If you are like me, you spent the Fourth of July holiday celebrating all that is America by saluting our flag, thanking our veterans, and pigging out at a backyard barbeque. Sure, you may have worked in the casual volleyball or cornhole game, but that isn’t going to burn off the calories of that hotdog-eating contest with cousin Larry or Aunt Sally’s 17-layer dip. Time to get back on the horse, and that means taking a hike. Nothing captures the spirit of the American can-do attitude like the Appalachian Trail, so bring those good Independence Day vibes full circle by taking a day hike on the quintessential American footpath.Nearly a quarter of the A.T., almost 550 miles, runs through Virginia making it easy to access the trail from many points in the state. This weekend, work off those cookout calories with a hike up Bluff Mountain, outside Buena Vista, Va.Directions: The hike begins at the Bluff Mountain Overlook at milepost 51.7 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pick up the A.T. heading south on the other side of the parkway from the parking area.This is a moderate 4-mile hike to the summit of Bluff Mountain, following the A.T. the whole way. There is a blue blazed spur trail a half mile in that will lead you to the Punchbowl Shelter. Check it out and see how the thru-hikers do it. You may even run into one along the way. The top of Bluff Mountain is marked with a plaque signifying the spot where they found Ottie Cline Powell.After the hike, pop into Lexington, Va. for some history: both Washington & Lee and the Virginia Military Institute are in the town and are full of museums and military exhibits.View Larger Map
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU representatives were at NCUA Wednesday for a discussion with policy staff on supplemental capital, the subject of an agency proposal expected out this fall.NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz announced in June that the agency expects to release a supplemental capital proposal that would work with the risk-based capital rule once that is finalized and put into effect in January 2019.NAFCU supports allowing credit unions access to supplemental capital and has been pushing for that at the regulatory and legislative fronts. continue reading »
DECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — Tuesday, the Napoleon fire department alongside Greensburg, New Point, and Marion Township fire departments were called to the 3000 block of south US 421 just north of Napoleon for a fully-involved structure fire. According to fire officials, the small barn was a total loss and caused damage to an adjacent shed that had started to burn as firefighters arrived. The fire was quickly knocked down, and no one was injured.According to the homeowner, Adam Hahn, he lost several chickens in the fire and a couple of lawn mowers.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Hahn-Barn-Loss.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The cause of the fire was attributed to heat lamps being used for the chickens. Fire officials would like to remind everyone to be cautious about how you use portable heaters or heat lamps in the cold weather.