GED graduates look toward future

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Top students. The GED Class of 2009 announced its Top Ten list on Sunday. Two students tied for eighth place. (1) Jason Griffin, (2) Eddy McConkey, (3) Betty Usrey, (4) Aubrey Spears, (5) Teresa Weaver, (6) Phyllis Dwyer, (7) Frances Randolph, (8) Jennifer Dobbs, (8) Justin McCulley, (9) James Carter, and (10) Jacob Samford.

Anxious. GED graduates who participated in Sunday’s ceremony pause for a moment prior to entering the stage area where friends and family await their arrival. A complete list of names can be found in the story.

White County Middle School was the setting for the 2009 Class of 2009 GED graduation as friends and … CONTINUED

Landfill discussion continues at meeting

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Information. John Tony, former landfill employee, addresses members of the Solid Waste Committee about alleged problems at the landfill.

County commissioners listened to one of their fellow board members Monday night as he expressed his concerns about the future of White County’s landfill and the lack of recognition for the Solid Waste Committee.
Commissioner Milton Herren, who also serves as chairman of the Solid Waste Committee, told about an April 27, 2009, meeting called by Commission Chairman Terry Alley.
“I don’t know how the rest of the county commissioners feel about this – and for some reason the Solid Waste Committee is not being recognized,” said Herren. “This … CONTINUED

Funding sought for General Dibrell’s revolver

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Rare weapon. This Colt model 1851 36-caliber Navy revolver, which is inscribed “Presented to Col. George Dibrell 8th Tenn. Cav./ by friends and citizens of Sparta, Tenn., is now available from a private collector and, hopefully, can be brought back to the people of White County.

General George Dibrell

White County Heritage Museum has an opportunity to bring a very special piece of the county’s heritage back to the people of White County.
General George Dibrell’s Colt Model 1851 Navy 36-caliber revolver, which was presented to Gen. Dibrell and inscribed by “friends and citizens of Sparta, Tenn.”, is available for sale by its current owner, a collector in … CONTINUED

Motlow of Sparta expanding facility

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Motlow in Sparta will soon be increasing the size of its facility less two years after the institution officially opened its doors to those who are seeking to further their education.
Donny Haley, director of White County schools, said on Wednesday approximately 1,200 square feet will be added to the existing site, which includes one classroom, a set of bathrooms and a conference room. Haley said the addition would cost roughly $200,000. The classroom is expected to accommodate approximately 80 students because of the manner in which classes are scheduled.
During the Monday night meeting of White County Board of Commissioners, members approved a resolution to fund $20,000 … CONTINUED

Christopher Scott Cantrell

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Christopher Scott Cantrell, 37, of Doyle, passed away May 16, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mr. Cantrell was born March 17, 1972, in Dublin, Ga., to Deborah Aldridge and N.J. Cantrell Sr.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Pappas, of Arizona; mother, Deborah Cantrell, of Tampa, Fla.; sister, Shannon Witherington,  of Clarksville.; and aunt, Nancy Aldridge, of Doyle.
Graveside service will be 3 p.m., May 19, 2009, at Shady Grove Cemetery, in Morrison. John Murphy will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Williams Bradley

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Clara Williams Bradley, 94, of Sparta, passed away May 20, 2009, at White County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Bradley was born Oct. 28, 1914, in Sparta, to John and Amy Hudgins Williams.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Bradley; sisters, Amy Evelyn Williams, Sue Katherine (Susie) Williams, Frances Brock; and one brother, Frank C. Williams.
Mrs. Bradley had been a beautician and a member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her niece, Amy Sue Tollison and husband Buck, of Sparta; nephews, Charles Brock and wife Charlene, James Brock and wife Janice, all of Ohio; and caretakers, Edward Tollison and daughter Destiny, Julie Locke, all of Sparta.… CONTINUED

Over 100 athletes get physicals completed

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Blood pressure check. Three of the school nurses (l to r), Teresa Phillips, Judy Guth and Delena Nash check the blood pressure of athletes, Devon Davidson, Marissa Holland and Chelsea Holland. Physicals were completed on 114 student athletes Tuesday evening.

Lined up in the halls. Brandon Smartt (ATC, L) gives instructions to the girls lined up in the halls of WCHS awaiting the final stop during their physicals. Smartt, who is employed by White County Community Hospital, organized the physicals in conjunction with local doctors.

For approximately an hour and a half on Tuesday evening, the halls of White County High School were converted from the passageways of … CONTINUED

Yslas and Bales compete against state’s best today

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Casey Bales - 800-meter run

Lacy Yslas - discus throw

While the ultimate goal of every student athlete, no matter the sport, when the season begins is to win a state title, teams or individuals often set that goal as “making it to the state.”
During the 90’s, White County High School was a regular in state tournament appearances between volleyball, girls’ basketball and boys’ basketball. During each and every school year from 1990-1999, WCHS had at least one state tournament participant. When you add golf in that list, there were several years during that time frame that the fans from Sparta had the privilege of cheering on … CONTINUED

Yslas finishes 5th in state!

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Lacy Yslas finished fifth in the state in the discus throw with a toss of 113 feet one inch.

Two of White County’s athletes made their state track and field appearances on Thursday at MTSU.
Lacy Yslas, despite having only learned how to throw the discus approximately 14 months ago, finished her senior season off with a bang.  Less than six hours from when the graduation ceremonies were to begin at Warrior Stadium, Yslas was on the podium at MTSU’s track stadium accepting her fifth place medal.  Yslas set a new personal and school record with a throw of 113 feet one inch.
The 16-person meet was divided … CONTINUED

More results from Little League games

Posted by | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Action at third. A Jeff’s Body Shop runner slides into third as Rotary Club’s third baseman applies the tag in pitching machine baseball action.

Waiting on the runner. The Tristate Distribution third baseman awaits the Sonic runner in pitching machine softball action.

Games were somewhat limited during the two-week period from April 27th through May 9th due to Mother Nature. The following are the reported results from those games.
In pitching machine softball action on the 27th, Tristate Distribution edged Express Graphics 11-10. Leading the scoring for Tristate were Hailie Young and Angelle Howard with three runs each. Express was led by Kami Pullum and Veronica Lumpkin with … CONTINUED

Child rape charges heard in court

Posted by | May 20, 2009 12:00 am

A grand jury indictment was unsealed in White County Criminal Court, May 18, in the case of Doyle resident Selby Seals, who faces 130 counts including rape of a child, sexual battery by an authority figure, and aggravated sexual battery.
Three specific time frames were alleged in the indictment. It alleges sexual acts were performed with a minor child less than 13 years old between August 1992 and November 1995.
Additional counts allege sexual acts were performed with a minor child less than 13 years old, but over three years old, between October 2001 and October 2003.
The indictment also alleges sexual acts were performed with a minor … CONTINUED

Teresa Beth McKee Waggoner

Posted by | May 20, 2009 12:00 am

Teresa Beth McKee Waggoner, 52, of Sparta, passed away May 18, 2009.
Ms. Waggoner was born Sept. 30, 1956, in Florence, Ala., and moved to Sparta at the age of 11. She was a graduate of White County High School and attended Tennessee Technological University, and while attending college, became ill and has fought a long hard battle for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis McKee; two uncles, Don Estes, Bass Estes; and one aunt, Sylvia Estes Redmon.
Survivors include her son, Kris Waggoner, of Sparta; mother, Linda Estes Strasburg and husband Pete, of Sparta; … CONTINUED

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