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Short ride put off due to weather

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Today’s Jennifer Short Memorial Scholarship Bike/Car Ride has been postponed a week due to expected heavy rain today.

The event now will be held Aug. 17, said organizer Ray Reynolds. It will follow the schedule that had been set for today except it will end at Victory Baptist Church instead of Trash Ministries.

Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at WZBB 99.9 radio station on U.S. 220 North. At 1 p.m., the riders will head south on U.S. 220 to Exit 135. They will take a right at a stoplight, left at Dan Valley Road, left on River Road and left on Grogan Road, stopping at the Jennifer Short Memorial Bridge.

A prayer will be said at the bridge, and Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page will speak. The group then will head back to Henry County and gather at Victory Baptist Church.

There, riders will be treated to 200 dinners donated by Bojangles and 200 hot dogs contributed by the church. Refreshments also will be provided before the ride, and water will be available at the bridge.

The ride raises funds for Bassett High School scholarships in memory of Jennifer, who would have attended BHS had she not been shot to death in 2002.

On Aug. 15 of that year, Jennifer’s parents, Mary and Michael Short, were found dead in their Oak Level home. Both had been shot in the head.

Jennifer, who was 9 at the time, was believed abducted from the home by her parents’ killer or killers.

Her remains were found Sept. 25, 2002, along a stream bed off Grogan Road in Stoneville (Rockingham County), N.C. She, too, suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

No one has been charged in the homicides.


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