Community mourns the loss of a brave young man who recently lost his fight against cancer.
Death rarely, if ever, has any rhyme or reason, Editor Don Whitten writes, and certainly makes the present and the future difficult to deal with. It’s the past that begins the healing, he writes, as he remembers Lafayette County’s Alan Arrington, who died earlier this week from injuries in an auto accident. (December 26, 2013, Page 4)
The news of the weekend auto accident that killed one OHS student and injured several others leaves Editor Don Whitten wondering the same thing all who have teens in their circle of family and friends – what do we do and what do we tell our children. (August 26, 2013, Page 4A)
Columnist Joanne Wilkinson spends more time in wonder about life, the future and death now that she’s older herself. (June 21, 2013, Page 1B)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department has positively identified a body found Sunday near FNC Park in a creek was that of West Springhill resident McKenzie Darrell Frierson and has ruled the death a homicide. (March 5, 2013, Page 1)
The body of a man found Sunday afternoon in Lafayette County could be that of McKenzie Darrell “Rell” Frierson, who has been missing since Jan. 31, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. (March 4, 2013, Page 1A, 5A)
Does it bother you a bit more when you see a squirrel dead in the middle of the road than when three bugs die crashing into your windshield? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at how there seems to be a pecking order in both life and death. (July 7, 2011, Page 4)
The tornado that left one Abbeville woman dead and two homes destroyed was an EF 2 tornado, which means it was fast and powerful, according to the National Weather Service. The twister produced winds of up to 130 mph.
Two tornadoes were spawned by a supercell thunderstorm; the other hit Ashland where it killed three people. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)
Diagnosed with cancer, Daniel Mertz was struggling with medical bills and other expenses when he sat down with Ability Works general case manager Phyllis Sabbatini on Thursday.
“I was without hope, but after just 30 minutes of talking to her, I had hope again,” Mertz said this morning. “She was just that type of person. Very kind and very understanding.”
Mertz found out this morning that Sabbatini died Sunday morning when her Abbeville home was ravaged by an EF2 tornado. (May 3, 2010, Page 1A)