From heavy rain to Cup pain: The Springboks’ semifinals history

first_imgThe Springboks on Sunday take the field for the fifth time in a Rugby World Cup semifinal when they collide with Wales in Tokyo.They have won two of their four last-four clashes, three of which were nail-biting affairs.We reminisce how those semifinals panned out.1995: Weathering the storm – Springboks 19, France 15 (Durban)Andre Joubert during the semi-final rugby world cup match between South Africa and France in Durban, South Africa.Photo by Tertius Pickard / Gallo ImagesThe Springboks’ semifinal in their first World Cup tournament is remembered for two things.The weather and Moroccan-born French lock Abdelatif Benazzi’s near try that came within millimetres of ending the Boks’ fairy tale run.The host nation was made to anxiously wait for the match to start as the heavy rains before the scheduled kick-off left the field in a horrendous condition which almost caused the game to be called off entirely.The tournament rules stated that in such a situation disciplinary records would determine who qualified for the final which meant the Boks would have been eliminated in the cruellest possible way after their night of shame against Canada in the pool stage.Bok supporters’ worst fears were dispelled as the match did start after a lengthy delay, but the drama was far from over as Benazzi’s dramatic slide towards the try line near the end of the match ended under a pile of bodies, making itimpossible for referee Derek Bevan to determine whether it was indeed a try.The Boks held on, with Ruben Kruger scoring the only try of the match.1999: THAT drop goal – Springboks 21, Australia 27 (London)Stephen Larkham of Australia kicks a 40m drop-goal during the Semi-Final of the Rugby World Cup against South Africa played at Twickenham in London, England. Australia won the game 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Gary Prior /AllsportFour years on the Springbok supporters’ resilience was put through another test with a real humdinger at Twickenham.All the points came from the boot as extra time was needed to separate the sides.The Wallabies led 12-6 at halftime, but the Boks outscored them in the second half with the sides deadlocked at 21-21 after normal time.Then, after both sides failed to score during the first half of extra time, Wallaby flyhalf Stephen Larkham attempted an uncustomary drop-goal from 48 metres out which he almost struck on the run and somehow managed to get it over the crossbar.Although Larkham did score another drop-goal against the Boks seven years later, this famous one was said to be hisfirst in his whole career.Aussie fullback Matt Burke stretched the lead further by landing his eighth penalty before the final whistle, but it was the drop that took the wind out of the Boks’ sails.Ironically, Bok flyhalf Jannie de Beer set the world record for most dropped goals in a Test six days prior when helanded five in the quarterfinals against England, but could only add one against the Wallabies along with his six penalties.2007: Habana rules the roost – Springboks 37, Argentina 13 (Paris)The Boks outscored the Pumas by four tries to one in a lopsided affair.The brave Argentinians punched above their weight by beating France, Ireland and Scotland on their way to their firstsemifinal appearance, a run that helped them secure recognition by their eventual inclusion in the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship.All eyes were on Bok flyer Bryan Habana at Stade de France as he dotted down twice to equal All Black great Jonah Lomu’s record of eight tries in a World Cup tournament, a milestone that still stands.Fourie du Preez and Danie Rossouw also went over as Percy Montgomery added 17 points by succeeding with all seven of his attempts at goal.Puma flyhalf Felipe Contepomi scored all Argentina’s points, which included their only try.2015: Class outweighs muscle – Springboks 18, All Blacks 20 (London)Jesse Kriel of South Africa is consoled by Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand All Blacks at the end of the match during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Although the Boks were within one kick of upsetting the applecart against the defending champions, the scoreboardwasn’t perhaps a true reflection of the divide between the sides.The All Blacks only had an early converted try by Jerome Kaino to show at halftime to the four penalties by Bok flyhalf Handre Pollard.The Kiwis showed their class in the second half by pulling ahead through a drop-goal by Daniel Carter and a converted try by Beauden Barrett.The Boks stayed in striking distance with another penalty by Pollard, but Carter restored the five-point buffer before Pollard’s replacement Pat Lambie added another penalty to give the Boks some hope.The All Blacks repelled the Boks’ onslaught for the last 11 minutes of the match in soaking wet conditions and a late lineout fumble by Bok stalwart Victor Matfield, who was lured out of retirement by coach Heyneke Meyer, also ended the last glimmer of hope for the South Africans.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Women in Sport: Hockey legend till feeling patriotic … even from Holland

first_imgThough she has settled down with her family on another continent more than 12 000km away, and it has been five years since she represented her country, former SA women’s hockey captain Marsha Cox says she will always be South African at heart. And though she admits poor sports administration remains a concern in various codes back home, Cox hopes the Springbok team’s victory at last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan will provide a springboard for the national squad at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July. “I keep in touch with a lot of people and I’m still…last_img

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‘Fall for everything’: Former South Africa star Fish in race row

first_imgIt began when the centre-back, who helped South Africa win the Africa Cup of Nations for the only time in 1996, said he “liked” an anti-BLM tweet.The tweet said Springbok 2019 World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi was an affirmative action appointment and criticised the national cricket and rugby bodies for backing BLM.Fish later responded to another tweet by saying “if you stand for nothing you will fall for everything … all lives matter”.In another tweet, Fish wrote that “I love all … no one is different … 2000 years ago Jesus ended the debate on which lives matter. He died for all.”Fish also played for then English top-flight clubs Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic before retiring in 2011 after four seasons with Johannesburg club Jomo Cosmos.His tweets drew an angry response with many social media users accusing the one time favourite of South African football followers of racism.The South African Football Association (Safa) said they wanted to “engage with Mark and find out what triggered the tweets that evoked such an angry response from South Africans”.Safa later issued a statement supporting BLM and urging South Africans to “uproot all manifestations of discrimination in sport and society generally”.Race is a hot topic in South African sport with two of the three most popular sports — cricket and rugby — accused for decades of discriminating against black players.– Wearing black armbands –Current national cricket team bowler Lungi Ngidi created headlines recently when he urged his teammates to back the BLM movement.Several former white national team cricketers, including Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox, objected to the call from Ngidi, arguing that “all lives matter”.Ngidi was heeded, though, with all 24 black and white cricketers involved in an exhibition match last weekend near Pretoria wearing black BLM armbands.Kolisi later joined the debate, saying racial inequality in South Africa needed to be addressed.“It is time for all of us to change and actually start to live in a South Africa that so many people have fought for … so many people have died for.“I felt my life did not matter since I was a little kid growing up in the townships.“Until our lives matter, no lives matter. We are all important, black lives actually matter,” said the first black Test skipper of the Springboks.Among those who back BLM are English Premier League footballers, who take a knee before each match kicks off since the season resumed after a coronavirus pandemic-induced suspension.Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has also taken a knee before the start of each race so far this season.last_img read more

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Astros fire exec Brandon Taubman after investigating Roberto Osuna comments

first_imgThe Astros have fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman after an investigation into his comments toward a group of female reporters after the team’s ALCS-clinching win. Houston announced the decision Thursday after fighting a public relations battle since Taubman’s comments came to light via a Sports Illustrated story earlier this week.  MLB umpire Rob Drake apologizes for tweet: Never intended to diminish threat of violence from guns The Astros just announced that they have terminated assistant GM Brandon Taubman’s employment. Here’s the full statement: pic.twitter.com/4TslyAeOW1— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 24, 2019The move was a significant reversal after the Astros had initially questioned the veracity of the SI report, then continued to defend Taubman in a series of statements. After the Astros clinched their berth in the World Series, Taubman was heard yelling at female reporters, “Thank God we got [Roberto] Osuna! I’m so f—ing glad we got Osuna!” Related News Rob Manfred debunks theory of ‘dejuiced’ baseballs in postseason “Our initial investigation led us to believe that Brandon Taubman’s inappropriate comments were not directed toward any reporter,” it read in part. “We were wrong. We sincerely apologize to Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated and to all individuals who witnessed this incident or were offended by the inappropriate conduct. The Astros in no way intended to minimize the issues related to domestic violence.”Our initial belief was based on witness statements about the incident. Subsequent interviews have revealed that Taubman’s inappropriate comments were, in fact, directed toward one or more reporters. Accordingly we have terminated Brandon Taubman’s employment with the Houston Astros. His conduct does not reflect the values of our organization and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action.” Osuna served a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy from an incident that occurred when he was with the Blue Jays. Because of this, the Astros were heavily criticized for signing him after he was handed the suspension.Sports Illustrated published the report detailing what Taubman said, which the Astros at first called “misleading and completely irresponsible.”Taubman on Tuesday issued a statement that apologized for his language but maintained his comments were misinterpreted. On Wednesday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Taubman’s intent behind the comments may never be known.”We may never know that because the person who said them and the people who heard them, at least up to this point, have different perspectives,” he said.According to ESPN, the Astros’ initial denial of the incident “infuriated MLB officials,” and commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that the league would be investigating the matter. The Astros’ statement Thursday included an apology to Sports Illustrated and reporter Stephanie Apstein, who wrote the initial story.  Yankees injury updates: Aaron Hicks, Masahiro Tanaka, Luke Voit to undergo surgerylast_img read more

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NFL schedule Week 8: What games are on today? TV channels, times, scores

first_imgWeek 8 features a number of matchups that could go down as a trap games. The Seahawks are on the road in Atlanta to take on the Falcons, the Saints host the Cardinals, the Colts take on the Broncos and the Patriots battle the Browns.This week’s slate also features another international game as the Bengals and Rams play in London at Wembley Stadium.Below you’ll find a full schedule for every NFL game in Week 8, plus live scores and TV information updated throughout the weekend.WEEK 8 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsNFL schedule Week 8: What games are on today?Here’s the full schedule for Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Note: National broadcasts are listed in bold Sunday, Oct. 27GameTimeTVSeattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons1 p.m.FoxPhiladelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills1 p.m.FoxLos Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears1 p.m.FoxNew York Giants at Detroit Lions1 p.m.FoxOakland Raiders at Houston Texans1 p.m.CBSNew York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars1 p.m.CBSCincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams (London)1 p.m.CBSArizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints1 p.m.CBSTampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans1 p.m.FoxCarolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers4:05 p.m.FoxDenver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts4:25 p.m.CBSCleveland Browns at New England Patriots4:25 p.m.CBSGreen Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs8:20 p.m.NBCMonday, Oct. 28GameTimeTVMiami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers8:15 p.m.ESPNMORE: NFL Week 8 coverage mapHow to watch, live stream NFL gamesThe Week 8 NFL slate kicks off on Thursday night on Fox and the NFL Network with the Redskins taking on the Vikings in a double-revenge QB game between Case Keenum and Kirk Cousins. Sunday’s games get started at the usual 1 p.m. slot, headlined by the Bengals and Rams in London on CBS as part of the NFL’s international series.There are three late-afternoon matchups on Sunday, the two notables being the surging Panthers taking on the undefeated 49ers and the Browns looking to upset the undefeated Patriots. The final two primetimes matchups of the week come on “Sunday Night Football” and “Monday Night Football.” The Matt Moore-led Chiefs host the Packers on Sunday night and the winless Dolphins will look to get on the board on the road at the Steelers. NFL Week 8 scoresThursday, Oct 24GameMinnesota Vikings 19, Washington Redskins 9Sunday, Oct. 27GameSeattle Seahawks at Atlanta FalconsPhiladelphia Eagles at Buffalo BillsLos Angeles Chargers at Chicago BearsNew York Giants at Detroit LionsOakland Raiders at Houston TexansNew York Jets at Jacksonville JaguarsCincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams (London)Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee TitansCarolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ersDenver Broncos at Indianapolis ColtsCleveland Browns at New England PatriotsGreen Bay Packers at Kansas City ChiefsMonday, Oct. 28GameMiami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers The NFL’s midway point of the season is nearly upon us as we have reached Week 8. At this point in the year, teams are beginning to separate themselves between playoff contenders and pretenders. last_img read more

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U. hoop attendance declining

first_imgThe Utah basketball team just won its 20th game for the 10th time in the past 11 years. It stands 20-3 and is ranked No. 15 in the country. The Utes are arguably playing their most exciting basketball in at least six years, perhaps even longer. The team has a new fan-friendly coach in Ray Giacoletti, who is allowing his players considerably more exposure to the media than the past coach.So why isn’t anyone coming out to see the Utes play?OK, there are fans coming to the Huntsman Center to see Ute games. However, the home attendance is 1,000 lower than a year ago, when it was the lowest in 15 years. The average attendance, right now, is the lowest since the 1975-76 season. And that’s paid attendance.Anyone who has been to Ute games this year couldn’t help but notice the number of empty red seats in the season-ticket holder sections, and the nosebleed seats are usually empty. Barring sellouts during the final four games, the home attendance will have declined for the eighth time in the past nine years.It’s a trend that Utah athletic director Chris Hill is concerned about, but something he understands.”Over the past four years we’ve lost about 2,000 customers,” he said. “It’s been a slow decline since ’99 because of several factors, most of which are getting eliminated now.”The best year for Utah basketball attendance was 1995-96 when Keith Van Horn was a junior and an average of 14,281 came to the 15,000-seat Huntsman Center. The attendance stayed high for the next three seasons, before starting a steady decline in 1999-2000.It dropped to 13,248 that year and another thousand to 12,236 the following year. The next two years it went to below 12,000 and then last year dropped below 11,000 for the first time since 1988-89 at 10,901.Going into Saturday’s Colorado State game, the season average is just 9,941. The last time Utah basketball averaged fewer than 10,000 fans for a season was 1975-76 at 9,352. Even during the mediocre Lynn Archibald years, the Utes never averaged fewer than 10,300 fans.With an average of 12,000 over the final four games, the season average would get close to 10,500, and with the annual BYU game still coming up (Feb. 26), the Utes should finish at about that level for the season.Hill blames a variety of factors for the decline, from a lagging economy to the 2002 Olympics to too many late Monday games to a successful football team. Other factors include Ute teams not being quite as good and unattractive preseason schedules.”Quite frankly, the team hadn’t performed like it did in the late ’90s,” Hill said. “The past two years, football really overshadowed (basketball) a lot. We also had a lot of games that weren’t attractive that we’re going to fix.” Let’s look at the factors Hill mentioned. Economy: It’s true the econony of the 21st Century hasn’t been like the late ’90s. Sports attendance has been lagging in other parts of the country as well. But ticket prices have been going up and prime seats at the Huntsman Center require a donation to the Crimson Club, increasing the cost as much as $50 per ticket per game. Olympics: It wasn’t just the distraction of the Olympics for one year. It was all the construction at the U. before that and the lack of parking spaces that may have inconvenienced some fans enough to make them stop coming to games. Monday games: Some fans may have opted not to come to the 10 p.m. games, but it wouldn’t have affected paid attendance much. You could argue that some fans may have chosen not to get season tickets when the Utes had four late Monday games, although it probably wasn’t the main factor. Football: The euphoria over the Utes’ unbeaten football season probably kept a few fans away from the early season basketball games this season. As U. ticket manager Dave Copier said, “People still don’t think football is over.” Schedule: It wasn’t much different the last four years over the previous years when Rick Majerus would bring in the likes of Cardinal Stritch and Azusa Pacific on a regular basis. The difference is that there are two more non-league games since the Mountain West Conference began in ’99, so the number of patsy teams on the slate has been larger. This year, Ute fans had to put up with the likes of Stony Brook, Montana-Western, Northern Colorado, Coppin State and Whitworth, not to mention the two exhibition games that are part of the season-ticket package. Lack of success: Sure the Utes weren’t as good the last four years as they were the previous four years. But they still went 57-7 at home from 2000 through 2004 and are 12-0 this year. If fans like a winner, they still have one in Utah basketball. So what are the solutions?The Utes can’t do much about the economy, although it has been improving. The Olympics are long gone, and with TRAX, it’s actually easier for many fans to get to the games. Late Monday games are apparently a thing of the past with the MWC starting a new TV deal.As for football, of course, the Utes don’t want any less success. But it is unlikely the football team will be unbeaten and in the top 10 every year.As for on-court success, Giacoletti has fielded an exciting and successful team this year and seems to have recruited well for the future.The one thing the Utes can control is the schedule, and they aim to make it more palatable for the fans.”We’ve gotten the message,” Hill said of fan complaints about recent schedules.Next year the Utes will have two more Mountain West Conference games overall when TCU joins the league. That will give the Utes two fewer nonconference games to fill.Hill said the Utes will also likely add one more nonleague road game.So right there, that knocks off three nonleague home games.With eight league home games, a game against either Utah State or Weber State and one against Southern Utah, the Utes will have about five games to fill. They usually get one big-name team like Arizona, which is coming next year, and sometimes two.That leaves three games, and if the Utes can schedule some teams from the Big Sky, Big West or WAC, that should make the home schedule more pleasing. Then they won’t have to bring in a Coppin State team from Baltimore or play any non-Division I teams such as Whitworth or Montana-Western.”We’re going to be fine again in basketball,” said Copier. “We have focused a lot on football, and next year we’ll jump on basketball in our marketing.” Said Hill: “Ray and I have talked about it a lot and know what we need to do. I’m very optimistic that we can start growing this program again.” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

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Course of the week: Canyon Breeze

first_imgLocation: 371 N. Highway 153, BeaverDirections: From Main Street, turn east at Highway 153 toward “B” on mountain, go approximately three milesHead pro: Jack Erwig (manager)Superintendent: Jack ErwigCourse designer: UnknownYear opened: Mid-1960sCost: $8; carts, $5 per person; range, free if you pick up own ballsReservations: None taken, call 435-438-2601Easiest time to get on: Most weekdaysCourse record: 60, Larry Williams Course description: This city-owned golf course is a well-kept, fun layout with the famous “race-track” hole, the par-5 7th. There are a few elevation changes but most of the holes are pretty straight. The back-to-back par-3s at 4 and 5 are long with water in between. Because the greens are tiny, it’s not easy to get birdies here. Fun fact: Before crossing the track to get to the No. 7 tee, you’re greeted with a sign that says “Caution Horses Have Right of Way.” Horse races are held at the Beaver Racetrack half dozen times a year, but golf still can still be played. Golfers simply walk around the track and play the par-5 as a par 3 instead. Holes to remember: The par-5 No. 7 hole is the most unique hole in the state, perhaps anywhere. Most of hole is situated on the infield of the racetrack. Depending on the time of day, you must check for horses working out. Then after you’ve hit a couple of shots, you have to cross the dirt track again to a small undulating green with out-of-bounds to the back and right. No. 9 is a short par-4, but there’s a large tree in the fairway you must avoid.last_img read more

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4 Jazz players listed as ‘questionable’ for tonight’s home game against Memphis

first_img Related SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz could be quite short-handed when they play the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night at Vivint Arena.Four Jazz players are listed as “questionable” going into the 7 p.m. game, the first home game after a successful 4-1 Eastern road trip.Derrick Favors, George Hill, Boris Diaw and Rodney Hood are the four players who may not play Monday night. The most disconcerting among the four is Hood, who missed practice and saw a doctor for an illness Monday morning.The other three have already missed multiple games, so it is encouraging that there is a chance each may play against the Grizzlies. Each of the three participated in Monday’s shootaround at Zions Bank Basketball Center.Hill has been out for the past four games after spraining his right thumb against the Knicks. Diaw has missed eight straight games with a right leg bone contusion. Favors missed most of the preseason games as well as the season opener because of an IT band syndrome on his left knee and left Saturday’s game after six minutes with a knee injury.Utah coach Quin Snyder is happy with the play of his bench for the most part this year, so he’s confident they can fill in tonight if several main players are out.“There’s opportunities for guys to step up,” Synder said. “That’s been the most consistent thing for us all year – that if our bench plays well, we’re good. It doesn’t have to be one game, it can be one possession or two minutes.”After Monday’s game, the Jazz play Chicago Thursday night before going back on the road for games against Houston and Denver Saturday and Sunday. Jazz big question:last_img read more

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Slate Creek Lodge is ready to rent out for your holiday needs

first_imgBusiness: Slate Creek Lodge. Address: 403 S. West Road, Wellington, Kans. E-mail: slatecreeklodge@yahoo.com. Phone: (620) 717-1655.General information: Single rooms for $85/room has a queen and two twins Master suite $125/room has a queen, private bath, jaccuzi, bath and extra shower.The details: Slate Creek Lodge is a 8000 sq. ft. custom built brick home on 40 acres ready to rent out for your holiday needs! It is a romantic get a way in a country setting, rural setting, and a quiet setting. Slate Creek runs through the north side of the property. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, ducks, geese, and pheasants. As you walk in the front door, you are greeted across the large great room with a wall of windows and a restful view onto the 20 acre lake stocked with catfish, bass and crappie.Large rooms for meetings or gatherings. Great for family reunions, scrap booking, quilting retreats, business retreats, weddings and wedding receptions.Some extra sleeping accommodations available with a whole house rental.Wedding packages include Rehearsal Dinner and Decorating on Friday night, accommodations for out of town guest on Friday night, then having your wedding on Saturday, followed by your reception, and a second night of accommodations for the couple and others and then checking out on Sunday at noon. Includes rooms for overnight guests for 2 nights and a facility with lots of room for your ideas. Tables, chairs and white table linens included in the package. The master suite has one queen bed with a private bath, jucuzzi tub, additional shower and large walk in closet. Bedrooms are spacious and have one queen and two twin beds.Kitchen is set up for guest cooking, with 2 microwaves, tableware, silverware, and a jennair stove and oven. Call them for more details on dates.last_img read more

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Edna Mae May, 93, Caldwell: Feb. 24, 1923 – Feb. 15, 2017

first_imgEdna MayEdna Mae May of Caldwell died February 15, 2017 at the age of 93.Edna was born February 24, 1923, the daughter of Lauren Tatum Wykes and Elizabeth Wykes, the youngest of 18 siblings. She was raised on a small farm in northern Oklahoma.She met and married Clarence David Harbison of Caldwell at a young age.  Together they had three children, David, Darlene and Dwain.  They followed their dreams to southern California and were together for thirteen years.  In California she met her second husband, George May.  They stayed in California working together until it was time to retire, then they decided to call Caldwell their home.Edna had quite a few hobbies, she loved trying her luck at the local casinos, and was always first to the car when the opportunity arose.  She enjoyed spending time at the Caldwell Senior Center playing games and visiting with friends.She loved family and would not pass the chance to spend time with them, playing card games, barbecues and just visiting.She was a proud member of the Red Hat Society and had a closet full of hats to prove it.Edna was an avid collector of any and all things Betty Boop, and really loved catalog shopping.Edna was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, brothers and sisters.She is survived by her three children, David Harbison, Darlene Harbison, Dwain Harbison who insists that he was her favorite; 12 grandchildren, multiple great and great- great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Caldwell City Cemetery.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell.last_img read more

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