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Annual Short ride will be Sunday
Friday, August 15, 2014
Organizers of the 12th annual Jennifer Short Memorial Scholarship Bike/Car Ride expect to have 300 to 400 participants in Sunday’s ride.
Jennifer and her parents, Mary and Michael Short, were shot to death in 2002, and no arrests have been made in the case.
The ride was postponed from last Sunday due to rain. This Sunday’s forecast is for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 86 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.
Ray Reynolds of Collinsville, who has spearheaded the ride each year, said 150 to 175 motorcycles and 50-60 other vehicles are expected to taking part in the event so far.
“We should have 300 to 400" participants, he said, adding that many cars will have three or four passengers.
Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at WZBB 99.9 radio station on U.S. 220 North. Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins and Police Chief Sean Dunn are scheduled to speak there, Reynolds said.
At 1 p.m., the riders will head south on U.S. 220 to Exit 135 in North Carolina. They will take a right at a stop light, 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, N.C., 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. Other refreshments, including items baked by church members, also will be provided.
Refreshments also will be provided before the ride, and water will be available at the bridge.
The ride previously had been scheduled to end at Trash Ministries in Collinsville but that was changed because the ministries’ members had a prior commitment for a revival, Reynolds said. The members still will help with the ride, he added.
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 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.