Stories from Friday, February 1, 2013
William Bruce "Bill" Crigger
William Bruce "Bill" Crigger, 70, of Verona, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in NHC Lewisburg Healthcare. Mr. Crigger was a native of Marshall County, and son of the late Dean and Evelyn Stewart Crigger. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was an electrician and small motor repairman...
Mike Farrar announces bid for mayor
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer A state-licensed bail bondsman, who's been outspoken about City Hall activities, has filed a petition at the election office to be named on Lewisburg's May 7 ballot as a candidate for mayor. In doing so, Michael Farrar is competing with Jim Bingham, a professional engineer who's serving as chairman of the city planning commission, for the office being vacated by Mayor Barbara Woods...
Legislation drafted on I-65 ticketing
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer State Rep. Billy Spivey is drafting a bill to address issues arising from Cornersville Police patrol of Interstate 65 and its state safety department permit to do so. "It would make some consequences automatic for bad actors, for lack of a better term, that are operating under a permit from the Department of Safety," Spivey said Tuesday afternoon...
LMS student wins Spelling Bee
By Clint Confehr Senior Staff Writer A Lewisburg Middle School student won the Marshall County Education Association District Spelling Bee on Tuesday at Marshall County High School. The winner, participating with the lucky No. 7 sign displayed on his chest, was Bryan Westmoreland, son of Lewisburg residents Adam Westmoreland and Dieardra Cozart...
Undefeated LMS Tigers claim back-to-back titles
The LMS Tigers scratched and clawed in a Big Cat fight with their namesake mascots from Charlotte before eventually wearing out and pouncing on their opponents 51-36 to claim the TMSAA Middle Tennessee Sectional Title for the fourth time in five years and the second time in back-to-back fashion.
"It feels great," said Lewisburg head coach David Lovell. "This group works so hard and they play together so well, they deserve this championship."
Forrest's Parker: Country boy in national spotlight
After long-time Forrest baseball coach Babe Hardison retired last year, the search was on for a new leader and when FHS athletic director Scott Delk became aware of a familiar name interested in the job, he knew he had his man.
That man was Farmington native and 1992 Marshall County High School graduate Chris Parker, who had already become a respected coach with a winning past, and Delk knew Parker was a full-time baseball junkie, who loved to get his hands dirty.
LMS Tigers crush Cheatham County
On Saturday, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers advanced to the championship game of the TMSAA Middle Tennessee Class AA Sectional tournament for the second straight year by hammering the Cheatham County Bearcats 43-7 in the semifinals at E.O. Coffman Middle School.
Cheatham County had defeated Bridgeforth 31-24 in the opening round of the tournament, but proved to be no match for the Tigers. Lewisburg built a 30-2 lead in the first half before outscoring the Bearcats 13-5 over the final two quarters to run their record to 18-0 on the season.
Tigers halt Columbia, Tigerettes fall
On Monday night, the Marshall County Tigers (13-9) completed the season sweep of Columbia Central (6-17) by defeating the Lions 57-49 at home.
The Tigerettes (8-13), meanwhile, had their modest two-game winning streak snapped earlier in the evening when they were thumped 67-19 by a strong Lady Lion squad.
Having defeated Columbia 61-52 in their previous meeting on Nov. 19, the Tigers took charge early in Monday's contest and jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter behind six points from Chris Walker.
Pope wins it for Rockets
Mark Pope made the most of senior night Tuesday in Chapel Hill, pouring in a game-high 22 points, including the game winning basket with 9.4 seconds remaining in the contest to lift the Rockets to a 62-60 win over Fayetteville.
"Coach wanted me to take it one on one, so I did," said Pope. "I was just looking to score and finish, or get the foul and I got both."
Forrest squandered a seven-point fourth quarter lead before needing Pope's late heroics to capture the all-important win for the Rockets that kept them in the thick of the chase for a first-round home game in the upcoming District 9-A Tournament.
Lady Bulldogs pound Columbia Academy
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (16-5, 9-1 District) continued their mastery over Columbia Academy by pummeling CA 60-23 on Monday night at the Maury County private school's new minted Anderson Fieldhouse.
Cornersville dominated the game from start to finish and built a 35-8 lead in the first half before outscoring Columbia Academy 25-15 over the final two quarters to cruise to their third straight victory.
Phifer leads Lady Rockets over Fayetteville
The Forrest Lady Rockets picked up a crucial win Tuesday in Chapel Hill on senior night, taking down the Fayetteville City Lady Tigers 58-37.
With the win, coupled with Cascade's 49-44 victory over MTCS (14-10, 7-6), Forrest (10-16, 6-6) now controls its own destiny and can finish in third place in District 9-A with triumphs at Community (14-9, 8-5) on Friday and in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon versus Eagleville (6-17, 2-10).
Tigers surge past Page in second half
The Marshall County Tigers picked up an important District win on Tuesday night when they defeated fourth place Page 67-54 on the road to complete the season sweep of the Patriots.
MCHS (14-9, 10-3 District) had won the last nine meetings against Page, which included a 72-63 victory on Dec. 11, but the Patriots (9-12, 6-5 District) hung tough early on and held a 33-32 lead at the end of the first half.
Bulldogs come up short against CA
You can't teach size. Columbia Academy handed the Cornersville Bulldogs their second straight loss on Monday night, as CA defeated CHS 56-39 at Anderson Fieldhouse behind a strong performance from 6'8" center Andrew Golden.
Ranked fourth in the current Class A AP state poll, Columbia Academy (18-3, 9-2 District) built a 25-13 lead in the first half before forging a 41-18 advantage late in the third quarter en route to claiming the 17-point victory.
Despite committing only 10 turnovers and hitting 5-of-13 three-point attempts, Cornersville (4-17, 3-7 District) finished with a modest 14 field goals on 25 percent shooting, while CA blocked 10 shots in the contest.
Page plows through Tigerettes
The Marshall County Tigerettes were unable to stop Page's undefeated run through District 12-AA, as MCHS suffered a 63-35 road loss at the hands of the Lady Patriots on Tuesday night.
Marshall County (8-14, 8-5 District) had played Page tough in their previous encounter on Dec. 11, before the defending District champs pulled away late for a 47-33 victory.
Forrest soccer standouts honored at banquet
Forrest Girls Soccer Awards
Brynn Colvin-1st Year Award
Lila Gladys Owen
Lila Gladys Owen, 79, of Fayetteville, formerly of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Lincoln Medical Center.
Ms. Owen was a native of Giles County, and daughter of the late Batie and Rossie Williams Owen. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by one sister, Grace Foster of Cloverdale, Va.; niece, Linda (David) Drinkard, and great-niece, Stephanie Drinkard, of Chesapeake, Va.
Graveside services will be conducted by Bill Tankersley at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbia.
Visitation will be held from 9 until 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at London Funeral Home.
London Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Austin Alfred "Fred" Parsons
Austin Alfred "Fred" Parsons, 71, of Lewisburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at his residence. Mr. Parsons was a native of Hornersville, Mo., and he was the son of the late Alfred Austin and Ola Brewer Parsons. He graduated from Hornersville High School and attended Arkansas State University for two years where he was a varsity baseball player. ...