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Saturday is the first of two days a projected 4,000 students – mostly local – will have to register for Back2School, is a program that prepares children for the upcoming school year with school supplies, back packs, shoes and socks and prayer and supportive conversation.

Each summer, SML Good Neighbors recruits students from area colleges with the task of educating and entertaining children in Bedford and Franklin counties. These summer interns live together for nine weeks as they work to develop programs that will benefit children who often come from homes with limited resources.


Dear Readers: We were overwhelmed with letters about the college admissions scandal, and this is a continuation of yesterday’s column, filled …

The Smith Mountain Arts Council recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to high school students Annie Graninger and Hannah Ayers.