Thursday, April 20, 2006
Local News Briefs
Donna Olita ‘lives her dream’ in 110th Boston Marathon
Holly Springs’ own Donna Olita ran in the world’s oldest and most prestigious footrace Monday.
Olita finished the 110th edition of the Boston Marathon (26.2 miles) in 4:08.50, according to the event’s Web site.
Almost 20,000 runners completed the marathon, 12,064 males and 7,625 females.
Men’s winner Robert Cheruiyot set a course record (2:07:14), as he and women’s winner Rita Jeptoo (2:23:38) pulled off a Kenyan sweep.
In an interview late last year after qualifying for the Boston Marathon, Olita said, “It has been a personal goal (since she started running in 2001). Not everyone gets to go to Boston. I have worked very hard. It’s a dream come true.”
Olita lived her dream Monday.
May Day activities honoring ‘Mama Lessye’ set for May 6
The 2006 Lessye Lee Davis May Day parade and activities are set for Saturday, May 6.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. It will start from M.I. campus and go around the square.
May Day is an annual event in memory of “Mama Lessye,” 4-H advisor in Marshall County for many years. The day is set aside to honor her and keep her legacy alive.
Chairperson this year is Myra Scales. For more information, call her at 252-4958 or 544-0143.
Three killed in accident Sunday morning on 178
Two juveniles and one 21-year-old were killed in an early Sunday morning, head-on collision on Highway 178 about a half mile west of the Holly Springs City limits.
Jarvis Faulkner, 21, Ackzavea Faulkner, 15, and Matthew McKinney, 15, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Marshall County coroner John Garrison.
The two 15-year-olds would have been 16 in June, according to officials with Brittenum Funeral Home which received the bodies of the young men.
All three were riding in the same vehicle, according to Lt. Rodney Crane with the Holly Springs Fire Department. First responders were called to the accident at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, April 16, he said.
Garrison arrived at the scene at 2:37 a.m., he said.
Fire chief Kenny Holbrook said the driver of the second vehicle had abandoned his vehicle and left the scene prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.
Other calls answered by the Holly Springs Fire Department last week included a call to a dumpster fire in the alley at North Center Street Friday, April 14, at 7:25 p.m.; a call to three grass fires; and three medical calls taken between Tuesday and Friday last week.
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