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Saint Macarius wrote that “The signs accompanying grace are much joy, peace, love and truth. Such truth impels man to seek truth. But the signs of sin are accompanied by turmoil, not joy and love toward God.”

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For all who shop for groceries at Smith Mt. Lake, I want you to understand something: My husband and I are senior citizens, and I check off every box for death by COVID-19 except for male smoker. Therefore, he does the grocery shopping; I have not been shopping since March.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives of all Americans right now, especially those with underlying chronic conditions. This includes people living with dementia.

The last three months have been difficult for all and extremely difficult for some. As board chair of Lake Christian Ministries, I have seen firsthand the rapidly growing need for food and emergency services in our community. As much as we wish for this health crisis to end, it will most lik…

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The Feast of Pentecost, celebrated on May 31 this year, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the preaching of Peter and the other apostles to those in Jerusalem, and the baptism and addition of some 3,000 persons into the Christian community. The word “Pentecost” is…

Lately in the news, there has been discussion of voting by mail in future elections as voting in person may be hazardous to your health during the current pandemic.

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Distracted as the media is by all the latest news relating to our current pandemic, coverage of legislative actions important to Virginia citizens has been ignored.

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Boating at SML is a great family activity. Towing the children around on a tube, beaching the boat for an afternoon picnic or pulling into the guest docks at one of the local waterfront restaurants — all make for a fun day on the lake. Keeping children safe while boating is your responsibili…

We were heartened to hear that Gov. Ralph Northam has decided to allow Virginia to enter Phase One of reopening by May 15, barring an unanticipated spike of COVID-19 over the next week and a half. This is good news and represents hope for all Virginians. However, it’s too little and too slow.

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The Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 Session finally concluded April 29. Also known as Reconvene Day, this session is required to address the governor’s proposed amendments and vetoes.

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Each spring, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) publishes the Boating Incident Report from the previous season. To get included, mishaps must meet one or more of four qualifying characteristics: (1) Damages of over $2000 by or to the vessel or its equipment; (2) An …

The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission o…

Spring is here! Flowers are in bloom—pollen season is upon us—lake activities appear to be ramping up. But something doesn’t seem right. Many of us are still holed up like hermits wondering when we’ll be able to actively socialize, accept visitors and conduct volunteer activities with Smith …

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Many of you have reached out for more details about how Carilion is responding to the COVID-19 situation, and I wanted to update you on our guidelines and preparations.  Let me start by thanking you for your partnership and support. At times like this, it is important for all of us - healthc…

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I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who voted to elect me to the office of Gills Creek Supervisor for Franklin County. I am most humbled and privileged to have your faith and confidence.

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I got to know my Commonwealth’s Attorney, A.J. Dudley, during my time as a law enforcement officer in Franklin County. Dudley has earned my support for re-election.

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I’m writing to share the many reasons why, on Nov. 5, I’ll be casting my vote for Lorie Smith to represent the Gills Creek District on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.

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In my time working with Mike Miller as a Bedford County prosecutor, I was able to see Captain Miller’s leadership up close and personal. He is clearly qualified and ready to continue the legacy of excellence that Mike Brown leaves behind in retirement.

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On Nov. 5, Virginians will decide which party will control the Virginia General Assembly for the next two years. Voters in the SML area have the opportunity to return two outstanding public servants to Richmond. Delegate Kathy Byron and Senator David Suetterlein are strong pro-life, pro-busi…

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As Election Day approaches, I want to express my support for Mike Miller for Bedford County Sheriff. Miller has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, all of which he gained at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. Such a long standing devotion to this community and the Sheriff’s Off…

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Steve Maddy, by his training, experience, discipline and character, is the most qualified candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney of Franklin County. After serving in the Army, Steve worked for 10 years as a law enforcement officer in Roanoke and Rocky Mount. This was more than a job for Steve…

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For those of you who think all legislators do is sit in Richmond and think up laws, mouth pretty words and get nothing meaningful done, think again.

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As a former lieutenant with more than 12 years of service with this agency, I’m writing to express my support for J. Riley Hodges for Sheriff of Franklin County.

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In supporting Lorie Smith for Gills Creek Supervisor, many of our Franklin County friends and neighbors have already expressed how impressed they are with Lorie’s commitment to public service. Lorie has spent the last three decades devoting her time and effort to a variety of public and civi…

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Franklin County is a great place to live. We are made up of a wonderful diverse community that is both rich in history and tradition and ripe with opportunity for the future. Next week we will have the opportunity to elect someone for the Board of Supervisors who understands both of these re…

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I feel that I owe it to the citizens of Gills Creek District to let you know who I support to succeed me, and why, as the next Gills Creek Supervisor. Without any reservations, I support Lorie Smith as the next person to fill this seat. She has leadership experience, i.e., is the president o…

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Delegate Kathy Byron has served the 22nd District well for many years. Her experience and knowledge is needed for the next two years.

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I am, at this time, officially endorsing Capt. Mike Miller for Sheriff of Bedford County. Prior to the June Republican Primary, in which there were three candidates vying for the GOP endorsement, I took a position shared by loyal members of the Republican Party of remaining neutral during th…

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Folks, as November draws near, Virginians should be preparing to exercise their right to vote; it’s a privilege we in Virginia enjoy every year. This year we have what is called an “off-year” election, but that shouldn’t cause you to dismiss it as unimportant.