Local soldiers' families are hopeful about shorter conflict


Family members of local soldiers reacted to the news of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's capture by U.S. troops with a mixture of optimism and uneasiness.

For many, the capture raises the possibility that the soldiers will be able to serve their terms with the military in the United States, not on the sands of Iraq.

Jody Williams, 24, said her husband, Dwayne Williams, called her Sunday morning from basic training in Fort Sill, Okla., with the news.

"He called me around 7:30 in the morning. He told me, 'Honey, did you hear that Saddam got captured?'" Williams said. She said she alread...

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