Local soldier laid to rest today

Later today there will be a memorial service at Pender High School for a local soldier killed in Iraq.. Corporal Mark Bibby died in an Iraqi ambush last week. Last night friends, neighbors and family gathered to remember the young man at the dunn funeral home in Burgaw. Almost 800 people are expected to pack the gymnasium at Pender High at 11 o'clock this morning; the same gymnasium where Bibby played basketball as a patriot for four years.