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Students raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, cancer research

Juniors Sarah Walker, Becky Irvin, Eliza Deaver, William French, Spencer Nock and Lukiss Brooks are running their own lemonade stand. Lemonade stands have long been a way for cash-strapped youths to make a few extra dollars in the summer heat, but these six students are not running a lemonade stand for themselves. They’re doing it to make a difference. The project is called “Alex’s Virtual Lemonade Stand Project.”

Proposed laws aim to stop distracted driving deaths

By Abbye Reynolds Opinion Editor

Stephanie Jones sent her last text message on Sept. 16, 2009.

The message caused Jones, 18, to veer out of her lane and crash head-on into a truck, an accident that would take her life and change the lives of everyone who loved her.

“When I heard about the accident, I thought I was going to be sick. I just went home and went back to sleep,” Houston Davis, 20, said, “She was my best friend. I miss her a lot.”

Jones, a 2009 South Lenoir graduate, was a student at Lenoir Community College working on her Associate’s degree. She planned to transfer to N.C. State University.

All that changed in the blink of an eye. Car accidents like Jones’ are becoming more and more frequent, each one a tragic loss of a young person with so much life to live, all because of a distraction: texting.