By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A church that many say may be the oldest in Wilson County will celebrate its 200th anniversary beginning tonight and continuing through Sunday with special music, services, and of course, cake.
Bethlehem United Methodist Church, often called the little white church on the hill, traces its beginnings to the early 1800s when a Methodist Society was established. The church, located on the corner of Bethlehem Road and Highway 70, has been in the same area for 200 years – the Hickory Ridge area – but has been at its present site since 1846.
The building that members now occupy for their worship services is not 200 years old, nor is it even 100 years old. The church building now in use was rebuilt about four or five years ago replacing the structure that had been constructed in 1914. All that remains of the 1914 building and which remain in use today in the new facility are the fellowship hall, the original pews and the stained glass windows. Some of the wood from the old building was used in the construction of the new one, including some used to build the new sanctuary and the vestibule.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
The Castle Heights Military Academy Alumni Association pays tribute to 1960 graduate Bobby Bradley on Saturday as the name of the late United States Navy officer will be added formally to the school’s war memorial.
Bradley, a Lebanon native, was a month shy of 23 when his plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles east of Virginia Beach, Va., on July 31, 1965.
“The alumni hold a war memorial service every year at their annual meeting. They told us last year that they wanted to put Bobby’s name on the war memorial and would love for all our family to be there,” said Bradley’s brother, John Bradley, who retired two years ago as a three-star lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force.
TV's, ELECTRONIC DEVICES STOLEN
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Authorities are investigating a break-in and theft that occurred sometime late Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Friendship Christian School, sources say.
According to reports, the suspects forced open a door to the Bay Family Sportsplex at the school and went through the coaches’ offices located there. Offices inside the Sportsplex include those for football and boys’ and girls’ basketball.
CU DOWNS SHORTER 22-14
Cumberland improved to 5-1 on the season and picked up its first Mid-South Conference Western Division victory Saturday as the Bulldogs knocked off Shorter 22-14 at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
Jared White drilled a 30-yard field goal with 1:49 left in the game to lift CU to a 16-14 lead over the Hawks. A minute later Chris Simpson intercepted a Shorter pass and returned it 63 yards to paydirt for the final margin.
Ranked No. 21 in the NAIA before the game, CU is poised to break into the Top 20 headed into an Oct. 16 game at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL.
PULASKI -- Kaysi Arnold tallied a dozen kills, but the sophomore's 10th double-digit effort of the season wasn't enough to help the Cumberland University volleyball team hold off Martin Methodist Thursday night as the Bulldogs fell 3-1 (25-23, 12-25, 24-26, 20-25) at the Robert E. Curry Christian Life Center.
Cumberland (19-7, 6-2 TranSouth Conference) fell behind early in the opening set, trailing by as many as four points before scoring seven consecutive points and forcing Martin Methodist (11-12, 6-3) to take a timeout. The RedHawks weren't able to stop the run as Arnold had back-to-back kills - both off assist from Samantha Bellar - and Bellar and Angelyn Stanton teamed up on a block to push the Bulldog lead out to six points.
Later in the set, with CU leading 22-17, the home team took its second timeout and proceeded to score six of the next seven points to knot the game at 23 apiece before the Bulldogs won the set on a pair of MMC errors.
CU took the first point of the second set, but allowed five straight points to fall behind again. At 7-4, Cumberland went on a 5-0 run to take its first lead of the set, but it was short lived as the RedHawks won the next 12 points. The Bulldogs tried twice unsuccessfully to stop the momentum with a timeout, but it wasn't until a service error ended the stretch.
Three straight Cumberland points cut the deficit to eight, however Martin Methodist closed out the game with five of the last six tallies. The Bulldogs managed only four kills and had six errors in the set for a negative .069 hitting percentage.
The momentum stayed with the RedHawks as they scored the first six points of the third set before another service error put Cumberland on the board for the first time. The Bulldogs started to claw back and eventually took the lead at 15-14 on a block by Stanton and Arnold. The advantage grew to three points following an ace by Brooke Bowers.
Martin Methodist rallied with five straight points to regain the lead at 23-21. Laura DeGear killed the next point and the Big Rapids, Mich., joined Arnold on a block to tie the game. The teams traded the next two points before a pair of errors did in the Bulldogs.
For the second straight set Martin Methodist made it a 6-0 game. In the fourth Cumberland responded with seven straight to take the lead before the RedHawks scored the next four and 10 of the next 12. The Bulldogs were down 24-16 and made an attempt at a comeback, but were only able to manage four points as MMC claimed the victory.
Taylor Denney paced CU with 18 assists, while Jaclyn Rodriguez tallied a team-high 16 digs. Laura DeGear totaled seven blocks, including one solo, and Stanton finished with two solo and six total blocks.
Cumberland concludes its four-game road swing with a trip to Union University Tuesday before returning to the Cedar City to host rival Trevecca Nazarene University next Thursday.