19 veterans travel to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials thanks to Honor Flight Houston

HOUSTON – Nineteen veterans will depart to Washington D.C. Friday morning as part of ‘Honor Flight Houston’ in the first flight since the COVID-19 pandemic.

In collaboration with Schlumberger, Honor Flight, Southwest Airlines, and Houston Airports, the group of World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans plan to visit their respective war memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

Both the veterans and organizers say their experience will be memorable.

The group departed from Houston’s Hobby Airport Friday morning. A surprise return with a water cannon salute with Houston Fire Department along with more surprises are planned for Saturday evening along with a greeting from 100+ family members and fellow veterans.

To learn more about Honor Flight Houston, click here.

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Domestic travel based on honor system when it comes to COVID

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-Like many airports, the Santa Barbara Airport is returning to pre-pandemic levels of business and leisure travel, and these days it is up to travelers to decide whether to wear a mask or to test for COVID before a trip.

The Santa Barbara Airport said there are no requirements or regulations to prevent someone from flying in or out.

But some travelers waiting to board said they got boosted and brought masks.

Annie Sorensen is flying back to the Bay Area after visiting her son in Santa Barbarara.

” I will wear a mask absolutely,” said Sorensen.

She prides herself on taking preventative measures and when her doctor recommended a second booster or a fourth shot before her trip she got it.

A pilot, who did not want to be named, said he recommends travel insurance on holiday trips.

Some insurance polices cover COVID cancellations.

Travel Zoo Senior Editor Gabe Saglie said, “Travel insurance is definitely something that many of us are willing to invest in now as we begin to travel.”

He said people didn’t think as much about it pre-COVID.

“It really is this continued safety net around COVID related issues and many of the uncertainties related to international travel especially.”

So how much does it cost?

Saglie said, “The general rule of thumb is about 10 percent of your trip, so say you have a $2,000 vacation plan on about a $200 basic travel insurance policy, but not all policies cover COVID related issues especially some extreme situations like medical evacuations.”

He recommends reading the fine print.

“Specifically seek out policies that cover COVID-related issues and you getting sick when you are on the road.”

He said there is robust travel insurance,too.

“There is something known as CFAR insurance or cancel for any reason.”

“It will cost you a little more but it is the most comprehensive way to cover not just cover COVID-related issues on the road but some of the basics like hotels and flight delays and cancelations,” said Saglie.

He said even if you don’t have travel insurance and its the day of your flight and you’re feeling sick, airlines are still super flexible around thing like canceling and postponing your flight without charging you any fees.

Pre-pandemic changes used to cost $200 or more.

Facebook creator Rebecca Brand just returned from New York City and is worried she might get COVID.

“So many people were not wearing masks and coughing.”

On the second leg of her trip she said guy sitting right behind her was “coughing, coughing, coughing.”

She said she could feel the wind in her hair and was uncomfortable.

She asked the stewardess if she relocated to another seat and she was able to move.

The CDC still recommends getting a COVID test within a few days of travel and waiting a full five days after a COVID19 exposure.

If a traveler can’t get a test, the CDC recommends waiting 10 days after being exposed.

Travel is currently based on the honor system. People who are asymptomatic or showing symptoms should take personal responsibility for their actions to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

For more information visit cdc.gov.

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KJ Williams Earns OVC Player of The Week Honor

For the seventh time in the 2021-22 season, the Murray State Racers have a Player of the Week honor in the Ohio Valley Conference AS KJ Williams won the award for the third time when the league announced its weekly winners for the period of Jan. 24-30.
Williams, out of Cleveland, Mississippi, was in the zone last week when the Racers won three games and remained undefeated in OVC play at 10-0. He averaged 20.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists/game while hitting 57.4 percent (27-of-47) from the field.
Williams had 21 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal in a home game against Tennessee Tech last Monday. Three days later in a return game at Tennessee Tech, he scored 20 points (on 9-of-13 shooting), pulled down 13 rebounds and had two steals. He capped the week by scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a 74-66 victory over Morehead State in a battle of undefeated league teams for first place in the OVC. Williams hit 8-of-13 shots and had two steals against the Eagles.
Williams ranks second in the OVC in rebounding (8.9/game), third in scoring (17.1 points/game) and seventh in field goal percentage (52.9%).
The Racers travel Thursday to Austin Peay in another matchup of the Popeye’s Battle of the Border.

2021-22 Murray State Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Nov. 15 KJ Williams

Nov. 29 KJ Williams

Dec. 13 Tevin Brown

Dec. 20 Tevin Brown

Dec. 27 Tevin Brown

Jan. 17 Justice Hill

Jan. 31 KJ Williams

Newcomer of the Week

Dec. 6 DJ Burns


Racer Basketball Legacy Fund

The new fundraising initiative invites Racer supporters to have a lasting impact on the Murray State men’s and women’s basketball programs. Those interested in learning more about how you can support the Racer Basketball Legacy Fund initiative may contact Director of Development-Athletics, Taylor Mudd at (270) 809-3517 or [email protected] for more information.


Harlem Globetrotters Coming To CFSB Center – Feb. 2

The worldwide sensation Harlem Globetrotters have announced they will return to Murray State University for an eighth time on February 2, 2022 beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Guests may also visit the CFSB Center ticket office, located at 1401 State Route 121 North, Murray, Ky 42071 (Lower A Entrance). For more information, please contact the CFSB Center ticket hotline at 270-809-3000.


Racers Selected For Two Home Games On ESPNU

The Murray State men’s basketball is hosting a pair of televised home games on ESPNU as announced by the Ohio Valley Conference for the 2021-22 season. The Racers will appear on ESPNU (Feb. 17) when they host the Austin Peay Governors at the CFSB Center in a 6 p.m. tip. The second game happens at home (Feb. 24) against the Belmont Bruins in a tip off of 8 p.m. Both of the TV games for the Racers come on Thursday nights. The OVC schedule has a total of nine total men’s basketball televised games (six regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) to be aired by one of the ESPN networks during the 2021-22 season. This includes three nights of coverage at the OVC Tournament (March 4-5) at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.


About Murray State Athletics

Located in Murray, Kentucky, the athletics department of Murray State University is a NCAA Division I member and plays in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs including men’s teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football and golf and women’s teams for basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball, as well as a mixed gender rifle team. Currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Racers will join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2022.


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Brooks Named AAC Freshman of the Week, Shutes Named to Honor Roll

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Following outstanding performances against Nicholls early last week, Makaiya Brooks has been named as the American Athletic Conference’s Freshman of the Week while Jamirah Shutes has been named to the Honor Roll, the conference released Monday afternoon.
Brooks, a freshman out of Springfield, Mo., had a career day against the Colonels where she went 4-4 from three-point range to help lift the Tigers to their ninth win of the season. Her 12 points would tie a team-high for the game and move Memphis to 5-0 inside the Fieldhouse for the season.
This is the first AAC Weekly Honor for Brooks.
Shutes, a senior out of Brownsville, Tenn., led the Tigers in scoring for the sixth time this season when she also scored 12 points against Nicholls. Shutes would also pull down four rebounds while going 3-3 from the free throw line and picking up a steal.
This is the second AAC Weekly Honor for Shutes this season.
The Tigers will begin AAC play on Sunday, Jan. 2 when they travel to Tampa, Fla. to take on the Bulls of South Flordia. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT. Coverage of the game can be found on ESPN+ and on News Talk 98.9 The Roar of Memphis.
How to follow the Tigers: For complete information on Memphis Tigers Basketball, visit www.GoTigersGo.com and follow the team’s social media channels on TwitterInstagram and  Facebook.

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Stewart Earns Big Ten Honor Roll Spot

Nebraska’s Annika Stewart earned the first Big Ten honor of her career when she was named to the conference’s weekly honor roll (Dec. 27) for her career performance in a win over Wyoming to close non-conference play.

Stewart, a 6-3 forward/center from Minneapolis, erupted for a career-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting in just 15 minutes of action off the bench to help Nebraska complete an unbeaten regular-season non-conference schedule against Wyoming. Stewart hit 3-of-7 three-pointers and recorded a career-high three blocked shots in the win over the defending Mountain West Conference champion Cowgirls.

For the season, the second-year Husker is averaging 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds while hitting 54.2 percent of her shots from the field, including 41.4 percent (12-29) of her three-pointers. Stewart, who is averaging 30.2 points and 10.9 rebounds per 40 minutes this season, averaged 56 points per 40 minutes against the Cowgirls.

Stewart and the 12-0 Huskers resume Big Ten Conference play on Thursday when they travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State. Tip-off between the Huskers and Spartans is set for 2 p.m. (CT) with live television coverage on the Big Ten Network.

Nebraska’s 2021-22 Big Ten Weekly Honors 

Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Alexis Markowski (Nov. 29, Dec. 20)

Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll

Annika Stewart (Dec. 27)

Jaz Shelley (Nov. 22, Nov. 29)

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Levy Earns a Spot on the AAC Weekly Honor Roll

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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati junior point guard Akira Levy earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll, announced Monday afternoon.

It is her second award of the season so far; she previously earned Player of the Week honors on Nov. 15th.

It is the second straight week a Bearcat has made the weekly honor roll, as sophomore forward Malea Williams earned the honor Dec. 13th.

In the road win over Chattanooga Wednesday, she recorded 14 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, and one block in 36 minutes of play.


In 48 minutes of play in the 87-77 double overtime win over NC A&T, she scored a new season and career high both in points (22) and assists (12), which also marked her first double-double of the season. The 12 assists also tied her for third in the UC all-time list. Levy was also a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line, with both made and attempts a new season and career high and also tied her in fourth on the UC all-time list.


The Bearcats travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to face-off against Marquette University in the last game before the holiday season on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.


For all the latest information on Cincinnati women’s basketball, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Cincinnati WBB (@GoBearcatsWBB) and Coach Michelle Clark-Heard (@Coachheard) on Twitter. You can also follow the team on Facebook and Instagram


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‘Wyoming hurts today. We lost a good one’: Hundreds travel to Jackson to honor fallen Marine

JACKSON — Hundreds of people, including Marines, came to celebrate the life of Lance Cpl. Rylee McCollum on Saturday at a ranch in Jackson, Wyoming.

McCollum, 20, from Jackson, was killed by a suicide bomber when he was manning a checkpoint in Afghanistan on Aug. 26. He was helping the evacuation efforts.

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On Saturday afternoon, Marines escorted Rylee’s wife, Gigi, and their baby, along with Rylee’s father, Jim, and sisters out of yellow school buses to the memorial service. Marines flew in from Camp Pendleton in California to the service.

Memorial service in Jackson on Saturday | Andrea Olson, EastIdahoNews.com

The service for McCollum was held at the Gill Ranch located off of South Park Loop Road. The McCollum family invited anyone to come.

Many cried as they heard stories about McCollum from family members.

“I’ll miss his infectious smile. I’ll miss our sibling dates. Rylee and I would go to a dinner and a movie just me and him every once in a while. It was always the best time,” said a tearful Cheyenne McCollum, one of McCollum’s sisters.

Rylee was the only boy in his family. He had three sisters and was raised by his single father.

McCollum made his father, Jim, very proud. Jim wanted to serve in the military but couldn’t due to medical reasons.

“Rylee called me on his 18th birthday from school, ‘Dad, I need you to come sign some papers for me, I am joining the Marines.’ I dropped everything I was doing. I left work, got to the school as fast as I could to hug my kid. I was proud of him,” said Jim, tearing up.

McCollum got married to Gigi before he went on his first deployment to Jordan. He was assigned to Afghanistan shortly after.

“Gigi brought out the best in Rylee,” said Jim.

Gigi just gave birth to their daughter last month in September and named her Levi Rylee Rose. McCollum had big plans to serve in uniform, come home to Wyoming to teach history, coach wrestling and become a father.

RELATED | Mother gives birth to baby of Marine from Jackson killed in Kabul airport attack

Though his family will miss him, they know he died a hero.

“He made the ultimate sacrifice. Not for himself, not for somebody close to him but for people he didn’t even know,” said Jim.

The senators and governor of Wyoming were present at the memorial service to honor McCollum.

“Rylee McCollum’s life demonstrated the best of our nation. His dad, Jim, told me that Rylee was full-blooded, red, white, and blue,” said John Barrasso, U.S. Senator of Wyoming.

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon had ordered both the United States and Wyoming State flags be flown at half-staff statewide on Saturday in honor of McCollum.

“Wyoming hurts today. We lost a good one,” said Gordon at the service.

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Local firefighters travel to Connecticut to honor fallen New Haven firefighter | News

Local firefighters have returned from New Haven, CT after showing their support and honoring fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., who was laid to rest on Thursday.

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGBB/WSHM) — Local firefighters have returned from New Haven, CT after showing their support and honoring fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres Jr., who was laid to rest on Thursday. The hero died battling a house fire last week in New Haven.

Thousands of firefighters from around the country gathered together to pay their respects to Torres as they honored and remembered the hero he was.

Torres leaves behind his wife, Erica, his soon-to-be-one year old Oliver, and another baby boy on the way in August. His family spoke at the funeral today and recalled how dedicated and loving of a son, brother, father, and husband he was to many.

Many Springfield Firefighters traveled to New Haven to honor Ricardo Torres Thursday.

“I knew if I was ever going to get married, it was going to be you, it had to be you. Eleven months in, you proposed. The last six years has been anything been boring,” said his wife Erica.

His mother, Cathy Foster-Mendez, added, “There are a million stories I could tell to capture the amazing humor, love, care, compassion, and character of who my Ricardo – ‘Ricky’ was.”

Torres’ family was presented with the Martin E. Pierce Medal of Honor during the funeral service and Torres’ name will be placed on the International Association of Firefighters Fallen Firefighter Memorial by Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.

Firefighters from across the region were in attendance to honor Torres, including a group from Springfield.

Western Mass News spoke with Springfield Fire Lieutenant Brendon Welz who said there aren’t any words when a tragedy like this happens, especially in the line of duty, but seeing the support from many of his fellow firefighters who go to work, risking their lives on a daily basis, spoke volumes. 

“Everyone’s here, doesn’t matter where it is in the country, where it is in the world, everyone is together,” Welz said.

Western Mass News asked Welz, when you see a tragic situation like this happen, how do you go on doing what you do on a daily basis? He said unfortunately, this is possible and they have conversations about this and understand it could happen, but he has absolutely no regrets doing what he loves, saving lives. 

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Companies Honor Travel Advisors for National Travel Advisor Month

The travel industry is honoring travel advisors in the month of May.

May 5, 2021, is officially National Travel Advisor Day, and many companies are reaching out to travel advisors in order to express their appreciation and with special deals, rates and offers specifically for travel advisors.


Below are several companies honoring travel advisors:


The cruise line has announced special Advance FAM rates on 25 select sailings in Europe embarking October through December 2021. Travel advisors can now reserve a seven-night AmaWaterways river cruise more than five months prior to their departure, and with a new “Sail With Me” incentive, advisors are also able to earn back the cost of their stateroom by making three new FIT bookings on the same sailing. New client bookings under the “Sail With Me” bonus offer must be made May 1- 31, 2021.

American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)

ASTA is honoring travel advisors with a special event on Facebook sponsored by Sandals Resorts. The event takes place live from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST, and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

Advisors can also take advantage of a special tool kit that provides social media images to share and celebrate with the industry, a Letter to the Editor campaign to engage with the consumer media and a grassroots advocacy portal to spread positive awareness with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

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Visit www.asta.org/traveladvisorday to learn more.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is celebrating Travel Advisor Day with a special event and an exclusive rewards points offer.

“At Carnival, we know that we couldn’t do what we do without the amazing work that travel advisors provide for their clients each and every day,” said Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Trade Marketing Adolfo Perez. “For nearly 50 years, travel advisors have been with us every step of the way and now more than ever National Travel Advisor Day provides us with the opportunity to let our agency partners know how much they are valued and appreciated. They are true rock stars!”

Travel advisors can join Perez and Brand Ambassador John Heald for a travel advisor-themed From Adolfo’s Desk LIVE webinar on Wednesday, May 5.

Advisors can also receive 50 bonus rewards points in honor of National Travel Advisor Day if they are members of Carnival’s Loyalty Rocks! Rewards Program.

Villas of Distinction

Villas of Distinction is offering travel advisors up to $1,500 in bonus commission for National Travel & Tourism Week.

“More than ever, this past year we have enhanced our devotion to our travel advisor partners with the launch of our #WithYouToStay campaign in April 2020,” said Steve Lassman, vice president villa product & agency relations for Villas of Distinction. “We know the significant value travel advisors provide their clients and we want to reward that with added bonus commissions, rich promotions, heightened support, additional special events catered to them and more.”

Travel advisors who book their clients with Villas of Distinction from today until May 16, 2021, for travel between now and December 31, 2021, can earn a bonus commission of up to $1,500.

Atlas Ocean Voyages
The World Navigator. (photo via Atlas Ocean Voyages)

Atlas Ocean Voyages

Atlas is celebrating travel advisors throughout the month of May.

“Atlas sincerely appreciates travel advisors and recommends all travelers work with a travel advisor,” said Carlos. “Our new Master of Bucket-list Destinations program provides our valued travel advisor partners with important information and resources to help them market and sell Atlas’ once-in-a-lifetime experiences to clients who seek an extraordinary return-to-cruise. While we spotlight the importance of travel advisors throughout this month, Atlas appreciates travel advisors every day of the year.”

Travel Advisors automatically qualify for special FAM fares after completing the first course and can earn up to $200 bonus commission on their first new booking after completing both courses.

Avanti Destinations

Avanti is honoring travel advisors on National Travel Advisor Day and during National Travel Advisor Month.

“Our travel advisor partners have been the cornerstone of Avanti’s success since our founding in 1981,” said Paul Barry, Avanti’s chairman. “We want them to know how much we appreciate their hard work.”

Avanti announced that any advisor who becomes an Avanti Certified Expert (ACE) by May 31 this year will be eligible to go on a FAM trip to London in 2022. Participants will also earn a $25 gift card for each passenger booked through May 31, 2021, with a deposit paid by that date.

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Chelsea Flower Show and Floriade (photo via Collette)

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort

Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort is honoring travel advisors on May 5 with special all-inclusive travel agent rates of $55 per person, per night, based on stays in a luxury Tropical Garden View room. Travel advisors can also bring their families, with rates for children at 50 percent off the $55.

Reservations need to be made by May 15, 2021, for travel September 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022.

“Travel advisors are the cornerstone for selling our new resort and with interest levels on the rise for booking leisure trips it is important for travel agents to experience Serenade Punta Cana for themselves so they can confidently sell the Serenade experience to their clients,” said Aimee Tejeda, director of sales and marketing, Serenade Punta Cana Beach & Spa Resort. “We have worked with travel advisors throughout this past year to keep them up-to-date with the resort’s soft opening and amenities. We hope they can take advantage of these special rates for our fall and winter seasons so we can meet them in person at Serenade Punta Cana.”

Travel agent reservations are made by sending an email to [email protected] and referencing code TADAYPROMO2021. Travel advisers must include their valid identification number at the time of booking such as IATA, IATAN, CLIA and TRUE. The offer is subject to certain restrictions.

Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas

Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas is honoring the important work of travel advisors during May. In recognition of Travel Advisor Day on May 5, 2021, in the U.S. and Canada, the resort is offering a free night, nightly appreciation rates to stay at the adults-only, all-inclusive resort and commission incentives throughout the year.

“The events of this past year have demonstrated the importance of travel advisors as the trusted source for their clients’ vacations,” said Benjamin Davis, general manager of Warwick Paradise Island–Bahamas. “Travel advisors play an instrumental role in returning clients to our resort and as a result, we support travel professionals’ efforts with year-round commissions up to 20 percent plus cash incentives per booking. We also offer the appreciation rates and free night so travel advisors can enjoy our all-inclusive experience as a vacation with loved ones,” Davis added.

Travel professionals can reserve their stay by using TAFR through the website. A valid IATA, TRUE or CLIA number is required. Travel advisor reservations have a flexible cancellation policy of 72 hours. The offer is subject to blackout dates and availability.

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Delta earns top satisfaction honor despite pandemic, announces summer travel changes | News

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Over the past year, even as air travel plummeted because of the pandemic, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines tied with Southwest Airlines for the top spot in passenger satisfaction.

And though the usual perks, like in-flight snack service, were scaled back, customer satisfaction with the airline industry as a whole reached record highs, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index travel report.

Meanwhile, with more people getting vaccinated and planning trips, Delta has announced what passengers can expect heading into the summer.

Masks will still be required on all flights unless passengers are eating or drinking, but Delta is scaling back some of its other COVID-19 restrictions, including the return of its curbside bag-drop service Sky Caps in most leisure markets. The airline is also reopening all Sky Clubs.

Flight attendants have already begun to reintroduce onboard snack and beverage service. By June, hot food options will return for certain sections of coast-to-coast flights, and by July, fresh boxed meals will return on U.S. flights.

“We’re vaccinated, so we’re out traveling,” said Tyrone Wells, a Delta passenger from San Antonio, TX. “I hope we can start traveling more. I would really like to go overseas. We have family over there, and I think it’s time to move on.”

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