Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Youth Drowns Over the Holiday Weekend

Tragedy struck over the holiday weekend as a 12 year old drowned in a Winston County pond. The body of Xavier Paten, a 6th grader at Eiland Middle School was recovered after a search of a pond on Hwy 490 near the intersection with Hwy 397 on Sunday afternoon.

Reports indicate that the youth was with other children in the area when he submerged and did not surface. 911 was contacted and Sheriff deputies along with the Nanih Waiya Fire Department responded and conducted a grid search of the pond and recovered the body.

Officials at Eiland Middle School brought in counselors and pastors on Tuesday to provide counseling to fellow students.