A New Editor Takes the Reins of the Struggling’Burlington Free Press’ | Media | Seven Days

click to enlarge Luke Awtry Aki Soga at Free Press headquarters in Williston Playful pit bulls, White House holiday traditions and summer reading reviews: That’s the skimpy fare provided these days by the once-proud Burlington Free PressIt’s a jarring step down from the news and analysis that once made the state’s flagship newspaper a must-read. … Read more

City of Garden Ridge marks its 50th birthday | Community Alert

Nestled between San Antonio and New Braunfels is the small, quiet city of Garden Ridge — but it hasn’t always been there. Prior to its incorporation as a city, Garden Ridge was known for being a small community of a few hundred people, who were drawn to the location for its natural forest scenery and … Read more

Dry weather adds even more risks for Fourth of July traditions | Commentary

Fireworks and the Fourth of July have gone hand in hand for more than 225 years. “Yesterday the 4th of July, being the anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, was celebrated in this city with demonstrations of joy and festivity,” reported the Pennsylvania Evening Post on July 5, 1777. ships and … Read more

As Virginians hit the road for holiday, state gas taxes to rise Friday | Govt-and-politics

As Virginians prepare to hit the road for the July 4th holiday weekend, state gas taxes are going up, along with a fee to replenish a fund for cleaning up leaking underground petroleum storage tanks. Under an index to offset inflation, state and regional motor fuels taxes will increase 7% on Friday, which translates to … Read more

Honoring Juneteenth in the Valley beyond the holiday | Culture

Represented by colors of red, green and black, June 19 — also known as Juneteeth — celebrates when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last slaves in Texas in 1865. If you want to take part in observing this holiday, here are local places to visit and movies to watch in order to … Read more

Future Matariki public holiday dates revealed

The recommended public holiday dates to celebrate Matariki for the next 30 years has been announced today, with next year’s falling on June 24. Matariki. (Source: 1 NEWS) The 2022 date of the country’s newest public holiday was announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last February, however the varied dates for the future have been … Read more

Today, St. John’s Day, is Midsummer’s Eve | Blogs

Today is June 24. It is the day of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, or St. John’s Day, celebrating the Baptist’s birth, which was traditionally thought to have been six months before the birth of Christ. Before I say more about St. John’s Day, let me tell you some other things that today … Read more

COLUMN: What Juneteenth really means for Black people | Don’t Miss This

Juneteenth is one of my favorite holidays. Always has been. As a Black woman in America, it’s important to celebrate the freedom of my ancestors –specifically, because the right to be acknowledged as a whole human was hard-won and we still fight to maintain it today. As a child growing up in Wichita, Kansas, I … Read more

At Westerly Library & Wilcox Park: Learn more about the Juneteenth holiday | Guest Columns

If you drive by the library today, you might notice the building is closed, but it’s possible that you won’t know why. Today we are observing Juneteenth, which took place on Sunday, June 19.The day has been celebrated in African American communities for many years, but only last year did it become a federal holiday, … Read more

Juneteenth events in Anderson bring neighbors together | Local News

ANDERSON — As she carefully arranged small baskets full of her homemade beaded bracelets and necklaces on a table beneath a tent, Dakayta McKinney paused as she considered why she and her friends were spending the afternoon with other residents of the 16th Street neighborhood near Madison Avenue. “I just wanted to show some love … Read more