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A portion of a statement in an article of the Aug. 9 edition of The Eatonton Messenger was inadvertently misquoted. The statement was prepared by Dixie Martin and read by Tammy Johnson, on behalf of the McIver family, at the auction of the McIver property on Aug. 5. It should have said: “The McIver family is heartbroken today as a dream is coming to an end. Our dear sister-in-law has passed, and our brother is in prison for a horrible accident. This ranch was their happy place, a place where they were married and a place where they shared happy moments throughout their lives together. These memories cannot be taken away by selling a piece of the property, as their families will hold to those happy times while they mourn the passing of Diane and the injustice served to Tex. We pray for the trust to come out. We further hope this special place brings as much happiness to its new owners as it did for Diane and Tex. God bless.”

The Messenger regrets the error.