Connect with us

News

“Bus Driver From Heaven” Credited With Saving 22 Children in California Blaze

It’s amazing to hear, in the midst of horrific tragedy in the California wildfires, some incredible stories of heroism like this one. 

Published

on

It’s amazing to hear, in the midst of horrific tragedy in the California wildfires, some incredible stories of heroism like this one.
A school bus driver for Ponderosa Elementary School is being called the “bus driver from heaven” after single-handedly saving 22 children and a teacher as they attempted to escape the Camp Fire blaze.
Kevin McKay acted quickly when he saw flames quickly approaching the school. Rushing into the building, he ordered everyone to evacuate, then began tearing his shirt up and wetting the pieces of fabric so the children could shield their faces as they fled the building.
It was like “Armageddon,” says Mary Ludwig, a teacher at the school.
“It just kind of looked like we’d be headed into Mordor,” she told CNN.
Once the children had been loaded onto the bus, they ran into gridlock as dozens of other desperate evacuees attempted to flee the blaze.
This prolonged the children’s exposure to the smoke, and they began to complain of dizziness and fatigue, common symptoms of severe smoke inhalation.
McKay and the teachers did what they could to comfort the children, as he attempted to navigate the bus to safety.
One student, Charlotte Merz, 10, says she went to her“happy place” to keep from panicking: “It was so crazy, and there were fires left and right everywhere you looked.”
Trapped on the bus, McKay and the teachers weren’t sure if they and the children should remain on board or make a run for it on foot, but outside it appeared to be just as perilous. 
As the bus continued on down the road, smoke inhalation caused other drivers to become disorientated, leading to many bumps and collisions. At one point, a car T-boned the side of the school bus. McKay spotted a woman, who turned out to be another school teacher and offered to give her a ride.
The teacher kept saying she was convinced she was going to die after her car broke down, Ludwig added, so they prayed together as they continued down the road.
Eventually, the bus escaped the blaze safely and all 22 children aboard were reunited with their parents, thanks in no small part to McKay. “We had the bus driver from heaven,” Ludwig said.
Praise the Lord McKay was able to act so quickly and return these children safely to their parents.

Entertainment

American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rest in peace, amigo.

Published

on

When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

Continue Reading

News

Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

Published

on

With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

Continue Reading

Latest Articles

Best of the Week