COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) Two children died Saturday night in a car crash at the intersection of NC 131 and Silverspoon Rd.
A 2001 Isuzu SUV traveling south on Silverspoon Rd. ran a stop sign and crashed into a 2011 Honda Accord traveling west on NC 131. Both cars went off the road.
The two children in the SUV were ejected. No safety devices were used.
Driver of the Isuzu SUV, Jesus Mondragon of Whiteville, 34, was traveling with three juveniles. The driver and one passenger, believed to be a family member, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The other two passengers, children of the driver, were killed on the scene.
Driver of the Honda Accord, Hannah Worley of Whiteville, 21, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Monday, we talked with family members of Worley, she suffered neck fractures, broken ribs, and apunctured lung.
They tell us, she was leaving her parents house and was on the phone with her grandmother when the crash happened.
According to loved ones, Worley is expected to make a full recovery.
It puts everything back into perspective. Everyday you take things for granted, but we are very lucky. When we came out of the ER Saturday night, the whole lobby was full of people from church, school, friends. It was very comforting knowing everybody was here, all the prayers were going up. Said Tiffany Worley, sister of Hannah Worley.
Alcohol was not a factor, but the driver will face traffic violations with more charges expected pending a full investigation, said Sgt. SJ Greene with State Highway Patrol.
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At least four people were killed and 32 others injured when two trains collided in Fayum, a city about 150 kilometers (93 miles) southwest of Cairo, Egyptian railway officials told Efe Sunday.
The accident occurred Saturday night when a train traveling from the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to Fayum exceeded the speed limit and ignored signals on the track.
The train collided head-on with a train heading from Fayum to the town of Al Wasti.
The engineer who was speeding and ignored the signals was among those killed in the accident, railway officials said.
Train and traffic accidents are common in Egypt, where roads and vehicles are in poor condition, drivers are aggressive and highways are badly marked.
Egypts worst railway accident occurred in 2002, when a fire aboard a packed train traveling from Cairo to Luxor killed 376 people, officials said. EFE
From the road, the dark chevron that snakes along the grounds of the Coatesville VA Hospital looks like a fence for a Little League diamond.
Come closer, on a cold, blustery day, and youll see men and women approach it slowly, silently – a sign announces: Quiet Zone.
A bearded, ponytailed man walks up to the wall and searches its 250-foot length for a name etched into the powder-coated aluminum. He finds what hes looking for, touching the words, tracing their length, and then pulls back to take in their collective weight, 58,282 names in all.
George and Deborah Cross drove out from Downingtown on Thursday morning. She was looking for Norman Byassee, a cousin she never got to meet. The sailor died in a helicopter crash Feb. 26, 1970, in An Giang, South Vietnam. He was 21 and married, from her dads side of the family.
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Traveling with a pet isnt easy, since there are more rules than destinations. Kelly Carter, president of thejetsetpets.com and AOLs resident pet travel expert, and Sheron Long, frequent international traveler and author of Dog Trots Globe — To Paris and Provence, share their tips:
- Research before you go and make reservations early. Airlines offer a limited number of cabin spots for pets, and they are first-come, first-served.
- Know the weight, age and kennel size and closure restrictions for the airline youre flying.
- Fees vary for pets, so have your checkbook or credit card ready at the airport.
- Know how much room you will have under the seat for your pet and your legs. Seatguru.com lists the dimensions on any seat on any aircraft.
- Ask for a window seat to avoid your pet getting kicked if fellow passengers want to leave their seats.
- Find out about frequent flier miles, since those policies differ with each airline.
- To prevent accidents, dont give your pet food or water on the flight. Ask for ice cubes and let the animal lick them as needed.
- Carry a portfolio that includes your pets proof of rabies, vaccination records, a photo, your vets name and number, a list of medicines and references from managers of hotels where you have stayed.
- Try to fly nonstop.
- For international travelers, every country has its own regulations, paperwork and quarantine periods. Be prepared and patient.
- Dont give your pet a sedative, since most airlines wont take a sedated animal.
- Food is not allowed in pet carriers but tape it to the outside in case the flight is delayed or if it lasts longer than 12 hours.
- If your pet is flying in cargo, ask how it will be transported from the terminal to the plane. Some airlines have air-conditioned or heated vans.
- Pack your pet with a toy or a piece of your clothing to reassure your pet while you are separated.
If thou be judge, thou shall be judged by the company ye keep, author unknown
When the traveling Vietnam Wall came to Carson City, I was a member of the Honor Guard. In no particular order, and if Im to be judged, then the following comments are from men and their families whose company I choose to keep!
Carson City Supervisor John McKenna: It was a privilege to be there and participate. It allowed me to reflect on those who lost their lives not just in Vietnam but in all actions defending the United States. The hard part of guarding the wall was that it brought back memories of those that I served with who died, and those that were wounded. The memories of their deaths and woundings are still vivid and painful even after 46 years.
Michael Zola-Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret.): It was with great honor and pride that I could stand guard at the wall, having done my combat tour in Vietnam. It was the least I could do for the many that didnt make it. When walking up to the display area for the first time, the sand-bag wall brought back many memories in itself.
John Hussong, 16th Tac Recon, Tan Son Nhut, Saigon 67/68: The quiet reflection during the early morning hours offered solace and healing…just the wall and the names. Questions filled my mind about friendships and missed conversations. There were tears shed and words spoken, some aloud and some silently. To those that sacrificed everything for their country and their comrades, they are and will always be remembered.
Verne Horton: While I didnt see the fellow in the picture accompanying the article mentioned, I did see a father/grandfather standing few feet away from the wall, midway down the E panels side with his arms around a 10-12-year-old boy who had his face buried in the mans side, very noticeably crying. Needless to say, that sight tore me up. Something Ill never forget. A truly awesome and humbling few days. Thanks for the privilege.
Frank Carpenter: It has been a great honor to serve on the Honor Guard. To the families, friends and fellow veterans, it has been a pleasure to meet all of you and help you find the names of your loved ones. I had a teacher ask for more information on the wall because They dont teach anything about this in school, and I want to tell the students about it.
Richard G. Shuster, chairman, Board of Directors, VVA Chapter #989: The honor of being there to assist visitors at the wall was one of my most emotional and spiritual experiences in many years. To be there for those attending was most humbling and rewarding. Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Ron Smith, president, Carson City Kiwanis club, US Army 1968-1971: It was wonderful for me to walk the wall and extend my thanks to over 58,000 of our nations finest and to thank them for their service and sacrifice. I was able to say thank you to my former tactical officer from Fort Benning Army OCS, and it also was an eerie feeling to see my namesake on the wall.
Carson City Mayor, Bob Crowell, Captain, United States Navy: The wall brings many memories, thoughts and, yes, tears that never seem to go away. So many young lives were lost and damaged in a war that was never really understood or indeed appreciated by many. The wall is a stark reminder that as a people, we should never abandon those who go in harms way in the service of our nation. It was the highest honor to guard the wall.
Tom Washington: I was in one of the museum tents looking at the pictures. You know how you get those moments when it all comes back? Damn picture of a kid who looked just like a buddy of mine over there who never made it back to the world. A little gal must have seen me getting choked up and came over and just put her hand on my shoulder and said, Welcome home! Im not much one to talk, but that little gesture of compassion and understanding got me telling stories. I have to say, shes one of the first ladies Ive ever met that really gets it. Pretty soon what started out as a hard memory got turned around to a good one. First time I ever left after seeing the wall feeling better about it all.
Jack McQuirk: Why did I work the Wall? It was my turn to guard the men and women who were on land fighting against the enemy. Most of my duty was spent at sea in North Vietnam near the Hanaoi River. Many of my fellow vets termed the area, Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club. We were more in the background, while many were fighting on the land. I enjoyed finally being involved in guarding the Wall. While on duty, it was a great time for reflection in the war. Why has it taken so many years to be welcomed home? Why, so many years for the citizens of the United States to say anything? Comparing our experiences of coming home to what we remembered of the troops coming home from previous wars was very upsetting. It is no wonder that many of us have had trouble becoming involved with any veterans groups or just admitting that we were veterans from a no-win war.
John Lingar: Ive been to seven traveling wall presentations and have found that it doesnt get any easier to face it. Ive had the privilege of being on three difference committees to bring the wall to three Bay Area towns and found that you are never ready for the closing day ceremony. Its a very humbling experience that you dont want to end. You meet other vets, swap stories or just stand there staring in silence at the wall. I only have one name that I go to, CPL AR 1 AUG 67 24E 64. To sum it up, it is an overwhelming experience that takes weeks to put in your memory banks and move on with your life.
Karl Edward Neathammer is a Carson City resident.
The Patriot Riders motorcycle riders lead the Veterans Day Parade at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum on Friday before the opening of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.
Traveling Bears fans give their team road-field advantage
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November 5, 2012 12:06PM
Over the years I have been very fortunate to have explored and lived in many places. I could give dazzling descriptions of cities such as Barcelona, Spain; Medellín, Colombia; and Lisbon, Portugal, but they would be merely superficial accounts of why traveling is so special. The true wonder of venturing to another part of the world is not what you see, it is how you change. It is the reality that everywhere youve been remains with you beyond the journey.
I was a naïve 17-year-old when I made my first excursion outside the United States on a two-week high school trip to Mexico. My time there was brief, but I can still remember how it hurt my jaw (and brain) to hold a Spanish conversation for more than an hour. However, after returning home, I needed more. I found myself throughly engaged in my language classes and even pursued a degree in Spanish at the University of New Mexico.
In college, I joined a study-abroad program that took a group of students to a small town in Spain called Trujillo. Each of us was assigned a host family, with whom we would live for five weeks.
My Spanish was fairly good by this point, and my host-padre and I hit it off immediately. Every day he would teach me new words and colloquialisms, and every night we would meet in the Plaza Mayor, drink wine, and talk into the early morning hours. Before I knew it, five weeks had passed, and, as I left Trujillo, I realized I was leaving a part of myself with the town and with a father who had become a best friend.
A traveling exhibit called The Eyes of Freedom: The Lima Company Memorial will stop by the parking lot of the old Palm Beach Mall this afternoon on its way to a stop in Delray Beach.
The exhibit was founded following the tragic circumstances involving the Ohio-based Lima Company, a reserve Marine unit that suffered numerous deaths during the Iraq War.
Part of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Fourth Marine Division, the company, at first taking on the name Lucky Lima because of an uneventful start to their Iraq tour in 2005, the unit eventually suffered major casualties. In August, a roadside bomb took out an entire squad of 10 from Lima Company. In all, 23 members of the company died during the war.
The memorial, which includes paintings, was originally dedicated solely to Lima Company, but it has now serves as a symbol for all who have answered the call of service, according to the memorials website.
The artwork for the memorial was unveiled in the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008. A permanent memorial for Lima Company was built at the Battalion headquarters in Brook Park, a suburb of Cleveland. It was dedicated in 2005.
Expecting to attend the stop at the Palm Beach Mall today are members of the Nam Knights, a motorcycle group whose mission is to honor the memory of American Veterans and Police Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, according to its website.
Members of the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office motorcycle force also are expected to attend.
The memorial will head next to the Old Crest School Theatre in Delray Beach.