Monthly Archives: December 2003

A litte gray around the edges

Posted on December 5, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Looking back over the past 30 years reflects on some major changes in the world, but Nov. 29, 2003, the Class of 1973 was locked into a time when high school days were fun and life was a little less complicated.
The plans for the 30th reunion of the class of more than 200 students began with some well-intentioned plans by a few classmates. After all, 30 years is a milestone. Not only are there children’s pictures inside the leather wallets, but grandchildren also now take a rightful place in the photo gallery.
This reporter, along with a few other class members, began making plans … CONTINUED


Lillie Eason Johnson

Posted on December 4, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Lillie Eason Johnson, 81, of Lumberton, N.C., passed away Dec. 2, 2003, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.
Johnson was born in Red Springs, N.C.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda V. McCulley, of Sparta; one son, Luther Harold Johnson, of St. Pauls, N.C.; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Services will be at 8 p.m., Dec. 4, 2003, at McNeill Funeral Home in St. Pauls, N.C. with burial in Great Marsh Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. David McGugan officiated.
McNeill Funeral Home in St. Pauls, N.C. is in charge of arrangements.
This information is courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.


Peggy Elaine Lowery Tallent

Posted on December 4, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Peggy Elaine Lowery Tallent, 52, of Sparta, passed away Dec. 1, 2003, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Tallent was born Feb. 17, 1951, in White County, to Carl Denny and Helen Southard Lowery.
She was retired from Mallory Timers.
Survivors include one daughter, Carla Michele Tallent, of Sparta; parents, Carl Denny and Helen Southard Lowery, of Sparta; one granddaughter, Cheyenne Elaine of Sparta; one sister, Susan George, of Nashville; and one brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Sherry Lowery, of Flintville.
Services were at 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 2003, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Don Johnson and Bobby Wilhite officiated.
Hunter Funeral Home was


Dealing trucks the Boruff way

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
When a customer is looking for the perfect deal on a brand new vehicle and great service without all the hassle, Bill Boruff has the answer.
Before Bill Boruff moved to his seven-acre dealership on Highway 111, on April 1, 1979, he had begun his business in a rather small and modest car lot in downtown Sparta. His vision and tenacity took him quickly into the future of a larger venture, which he located on a huge piece of property directly in the hub of inter-county travel.
Today, his business offers the best in automotive selections, including Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. Any make or model … CONTINUED


Warriors split games at Thanksgiving Classic

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes win two more, now a perfect 5-0

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriors win two in Thanksgiving Classic

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


Warriorettes suffer overtime loss to York

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Tammy Wilhite


A Thanksgiving from the heart

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
In 1988, Mike Parker’s health began a downhill spiral toward death, but now, 15 years later, he is alive and well, all because of the generosity of an unidentified 25-year-old man.
Most men do not even begin to worry about their health until they reach 40, because that is the age when statistics have shown a greater risk for heart attacks. However, Parker was only 36 when he suffered his first heart attack in 1988. Doctors prescribed medication and gave him all the appropriate guidelines for a heart attack patient. Parker proceeded living each day, not giving much thought to any reoccurrence of this life-threatening … CONTINUED


Oaklawn luminary service honors loved ones

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
Christmas holidays are a time of joy for families, but for those who have lost loved ones during the past year, there still remains a sense of loss during the season of celebration.
The holidays are filled with shopping expeditions and decorating the Christmas tree with specially chosen ornaments. Parents are helping small children reach those highest limbs so they can place the garlands of red and silver in just the right spot. However, for some White Countians, these pleasant memories have been overshadowed by the death of a spouse, a parent, and yes – even a child.
How can these individuals get through the … CONTINUED


Meth lab busted

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
The White County community can ‘give thanks’ to the White County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit for the discovery and disposal of another meth lab in the county on Thanksgiving Eve.
Elmer Stanley Young was arrested and faces several charges after Deputy Charles Sims and Deputy Dale Bumbalough received information concerning a possible meth lab.
On Nov. 26, 2003, information came into the Sheriff’s office that Young was cooking methamphetamine in a barn located on Harden Road. Officers arrived on the scene and immediately detected a strong odor associated with the manufacture of meth coming from the barn. When officers entered the structure, the smell was extremely … CONTINUED


Drug bust nets four

Posted on December 2, 2003 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Four local men were charged in a drug-related incident on Sunday after information was received by the White County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit.
One Sparta man was picked up and arrested on a capias (failure to appear in court), and another arrested and charged with possession of schedule II [meth] for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Two others were arrested and now face multiple drug and weapons charges.
According to the report by White County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 9:27 p.m., Nov. 30, 2003, the Narcotics Unit received information about a residence where Charles Norris and Connie Webb reside on Simpson Road. Meth was reported … CONTINUED


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