Todd Vinyard


I'm the online editor of Journal, Inc. I manage content on these community news sites and work with the print staffs from Journal, Inc.. Help with training and coordinating breaking news with a staff of around 40 along with weekly news staffs.

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    By John Heilprin and Matthew Lee Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — A diplomatic breakthrough Saturday on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action for the moment and could swing momentum toward ending a horrific civil war. Marathon negotiations between U.S. and Russian diplomats at a Geneva hotel produced […]

    The parading of a few political leaders representing – externally and internally – all sides in the Syrian civil war obscures the expanding and greatest tragedy in the destruction of that nation: Refugees, including millions of children, who have fled and are, in effect, stateless. The refugee count has surpassed 2 million, and more than […]

    I met author Sharon Thomason in Dahlonega, Ga., on a December day in 1994. I was there to write a column about a Southern cemetery newsletter she was trying to start called “Grave Matters.” I was struck by her novel idea – and her insistence that I mention in print that she’d return money to […]

    Point: James Hull As the debate in Lee County continues to simmer just below the surface of massive public outcry and angry protest over whether it should put funds into the Justice Court Drug Court, I propose there is a much larger issue at stake: the convergence of education, incarceration and drug rehabilitation. With the […]

    My son’s been under the weather with a fever and such, so he’s been home to watch “Looney Tunes” on Cartoon Network. He doesn’t get much exposure to old-school Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the gang. He’s more likely to see “The Looney Tunes Show,” a new series that brings those characters to […]

    by Riley Manning Daily Journal If you want to know how little a person truly needs to survive, ask the Rev. Johannes Myors. On his road-worn recumbent bicycle, Myors carries a tent, two sleeping bags, a week’s worth of clothes, a first aid kit, a set of toiletries, five days worth of food, a small […]

    by Adelle Banks Religion News Service They were among the youngest martyrs of the civil rights movement, four young black girls – three 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old – whose deaths in a church basement horrified a nation already torn apart by segregation. This week, 50 years after the Ku Klux Klan bombing at Sixteenth Street […]

    TUPELO – On Sept. 21, local ministerial organization Beyond the Four Walls will host an event in Ballard Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature inflatable jumpers and face painting for children, as well as crafts, games, even hair cuts to the first 20 guests. At noon, programs of praise and […]

    With the holidays still months away, the Salvation Army is preparing to begin their annual Angel Tree campaign. Set up in the Barnes Crossing Mall food court, the Angel Tree allows shoppers to help fulfill a struggling family’s Christmas wish list. Shoppers will take the profile of a child from the Angel Tree listing three […]

    DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith’s two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a news team designed to quickly break in to other Fox shows when something big is happening. Smith, the network’s top news anchor, signed a new multi-year contract, […]