Patriots parade Lakota school hallways for Veterans Day event

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:44 PM

Military veterans were honored with a parade thru Lakota's Heritage Elementary Friday.

Patriotism proudly paraded the hallways of Lakota’s Heritage Elementary on Friday as military veterans were honored by students.

The long-standing tradition at the Liberty Twp. school is one of the more emotional and popular events each school year, said school officials.

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“We feel it’s very important for us to honor our veterans and thank them for their service,” said Missy Alexander, principal of Heritage Elementary. “It’s a pretty emotional event. It always brings a tear to my eyes and many other eyes.”

In the last decade such ceremonies at Butler County and other area elementary schools have grown increasingly popular.

School officials often showcase the veterans — many of whom come dressed in military uniform — and tie in their appearance with instructional lessons on American history or American government.

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Friday morning’s events included a school-wide singing of the national anthem and reciting of America’s pledge of allegiance.

The emotions of ceremonies are mutually felt, said Warren Rayburn, Sgt. 1st Class U.S. Army Reserves, who was in uniform as he walked with his daughter through a tunnel of her flag-waving classmates.

“It’s a really good thing to celebrate the veterans and I think it’s a good thing for the veterans to feel the community supports them,” the Liberty Twp. resident said.

“I know in a lot of places we (veterans) don’t get that kind of support, so it’s nice to live in an area where you do get that and it means a lot. And the kids seem very excited about it because it’s a chance for them to see and deal with veterans in and around their community,” Rayburn said.

“Less than 1 percent of all people have served in the military, so some of these kids may not know anybody who has ever served in the military and so it’s a chance to be around those folks and get a comfort level,” he said.

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One of the many appreciative students was Bronson Holland.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” the sixth-grader said. “I think it means to my classmates that this is a day we can celebrate the veterans from different branches of the military that have served our country and protected us.”

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Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in wake of Michael Cohen criminal investigation

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

Then president-elect Donald Trump meets with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. 
Then president-elect Donald Trump meets with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Former New York mayor and major Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump’s legal team, according to news reports.

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Giuliani, one of the first and one of the staunchest supporters of Trump’s presidential bid, will be assisting Trump’s legal team with the Russia investigation, according to CNN.

Trump is said to be extremely upset with the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and has called it a “witch hunt” on numerous occasions.

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Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, confirmed the addition of Giuliani to the team and also announced two former prosecutors, Marty Raskin and Jane Serene Raskin, are joining the team, as well, CNN reported.

The move follows an FBI raid on the home, office, and a hotel room of longtime Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen last week and the revelation that Cohen is under criminal investigation.

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Deputy Assistant Attorney Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Mueller investigation, signed off on the Cohen search warrant.



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Family returning from Disney desperate to find lost teddy bear along I-77

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

Family Looks For Lost Teddy Bear After Disney World Trip

A family from New York driving home from a trip to Disney World is desperate to find their little girl's teddy bear, and think it may have been lost in the Charlotte area.

The family was driving along Interstate 77 in Rock Hill on April 13 when they think the stuffed animal fell out the window.

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The girl’s mother, Amy Earley, said in a Facebook post that the bear means the world to her. That post has been shared hundreds of times and has dozens of comments.

Earley said her 3-year-old daughter has never gone a day without the bear and is completely heartbroken.

The family went on a Disney vacation in Orlando, and in photographs from the trip, the little girl is seen holding the bear everywhere the family went.

The family stopped in Rock Hill on the way home and stayed at a Comfort Suites. They think the bear may have fallen out the window of their car on I-77 northbound, between the hotel and exit 30 in Davidson.

Earley is pleading for help and has offered a $500 reward.

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1 injured in shooting at Florida high school

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

At least 1 Person Injured in Florida High School Shooting

One person was injured Friday morning in a shooting reported at Forest High School in Ocala, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

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Temperatures expected to climb this weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has an outdoor outlook for the weekend


  • Sunshine returns today
  • Warming up through the weekend
  • Lyrid meteor showers peaks late Saturday night

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Today: We’ll see sunshine through the day. Temperatures will finally get closer to normal again with highs in the upper 50s. It will be a clear and chilly night.

>> Clear skies in time for Lyrid Meteor Shower this weekend

Saturday: It will be a nice start to the weekend. The day looks to be dry, but clouds will likely increase for the afternoon. Highs will be around 60.

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Sunday: It will be another beautiful weekend day with highs in the low 60s, which is right where temperatures should be. There will be plenty of sunshine.

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Monday: Temperatures will continue to climb as highs reach the mid-60s. Clouds will increase and thicken up into the evening. A passing rain shower at night can’t be ruled out.

Tuesday: We’ll see scattered, mild rain showers. It will be breezy and cloudy. Highs will be around 60.

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