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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Six-year-old Cheyenne Sessoms takes a "food order" from her brother Hunter Sessoms, 4, in the "drive-through window" on the back of the playhouse her grandfather, Ronnie Presnell built for them. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Hunter Sessoms, 4, and sister Cheynne Sessoms, 6, enjoy the upper level of the playhouse their grandfather , Ronnie Presnell, built for them. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Brenda Sessoms, son Hunter Sessoms, 4, Ronnie Presnell and granddaughter Cheynne Sessoms, 6, on the front porch of the playhouse Presnell built for his grandchildren Hunter and Cheyenne. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Hunter Sessoms, 4, and sister Cheyenne Sessoms, 6, cavort in the playhouse their grandfather, Ronnie Presnell, built for them. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Brenda Sessoms waits with her father Ronnie Presnell outside the playhouse he built for her children. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Hunter Sessoms, 4, likes to put his plastic toy guns on the second level of the playhouse his grandfather, Ronnie Presnell (background standing with Brenda Sessoms) built for him and his sister Cheyenne. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Brenda Sessoms, leads her father Ronnie Presnell, who is blind, from the playhouse he built for his grandchildren. Ronnie Presnell, the former Mecklenburg County sheriffÕs deputy who was blinded when a vehicle heading in the wrong direction struck his pickup head-on, recently completed a 10-foot-by-10-foot, 2-level childrenÕs playhouse for his three grandchildren. He installed carpeting throughout, added a first-level bank, a drive-through McDonaldÕs in back and such safety features as handrails inside the playhouse. Presnell said it took him about 9 months to complete the project in the workshop at his home at Lake Norman in Mooresville. His grandsons and granddaughter are now playing away in their new playhouse outside their home on Old Mountain Road in Statesville. Presnell was the guy who drove around Charlotte Motor Speedway with a NASCAR driver in the passengerÕs seat a couple of years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Presnell's grandchildren played in the playhouse on Wednesday Dec. 18, 2013.
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