Posted on 27 May 2014.
Listen to Will Coley’s moving audio story about his research into the Georgia plane crash, and read his account of growing up in Davidson, in the shadow of that tragedy.
AUDIO: “Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home”
Listen to Will Coley’s audio story “Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home.” Click the play button to start. Public radio fans will recognize the man introducing the piece, Jay Allison, producer of the “This I Believe” series. He and Vicky Merrick assisted in production of the story. Can’t see the player or hear the audio? CLICK HERE> (MP3, 27 min, 11 sec)
My journey to Davidson, New Hope and discovery
By WILL COLEY
Whenever I name Davidson as my hometown, people often ask me if my family is somehow connected to Davidson College. They’re surprised when I say that we didn’t come to town via an academic route.
In 1977 my father, Gordon Coley died in a commercial plane crash in Georgia. My mother, Pam Coley, suddenly became a widow and a single parent in Alabama. We were far from where she grew up in north Charlotte, where all four of my grandparents still lived. My mother knew that she wanted us to be near them, especially after losing our father. Instead of moving back home, she searched for an ideal place nearby for my sister Meredith and I to grow up. She found Davidson and decided to move into a house that was being rented out by the Woods family. Read the full story
Posted in Audio news reports, Aviation, Davidson history, Life in Davidson, Opinion, Public safety, Transportation
Posted on 22 May 2014.
Posted in Around Davidson, Davidson history
Posted on 07 May 2014.
The laundry is named for longtime employee Lula Bell Houston. (Lincoln Davidson/DavidsonNews.net)
Updated Thursday, May 8, 2014, 11:14am
By LINCOLN DAVIDSON
Davidson College’s free full-service laundry for students will be discontinued and 14 current employees will lose their jobs in May 2015, the college announced Wednesday afternoon.
The decision to discontinue the full-service laundry, which has been offered free to students since 1920, came in the face of declining usage by students and a need to reallocate budget funds for new programs, the college said. A spokeswoman said Thursday the move would save $400,000 over the next three years and $400,000 annually after that.
Some students reacted quickly and negatively. Within 45 minutes of the announcement, more than 100 messages had been posted to Yik Yak, a smartphone app that allows users to post messages that can be seen by others in their geographic vicinity. Read the full story
Posted in Davidson College, Davidson history