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The sun has risen, shining between two snow-covered mountain peaks. The waves are 15 feet high, breaking over the bow and spraying salt on everything they touch. We are at full sail, with winds of 20 miles per hour or more. We are all scared to death. Our group is retracing the steps of Mage…

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The General Assembly is back in session. We convened on Wednesday (Jan. 11), beginning what is commonly referred to as the “short session,” meaning it will last 46 days instead of 60.

The Virginia General Assembly’s 2023 session opened at noon Wednesday (Jan. 11), and the mood of the legislators seems to be both partisan, and guarded. As with every session, the first day includes a lot of formalities, with the House informing the Senate and the Senate informing the House …

“As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adu…

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Women are the givers of life. They nurture their young into maturity. They help to provide for the family unit by caring, teaching and providing examples of living properly. They are our lifeblood.

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I had finally reached the third grade after much difficulty. Our teacher was hard, and to think she was issuing homework. It’s not enough to sit for several hours a day, but now our free time?

“No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Luke 16:13

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When you find that special person who checks all the boxes for you, that relationship is a solid foundation for a marriage. That commitment is a blood oath to love and cherish the other person with respect, caring and warmth.

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We both had been working a lot and needed a break. The weather forecast was good for the weekend, and it was time to take the boat out. We had purchased a 46-foot express cruiser two years ago, and between work and golf, there has not been much time to enjoy our passion.

With three drowning deaths this year in water cooler than 70 degrees, and the lake now hovering around 60 degrees (as of writing), it is important to review how one can survive immersion in cold water.

In the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy, it says, “But if your heart turns away and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them. I declare to you this day that you shall perish. You shall not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.”

The pending special-use permit for a new storage facility on Scruggs Road, in the middle of a zoned residential area, sounds questionable. When you look closer, it’s a nightmare.

This letter is written to explain our objection to the proposed special-use permit for construction of a self-storage unit for RVs, boat trailers and boats, plus an office for onsite employees and self-service storage facility-related retail on approximately 16.38 acres of property, zoned A-…

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Economists tell us that human beings are essentially rational; they do what they think necessary to improve the quality of their lives. Simply put, they wish to be happy. Well, thanks to the upward trajectory of post-industrial capitalism, the average person living in a Western country today…

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Over the course of our lives, we are required to communicate with family, friends, associates and people in general. The exchanges sometimes are simple and require little thought. Others may take days for us to gain the courage for the face-to-face with facts and pre-thoughts.

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These events are held the first few weeks of October, and the buzz and excitement are strong. It’s been one year in the making: The 50th United States Powerboat Show and the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, is almost heaven for boaters.

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The commonwealth is sending rebate checks to Virginia taxpayers over the next month. Checks up to $250 per individual or $500 per couple are being sent to Virginians who had a tax liability for Tax Year 2021 and paid before July 1. Those who have not paid have until Nov. 1 to pay their liabi…

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The Lake Christian Ministries’ staff and volunteers thank the SML community for once again stepping forward to make a difference for vulnerable families in the lake community. The 2022 SML Walk to End Poverty, held Sept. 19, was a huge success, generating $53,577 for LCM services and another…

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Have you ever admired the mighty oaks that grow in the south?

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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.

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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…