North Bellport Man Shot Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old North Bellport man was shot to death early Thursday morning, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert on Bellport Avenue and upon arrival, they found Robert Burks lying dead in front of a Bellport Avenue home just north of Montauk Highway at 12:54 a.m., police said.Investigators have not identified a suspect.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

IMCA Modified wins in Texas put Sobbing, White, Wolla on Fast Shafts All-Star ballot

first_imgWyatt Howard, Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Austin Kiefer, Cody Laney, Jeff Larson, Josh Long, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Zach Madrid, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott, Chris Mills, Clay Money and Bob Moore.  Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Jake O’Neil, Brad Pounds, Tom Quint, Dereck Rhoden, Kyle Rohleder, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample, Jim Sandusky, Robby Sawyer and Marlyn Seidler. IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour and Winter Challenge winners Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Jason Noll and Ricky Thornton Jr. all were already vote eligible. VINTON, Iowa – Three IMCA Modified events in as many nights in Texas put new candidates on the ballot for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.  Jeff Aikey, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Steven Bowers Jr., Cayden Carter, Kellen Chadwick, Cory Craver, Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss, Ethan Dotson and P.J. Egbert.  Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski, Kevin Green, Richie Gustin, Clay Hale and Bobby Hogge IV.  Jesse Sobbing topped the Saturday night Ice Breaker main event at Abilene Speedway before rookie Jon White Jr. and Jason Wolla were winners at Heart O’ Texas Speedway and Grayson County Speedway, respectively. The 80 drivers on the All-Star ballot now include: And Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Brandon Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Andy Strait, Shawn Strand, Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil, Jon White Jr., R.C. Whitwell and Jason Wolla.last_img read more

Springboks Beat England to Win Rugby World Cup

first_imgAnd despite four penalties from captain Owen Farrell they never looked like closing that gap as the Springboks produced an outstanding display to match those of 1995 in Johannesburg and 2007 in Paris.Those were iconic moments for a nation besotted with rugby and when Siya Kolisi lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy aloft as the first black man to captain the Springboks they will have the final part of a triptych that will endure forever in the country’s collective memory.For England it was a chastening end to a campaign that had promised to end the 16-year wait for the World Cup glory.They were out-muscled, out-run and out-thought by a team transformed by the leadership of skipper Kolisi and the coaching of Rassie Erasmus.Never before has a team beaten in the group stages gone on to win the trophy, but this is a triumph to match that of the teams of Francois Pienaar and John Smit with a wider story that perhaps surpasses both.RESULTS & FIXTURESBournemouth 1 – 0 Man UnitedArsenal 1 – 1 WolvesAston Villa 1 – 2 LiverpoolBrighton 2 – 0 NorwichMan City 2 – 1 SouthamptonSheffield United 3 – 0 BurnleyWest Ham 2 – 3 NewcastleWatford 1 – 2 ChelseaEspanyol 1 – 2 ValenciaLevante 3 – 1 BarcelonaSevilla 1 – 1 Atl MadridRoma 2 – 1 NapoliBologna 1 – 2 InterCrystal Palace v Leicester 3pmEverton v Tottenham 5:30pmJOY M. IMIETHISDAY NewspaperGraphics Illustrator35, Creek Road, Apapa – Lagosjoy.imie@thisdaylive.com08029062571, 070540505342 AttachmentsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram South Africa broke English hearts with a ruthless display of power rugby to seize their third Rugby World Cup in devastating fashion.Twenty two points from the boot of nerveless fly-half Handre Pollard and second-half tries from wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe ground England into the Yokohama dirt on a horrible night for Eddie Jones’s men.England had trailed 12-6 at the interval after taking a hammering in the scrum and making a series of handling errors.last_img read more

Sunday Feature: Freewill Baptist Church and Theurer’s Auction/Realty are on the move

first_imgIn the 1990s It was 1999 when Brooks — who grew up in McAlister, Okla. and was living in Wichita — received a phone call from a church, which was in desperate need of a pastor.Desperate may be an understatement. Freewill at the time was the smallest church in Wellington. How small? Call it four members small.At one point Freewill Baptist Church had four members. Today it has more than 300.It hadn’t always been like that. Freewill Baptist had an interesting beginning. It started in 1957 and was the first church built by Roe Messner, who would build more than 1,700 churches worldwide. Messner was the second husband of Tammy Faye Bakker – who you may remember as the high-profile evangelist caught up in a scandal with her first husband Jim Bakker.The church had survived for four decades, but by Jan. 3, 1999 the congregation was down to a woman, a man, and a husband and wife.“They met with me and wanted to pay me $50 a week,” Brooks said. “I so wanted to be a pastor in Wellington I would have paid them $50 a week.”He said one woman in particular made a huge difference — Inez Russ. Even though the church had dwindled to near extinction, Russ never gave up hope. Some Sundays she would come in turn on the lights. No one else would show up – no other member, no preacher. She would pray by herself, turn off the lights and go home.“Her family in Alva, Okla. pled with her to go to a different church,” Brooks said. “She said ‘no, this was her church.’”Brooks said after the four members all voted “yes” to become their pastor, Russ gave him the one small key to the church put it in his hand, and told him “it’s yours.”The thing is three months later, Russ suffered a stroke and would never be the same.Brooks thinks back reflectively.“The Bible says timing is everything,” Brooks said. “Had she had her stroke three months later I may have never found a church to go to, this building may have been sold to someone else, I would have never moved to Wellington and my whole life would have been different.”For Larry Theurer, his circumstances were different. Theurer’s, located in downtown Wellington, was looking at expanding. The auction business was booming. Farm sales, collectibles, personal property — you name it — there was a need to move wares from one owner to the next.Lying vacant in east Wellington with a huge parking lot was the old Wal-Mart building. It was a perfect match. Theurer needing the space and at the old Wal-Mart there was plenty of real estate to work with. Theurer’s made the move to the 28,000 square foot building and started to hold big auctions.“This building was ideal for what we were doing at the time,” Theurer said. “We were holding live auctions three to four times a month.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +21 Vote up Vote down citizen · 318 weeks ago I praise God for giving this town Pastor Zane Brooks. He is a wonderful, compassionate man who lives his life with a passion to see souls saved. It’s good to see that church grow the way it has. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Local · 318 weeks ago What a great story! God is so good. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 318 weeks ago I’ve ran into pastor Zane a couple of times, and have always been impressed by him. I’m not really the church going type of person, but I’m glad to see things are working out his way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 318 weeks ago Pastor Zane and I exchange a hug every time we meet. I don’t go to his church as I have my own I attend regulatory. He respects my religion and the fact I worship and am saved. He is just a neat man that cares about everyone. Also congrats to Larry and his team. A Wellington business well worth thanking for years of service and dedication to the community. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Scott Campbell · 318 weeks ago I thank the Lord every day for Pastor Zane and the First Free Will Baptist Church. Excited about this move into the new location. The Lord is in the restoration business and we can help. There is hope for the hopeless. Scott Campbell Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Georgia · 318 weeks ago Yes Pastor Zane is the greatest. He loves everyone. We are very Blessed to have him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down terry sizemore · 318 weeks ago Praise the Lord for this opportunity tohelp more people know the Lord.Am so proud to be going to the First Freewill Baptist Church and am very proud of the man who leads us by the grace of God. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chef Bismark · 318 weeks ago splendid!!!!!!!! Super excited for this transition and what God has in store for our wonderful community!!! Great Job Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 318 weeks ago Such a great write up. THANK YOU LORD! for guiding us to the First Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Zane, & all the wonderful people that attend. Not to mention the most talented gospel singing you’ll ever hear! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Alishia · 318 weeks ago I remember the year The Brooks family came to Wellington. Before he started preaching here, I got this phone call looking for my mother. When I told him that she was at a different number, he didn’t get off the phone right away. The guy doesn’t know any strangers, only friends. Glad that the church is still growing. Means that God’s not dead! 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Things changed…Brooks took the job of being pastor of Freewill and ran with it. And whether it was the Holy Spirit at work or the fact Brooks has a dynamic, passionate personality that draws people to him, Freewill grew and grew to over 300 regular worshipping members.Zane Brooks, pastor at Freewill Baptist Church.By 2004, a new sanctuary and foyer was built.Today, the church has outgrown its premises. The location – once ideal for its small congregation – is now a problem. For one thing the church is landlocked.“Parking here is horrendous.” Brooks said. “We don’t have enough of it. And people have to park too close to other people’s driveways. I know if I lived around here, I wouldn’t like it.”The fellowship hall is too small. The Sunday School rooms are too small. Both he, and his wife Charlotte share a cramped office.Then there is the address at 1219 N. Plum which creates great confusion with another church Wellington Baptist Temple, located just two blocks south at 1022 North Plum St.,“You don’t know the half of it,” Brooks laughs over the confusion of the two churches.Brooks said the church could no longer grow at its current location.The first thought was to build a new church on the east edge of town. But the cost to procure property and construct a new temple would be $1.5 to $2 million — to pricey for what Freewill could afford. There was a chance to expand by buying neighboring property. Again, it was a dead- end.“I didn’t see much sense in buying a house for $100,000 only to tear it down,” Brooks said.So Freewill Baptist started looking at existing buildings.Theurer was ready to sell.When the auction/realty center started the Market Center in 1992, the personal nature of auctioneering was dominate and the World Wide Web had yet to make itself known. That changed quickly.The E-bay website was created and all its knockoffs arrived. And suddenly instead of going to an auction, people could bid on items within the compounds of their own home.“Today, more than 90 percent of home buyers begin their search for properties on the Internet before actually contacting an agent,” Theurer said. “They search online rather than spending hours at a live auction. Because of the Internet, we no longer need to warehouse personal property in order to sell it at auction.”Thus, Theurer’s no longer needed the space or the expense of maintaining such a big building.So when Freewill Baptist ready to buy, Theurer’s was happy to sell. They looked elsewhere and found the 3,000 square-foot Tan Express Building – which was a venerable tan salon and gift shop run by Lisa Allton before she closed the business in 2011.It was a perfect fit for Theurer’s.This picture, taken in 2011, was Tan Express. It will soon be the future home of United Country Theurer Auction/Realty. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A church and a real estate auction company are not normally linked so closely together. But in Wellington it marks the evolution of change.Freewill Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Zane Brooks, is buying the Theurer Marketing Center building at 802 E. 16th Street in Wellington. In turn, United Country Theurer’s Auction/Realty is moving east to 1101 E. 16th  to the former Tan Express Building.“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often,” said Larry Theurer, owner of Theurer Auction.It’s an example of one business, and yes a church is a business, needing a bigger building and another needing a smaller building.And whether it’s the work of the Lord or the realities of tomorrow, Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s will now forever be linked. The future…Brooks looks wistfully into the future. The opportunities of expansion is endless.“The goal is to bring Wellington closer to God,” Brooks said. “We will be so much more visible in our new building. I want someone to drive by and see our big sign and our new church and think to himself: ‘man I need to so something with my life, because what I’m doing is not working.’“I believe there is a heaven and there is a hell and most people want to go to heaven. And that’s why we are here.”The sale is expected to close in the near future. Brooks said the church would like to move east and open in January or February of 2015.What about the old church building? Brooks said that has been quite a process finding some takers. After calling every church in town, and actually having a trade out in the works a couple of years ago, the church had yet to sell. However, Brooks is pleased to say that two parties are interested and one offer is on the table — which is actually church related.“We aren’t going to make any money on this building, but we have to do what we have to do,” Brooks said.As far as the new building is concerned, there’s a lot of work to be done Brooks said.“I want it to look as if no one would recognize that it was once the old Wal-Mart building,” Brooks said. “We have extensive remodeling in front of us.”As for Theurer’s, the company will continue to do what they always do – auction and real estate. They will emphasize their online auctions. You can see the latest online auctions by clicking on their ad on the right side of this page that is linked to their website.Their live and online auctioning of farm machinery, heavy equipment, personal property, commercial property, will continue.“Since 1976, our ‘golden rule of service’ has been, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Theurer said. “We are dedicated to that principle.”As far the community of Wellington is concern, a larger question now persists — where will large groups of people gather? Theurer’s was the host of several community functions throughout the year including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and the annual Kansas State Catbacker banquet. With the Wellington Steakhouse reception rooms still vacant, and Memorial Auditorium still without air conditioning, the need for a large space for gatherings becomes more significant.Theurer Market Center has hosted several large community functions throughout the years including the K-State Catbackers Banquet held last week.But just as the winds of change came to both Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s, now comes a new issue for the community of Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more