"More News" section in BuddyPress Community Theme not working


I have a few questions on the BuddyPress Community Theme

I am building a theme at belmonte.co.za, but the "more news" section on the front page is not working. I have more than one test post in there already and even back-dated them, still nothing displays.

How do I remove the "Search" bar at the top?

How do I change the word "FROM THE BLOG" on the front page to something else?

Thanks for a great community!