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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Tears flow at vigil honoring life of student
By Jackie Harrison-Martin
The News-Herald

HURON TWP. — Hundreds of Huron High School students gathered Monday evening trying to get a grip on what seems to be the impossible right now — the death of a classmate. Clutching candles and wiping tears, administrators, staff, students, family and friends came together for a candlelight vigil for 16-year-old James Franklin Williams. “Jimmy” Williams, the son of former Heritage Media Publisher James Williams, was killed Sunday evening when the Dodge Durango he and his family were riding in made contact with a vehicle driven by a 34-year-old man allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Those close to the family say Jimmy was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled on I-77 just outside of Columbia, S.C. Ricky Lance Deel, 34, of Beaufort, S.C., was arrested after the crash and charged with felony driving under the
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HURON TWP. — Staff and students at Huron High School are reeling and grief counselors are on hand after news that one of the school’s most popular students was killed in an out-of-state car accident Sunday evening. James “Jimmy” Franklin Williams, 16, a junior at the high school, died in the crash. According to Wistv.com, an NBC affiliate, Ricky Lance Deel, 34, of Beaufort, S.C., was arrested after the crash and charged with felony driving under the influence. He was transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center. Seven people were in the Dodge Durango that was hit by Deel.

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Holding a lighted candle at the vigil Monday night for 16year-old Huron High School student Jimmy Williams is one of the football players. Williams was on the varsity squad. Members of the football team organized the vigil. Williams was killed Sunday evening in a car crash in PLEASE SEE CRASH/2-A South Carolina.

Illness outbreak at school prompts building to be sanitized; attendance returns to normal
force hand washing. The News-Herald “We have contacted the Wayne County Health Department and are WYANDOTTE — Friday’s unusually following proper procedures for cleanhigh level of absences, many because ing and sanitizing the building,” pupils expereinced flulike symptoms, McMaster said in the letter. “If your prompted school officials to thorough- child is having flulike symptoms, ly sanitize Washington Elementary please contact our office so we can School over the weekend and again monitor the number of students with Monday. these symptoms.” “Attendance is returning to normal The principal asked parents and at Washington and there have been no guardians to keep their children home signs of sickness within the building at least 24 hours if flulike symptoms today,” School Supt. Carla Harting said appear and to follow up with their Monday afternoon. “We do not know pediatrician. She also requested how many students were affected by they remind their children about the illness, as not all parents tell us why importance of regularly washing their their child is not in school. Those that hands. did ranged from illness to vacation.” Harting said the district’s operaKristen McMaster, the school’s prin- tions department did a thorough cipal, sent a letter to parents Friday cleaning over the weekend and was afternoon explaining the situation. expected to do more cleaning Monday She said the staff was doing its part in night. classrooms to sanitize desks and reinIn Dearborn Heights, Annapolis

By Jim Kasuba

High School was closed Friday due to high absences. Cleaning crews scrubbed down the building after more than a third of students were out sick last week. In the Annapolis case, county health department officials suspect a norovirus, defined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “very contagious virus” that can be transmitted from an infected person, contaminated food or water or by touching a contaminated surface. No medical determination has been made concerning the outbreak that affected students in Wyandotte. Washington Elementary School is at 1440 Superior, south of Ford Avenue and north of Eureka Road in the central part of the city. Contact Jim Kasuba at 1-734-2460881 or jimk@heritage.com. Follow him on Facebook and @JKasuba on Twitter.

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This turkey was in a race for his life Saturday at the Wyandotte Christmas Parade. See Page 15-A for more photos.

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