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Archive for December, 2012

Brasstown still having possum drop, with changes

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

BRASSTOWN, NC (AP) — A possum drop that attracts thousands of people to a tiny western North Carolina town each New Year’s Eve will go on this year, with some changes.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Thursday that Brasstown will still have the event Dec. 31 but won’t be using a live animal.

During the drop, the possum is suspended in a see-through box covered with tinsel and lowered to the ground at midnight.

Last month, a judge ruled a state agency didn’t have authority to issue a permit for the drop. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had sued, calling the event illegal and cruel.

Clay Logan has been putting on the drop for nearly two decades. He says he’s considering using a stuffed animal or maybe road kill this year.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wish comes true for 8-year-old with life threatening condition

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

8-year-old Noah Roberts is just like any other kid his age. The only thing different, he's battling a life-threatening condition.

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Grandmother, mother killed in Matthews wreck

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

MATTHEWS, NC (AP) — A Matthews man has been charged with driving while impaired after a wreck that killed a Charlotte grandmother and her daughter.

Authorities say 62-year-old Marie Crook and her daughter, 37-year-old Jennifer Hunt, were both killed in the wreck just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials say Crook was driving a Honda CRV and was hit by a Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 28-year-old Justin Jones.

Hunt’s two children were being treated for minor injuries. Jones was also taken to the hospital.

Police are still investigating the wreck. It wasn’t known if Jones had an attorney.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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N.C. has another record-breaking year for film, TV

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

North Carolina’s film industry hit record-setting numbers the past two years, but that’s unlikely to repeat in 2013.

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Fairmont man dies days after gunshot wound

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

FAIRMONT, NC (AP) — Charges against a Rowland man have been upgraded to murder after a 21-year-old man’s death from a gunshot wound.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that 20-year-old Jahdarrius McNair was charged Monday with first-degree murder. McNair had originally been charged with attempted murder after a Friday shooting.

Authorities say McNair shot Jeffrey Collins of Fairmont at around 6:45 p.m. Friday outside an apartment complex. Police Chief Danny Parker says McNair fired several shots into a crowd and hit Collins, who died Sunday.

McNair was being held without bond, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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