April 2008 Archives

April 12, 2008

Laura Hubbard / William Jeffrey Auten wedding

My cousin, the Rev. Laura Hubbard, married William Jeffrey Auten on Saturday at Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church in the small Gaston County town of Cramerton, NC.

Her sister, the Rev. Susan Ewing, was one of the officiating pastors, which was kind of neat.

I had never been to Cramerton. I don't think I had ever heard of it. It is a town of maybe 2,500 along the South Fork of the Catawba River and has a railroad line that runs through town.

It was a mill village founded in 1906. In 1910 Stuart Warren Cramer bought the mill and changed the name of the town to Cramerton. No ego there, I suppose.

Cramer Memorial United Methodist Church is a lovely church. It's next to the Town Hall. Here are some photos of the church, the area  and the Lail relatives at the wedding.

April 5, 2008

Cole Lail recovering nicely

From the Knoxville News Sentinel

William Blount High School linebacker Cole Lail, who a month ago was on a ventilator, has returned to school and is thinking football again.
WVLT has a video interview.

April 2, 2008

Jim Lail tried to save deputy's life

Wow, sounds like something out of a movie, but this is real court testimony on Monday about the 2001 murder of a Fresno, Calif., deputy: :

Helicopter pilot Jim Lail and slain deputy Erik Telen's mother were both crying as the pilot described coming under fire while trying to save Telen's life. Lail told jurors, "The kitchen, everything started falling off the shelves on top of us from gunfire. I kept trying to pull him but he was very big. I couldn't pull him." Lail says he shot back with one hand, as he tried to pull Telen's body with the other.
See the video from abc30.com.