“Tina, what do you want to be when you grow up?” asked my third-grade teacher. I remember the scenario clearly. It was early in the school year and my teacher asked me and my 8-year-old classmates what we wished to be in the future. There was a chorus of “doctor,” “veterinarian,” “police officer” and one student shouted “millionaire!” When it was my turn, I puffed up my chest and proudly stated, “I want to be a writer.” Fast forward nine years later and my goal has roughly stayed the same. In fact, here I am today, working for the newspaper. It’s temporary and I’m just an intern more or less, but I consider it to be one of my greatest achievements. But how did I get here? It’s kind of a long story…
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Birt died sometime overnight Thursday, according to his son, Billy Stonewall "Stoney" Birt. He was 79. Stoney Birt said Friday night he will be planning funeral arrangements Saturday. Billy Sunday Birt was convicted of the 1972 murder of his former "Dixie Mafia" associate and Winder resident Donald Chancey as well as the 1973 slayings of an elderly couple in Wrens. He is reputed to have been involved in more than 50 murders during the 1960s and 1970s. Stoney Birt has authored a book about his father that he plans to share more widely after Billy Sunday Birt's death. For the full story, see the April 12 issue of the Barrow News-Journal. Trackbacks
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