A Hull man who has been the subject of many 9-1-1 calls over the past year was arrested recently when sheriff’s deputies were once again sent to the residence on Glen Carrie Road regarding a domestic dispute.
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COMMERCE - Annie Lee Beck, 83, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Wilbanks Personal Care Home. Mrs. Beck was born in Homer, the daughter of the late Herbert and Vennie Watts Daniel. She was a poultry farmer, foster parent, homemaker, and a member of Union Baptist Church. Mrs. Beck was preceded in death by her husband, James Boyd Beck; and ...
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Randy Wilson and Charlie Burroughs stood on the spot recently where the explosion happened. They talked of the firefighter life. They expressed thanks to be alive and living in a place where others have their back.
They joked of the future T-shirts: “We had a blast in Comer.”
It was a scene worth a photo — particularly given the light-hearted contrast to the grim event on that patch of dirt off Gholston Street Oct. 18. On that day, a routine fire call turned violent in a hurry. And both guys found themselves flat on their backs, burned, temporarily deaf and blind, rubber and oil caking their faces and soaking their eyes. Burroughs’ right hand was nearly ripped off at the wrist.
The two men had spent decades responding to people in need.
Now the roles had been flipped.
“It was just instant blindness and deafness,” recalled Burroughs. “They really didn’t know who I was. I was covered in black oil and rubber. So, they couldn’t tell who I was. They thought I was the driver of the truck.”
On that October day on Hwy. 72 in Comer, the brakes on a chicken litter truck were on fire. Wilson and Burroughs were among the volunteer firemen who responded. After the fire was extinguished on Hwy. 72, the truck was pulled over onto Gholston Street in front of the Windstream office where Wilson works. About 30 minutes after the call, the two firefighters checked the truck for heat. That’s when a back tire on the truck blew up. People in nearby buildings said they could feel the shake of the compression blast.
“We were doing just a routine check for heat,” said Burroughs. “I stuck my hand in there checking for heat. Right as I did that, it blew. There wasn’t no warning, no nothing. It just went. No warning at all.” [Full Story »]
Madison County’s wrestling team rode home with a third-place trophy from the Union County Tournament Saturday. “It was good for our guys, a good learning experience,” said Red Raider head coach Ritchie Houston, whose team finished behind Clarke Central and Flowery Branch in the 10-team field. “It wasn’t a real tough tournament, but it ...
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I am not a fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare). However, I am a fan of checking facts and avoiding political propaganda. We need to be especially careful of accepting political propaganda just because it supports what we want to believe. It is certainly true that the ACA website, healthcare.gov, is a complete disaster. However, almost everything else in Frank Gilllispie’s November 24 editorial on the ACA fails the truth test. Take a look at the world according to Gillispie: [Full Story »]