(Feb. 15, 2017) Telfair County native son, William (Billy) Harrell, got the shock of a lifetime last Friday night as he was forced to defend himself against armed robbers in the parking lot of the business he manages in Dublin. Harrell seriously wounded one of his assailants in the altercation, 21-year-old, Devin Wilbert of East Dublin, who has since been arrested by Dublin Police along with his alleged accomplice, 22-year-old, Quantavis Jones. The two would-be-robbers have been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault, officials say.
“The good Lord was sitting in the seat beside me because if he hadn’t been there I would not be here today,” says Harrell, the manager of Ole Times Country Buffet in Dublin.
Harrell turned over both of his handguns to law enforcement officials for evidentiary purposes leaving him without means to defend himself. Harrell says he didn’t have to go “unheeled” for long, however.
“Sheriff Chris Steverson heard about it,” says Harrell, “and let me tell you, he looks after the folks in Telfair County. He told me, ‘I will bring you my back-up gun. You won’t be without a gun.’ And he did too — he brought it to me.”
Local gun store owners, Chris Ellis and Lamar Marshall of CL Defense LLC got the story from the sheriff, and immediately made plans to provide Harrell with a handgun, free of charge.
“We didn’t do this for any type of recognition, but I’m glad that Mr. Harrell’s story of successfully defending his life has gotten out,” says Ellis. “It’s a great thing when a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We just wanted to make sure that he wasn’t empty handed the next time some ne’er-do-well decided to threaten his life.”
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Telfair County High School Wrestling sent two Trojans to compete at the Georgia High School Association’s State Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday in Macon. Both Trojans secured honors at the celebrated annual wrestling tournament. Junior Ian Blankenship made a return trip to the state competition and came away with a third place finish. Freshman Cameo Blankenship secured a berth in the finals during his first trip to the tournament losing only in the championship match to a now four-time-state champion from Commerce.
“We are so proud of both Ian and Cameo for their outstanding season,” says Trojan Head Wrestling Coach, Thor Ott. “It was a pleasure to coach these fine young men this year.”
Adding to the successes of the season, Trojan wrestlers and coaches were thrilled to have in attendance last year’s Head Wrestling Coach, Nick Kahrmann who has been unable to coach this season due to illness.
This latest competition tops off another award winning year for Trojan Wrestling at Telfair County High School. The high school wresting team took top honors at an earlier Crisp County Tournament, scored in the top 11 out of a whopping 32 teams at the Toombs County Tournament and sent three individual wrestlers to sectionals this year.
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