A year after the first in a series of booby-trap bombings that killed a young woman and maimed another, even something as inconsequential as a golf ball can instill fear in this small town.
"There was a golf ball in my back yard," Madge Bane said as she sat inside Louisa Outdoor Sports, playing with her 2-year-old grandson, Levi. "I live several miles from any golf course, so I didn't touch it." Police say they have no suspects.
On Dec. 3, 1997, expectant mother Tammy Lynn Baker was killed by a bomb outside her apartment. Investigators think that she picked up a household object.
Then, 7 1/2 months ago in nearby Mineral, John Thompson found a tackle box in his driveway, carried it inside and opened it with his father, the Rev. Mike Thompson. A bomb inside burned the two men.
Forty minutes later, a few blocks from where Ms. Baker was killed, Ms. Bane's husband, Russ, was standing inside the couple's store when he heard a blast and cries for help. He ran outside to see Sabrina Johnson Brewer on the ground in a parking lot. Ms. Brewer and the Thompsons survived, although Ms. Brewer's hand was mangled.