The Tomy trains will roll again at the Stone Church in Luray this week-end. Station doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, giving railroad enthusiasts of all ages another chance to play with a large collection of battery-operated trains on loan from Bruce Libal; the last run of the day on both days is at 4 p.m. Free rail passes will be issued at the door, and concessions will be available. Last chance to enjoy a whole room full of Tomy trains and blue track. This event is sponsored by the Luray ...
At some point, we need to stop believing in miracles, at least in education. While we're still getting over the RICO indictments handed down in the Atlanta cheating scandal comes the revelation that the success Michelle Rhee achieved as the "no excuses" superintendent of Washington, D.C.'s public schools was the product of massive cheating. Those asking why Rhee isn't under indictment just like her former colleague in Atlanta are missing the bigger question: If she's an example of its success, is the theory behind market-driven education reform valid?
A tornado developed six miles southwest of Rozel at 7:18 p.m. and moved one mile west of town before turning to the northwest and dissipating about three miles northwest of Rozel at 7:47 p.m. Five farms were damaged by this tornado, including one farm house that lost most of its roof and some of its exterior walls. The tornado intensity has been rated as high as EF4 based on measured winds of 165 to 185 mph by a Doppler on Wheels system from Boulder, Colo. The maximum damage path width was 1,100 yards.
American AgCredit, the nation's seventh largest agricultural credit association, will continue as a Preferred Lender with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the next five years, as announced by FSA State Executive Director Val Dolcini. The Association's subsidiaries, Federal Land Credit Association (FLCA) and Production Credit Association (PCA) have been certified to continue as FSA Preferred Lenders.
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program was not authorized in U.S. law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.
Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.