When Deborina Carnes woke up this morning and went to work without bathing, she had no idea that she would solve a mystery that has held the Bannville community enthralled for years.
“I just did what I do,” Carnes said as she sorted through the library’s daily mail, “Can’t do more than that, you know?”
The newly appointed board of directors hired Carnes just last week to help librarian Evan Banned with the work load.
“She... she’s here,” Banned said, “The board though that since the main building burned down last month and most of the staff is either on vacation or living in a tent city that I might need some help. I said I was fine here in the trailer, but they insisted on sending me help. So they sent Debbie for circulation and Ellen for children’s, neither have experience in libraries or library degrees, but they do what they can... They just sent them.”
While helping at the library, Carnes explains how she stumbled upon the mystery.
“I was just on the google helping a kid find the setting of this book about killin mockingbirds when there it was, plain as day,” Carnes says, showing the reporter the staff computer, “I called over Evan and he kept on about helpin the kid, but I knowed I was onto something so I called Bobby Will.”
Carnes did in fact telephone Robert William Fortner, a local mechanic and Carnes’s longtime partner. We talked to Fortner about when Carnes called him.
“Debbie called me about three in the afternoon. I was here in the trailer by myself. Nobody was with me at’tall. She ‘splained what she found and how she done used the google. I didn’t believe it. I mean, I didn’t even know they had the google at the library. [laughs] That was a joke.”
When asked about how she hopes this will bring the community some peace, Carnes told this reporter that she hoped everyone could breathe little calmer and be a little happier knowing everything was right with the world.