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2 Deaths And Funerals Deaths 6A Anderson Mrs. LaDelle Mattox CLARKESVILLE, Ga. Mrs. LaDelle Black Mattox, 91, widow of Abraham McKinsely Mattox, died Nov. 26, 1987, at her home.

Born in Habersham County, she was a daughter of the late William and Louise Grier Black. She was a Baptist. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Lois Tracy of Clarksville, Mrs. Mary Garland of Bullard, Texas, Mrs.

Frances Massey of Toccoa: brothers. Howard Black of Alto, William Black of Atlanta: sisters. Mrs. Willie Mae Dixon and Mrs. Elizabeth Cowan of Clarkesville; six grandchildren: four greatgrandchildren.

Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillside Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Porter Lovell. Burial in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.

The family is at the home. Mrs. Wanda Sobkin HOLLAND, Mich. Mrs. Wanda M.

Ottman Sobkin, 45, wife of Joe Sobkin, died Nov. 26, 1987, in New York. Born in Habersham County, she was a daughter of Mrs. Nellie Ottman of Cornelia and the late Lee Ernest Ottman. Surviving are mother; widower; daughter, Miss Laura Sobkin Holland: brothers.

Lee Ottman of Cornelia. Charles Frances Ottman of Watertown. N.Y.: sisters, Miss Ellen Ottman of Cornelia, Mrs. Kathy Taylor of Clarksville, grandmother. Mrs.

Mae Webb of Cornelia. Services and burial will be Monday in Auburn, N.Y. Announcement courtesy of McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia. Neal Services SENECA Services for Mrs. Annie Ruth Pinion Neal, 42, of Route 1.

High Falls Community, wife of Dennis Neal, at 4 p.m. Saturday at High Falls Church of God by the Revs. Randall Hawkins, Fred Hamilton and Sam Leroy. Burial in the church cemetery. The body is at Davenport Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday. The family is at the home of a sister. Mrs. Nell Ellenburg, Route 1, High Falls Community. Mrs.

Vadell Hood ELBERTON. Ga. Mrs. Vadell Hood, Nancy Hart Intermediate Care Center, widow of Jack Hood, died Nov. 24, 1987, at Elbert Memorial Hospital.

Born in Oglethorpe County, she was a daughter of the late Chandler and Annie Stevens Appling. She was a member of Holly Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are daughter, Mrs. Clara Allen of Newark. N.J.: adopted daughter.

Mrs. Margie Blackwell Bowman; adopted son. Danny Hood of Atlanta: brothers, Adell and June Appling of Elberton. James Long of Chicago. Willie Appling of Milledgeville: sisters, Mrs.

Irene Power, Mrs. Mazell Hall, Kind Thornton Comer. Miss Lula Mae Appling of Macon. Mrs. Nina Platt of Chicago: 13 grandchildren; several greatgrandchildren.

Services at 2 p.m. Monday at Holly Creek Baptist Church. Burial in the church cemetery. The body is at Phelps Brothers Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The body will be placed in the church 1 p.m. Monday. The family is at the home of an adopted daughter, Mrs. Margie Blackwell. Route 1.

Box 94. Bowman. My Answer Billy Graham Dear Dr. Graham: I never watch religious programs on television. but the other night I caught your television special and I admit I found it fascinating.

But I didn't understand why you invite people to come forward in your crusades. I don't know much about religion, but I can't quite see myself doing something like that. K.S Dear K.S.: The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is God Himself, who came down from heaven so we could be forgiven of our sins and be restored to a personal relationship with God. When you become a Christian, therefore. you make a a decision to believe and trust in Christ, and to become his follower.

Although people come to Christ in many different ways. for each person there comes a moment when he or she must decide whether or not they will give themselves to Christ. It may surprise you to realize that you cannot really be neutral about Christ. Jesus declared. "He who is not with me is against me" (Matthew Becoming a Christian is somewhat like taking sides in a battle: if you are not on Christ's side.

then you are automatically on the opposing side. Every person Jesus called to become his disciple was called to take a public stand for him. Why? One reason is undoubtedly because there's something clear and definite about making a public commitment to Christ- something which makes a person less likely to make a decision casually or insincerely. Jesus promised. "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven" (Matthew I invite you to come to Christ today.

Why delay? No, you may not understand everything. But God loves you. and Christ died on the cross to take away your sins. Right now he is ready to receive you and welcome you into his kingdom. By faith take your stand for Christ.

Independent-Mail, Nov. 28, 1987 Rodgers Services Services for Ira Burdette Rodgers, 71, of 221 Marlon husband of Mrs. Lizzie Mae Smith Rodgers, p.m. Saturday at Homeland Park' Baptist Church by the Revs. Wayne Dickard and U.C.

Neill. Burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The body is at Sullivan-King Mortuary and will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday. The family is at the home of a son, David Rodgers, Route 13, Webb Road.

Sibert Services MCCORMICK Services for James Albert Sibert, 85, of Bryan Street, husband of Mrs. Juanita Talbert Sibert, at 1 p.m. Saturday Mount Moriah Baptist Church by the Rev. Ivory Goodwin. Burial in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites.

Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Brooks Services PELZER Services for Mrs. Nell Garrison Brooks, 88. of 8 Smythe widow of Benson Eugene Brooks, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pelzer United Methodist Church by the Revs.

Wesley Murphy and George D. Gentry. Burial in Union Grove United Methodist Church cemetery. The body is at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The family is at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth Children's Home, 290 Millwood Columbia. S.C.. 29205, or Methodist Home Orangeburg, Drawer 327, Orangeburg, 29115, or to African Enterprise, P.O. Box 988. Pasadena, 91102, or to Pelzer United Methodist Church, 8 Hale Pelzer, S.C., 29669.

Warren E. Christner CLEMSON Warren E. Christner. 69. husband of Martha Booth Christner, died Nov.

26, 1987, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Horton, he was a son of the late William and Edith Sentz Christner. He was a retired graphic arts consultant with Pearcy Kent Bag Company, Kansas City, a U.S. Army World War II veteran, received Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal and was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Surviving are widow; daughter, Susan M.

Beard of Dallas: brothers, Judge John F. Christner of Abilene, George Christner of Las Vegas, sister, Mrs. Betty C. of Wichita, one granddaughter. Memorial services at 11 a.m.

Wednesday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Clemson, by the Rev. Tom Davis. Flowers are to be omitted. Duckett Funeral Home. Central, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ruby Hodges HODGES Mrs. Ruby Langley Hodges, 83, of Route 1, wife of Joel B. Hodges, died Nov. 27.

1987, at Self Memorial Hospital. Born in Hodges, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Kelly and Mattie Davis Langley. She was a member of Hodges United Methodist Church. Surviving are widower; sisters, Mrs. Henry (Sarah) Baker of Greenwood.

Miss Helen Langley of Hodges; brothers, Carl E. "Dick" Langley of Hodges, William S. "Bill" Langley of Greenville. Services at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Blyth Funeral Home Chapel by the Revs.

Neil Youngue and J. Kirk Hendricks. Burial in Greenwood Gardens. The body is at the funeral home. The family is at the home.

Flowers are to be omitted. Memorials may be made to Hodges United Methodist Church. Hospital Report Habersham Admissions Michael Perry, Cornelia Discharges Sally Hardy, Cornelia William Ray, Cornelia Jenny Dill. Cornelia Emma Rogers, Demorest Hart Admissions Julie Mullinex, Hartwell Sughra Chaudhry, Athens Discharges Thomas Bond, Hartwell Lindsay Vickery, a Hartwell Stella Hopkins, Hartwell Lillian Wilbur, Hartwell Annie Estes. Hartwell Rosa Holmes, Hartwell Cobb Admissions Robert Sheriff, Lavonia Minnie C.

Phillips, Royston Sandra Holland, Elberton Emanual Marshall. Lavonia Justus Phillips, Royston G. Omer Brown. Bowman Susie M. Holloway, Comer Discharges Claudia Thompson, Carnesville Inez Hanford, Franklin Springs Irene Stokes, Canon Stephens Admissions Pricilla Grimes, Clayton Bertha Harris, Toccoa Blaine Jones, Toccoa Edith Walton, Toccoa Karen Brady, Eastanollee Brady baby boy, Eastanollee Discharges Ernestine Haynie, Toccoa Christine Clark, Toccoa Donna Ashworth, Lavonia Ashworth baby boy, Lavonia Madison County Chief Magistrate 'Dub' Fowler dies DANIELSVILLE, Ga.

Chief Magistrate William C. "Dub" Fowler. 69, husband of Blanche Watson Fowler, died Nov. 27, 1987, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

Born in Tula, Texas, he was a son of the late Frank and Frances Shepard Fowler. He was a U.S. Marine World War II veteran, chief magistrate of Madison County, and a member of Evangelical Methodist Church. Surviving are widow; son, Tim Fowler of Danielsville; daughters, Miss Tammy Fowler of DanielsvilMrs. Frances Moore of Kannapolis, N.C., Mrs.

Jenny Dee Smith of Kingstree, S.C.; sister, Mrs. Ralph Sills of Concord, N.C.; seven grandchildren. Services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Evangelical Methodist Church by the Revs. Billy Frank Carey and Curtis Parker.

Burial in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. The body is at Brown's Funeral Home, Danielsville. The family is at the home. Miss Lisa Sobkin HOLLAND, Mich. Miss Lisa Marie Sobkin, 15, died Nov.

26, 1987, in New York. She was the daughter of Joe Sobkin of Holland and the late Wanda Ottman Sobkin. Surviving are father; sister, Miss Laura Sobkin of Holland; grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Ottman of Cornelia, great-grandmother, Mrs. Mae Webb of Cornelia.

Services and burial will be held Monday in Auburn, N.Y. Announcement courtesy of McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home. Evans Services ABBEVILLE Services for Charles Baskin Evans 71, of Route 3. Lebanon Community, husband of Rena Johnson Evans, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lebanon Presbyterian Church by the Rev.

Dan Smyth. Burial in the church cemetery. The body is at Harris Funeral Home. The family is at the home. Memorials may be made to Lebanon Presbyterian Church.

Baughman Services ABBEVILLE Services for William Paul Baughman 86, husband of Lois Blanchett Baughman, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harris Funeral Home by the Rev. Steve Jacks. Burial in Bethia Presbyterian Church cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.

Kimbrell Services CORNELIA, Ga. Services for Bonnie Mae Kimbrell, 73, of Route 2, wife of Tom Kimbrell, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Airy Baptist Church by the Revs. Ray Turpin and Darvin Slayton. Burial in Welcome Home Cemetery.

The body is at McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home. The family is at the home. Stringer Services CLARKESVILLE, Ga. Services for Lucile Anna Alexander Stringer, 73, widow of Hugh Lee Stringer at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church and Son Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial in Center Grove Baptist cemetery, Jackson County. The body is at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Louie Bradfield BOWMAN, Ga. Louie James Bradfield.

73, husband of Mrs. Catheryne Smith Bradfield, died Nov. 27. 1987, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.

in DeKalb County, he was a son of the late George Bradfield and Lucy Poss Bradfield Long. He was a retired plant foreman for Harvey Blue Granite Company, a member of Philomathea Masonic Lodge No. 25 and Bowman Baptist Church. Surviving are widow; son, George F. Bradfield of Dallas; daughter, Mrs.

Richard Haynes of Hull; sisters, Mrs. June Newton of Gautier, Miss, Mrs. Dorothy Cofer of East Point. Paul Hannah of Riverdale; five grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; three greatgreat-grandchildren. Services at 2 p.m.

Sunday at Hicks Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Craig Snyder. Burial in the Hillerest Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The family will be at the home. Elmer Pitts WESTMINSTER Elmer Lemuel Pitts, 85. of East Main Street, widower of Kate Elizabeth Cole Pitts, died Nov. 26. 1987, at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Born in Oconee County, he was a son of the late Lemuel Oscar and Bertha Lavonia Wilson Pitts. He was a retired farmer and a member of Retreat Baptist Church. Surviving are son, Junior Pitts of Westminster; daughters, Mrs. Frances Fortson of Salem, Mrs. Virgie Nell Smith Westminster, Mrs.

Inez Burton of Mrs. Annette Hamby of Simpsonville; brothers, Furman and Ross Pitts of Westminster: sisters, Miss Nina Pitts and Mrs. Mildred Pritchard of Seneca, Miss Vivian Pitts and Mrs. Bertha Case of Westminster: 13 grandchildren; 25 greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild. Services at 2 p.m.

Sunday at Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel by the Revs. Roy Spearman and John McKnight. Burial in First Baptist Church Cemetery. The body is at the the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The family is at the home of his son, Junior Pitts. Hopewell Road. Westminster. Memorials may be made in the form of flowers or to Meals ram, 205 Lucky Street, Westminster, S.C., 29693. Irish police capture alleged kidnapper Morton Services PIEDMONT Services for Mrs.

Molly Tinsley Morton, 92, of Route 2, widow of Christopher C. Morton, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grove Station Baptist Church by the Revs. Tommy Lowe and Al Sherbert. Burial in the church cemetery.

The body is at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Addie Lee Lollis, 424 Osteen Road, Piedmont. Memorials may be made to Gideons International. Gray Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs.

Clara Craft Mrs. Clara Mae Allen Craft, 79, of 102 Simmons widow of Reese Allen, died Nov. 27, 1987, at her home. Born in Maysville, she was a daughter of the late Wyley and Lena Brownlow Coffee. She was retired from Equinox Mill and was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church, the Fideles Sunday school class and Senior Citizens Club.

Surviving are daughters, Mrs. E.C. (Bobbie Jean) Jr. and Mrs. Richard (Glenda) Vernon of Anderson; brother, Monroe Coffee of Atlanta; sisters, Mrs.

Sallie Worthen, Mrs. Mary Lou Cooley and Mrs. Nell Grant of Atlanta; five grandchildren; six greatServices at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood Baptist Church by Dr. Russell Rice.

Burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The body is at The McDougald Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The family is at the home. Mrs. Floride Stone Mrs. Salley Floride Mayfield Stone, 90, of 1501 E. Greenville widow of Samuel Arthur Stone, died Nov.

27, 1987, at Anderson Health Care Center. Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Sanford Martin and Carrie Amanda Broome Mayfield. She was retired from Orr Mills and was a member of Orville Baptist Church. Surviving are son, Herbert Lee Anderson; daughter, Mrs. Doris Ann Stone Sanders of Anderson: six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Services at 2 p.m. Sunday at The McDougald Funeral Home Chapel by Dr. Wendell Bannister. Burial in New Silver Brook Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday. The family is at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Doris Sanders, Highway 29 South. Anderson. Jesse Dyar SENECA Jesse G.

Dyar, 88, of the Keowee Community, widower of Marvin Jane Seaborn Dyar, died Nov. 26. 1987. at the of his daughter in Easley. Born in Seneca, he was a son of the late Noah Thomas and Julia Von Holland Dyar.

He was a retired poultry and truck farmer, and a member, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, and church treasurer of Morgan Memorial Wesylan Church. Surviving are sons. Dr. William H. Dyar of Winston Salem, N.C., Joel R.

Dyar of Seneca. Frank H. Dyar of Mauldin, Wade S. Dyar of Simpsonville; daughters, Mrs. James C.

(Jessie Lee) Jennings of Spartanburg, Mrs. Lee 0. (Julia Huskamp and Mrs. Howard (Mary Ruth) Wald of Mauldin, Mrs. Jimmy (Eunice) Longworth of Atlanta, Mrs.

L.C. (Dueain) Byers of Pickens, Mrs. Jerry B. (Omega) Kelley of Easley; brother, T. Eugene Dyar of Pickens; stepbrother, Zeb Williams of Seneca; stepsister, Sara Williams of Seneca; 18 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.

Services at 3 p.m. Sunday at Brown's Funeral Home Chapel by Dr. William H. Dyar and the Rev. Belvin Greene and James E.

Smith. Burial in Oconee Memorial Park. The body is at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The family is at the home of his daughter, Mrs.

Jerry Kelley, Hester Drive. Easley. Miss Lucille McFerrin LINCOLNTON, Ga. Miss Lucille McFerrin. 86.

of Route 4, died Nov. 27. 1987, at University Hospital, Augusta. Born in South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Sarah Conelia Banks and Thomas White McFerrin. She was a former telephone operator, retired Goldman and Wingrow Department store sales clerk, and a member of Lincolnton United Methodist Church.

Surviving are sisters, Mrs. Marguerite Huckaby of Augusta, Mrs. Evelyn Moore of Greenwood, S.C. Services at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lincolnton United Methodist Church by the Revs.

John Rhodes and Ellis Moore. Burial in Lincolnton Cemetery. The body is at Beggs Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 2:30 Sunday. The family is at the home of her neice, Mrs. Harold Albea Butler, McCormick Road.

Fire Report Anderson City Stations No. 1 and 2 answered no calls between 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Anderson County Fire Stations answered the following calls during the same hours: 12:21 a.m. Homeland Park Station No.

3 house fire at 411 Vandiver Street. 12:33 a.m. Centerville Station No. 9. house fire on Boyd Street.

3:25 p.m. Three and Twenty Station No. 19 wreck on Highway 8. DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) A former IRA activist who allegedly masterminded the kidnapping of a wealthy Dublin dentist was shot and wounded Friday as he crashed through a roadblock, police said. Dessie O'Hare, nicknamed the "Border Fox," was shot in the arms, legs and chest near Urlingford.

80 miles from Dublin, said a police spokesman, Larry Coady. A traveling companion, Martin Brien, was killed, and a soldier was shot in the leg, Coady said. The two fugitives had burst through a previous police checkpoint seconds earlier. Police said O'Hare, 29, was seriously wounded but was not in critical condition. The British Broadcasting Corp.

reported he had undergone surgery. He was transferred under heavy security from a hospital in Kilkenny to one in Dublin, according to Press Association, the British news agency. The incident climaxed a lengthy drama that began with the kidnapping of 38-year-old John 0'Grady in Dublin. O'Grady, whose kidnappers chopped off the tips of two fingers during his 22 days of captivity, was freed by police after detectives discovered the gang in a house Nov. 5.

No ransom was paid. Police have charged four people in connection with the abduction and they have been scouring the island for O'Hare, who got his nickname from his frequent crossing of the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. said they were convinced O'Hare masterminded the abduction. O'Hare is a former member of the Irish Republican Army and its extreme offshoot, the Irish National Liberation Army. Both organizations have disowned him as a liability in their fight to rid Northern Ireland of British rule.

O'Hare had last been sighted near the border with Northern Ireland two weeks ago when he fired seven shotgun blasts at his wife in a crowded pub, grazing her. He fled in a car. Brien, 28, was a wanted Irish National Liberation Army member from Derry who had been on the run for several years. Hunters kill tame deer; neighborhood mourns OMAHA, Neb. (AP) The wild deer didn't have a name, but he appeared this week and wanted to play and be petted.

Two men, who apparently took advantage of the animal's trusting nature, shot and killed him Thanksgiving "It was like killing Bambi," Karen Bergman said Friday. "The deer was like a pet." Ms. Bergman, 18, was eating Thanksgiving dinner with her family when they heard the shot. She and other family members ran outside and saw two men trying to put the deer into a car. Police Officer Mark Thibault said he had no doubt the deer killed was the one that had approached people in the Ponca Hills-Fort Calhoun area this week.

The area is heavily wooded and sparsely populated. The young buck entered the yard of a small farm near Fort Calhoun on Tuesday, staying long enough to have his picture taken. Betty Bergman, Karen's mother, said her family was about to have dessert when she noticed that someone had turned around in their driveway. "We wanted to see if we had company," she Moments later, a shot was fired. The Bergman family got the vehicle's license number and the car was registered in Blair, about 20 miles north of Omaha, Thibault said.

Annual Bozo Awards winners include Bakkers, Hart, North LOS ANGELES (AP) Gary Hart, Donna Rice, Jim and Tammy Bakker and Oliver North topped the list winners of the annual Bozo Awards announced Friday by television's original Bozo the Clown, Larry Harmon. Also noted in the celebration of celebrity shenanigans were newsman Dan Rather, ousted Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, "Dynasty" star Joan Collins and embattled Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham. Hart and Ms. Rice were joined in Jessica Harmon's Hahn, "funster" whose sexual category liaison by with Bakker toppled the minister from his TV pulpit.

The Bakkers topped the newsmakers category. Said Harmon: "With all their money, clothes, mansions and cars, what else can Wiles Services IVA- Services for Will W. "Hut" Wiles, 82, of Route 2. widower of Iva Delree Sanders Wiles, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Carswell Baptist Church by the Revs.

Edgar Boles, T.W. McGuffin and E.T. McClain. Burial in the church cemetery. The body is at The McDougald Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.

Saturday. The family is at the home of a son, Garold Wiles, 221 MAdams Road, Iva. Hardy Services GREENWOOD Services for Frank W. Hardy, 67, of 205 Melody Lane, husband of Mrs. Gladys E.

Hardy, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Durst Avenue Church of God by the Revs. W.F. Waters and Fred Hopkins. Burial in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

The body is at Harley Funeral Home. The family is at the home. Carter Services WILLIAMSTON Services for Buford Ernest Carter, 73, of Harper Street Extension, husband of Ruby Lamb Carter, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gray Mortuary Chapel by the Revs. Melvin Timms and Joseph Carter.

Burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson. The body is at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The family is at the home of a son, Douglas Carter, Box 213-A. Cheddar Road, Route 4. Belton.

we think when they were supposedly preaching the gospel, than it was really all according to Gucci." Of Miss Collins, who won in the show business category for her recent stormy divorce from Peter Holm, Harmon said, "She created bigger entertainment out of her own life than viewers got in the entire season of North, the star witness of the televised Iran-Contra hearings, was Harmon's choice in government. "The Iran scandal showed the American public that the best soap operas are still produced in Washington. The Marcoses received a Special Life Achievement Bozo Award because, Harmon quipped, "Two hands in the till are better than Tamil rebels kill 5, including 2 officials COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Gunmen believed to be Tamil rebels killed five people in the island's eastern region, including two local officials, military officers said Friday. They said all five victims were shot Thursday night at a residence in Kuchchuveli, 22 miles north of Trincomalee. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, largest of the rebel groups, have put up posters in the Tamildominated northern and eastern regions warning residents against cooperating with Indian peacekeeping forces. India has about 20.000 soldiers in Sri Lanka to enforce a peace agreement it signed with the government in July. The accord's purpose was to end a 4-year-old ethnic war between Tamil militants and the majority Sinhalese that has taken more than 6.000 lives. Tamil guerrillas were supposed to turn in their arms to the Indian troops, but the Tigers refused and the Indians began an offensive Oct. Thursday night's attack was on the home of the deputy chief administrative officer of Kuchchuveli, a Sinhalese identified only as Sinnthaduri.

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