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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. 

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The General Assembly completed its work on legislation approved during the regular and special session on Wednesday (April 7), approving all but a few of Gov. (Ralph) Northam’s amendments to legislation approved in January and February.

Wow! Words cannot express our appreciation for the overwhelming support Lake Christian Ministries received during the RVG Day on March 10. A record high was set for funds donated to LCM through this event. During this difficult time, it is so heartwarming to see the lake community rally in s…

Each year in early March, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (formerly DGIF) publishes its Boating Incident Report for the previous year. An “incident” qualifies for inclusion by involving more than $2,000 damage to a vessel or its equipment, at least one injury requiring more tha…

The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) is a steward of the lake with many programs designed to protect water quality and promote safety. One SMLA goal is to provide information to those who live and recreate at SML, making them aware of what they can do to help keep the beautiful waters …

The final week of the General Assembly’s first special session of 2021 had finally concluded on Monday, March 1, as we adjourned “Sine Die.” And after 46 mostly contentious days, I can tell you that the Democrats were able to craft numerous pieces of legislation that fits the radical left ag…

Following a marathon day of legislating until near midnight on Feb. 27, the Virginia General Assembly met again on March 1 to adjourn sine die. On Saturday, the budget and several of the most controversial bills were pushed through against fierce Republican opposition by the Democrat control…

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Calls for help that come off-season and after dark are nothing new to Rick and Nancy Ellett, owner/operators of the Sea Tow SML franchise. A recent call, however, resulted in a rather harrowing assist that lasted through the night.

As we wind down the 2021 General Assembly session and enter our final week, I must say that the Northern Virginia (“NoVa”) Democrats have demonstrated that when it comes to the needs of the rest of Virginia (“RoVa”), they just don’t care. The liberal legislative agenda that they have put for…

The last full week of the Special Session ended with the House completing its consideration of Senate bills and visa-versa. Many of the Senate bills were amended and, thus, put into a ‘conference’ posture, meaning conferees from each body meet and try to resolve differences on each bill. The…

“The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and …

As the COVID-19 crisis continued to smother families struggling to make ends meet, there came a 20 percent increase in requests for Christmas gifts this year through Lake Christian Ministries’ A Child’s Christmas. Over 430 children, ages newborn to 16 years old, were enrolled in the program,…

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed …

Everyone has heard the saying, “’Tis better to give than receive.” Recently a group of Smith Mountain Lake (SML) residents and representatives of local churches had the opportunity to test the “giving” theory; it proved to be true! Call it luck, or better yet, divine intervention, but we rec…

I was a Volunteer Citizen Member for six years of the now dissolved Broadband Technical Advisory Committee; several of our prior members had been on the committee since it was created over 11 years ago. The function of the committee with its several broadband industry experienced personnel w…