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Author Tim LaHaye dies at age 90


Tim LaHaye, the evangelical leader and co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” book series, died at a San Diego hospital on Monday after recently suffering a stroke. LaHaye, who livedin Alpine, was 90 years old.

LaHaye was a TV evangelist and an early force in driving evangelical Christians to the polls and injecting their values into the political debate. But the man Time magazine named as one of the Top 25 most influential evangelicals in America is best known for the “Left Behind” books, the blockbuster Christian-fiction series that came to LaHaye on a whim and blew through the book world like a force of nature.


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Five athletes to be inducted into Liberty University’s sports Hall of Fame


Liberty University announced the five newest members of its athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The five-member class will be inducted on Sept. 24 at halftime of the Flames’ football game against Jacksonville State.

The five inductees are includes Annie Hunt Fairchild (women’s cross country/track & field), Steve Kearns (football), Todd Setsma (men’s golf), Randy Tomlin (baseball) and Ed Vickers (men’s basketball).


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Jackson named head coach at Liberty University Baseball


Scott Jackson, who spent eight seasons at North Carolina as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, was named head coach at Liberty University Sunday. Jackson came to Chapel Hill in 2008 after one season at Liberty and will replace former Flames head coach Jim Toman, who stepped down in June after nine seasons in Lynchburg.

“I am thrilled for Scott to take this next step in his coaching career,” UNC head coach Mike Fox said. “He is a tireless worker who will do a fantastic job at Liberty. He has helped lift our program to another level since joining the staff in 2008, and we will miss him in Chapel Hill. I wish Scott, his wife Sara, and their boys Ryan and Tyler nothing but the best moving forward. Liberty is getting a coach and a family that will represent the university with total class.”


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Liberty University Commercial Music Degree Receives NASM Accreditation


Liberty University School of Music’s new Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music degree received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in a meeting of the Commission on Accreditation on June 6. NASM is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines. While all other music programs were accredited last fall, the commercial music degree was just launched last September, hence the delay in its receiving accreditation along with the rest of the School of Music. All programs within Liberty’s School of Music are now NASM accredited.

“This is the final piece of the puzzle,” said Dr. Vernon Whaley, dean of the School of Music. “This is the final credential and approval for the entire School of Music program. Now, our commercial music degree enjoys the same level of acceptance and approval by the academy as the rest of our school.”

Liberty’s School of Music is the nation’s seventh-largest school of music and is comprised of two centers — the Center for Music & the Performing Arts and the Center for Music & Worship — as well as the newly-established Department of Commercial Music. The commercial music department serves as the primary training ground for students interested in becoming professionals in the commercial music industry. Liberty offers a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music with degree concentrations in Artist Development, Film Scoring, Jazz Studies, Recording Engineering and Producing, and Songwriting.

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Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. to speak at Republican National Convention


Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. is among the speakers at next week’s Republican National Convention.

Kerry Woolard, the general manager of Trump Winery, is also scheduled to speak. Trump Winery is in Charlottesville.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, spoke at Liberty University in January. Later that month, Falwell endorsed Trump for president.


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