Ruth M. Long Swack

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

Ruth M. Long Swack, 86, of Raleigh Township, Mich., passed away April 22, 2008.
Swack was preceded in death by her husband, Davis Ray Swack.
Survivors include her daughter, Susan Jenkins and husband Robert; two sons, Gerald Long and wife Sue, Thomas R. Long; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be graveside at 11 a.m., June 21, 2008, at Doyle Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Strong will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Upsets abound in Little League City Tourney finals

Posted by | June 19, 2008 12:00 am

Little League boys' title game

Senior girls' championship game

   Monday’s championship games of the Little League City Tournament were dominated by the underdog as four of the six tourney titles were captured by teams that didn’t win the regular season title.
    Only two teams took home both the regular season and tournament titles and one of those were by forfeit.  The Little League girls 11/12 year old division didn’t get a chance to see an upset in the final game as undefeated First National Bank won the title by virtue of a forfeit by Citizen’s Bank.
    The only other league that saw one team take home both plaques … Read More


Charlotte Jean Sopha

Posted by | June 17, 2008 12:00 am

Charlotte Jean Sopha, 68, of Sparta, passed away June 14, 2008, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Sopha was born March 5, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., to Homer Walter and Vila Elnora Knowles Sopha.
She had been an accountant with Buddy Lee Agency, Hoosier Tires and several other country music agencies.
Sopha was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Michael Sopha, Kenneth Sopha; one sister, Pauline Sopha; one nephew, Christopher Sopha; and one great-niece, La Shea Angelle Howard.
Survivors include her family; Doug and Becky Sopha, of Townsend, Joan and Billy Williams, of Sparta, Debbie Sopha, of Sparta, Tammy and Steve Howard, of Sparta, Angelle Howard, … Read More



It has truly been a privilege

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

While my name may be absent from the staff box of the newspaper very soon, working here has been a wonderful, very educational experience.
After nearly six years of taking photos, chasing police cars and sticking my nose into other business around the county and then having the information printed in the newspaper, I am stepping into another opportunity and challenge at the Chamber of Commerce.
It has truly been a blessing and a fun experience to entertain and educate the readers of The Expositor. I have met so many wonderful people around the county and appreciate everyone’s help during the course of my reporting career.
Because a … Read More


Storm brings down huge wall at Philips

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

On Friday, June 13, 2008, a severe storm swept through the southern part of White County and caused extreme damage to Philips Professional Luminaires of North America (formerly Genlyte Thomas).
“We were blessed that we didn’t have any injuries or fatalities,” said Kent Frisbee, employee relations at Philips. “The second shift was already in the building when it hit. We have a different schedule on Fridays and, if it had been another day of the week, it could have been much worse.”
At approximately 3 p.m., just after the Friday afternoon shift change, high winds caused trees to “double over” and blew open some doors in the building. … Read More


YMCA asks for more money

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

Bob Breeding

One of the men who instrumental in helping form Sparta-White County YMCA and still remains an active member of the board of directors appeared before county commissioners last week to ask for financial help for the struggling organization.
Bob Breeding, former mayor of Sparta, addressed the budget committee of White County Board of Commissioners and explained how the YMCA does not have any endowment funds or certificates of deposit from which to draw financial assistance. As Breeding explained, “…just go from one payroll to the next, and it’s not always easy.”
Breeding said in 2007 he told Sparta Mayor Tommy Pedigo the YMCA was going to … Read More


James M. Yates

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

James M. Yates, 80, of Spencer, passed away June 15, 2008.
Yates was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Van Buren County, to Mike and Alma Sullivan Yates.
Services will be 2 p.m., June 19, 2008, at Spencer Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Spencer Town Cemetery.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ella Louise Reece Davis Harris

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

Ella Louise Reece Davis Harris, 52, of Sparta, passed away June 15, 2008, at her residence.
Harris was born Nov. 2, 1955, in White County, to John Frank and Vernie Mae Gamble Reece.
She was a retired factory worker.    
Harris was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Matthew Logan Tell Harris; one brother, John Ray Reece; and one sister, Molly Reece Miller.
Survivors include her husband, James L. Harris; one son, Erik K. Davis and wife Stephanie, of Virginia Beach, Va.; one daughter, Shana Marie Harris Mason and husband Ricky, of Rock Island; four grandchildren; one sister, Ann Davis and husband Howard, of Sparta; and several … Read More


Charlotte Jean Sopha

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

Charlotte Jean Sopha, 68, of Sparta, passed away June 14, 2008, at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin.
Sopha was born March 5, 1920, in Detroit, Mich., to Homer Walter and Vila Elnora Knowles Sopha.
She had been an accountant with Buddy Lee Agency, Hoosier Tires and several other country music agencies.
Sopha was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Michael Sopha, Kenneth Sopha; one sister, Pauline Sopha; one nephew, Christopher Sopha; and one great-niece, La Shea Angelle Howard.
Survivors include her family; Doug and Becky Sopha, of Townsend, Joan and Billy Williams, of Sparta, Debbie Sopha, of Sparta, Tammy and Steve Howard, of Sparta, Angelle Howard, … Read More


Jessie Ray Shockley

Posted by | June 16, 2008 12:00 am

Jessie Ray Shockley, 82, of Spencer, passed away June 15, 2008.
Shockley was born May 4, 1926, in Van Buren County, to Waymon and Ruthie McCormick Shockley.
Services will be 1 p.m., June 17, 2008, at Spencer Funeral Home with burial at Sietz Cemetery. Billy Reed will officiate.
Spencer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


It can be a tough job!

Posted by | June 15, 2008 12:00 am

    I’ve decided it’s official.  I need hazardous duty pay.  
    I’ve known for quite a few years now that I have to be very careful when covering sporting events because I find myself in the line of fire quite often.  
    I’m on the sidelines of football games with huge guys coming flying out of bounds at me, not just at the high school level but also at Tech games.  I stand on the field at high school softball and baseball games with balls flying everywhere at any certain time.  I am also along the baseline at basketball and volleyball games.  Even at soccer games, I have to avoid the … Read More


Change is coming for WCHS athletics

Posted by | June 15, 2008 12:00 am

    The 2008-09 season will mark the 25th year the White County High School teams have been a member of District 7AAA and have competed with the Murfreesboro schools.
    Due to a recent vote by the TSSAA Board of Control, the 25th year will be the final one at least for four years.  
    Last week, the Board of Control had their meeting and by a narrow vote of 5-4 voted to pass the new realignment, known as the “Z-Plan.”  The plan had been up for consideration in 2004, but failed 7-2.  This time with some tweaking and kinks worked out the plan passed.
    The new plan, which will go … Read More


Stage set for Little League’s biggest night

Posted by | June 15, 2008 12:00 am

Pitching machine baseball action

    The regular season is over and all the tournament preliminaries are in the book.
    Tonight, Little League will take center stage with the finals of the city tournament and the naming of All Stars.  One league’s tournament champion has already been decided with the other five to be decided Monday night followed by the naming of All Stars at the conclusion of the final game.
    In 11/12 year old softball action, First National Bank polished off a perfect season capturing the title with a forfeit by Citizen’s Bank.  The other divisions are hoping to be able to settle their titles on the field tonight.… Read More


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