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Coburg folks keeping watch, protecting their own

Green River Market and Deli customers taking home invasion robbery calmly, but they're more vigilant now
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Folks in the northern Adair County Community of Coburg are looking out for each other since the Home Invasion Robber struck in their neighborhood at around noon CST last Thursday, January 20, 2005.

Sheila Morris, co-proprietor of Green River Market and Deli with husband Dean Morris, was the first person Norville Farris talked to after he was robbed. The store is the main meeting place in modern day Coburg, serving a catchment area which includes parts of Adair, Green, and Taylor Counties.

"It was about 30 minutes after he freed himself when he came here," Mrs. Morris says. "I called 911. The ambulance and Kentucky State Police came. They wanted him to get to a doctor, but he refused. He's a tough fellow. He seems to be doing really well considering," she said.

The robbery is still the talk of the community, and it's still the biggest item on the agenda in most discussions at the store.

The patrons are remaining calm, Mrs. Morris says, but they've changed some of their routines. "People are checking on each other," she said, "they're looking in on folks who live alone. In some cases," she said, "people are staying with the ones who live by themselves." Perhaps the most protected now, she says, is Mr. Farris.

The event has drawn a lot of attention to the area. "Tv 13 was here in the parking lot and talked to Norville and a trooper," she said.

Mr. Farris has become quite a celebrity with members of the store, but he isn't granting interviews. He says that he's gotten calls from newspapers and radio and television stations, but he's not talking about the event with anyone, he says.

A quiet man with the kindest blue-eyes and gentlest smile you could ever hope to meet, he did acknowledge his gratitude to his neighbors who've become even more alert to his welfare the past few days, "I didn't know I was so valuable until this happened," he said.
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A caring Coburg more watchful now

2005-01-23 - Coburg, KY - Photo Staff. SMILING FACES IN COBURG, a caring community. Customers at Green River Market and Deli in downtown Coburg, KY, are often greeted by Sheila Baker Morris, Jacqueline Brown, or Stephanie Pike. Residents of the community have been more vigilant about looking out for each other since the Home Invasion Robber struck in their area Thursday.
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