” - Kevin Bacon (Actor)

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When you think of gym equipment, you more than likely think of treadmills, dumbbells, barbells and large iron-structured equipment, but if you want to change up your workout and incorporate a challenging yet fun fat-burning, full body workout, pick up some ropes. The battle rope has quickly …

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On a recent radio show, the host described ripening tomatoes as an approaching “glacier.” Anyone who farmed in the Road days during the 1940’s, knows what he meant. We’re not talking about garden tomatoes, we’re referring to field tomatoes — or “’maters” as we named them. Moreover, the term …

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Moneta firm Lyons Team Realtors received national attention this summer after appearing on an episode of the HGTV series “My Lottery Dream Home.”

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Unquestionably, music can affect our mood. We play lullabies to babies to soothe them, and as adults, we play upbeat music when we are happy, and slower, more mellow music when we’re sad. The music played in the background of the grocery store, the gym, an office or restaurant sets a tone an…

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Haywood’s Jewelers held its sixth annual Diamond Dig Aug. 18 to benefit the American Cancer Society. With a $35 donation, participants could dig in a sandbox that contained more than 600 gemstones that included pearls, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Any gemstone the participants scooped up …

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National Night Out in Franklin County was held at Westlake Towne Center on Aug. 7. National Night Out is celebrated around the country on the first Tuesday in August and serves as an opportunity for law enforcement agencies and the communities in which they serve to connect with one another.…

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A project to replace the Hardy Ford Bridge is on time and on budget, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. On Monday, construction crews were in place to install the first pair of beams that will support the new structure.

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It’s time to dig out your tie dyed t-shirts and Birkenstocks because one the East Coast’s most popular music festivals returns this week. FloydFest, the five day music extravaganza that focuses on roots, Americana and various other genres is back from July 25-29 near milepost 170.5 on the Bl…

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With the Fourth falling on a Wednesday this year, Independence Day celebrations in the area are continuing for a second consecutive weekend. Downtown Moneta started off the festivities last Saturday with their annual festival. The celebrations begin again today with fireworks in both Rocky M…

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A family of ospreys nests on the top of a tower that once held a huge Phillips 66 sign, a longtime beacon for boaters looking for the Sportsman Marina. It was a welcome sight for those running low on fuel or just looking for a cold drink after a hot day on the Lake.  On the hill above the ma…

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The first of many Fourth of July events in the area begins this weekend. The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department invites you to celebrate Independence Day early in downtown Moneta on Saturday, June 30. 

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The 4th Annual Father's Day Steel Drum Concert was held in the covered pole barn at the W. E. Skelton 4-H Center in Wirtz on Sunday. The Lake's own Parrot Pan, Toucan Pan and Island Pan Steel Drum Bands, joined by guest musicians on jazz guitar, bass, slide guitar and ukulele, provided livel…

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Lake resident Duane Paul was looking for a business venture and noticed that there were no ice cream shops in Westlake. 

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The Westlake golf course and grille has partnered with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA to offer water aerobics classes to the lake community. Classes are being offered at The Westlake’s outdoor pool through the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

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Lyrics on the Lake returns for its sixth year

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Nelson County distiller Denver Riggleman has been selected as the Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District after Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, decided not to seek re-election.

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Rain doesn’t dampen spirits of players in 21st annual Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run

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Children decorate Ellie the Elephant as part of Earth Day festivities Saturday at Wharton Garden in Bedford. Ellie is constructed of wood, chicken wire and plastic bottles and when complete will represent the 6,552 pounds of waste generated by the average American family of four annually eac…

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Lake resident begins quest to kayak perimeter of Lake for charity

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In the spring of 1817, a band of thirty Virginians headed by Thomas Jefferson Beale left St. Louis for the great western plains to hunt buffalo, grizzly bears, and other wild game. In the spring of 1818, quite unexpectedly, the party discovered gold and silver somewhere in the Rocky Mountain…

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Did you have a unique wedding? Was it the best day of your life or did you get cold feet and have to be talked down?