Pearl Harbor veteran remembers

Posted by | December 5, 2003 12:00 am

Kim Swindell Wood
It was a calm, serene Sunday morning and most everyone was still asleep, but early-riser Staff Sgt. Richard Smith vividly remembers the day that forever changed the face of history.
It was Dec. 7, 1941, just before 8 a.m., when the striking force of 353 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Smith, who joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939 and was stationed at Hickam Field, had already risen from bed and was going about his daily routine when the devastating attack began.
Smith and his squadron had been at the field only seven days prior to the attack. … Read More


Thefts keep officers busy

Posted by | December 5, 2003 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
The White County Sheriff Department and Sparta City Police Department have been busy investigating several thefts in the area.
Reports filed from Nov. 26, 2003 with both the city and county law enforcement include over seven thefts.
On Nov. 26, 2003, a theft occurred sometime between the hours of 7:30 and 11:45 p.m., according to a report taken by Janiece England, Patrol. Tom Bulter, of Chestnut Ridge Apartments discovered unknown person or persons had entered his residence through a rear window and removed 30 DVD’s valued at $450. Detective Harold Blankenship is investigating the incident.
Also on Nov. 26, 2003, a report was taken from Marty … Read More


Doyle meets with new mayor

Posted by | December 5, 2003 12:00 am

Jarrod Conner
The Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday evening for the first time with their new mayor, Robert Meeks.
Meeks, who had been serving as vice-mayor, was formally sworn into office Tuesday afternoon to fill the vacany left after the death of Mayor George Barlow
who passed away Nov. 17, 2003. Barlow was remembered in prayer by Alderman John Murphy.
The board discussed the first item on their agenda, which was the resubmitting of a water grant. The grant, if approved by the state, will do major improvement to the Town of Doyle’s water system, including adding fire hydrants and upgrading the size of water … Read More


A litte gray around the edges

Posted by | December 5, 2003 12:00 am

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 … Read More


Lillie Eason Johnson

Posted by | December 4, 2003 12:00 am

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 by | December 4, 2003 12:00 am

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


Built to customers’ specifications

Posted by | December 2, 2003 12:00 am

Coleen Gorski
They build barns, storage buildings, offices and even homes. The work is of the best quality and the supplies are, as well.
David Moyer, manager, has worked for Valley Barn Builders for the last two and a half years. He started out as a builder and now manages the place.
“I started out needing a job,” he said, “and found out it was a good job, so I stayed with it.”
Valley Barn Builders has a basic building plan and then they go from there, and the sizes can vary.
A small home
14’x40’ or16’x40’ may only cost in the neighborhood of $6,000 to $10,000.
Windows … Read More


Dealing trucks the Boruff way

Posted by | December 2, 2003 12:00 am

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 … Read More






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