June 11, 2007
Lee County -- Friday night's severe thunderstorms proved deadly for several animals belonging to a Lee County man.
Around 9 PM on Friday, lightning struck and killed four horses, which included a four week old colt, belonging to Jim Eubanks who lives along Highway 195, just nine miles north of Leesburg.
The horses were huddled under a tree during the storm when the lightning killed all but the oldest mare. Eubanks immediately placed the one that survived inside a barn for protection. His four horses were worth an estimated six-thousand dollars. T
his is the first time, Eubanks has lost any of his animals to lightning. "We grew up on a farm, and I remember cows being struck by lightning, but it's the first time we've ever had horses."
Eubanks is a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Shellman. Members of his church helped Eubanks bury the horses.