Another Status Update: The Forum backend code is now 90% done and soon we will begin work on the Portal side of our new system.
Hopefully it should be operational by this holiday weekend, allowing users to submit news that isn't on our front/main page simply by posting it in the Forum.
This will make posting news easier while reducing the lag/wait time of news being posted to the main page, and it will also allow commenting/replying on new news before it hits the main page as well.
Update: Below is a pic of the button above threads for those who can approve Site News to promote threads there.
Update #2: The Portal code is now implemented and the new system integration is near completion!