Monthly Archives: April 2009

Robert Snyder McCoy

Posted on April 21, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

In honor and remembrance of service to his country.

Robert Snyder McCoy, 86, of Sparta, passed away April 20, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. McCoy was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Rainelle, Va., to Edward Clarence and Arista Crookshanks McCoy.
Mr. McCoy was a graduate of American University, in Washington D.C., and attended graduate school at UCLA. He was a U.S. Army sergeant during World War II and was stationed in Europe. Mr. McCoy was also vice president of CAL Corp.
Survivors include his wife, Bette McCoy, of Sparta; daughter, Joyce Borhchardt, of Evans, Ga.; son, Larry McCoy, of Dallas; and three grandchildren, John David Borchardt, Trevor Borchardt … Read More

WCHS track and field at Cookeville meet

Posted on April 21, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The White County High School track and field team recently competed in a meet at Cookeville.

Warriors lose baseball shoot out with Franklin County

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Josh Peterson gets back into second base safely during Friday's loss to Franklin County.

The Warriors put 11 runs on the board in Friday’s non-district contest with Franklin County, but couldn’t manage the win.
The visiting Rebels defeated the Warriors 13-11 in baseball’s version of a shootout. The story of the game wasn’t how many runs were scored, it was about how many WCHS could have scored. The Warriors left 16 runners stranded in the game. Ten of those were in scoring position with five of them being left at third. As has been the case so many times this year for WCHS, just one key hit could … Read More

Track and field action in Crossville

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Alex Stover heads toward the finish line in a recent race.

The White County High School track and field team traveled to Crossville Thursday for a meet at Cumberland County High School.
Complete final results were not available, but Coach Dave Bruce did provide some highlights of the meet for the WCHS athletes.
Lacy Yslas set a school record in the discus with a throw of 102 feet.
Chelsea Baca set a pair of school records in the hurdle events. Her time of 51.7 in the 300-meter hurdles was the first record on the day. She followed with a time of 17.9 in the 100-meter hurdles for another … Read More

Annual Trash and Treasure Sale May 2

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

The Annual Trash and Treasure Sale sponsored by the May Cravath Wharton Association of the Uplands Retirement Village will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 2, 2009, in the Blue Barn off of Lake Street in Pleasant Hill. The Blue Barn is filled to overflowing with items this year so everyone is certain to find something that will appeal to them. The Community House will hold a variety of pieces of furniture.
The Blue Barn is located next to the Wharton Nursing Home on Lake Street in Pleasant Hill. The Community House is at the corner of Main and Church Street, across from the Post Office. Signs will show … Read More

Celebrate Beatles’ “All We Need is Love”at Playhouse

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

New York State of Mind. 2008 CCP Dance & Theater Education Program Spring Performance. Photo featuring: Lani Short, Eden Flanders, Jensen Crain, Logan Hartman, Loren Safdie, Mikaela Thacker, Katie Greene; Sara Nelson and Aven Chadwell in the middle.

Cumberland County Playhouse, in Crossville, sets the music of the Beatles into song and dance in ‘All we Need is Love,’ a performance of the Triple Threat Dance and Theater Education Program, students and faculty, April 30-May 2, on Playhouse Mainstage. The production is sponsored by CCP’s Education Sponsor, Hughes Real Estate Services.
Eldar Valiev, dance director and Nicole Begue, director of education, create this production, with Playhouse professional company … Read More

Anthony Darrell Brymer

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Anthony Darrell Brymer, 39, of Spencer, passed away April 20, 2009, at his residence.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., April 22, 2009, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Cummingsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-9 p.m., April 21, at the funeral home and 8 a.m. until time for the service April 22.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ruth Haston Ockomon

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Mary Ruth Haston Ockomon, 84, of Indiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 18, 2009, in Anderson, Ind.
Mrs. Ockomon was born Aug. 29, 1924, in White County, to Edwin Smith Haston and Ethel Jane Dodson Haston.
She retired, in 1978, from Delco Remy Division of General Motors.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Loron Ockomon, and her parents.
Survivors include her children, Dixie and Jerry Burmeister, of Pendleton, Ind., Roger and Kathy Ockomon, of North Webster, Ind., Kris and Ann Ockomon, Skip and Diana Ockomon, all of Anderson, Ind.; brothers, Ernie Haston and wife Betty, of Greensburg, Ind., Bill Haston and wife Marilyn, of … Read More

Sparta Police investigating Sparta man’s death

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Suspicious death. Investigators with Sparta Police and special agents with TBI are processing this residence on Oak Street to find out what happened to a Sparta man, who was found dead.

    Sparta Police and special agents with the TBI are investigating the death of a man, who was found in his home on Oak Street, at approximately 8 a.m., on Monday, April 20.
    According to Investigator Allen Selby with Sparta Police, city officers were dispatched to do a welfare check on Stuart Butler of 33 Oak Street. Officers were unable to get a response, entered the residence, and found Butler on the living room floor.
    Investigators were called … Read More

Doyle Fire Dept. has interim chief

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

New leadership. Paul McCormick took over as Doyle Fire Chief, after Jimmy Savage turned in his resignation.

Financial hardships and medical issues have caused three valued volunteer firefighters, including the chief, to turn in their resignations.
At the April meeting of the Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Fire Chief Jimmy Savage turned in his resignation, as did firefighter and first responder John Wilson. Savage also informed the Board that Assistant Chief Troy Lawson was also resigning.
Savage, who also works as an emergency medical technician with the ambulance service, explained he is having to look for employment in areas outside of the county. He pointed out the … Read More

Burglary suspects being sought

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Stamps stolen. Thieves entered the First United Presbyterian Church and took approximately $80 worth of stamps in a case police are investigating.

Burgled and vandalized. Officers with Sparta Police responded Tuesday, April 14 to the law office of Cindy Howell on Bockman Way in reference to a burglary.

Officers with Sparta Police Department are investigating two recent burglaries of a business and a church involving stolen items and damaged property.
According to Police Chief Jeff Guth, Officer Brent Copeland responded to the office of Attorney Cindy Howell on Bockman Way in reference to a burglary that occurred sometime between 7 p.m. April 13 and 8 a.m. April 14.… Read More

Chosen to be leader of the Pack

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A championship coach. N.C. State wanted a coach who was successful as both a coach and a player. Cutting down nets is something that Kellie Harper, a 1995 graduate of White County High School, has done numerous times.

Kellie (Jolly) Harper has been a winner wherever she has been on the basketball court.
Her success as a player and a coach, as well as a basketball pedigree that is second to none, made her the choice to become the new head coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack women’s basketball team.
Harper has won no matter where she has played or coached. She began as a winner back … Read More

Out-of-town garbage questioned

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

A copy of a resolution passed in November 1997 that implemented a solid waste disposal fee and eliminated all out-of-town garbage at the landfill was reviewed by several county commissioners last week after receiving information that neighboring DeKalb County was hauling its refuse to White County.
This fee was designed to help raise the required funds to meet state and federal regulations for landfill operations. The fee was set at $5 for residential users. An amendment included eliminating any out-of-town garbage.
According to a March 25, 2009, article in the Smithville Review newspaper, DeKalb County Mayor Mike Foster stated White County was accepting his county’s garbage while a … Read More

Top Ten 2009 Gardening Trends

Posted on April 20, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bees swarm to Solidago ‘Fireworks’ from American Beauties native plants.

Sun Parasol Pretty Crimson on trellis.

Americans craving authenticity and fretting over a bleak economy have reinvigorated the trend to grow-it-yourself (GIY). From blueberries to houseplants, GIY is the new mantra as folks turn “back to the future” to simplify their lives while gardening for the greener good.
“It’s a resurgence of gardening for the greater good — for the earth and our wallets,” says Susan McCoy, trend spotter and president of the Garden Media Group (GMG). “The most exciting movement seems to be that gardening is popular again, particularly among younger homeowners,” she adds.
GMG’s gardening trends … Read More

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