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Friday, August 5, 2022

Photo: Through the work of Operation Enduring Warrior, a Midlothian based nonprofit helping wound military veterans and law enforcement officers stay active, Jonathan Lopez (right) was able to return to skydiving at the AXIS Flight School in Eloy, Arizona. (Joost Luijsterburg / Axis Flight School)

‘Can I jump today?’ Wounded veterans renew abilities in Chesterfield-based nonprofit’s skydiving program

Hunter Reardon, Contributing writer for Chesterfield Observer

When Jonathan Lopez retired from the Army with an amputated left arm and seven fractures in his left leg, he assumed he would never jump out of an airplane again.

“I was so focused on walking again,” says Lopez, who was hit by a drunk driver while stationed in Germany. “To be honest, the concept of missing an arm wasn’t even the hardest part. I had so many surgeries to fix my leg, I was just focused on walking.”   

Read the full article at Chesterfield Oberver.

Photo: East Rockingham High School senior Maryahnna Rothgeb secures a heifer into a clamp before brushing it. (Daniel Lin for Daily News-Record) 

Break? Hardly: School Ag Departments Don’t Take Summer Off 

Megan Williams for Daily News-Record (Rockingham)

If you happen to see a young woman with a cow and chickens at odd hours on the campus of East Rockingham High School, do not be alarmed. It’s just rising senior Maryahnna Rothgeb taking care of the animals while school is not in session. School is most likely the last place students want to be during their summer vacation. But Rothgeb is there two times a day, sometimes at odd hours like 5 a.m. or 1 a.m.   

Read the full article at Daily News-Record

Photo: Courtesy Shenandoah County Library Truban Archives

Shenandoah County 250th anniversary: Furnaces, and the people who operated them, infused energy into local economy

Lisa G. Currie, special to the Northern Virginia Daily (Orkney Springs)

The Alum Springs Hotel has been gone for more than 70 years. The Alum Springs “mansion” is nothing more than a giant evergreen draped over the road on Route 717. Bird calls echo over the treetops, and a lone vehicle drifts over the pavement as the sun sends spears of light through the leaf-laden branches that guard both sides of the lane. It’s peaceful and just a wee bit isolated.   

Read the full article at Northern Virginia Daily.


Trend Line: Newspaper readership is up – on digital platforms

As readership trends continue to evolve for the nation’s newspapers, the Pew Research Center, which keeps close watch on such things, released data recently that shows some arrows pointing in a skyward direction when it comes to newspaper circulation.  And the upswinging pendulum is worth noting…and learning from.

Read more on Virginia News Reader.

Photo: Virginia Department of Transportation

VDOT is introducing variable speed limits, but will congestion care?

Wyatt Gordon for Virginia Mercury  

“There is such thing as Hell on Earth and it’s I-95N between Richmond and DC,” quipped CBS 6 news anchor Elizabeth Holmes in a recent tweet. The post went viral, echoing a sentiment felt by the countless car users who regularly get caught in congestion between the two capitals.

Read the full article at Virginia Mercury

Police accused her of making up her rape, then destroyed the evidence

Justin Jouvenal for The Washington Post

Gretchen Van Winkle was transfixed as the hit Netflix series “Unbelievable” played across her TV screen in 2019. The dramatized version of a true story of one woman’s rape and betrayal by police was so similar it could have been hers.

Just like the protagonist, Van Winkle was sexually assaulted in her apartment by a knife-wielding intruder, who bound and gagged her. Van Winkle remembered the same kinds of searing questions lobbed at her, as detectives accused the woman on screen of making up her assault.

Read the full article at The Washington Post

Photo: Picture of a monarch on a common milkweed. Monarch butterflies were declared in July to be at risk of extinction. (Courtesy Virginia Living Museum)

Virginia Living Museum exhibit raising awareness of endangered monarch butterfly

Jessica Nolte for Daily Press

A museum in Newport News is giving visitors an up-close view of a variety of butterflies, including a well-known species recently declared at risk of extinction.

The Virginia Living Museum released hundreds of butterflies and caterpillars into its Butterfly Haven exhibit last Friday. The exhibit includes monarch butterflies — declared an endangered species two weeks ago by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a global authority on the status of biological diversity.

Read the full article at Daily Press