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As our young minds reach 14, we focus on being able to drive and freedom … only we have to do the necessary steps to reach this youth right of passage.

Properly operating septic systems take the waste from your home, break it down and purify it. That includes everything you flush down your toilet and drain down your kitchen and bathroom sinks, shower and tub, and dish and clothes washer.

Since the 2013 introduction of 5,700 grass carp in Smith Mountain Lake to reduce the impact of invasive weeds, the lake has been completely devoid of submerged aquatic vegetation. The carp not only consumed their favorite food — the invasive hydrilla weeds that clogged coves and precluded sa…

It happens from time to time that I’ll hear parents of young children say with pride and a sense sophistication that they have decided that they will leave the choice of religion up to their children. They did not want to prejudice the minds of their children with early religious instruction…

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I was sitting in a gun turret with both hands on a .50-cal looking for the enemy; we were fourth in a convoy of 20 Humvees. Suddenly I heard the whistle of several rounds incoming. I dropped behind the cover shielding for protection.

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Consider this: A typical three-blade propeller turning at 3200 rpm can inflict 160 impacts in just one second. And a typical recreational boat propeller can travel from head to toe in less than one tenth of a second.

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From our first breath, our history begins; data is collected by the minute until our last breath. Our life is always in the rearview, and from time-to-time, our mind wanders and we re-explore our past maybe for memoirs or to make a course adjustment.

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Our public-school-age children returned to school last Thursday morning, and it’s coincided with a wonderful whirlwind of activity.

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The worst thing a woman can say to a man is, “We need to talk.”

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Stray voltage is any unwanted electrical current. Some stray voltage is normal and acceptable in our electric grid. It is usually confined to the grounding system at your home or in the power company’s delivery system. However, stray voltage can find its way into the water around your dock.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reported that runoff from lawns, roads and rooftops is a primary cause of pollution in our waterways.

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Since before lunch, we had been preparing our 30-year-old shrimp boat for a three-day run from Gulfport, Mississippi, to fishing sites some 70 miles from shore.

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(Last week) was the start of Virginia High School League autumn sports practices across the commonwealth and (last weekend was) Virginia’s “Annual Sales Tax Holiday.” The former provides young Virginians valuable lessons. The latter provides a 72-hour relief from Virginia sales tax on some i…

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“They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During t…

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July has flown by fast. Our family enjoyed seeing so many friends at the Independence Day celebrations in Shawsville, Roanoke and Vinton Roanoke to start the month and the fun has continued through a stream of Salem Sox games and Vacation Bible School. The 2022-2023 school year is just aroun…

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As dusk approaches and we lose the daylight of the day, our thoughts are mangled with numerous unfinished projects, conversations and open-ended ideas that wait for us in the hours to come.

As the sun rises over the breaking waves, the sandpipers are scurrying around, looking for small bites of food.

Last November, I asked for your vote so I could fight for you in Richmond. In my first session, we fought hard and accomplished a great deal for Virginians in our district. 

The Smith Mountain Lake Association announced the completion of the fourth week of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Monitoring program. The results of this testing continue to indicate a clean, healthy lake.

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One of the most relaxing ways to spend time is fishing. Image it’s 30 minutes before sunrise; the steam is lifting in a mist with a little chill in air. The clear lake and the promise of a day in the 70s — not a ripple on the surface, you slide your flat bottom boat in the water and attach t…

There are some people who are simply larger than life. Often, we don’t realize this until they’re gone, but sometimes — if we’re truly fortunate — we recognize this while they’re still with us. I was blessed to grow up in the shadow of a true giant, and I knew it, too. I hope our community u…

If political theater is something you enjoy, then you should check out the June 14 Bedford County School Board meeting where a resolution in support of teachers was hijacked.

The Smith Mountain Lake Association announced the completion of the third week of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality Monitoring program. The results of the latest testing are an encouraging sign that the lake remains healthy.

We were all enjoying our senior year on the edge of 17. In a few months, the Class of 1970 would graduate, and then would come summer. But as we all awaited our 18th birthdays, fear was in the back of our minds.

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Life’s journey is often alone but not without hope. The moments of desire for companionship never dim, as we are creatures who warm for the hearts of others.

Thursday (June 23) at 11:59 p.m. was an important fundraising deadline for the campaign. Friday (June 24) at 12:01 a.m. was when most of the bills that were passed by the 2022 General Assembly went into effect July 1.

The final days of the American Civil War were closing and the troops still clad in the butternut Southern battle dress were walking — no mounts, but they had their rifles and side arms, with little or no ammo. They were low on water and had very little food but still had fight in their bellies.

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.