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We are all living during a time of profound social disruption. Because of the uncertainty of the times, people of all ages and walks of life are struggling with themselves and with one another about meaning: What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be a citizen? What does it mean …

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Yes, we are talking about boating to the annual SML Independence Day weekend fireworks shows.

Happy summer! (Two weeks ago) my family came to Richmond with me for the General Assembly’s robust special session meeting.

Hot Old Bay steamed crabs with cold beer — no other meal will do in the spring and summer months in Maryland. Oh God, are they good. Being from Mississippi we were into mud bugs and beer, but they have been replaced in my heart.

The boy is very nervous and wanting to making a good first impression with the parents and his date. He is tongue-tied and dry mouthed but manages a few words and is able to leave the home with little embarrassment. God, please remember to open her door, as the parents are looking out the wi…

On the Sunday of June 5 many churches observed the feast of Pentecost. Most of the feast days in the church year are connected with key events in Jesus’ life. At Christmas we celebrate his birth. At Epiphany, the visit of the Magi. On Palm Sunday, his final entry into Jerusalem. On Maundy Th…

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Just a few years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, St. Paul wrote these words: “Now brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this good news you are saved … For what I received I…

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I am writing to respond to Congressman Bob Good’s recent article (“The Real Radicals” in the April 13 issue of the Smith Mountain Eagle.)

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Conservatives like me are often called “radical” by our critics for being unapologetic about our faith, for standing strong for traditional values, and for demanding that our government uphold our Constitutional rights. I will acknowledge that I am unequivocal in my criticism of the failed B…

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As a new recreational boater on Smith Mountain Lake (or any other body of water), a good first step is to purchase a map or chart of the waters you are about to explore. At SML, free maps are available in red racks at several shopping centers; official marine charts can be purchased at the S…

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Boating season is here. Let’s look at some suggestions to make your first launch of the season memorable for fun, not frustration or incident.

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Anyone who has noticed the increasingly obvious fraudulence and corruption present in our modern world must also have some sympathy toward those who have reacted to the world’s sorry state with an attitude of scornful pessimism and distrust regarding other’s motives and integrity, a feeling …

For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;

With just over a week remaining until the House must complete work on the bills submitted by delegates, we are in the middle of what is — by necessity — a very productive part of the General Assembly session. For me, it was particularly so as several of the bills I’ve submitted were either a…

One of the many privileges of being in the Virginia General Assembly is that you sometimes enjoy a front row seat to history in the making. This session, senators have witnessed history in front of them every day on the floor of the Senate.

Popular entertainment has a way of both reflecting and reinforcing a society’s values, as the public, quite literally, buy it because they value it.

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The Suetterleins enjoyed a great Christmas week surrounded by family. I hope you also had a great holiday weekend. 

Lake Christian Ministries is grateful for the overwhelming support for the 2021 A Child’s Christmas Program. Donations of warm clothes and toys brought joy to 437 children who live in homes where finances are rarely enough to pay household bills.

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone in our region who supported me during my campaign for Pittsylvania County School Board. I found it incredible how so many people in the Callands/Gretna district cast their very important vote for me; it was inspiring!

“How long, O LORD? Will you forget me for ever?

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After a unanimous vote of the Bedford County Education Association’s Candidate Vetting Committee, two candidates stood out as ones we are excited to support, both for their past and current contributions to BCPS but also for what they plan to accomplish in the future.

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As a product of Bedford County Public Schools, I am urging members of District 2 that are reading this letter to vote for Jason Johnson in November.

Let me tell you about the Jason Johnson my husband Chris and I know and love. 

Prior to the pandemic, I took a group of Bedford County journalism students to the JEA convention in D.C. There we listened to advice from top journalists around the country. One piece of advice that stuck with me was to pay attention and become involved on the local level rather than get si…

Jason W. Johnson is seeking reelection as the representative on the Bedford County School Board for magisterial District 2. He currently holds the position and serves as chairman of the said board. His continuation should not be a question, but a lock. Here’s why.

School boards tend to be the most ignored elections. Statistically around 10 percent of voters actually vote for the school board. While it is the most ignored election, it may be the most important!

(Editor’s note: Bob Good serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Good is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Budget Committee.)

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A big thank you goes to the SML community! The 2021 SML Walk to End Poverty, held at SML State Park on Sept. 25, was a huge success, generating $48,164 for area families in need.

The last few years have been difficult for all of us, not the least of whom are the students who attend area schools, including Bedford County’s. The challenges we face in Bedford County require that we elect qualified and knowledgeable people to our school board, and there is no more qualif…

Why has a malignant prostate neoplasm become the “Unspoken Cancer,” the cancer that has been shunned by just about everybody?

I am not troubled by the (The Landing Restaurant owners Bruno and Tiffany) Silva’s decision to close their restaurant to a segment of our population. We are a free country (at least for now), and they can do with their business as they please; however, I am troubled by the fact that they are…

I’ve heard it said many times, there are two sides to every story. While so many people are jumping on the bandwagon of the sellers housing market in our area, it is not affecting everyone in a positive way.

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Perhaps the greatest plague of our time is not COVID-19 but something that affects many more people in ways that are barely understood: depression. This is something unexpected and paradoxical in a country where all are free to enjoy “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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The undersigned lakefront residents of Smith Mountain Lake oppose the initiative currently being vetted by the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission (TLAC) to impose wakesurfing exclusion zones on Smith Mountain Lake for the following reasons:

Chances are that at some point, you have noticed boats on Smith Mountain Lake with crew members dangling a 25-foot-length of hose in the water or lowering a black and white Secchi disk over the side of the boat. 

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After years of completing free vessel safety checks at Smith Mountain Lake, inspectors from the United State Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Sail and Power Squadron tend to report the same errors, omissions and violations each year.

On behalf of Lyrics on the Lake and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, we would like to publicly thank all the sponsors, venues, host families, songwriters, volunteers and especially the attendees and the communities in Franklin, Bedford and surrounding counties for all their hard wor…

There is a story told that once upon a time God played a game of “hide and seek” with humans.

(Rev. Jae Song is pastor of Red Valley United Methodist Church in Boones Mill, VA. He came to the United States from South Korea in 2010 and graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.)

I have known Del. Charles Poindexter since he served with distinction on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. He well represented and was a strong steward of his district, Franklin County and Smith Mountain Lake.

From our earliest childhood most of us have heard the story of creation that is found in the first chapter of Genesis. This passage is not just prose; it is more like poetry. We know what the poet wants to emphasize by the phrases that are repeated throughout:  “Let there be …  And God saw t…

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Del. Charles Poindexter deserves to be re-elected to Virginia’s General Assembly for a number of reasons. His experience and record are at the top of my list and sum up the multitude of other reasons.