LU plane makes forced landing, pilots OK

A Liberty University-owned Piper Super Cub was forced to land in a wooded area between Rustburg and Gladys, Virginia, around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. The single engine plane was flown by one of the School of Aeronautics’ certified flight instructors (CFI) and a student. Both pilots walked away from the accident without serious injury. The National Transportation Safety Board […]

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Liberty ROTC cadets commission

Seven Air Force ROTC cadets from Liberty will become commissioned officers at a special ceremony May 11 Liberty University will witness eight brand-new second lieutenants commissioning into the U.S. Air Force at 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, in a special ceremony at the Tower Theatre. Jared Abramowicz, Nate Cromer, Arielle Marino, Molly Morrissey, Jesse Moser, Jessica Vaughan, Jayson Warren and […]

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Champion staff: Last goodbyes

Besty Abraham Journalism is all about people. When writing about anything, be it a pedestrian bridge opening, a football team winning their conference title or an event like Coffeehouse, reporters are encouraged to get the details and the facts. But what truly sets a story apart from the others is the human element, because people are what make a story […]

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Liberty Belles’ chili cook-off supports air race

The Liberty Belles, Liberty University School of Aeronautics’ two Air Race Classic teams, held a chili cook-off April 16 to raise money for the upcoming transcontinental race. A $5 donation earned each attendee access to all-you-can-eat chili from 13 different entries. Vice Chancellor Dr. Ron Godwin, School of Aeronautics Dean Gen. Dave Young and Associate Dean Capt. Ernie Rogers judged […]

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Meet the City Council candidates

Editor’s note: City Council elections will be held May 1, and the Liberty Champion news staff has decided to give each candidate a platform to discuss his opinions about issues relevant to Liberty University students. Each candidate was given the same amount of time to respond to the Champion’s questions, and the only criterion was keep the answers to roughly […]

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Colson dies at 80

Famous evangelist and former special counsel to Richard Nixon, Charles “Chuck” Colson, died of a brain hemorrhage Saturday, April 21, at the age of 80. After battling the brain injury since his hospitalization March 31, Colson died at a Northern Virginia hospital with his family by his side, according to a news release from his representatives. Colson is remembered for […]

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Local budget analysis

Local residents are in an uproar over proposed tax increases, specifically a $.10 increase in the real estate tax, which already runs at $1.05 per $100 of assessed property values. While no one actually likes taxes, perhaps a levelheaded look at Lynchburg’s proposed budget is in order. Major spending hikes from all levels of government have been dumped on the […]

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Property tax affects students

College students may face higher rent payments for the fiscal year 2013 as the City of Lynchburg struggles to balance its operating budget with mounting costs from a poor economy, increased state and federal mandates and investment programs intended to revitalize the city. Property taxes are main source of revenue for Lynchburg’s general fund. According to the City Assessor’s Office, […]

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Chancellor, administration hold groundbreaking ceremony to honor late founder

Liberty University broke ground on its newest academic facility Wednesday, March 7. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. described the state-of-the-art, 170,000-square-foot Jerry Falwell Library as the perfect blend of Jeffersonian and modern architecture. Falwell said he thought VMDO Architects of Charlottesville, Va. combined Jeffersonian style with modern materials in a way that America’s third president would do himself if he were […]

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1st Lt. Dan McCready: Lancer pilot

For many students, graduation marks the end of their formal education. For 1st Lt. Dan McCready, his graduation from Liberty University began three and a half years of intense training to become an Air Force pilot. McCready graduated with Liberty’s first Air Force ROTC commissioning class in May 2008. The California native ran through a series of training courses including […]

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Abortion bill on Gov. McDonnell’s desk

Virginia’s legislature passed a new abortion regulation March 1, and the bill is now awaiting Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature to become law. The bill updates the preexisting Informed Consent law that was championed by then-Delegate McDonnell in 2001. Representing the 22nd District Del. Kathy Byron sponsored the new bill to provide women accurate information before having an abortion. “Ultrasounds are […]

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