Defining the value of life

father’s love — Samuel Forrest had to choose between his wife and their son Leo who was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Photo credit: Google Images

Parent decision in the birth of Down syndrome son becomes worldwide news For most families, the birth of a child is a day of great celebration. For Samuel Forrest and his wife Ruzan Badalyan, the birth of their son Leo quickly sparked international news. People around the world have taken …

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Lynchburg profits from love

Treats — CAO Artisan Chocolates has been a hot spot to visit for Valentine’s Day. Photo provided

Good weather over the weekend holiday results in increased sales for shops Characterized by blustery winds and blue skies, this year’s Valentine’s Day did everything but mirror the weather of Feb. 14 last year. The business of local shops bloom by Doyle’s and CAO Artisan Chocolates were hindered last year …

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An extraordinary gift

writer —  After years of persistent work, Samantha Moran’s work was published. Photo provided

Senior Samantha Moran’s book shows a journey of faith, trust and love Samantha Grace Moran always dreamed about being a published author. She never imagined that she would be one at the age of 21. But that is exactly what she is. “I’ve pretty much wanted to be an author …

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Parent contest reveals winner

Love and support — Hayley Bell (right) appreciates the opportunities the Outstanding Parent Essay Contest has provided for her family. Photo provided

Sophomore Hayley Bell receives the Outstanding Parent of the Year award Sophomore Hayley Bell was inspired to share her family’s story when she discovered the Outstanding Parent Essay Contest, showcased through the Parent and Family Connections Office. Through the process of writing the essay, she remembered the struggle her parents …

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Offering love amidst evil

RADICAL — Islamic State rebels have forced Arab minorities to flee their homelands. Google Images

Why despicable acts of terrorism should be met with abounding prayer As I think about the thousands of people who file into worship centers every week, lifting their hands in worship to songs like “How Great is our God,” I cannot help but imagine what it would be like to …

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LOVE sculpture attracts tourists

adventure — Lynchburg’s LOVE sculpture is part of the Virginia is For Lovers Campaign and is one of 22 similar works of art in the state. Photo credit: Danae Samms

The sculpture is designed to showcase some of Lynchburg’s outdoor activities, such as hiking and skateboarding Many people do not usually associate art and recreation, but local artist Paul Clements connects the two subjects with a sculpture located at the Percival Island trailhead in downtown Lynchburg. Clements was commissioned by …

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