Update (11:40 a.m. on April 9, 2014)Officials have released the identity of twin 2-year-old girls that died after being found in a neighbor’s pool Tuesday night.Dearborn County Deputies and Aurora Fire and EMS responded to the 5400 block of Dutch Hollow Rd. in reference to the two missing girls at 6:49 p.m.The toddlers were located two doors down in a neighbor’s pool on Elm Circle.Emergency personnel immediately began CPR and the children were transported to the Dearborn County Emergency Room, where they were later pronounced dead.The 2-year-old twins have been identified as Shaylyn and Jocelyn Spurlock, both of Aurora.Update (8:30 a.m. on April 9, 2014)Twin 2-year-old girls died after being found in a neighbor’s pool in Aurora. Dearborn County authorities received a report of the missing toddlers Tuesday night.The girls were found in the pool on Dutch Hollow Road around 8:15 p.m. and were transported to the Dearborn County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.The case is under investigation by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and more information will likely follow.Officials have not released the identity of the victims or the circumstances surrounding the deaths.First Report (11:30 p.m. on April 8, 2014)Dearborn County dispatchers said late Tuesday night that twin 2-year-old girls from Aurora have been transported to the hospital after being found in a pool.Officers responded to the location on Dutch Hollow Road.The case is being investigated by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and more information may follow.Stay tuned to Country 103.9 WRBI and wrbiradio.com for continuing coverage in this developing story.
By Lonnie WheatleyMUSKOGEE, Okla. – Things are definitely on an upward trend at the 3/8-mile Outlaw Motor Speedway clay oval near Muskogee, Okla.Following a successful test ‘n tune and Spring Fling Enduro, the second full season of racing action under the track ownership of Jessie Hoskins officially gets underway with the Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 Azalea Festival Nationals featuring a full slate of championship action on both nights.“It looks like we’re headed into an awesome year of racing here at Outlaw Motor Speedway,” track promoter Chris Smith commented. “The track and facilities are looking great and we’re excited to get the season started.”The season-opening Azalea Festival Nationals on April 1-2 will include two full nights of competition for each of the track’s championship chase divisions of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, grand nationals and pure stocks.Racing action goes green at 8 p.m. on Friday with the Saturday card firing off at 7 p.m. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded each night.With the track set to fire up with the official season-opener next weekend, the past weekend’s test test ‘n tune attracted 60 cars with another 47 entries from five different states taking part in the 100-lap, $1,000-to-win enduro.“The Test ‘N Tune and Enduro went really well. It set a great tone for the 2016 season ahead,” Smith said.The complete Outlaw Motor Speedway schedule for 2016 is available at the www.outlawmotorspeedway.net website.General admission tickets are available for $10 each night with senior citizens and military admitted for $8. Children ages 6-12 are admitted for $5 with five and under free. Pit passes are available for $30 with pit passes for children 6-11 $15.Outlaw Motor Speedway is located southwest of Muskogee, OK, on U.S. 69 to the Wainwright exit, then 0.1 mile west. It is approximately 12 miles north of the I-40 and U.S. 69 interchange.The track phone number is 918 625-6200.
Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson placed The Row on social probation Thursday, prohibiting informal gatherings at fraternities on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the rest of the spring semester because of the recent negative events within the Greek community.Parties at fraternity houses will only be allowed Fridays and Saturdays, according to Jackson. These events must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development.“If houses are found in violation of these instructions, they will be placed on immediate suspension pending a group judicial hearing,” Jackson wrote in an email. Jackson met with more than 150 leaders from USC fraternities and sororities Thursday to discuss the state of The Row, which has been plagued by behavioral problems and public incidents this year.“We discussed the collective responsibility chapters have for their members and that the Greek Councils have for their chapters,” Jackson wrote. This is the second time this year The Row has been placed on social probation.The Row was shut down Aug. 30, after 16 Interfraternity Council chapters were cited for unauthorized parties. Eight students were taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning during what is often referred to by students as “Black Monday.”More recently, a misogynistic email sent on the Kappa Sigma fraternity listserv spread virally around campus and beyond, and graphic photos of a suspended member of Kappa Sigma appearing to have sex on the rooftop of Waite Phillips Hall made national news. Pat Lauer, president of IFC, said the leaders of USC fraternities and sororities understand how serious the situation is, and now they need to pass that message on to all of the Greek members.“Because of everything that’s happened, we need to get our act together completely and identify our weak points and improve upon them,” Lauer said. “It’s up to the leaders to help change the culture of the Greek community that has taken a negative turn.”At Thursday’s meeting, Jackson also established a task force composed of leaders of the various Greek councils and university staff from the USC Center for Women and Men and MenCare.Denzil Suite, associate vice president for Student Affairs, will be heading the task force, which will address issues including risk management, hazing, sexual assault, healthy relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, knowledge of USC policies, and chapter fire, health and safety programs.“I told students that we are depending on them to step up as leaders of their organizations, that [Student Affairs] will provide leadership, guidance and support, and that we want USC to have the strongest possible Greek community,” Jackson wrote.Lauer said the Greek community needs to make sure the negative attention from these actions does not conceal the positive things the Greek community brings to the university.“We’re kind of on thin ice right now, and we need to take it upon ourselves to confront these challenges we are faced with,” Lauer said.Jackson pointed out that USC’s Greek community has the highest GPA of any school west of the Mississippi and has received many national awards for service and leadership.“The hard work students devote to community service, philanthropic activity and participation in providing leadership for the broader USC student community is severely tarnished when members’ actions are arrogant, selfish, show a lack of respect for others, and threaten women in our community,” Jackson wrote.It is up to the members of the Greek community to change this negative perception, according to Lauer.“We owe it to ourselves to fix this image,” Lauer said.