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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM


The Associated Press recommends the following stories of Southern interest for use over the weekend of Nov. 10-12.

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DECATUR, Ala. — Energy filled the one-room tattoo shop on Bank Street. For three hours on a recent Sunday, Talis Marez tattooed "28" on the hands, feet, necks and wrists of teachers, preachers and hairstylists.

"This is an outward expression of an inward change in all of us that was inspired by Justice," said Glenn Mitchell-Thwing, who organized the mass tattooing. The event recognized the anniversary — dubbed an "angelversary" — of the death of Justice Micah Perry. By Catherine Godbey, The Decatur Daily.

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MOBILE, Ala. — Ninety miles from the sea, bone white against the muddy black banks of the Alabama River, the sand dollar stands out. The distinctive, petal-like pattern on its surface is perfect and unmistakable, but its presence so far from the Gulf of Mexico is wholly unexpected. By Ben Raines, al.com

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — Muscle Shoals High School senior Celena Spurgeon said she never worried too much about getting a good score on her ACT college entrance test until her junior year when she realized how competitive it is to receive a scholarship. "I knew I could get a good score," she said. "I'm very competitive and I knew my brother raised his from 23 to 29, so I set out to do that." Spurgeon has taken the test 11 times. By Lisa Singleton-Rickman, TimesDaily.


MOBILE, Ala. — It's an odd feeling that comes over a person when you're walking alone on a sandy woods road and suddenly realize there are more bear tracks than deer. It's cool, but in an uneasy kind of way. That was the case on a recent Thursday as I accompanied a group of hunters, who for more than 30 years have been peacefully co-existing with Ursus Americanus floridanus, or the Florida black bear that continues to thrive in a relatively small area of southwest Alabama. By Jeff Dute, al.com.


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MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — Aiming a swivel-lens digital camera, Roger Kallins meticulously captured close-up images of the Corvette's wheel well, brake assembly and front coil spring.

The Ormond Beach photojournalist is collecting hundreds of images documenting the restoration of one of America's most unique vehicles: former NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong's 1967 Corvette Sting Ray. By Rick Neale, Florida Today.

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LARGO, Fla. — There is probably only one food truck in the world where the owner will take a break from slicing Baltimore pit beef to edit and post articles on irregular warfare for a website featuring contributions by the likes of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By Howard Altman, The Tampa Tribune.


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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — In July, Brig. Gen. Cedric George took command of the new Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex during a time that could hardly be more critical.

George discussed several issues related to Robins Air Force Base when he sat down for his first extended interview since taking command. By Wayne Crenshaw, The Telegraph of Macon.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — There are some things people can't forget. Even 40 years later, some memories stay strong.

For Johnny Lang, he can still remember the night of Nov. 7, 1972, when the SS African Neptune slammed into the old Sidney Lanier Bridge — much smaller and more archaic than the version that stands today. By Meghan Pittman, The Brunswick News.

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Four years ago, Lisa Miller played a game on Facebook that started a life-changing chain of events.

While playing the Facebook game Farm Town, Miller met the mother of a young woman in Idaho, who was being treated for renal failure as a result of spina bifida.

The woman told Miller all about her daughter's ailing health and how she desperately needed a kidney transplant. By Savannah King, The Times of Gainesville.


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LEXINGTON, Ky. — You want that blessing to go? Not a problem.

Centerpointe Christian Church at 865 Greendale Road has offered drive-through prayers to those who need them since Easter. By Cheryl Truman, Lexington Herald-Leader.

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GLASGOW, Ky. — As a child during the holidays, you might have imagined a workshop where elves made the toys that a certain jolly, bearded fellow would bring to good boys and girls everywhere.

If so, then the showroom for Holiday Lights and Magic may represent that vision come to life. By Justin Story, The Daily News.


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NEW ORLEANS — Bed and breakfast operations in New Orleans tout their old-fashion charm as an enticement to visitors, but face a threat from a new, technology-driven competitor that apparently is flouting city law. Airbnb.com, a travel website that lets homeowners advertise rooms for short-term rental, has become increasingly popular in recent years, expanding to 31,275 cities worldwide. The site recently listed 385 rooms for rent in New Orleans. The website is often described as a cheap, convenient and relatively safe way to book travel accommodations. By Maria Clark, New Orleans CityBusiness.


DORCHEAT, La. — Doorknobs have been replaced with deadbolt locks on the two doors of Givens Hall, a building more commonly referred to as the fellowship hall of the Evergreen Union Church. But none of the church members has keys. The locked doors kept the church from holding its fifth-Sunday singing and covered dish dinner in September. The cemetery association canceled its October meeting. It had nowhere to gather. By Vickie Welborn, The Times.

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LAFAYETTE, La. — If you walk into a Lafayette Parish classroom these days, there's a good chance that a teacher will be using a song, painting or other form of art with the lesson plan. Often, the teacher will be joined by a local artist sharing expertise and telling students that, no matter their skill level, they are also artists. A combination of district funding, local partnerships and grants is allowing the Lafayette Parish School System to use arts in its curriculum more than ever, making sure to match up fun activities with the common core curriculum and state standards and benchmarks. By Amanda McElfresh, The Advertiser.


KENTWOOD, La. — It started with two pigs, bought from a guy down the street, and 65 rolling, wildflower-studded acres near Kentwood. Now, Galen Iverstine, 26, has 35 head of cattle, nearly 1,000 chickens, considerably more than two pigs and 150 turkeys, all watched over by him and a 9-month-old Great Pyrenees named Rooster. By Beth Colvin, The Advocate.


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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — When portions of a Wiseco Bombardier exploded two years ago, the manufacturer launched an investigation into the cause.

The case is still winding its way through the court system. Meanwhile, a replica of the Seadoo personal watercraft sits in the Annapolis headquarters of CED Investigative Technologies, where a team of engineers put it through a series of tests to determine the root of the problem. By Shantee Woodards, The Capitol of Annapolis.


EASTON, Md. — Being in a graveyard might be uncomfortable for some people, but others, such as Eric Drummer, delight in the experiences to be found among marble and granite tombstones, gnarly trees and messages in stone.

An outing to a cemetery has Drummer carrying a handful of plastic brushes in a bucket, a wooden spatula, tongue depressor, some spray bottles and water. His chore today is to find a particular stone and clean it. He is making a business fighting lichen, moss and dirt on tombstones. By Brice Stump, The Daily Times of Salisbury.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The array of solar panels all facing south give the appearance of a shimmering lake. And by late December, the 300,000 solar panels, each roughly the size of a 46-inch flat screen television near the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown off Roxbury Road, are expected to generate a peak of 20 megawatts of power per hour. By Kaustuv Basu, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Skyler VanGorkum sings on the hour-long drive to school. She sings as she does homework. She sings when she practices for the equestrian team. And she sings at her mother's Annapolis business.

Now, she's starting to sing on stage, in what she hopes will be a long career. By Theresa Winslow, The Capital of Annapolis.


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PRIMROSE, Miss. — A body takes a beating over the course of 75 years. The trick to growing older is finding a way to live with the inevitable decline.

John Ray found his tonic in high school and never let go. He bought his first Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1953. Now, his 23 acres in the Primose community of Pontotoc County are home to "20-something" Harleys in various states of repair. By M. Scott Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


WEST POINT, Miss. — Dozens of landowners in Clay County can attest to problems with beavers affecting their property, and several roads, bridges and other properties in the county over the years have also bore its share of beaver damage.

Last September the Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to participate in Mississippi's Beaver Control Assistance Program, which routinely uses explosives to remove beaver dams that flood properties. By Sheena Baker, Daily Times Leader.

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VICKSBURG, Miss. — Inside 10 boxes at Bowmar Avenue Elementary School, more than 200 ceramic tiles that served as symbols during one of the school's most defining years sit in storage.

Now the school is inviting those who designed the tiles to come get them. The tiles were removed from Bowmar's front wall due to damage and adhesive issues. By Matt Stuart, Vicksburg Post.


HATTIESBURG, Miss. — At first, it might seem like an impossible schedule.

Hollianna Munna is enrolled at William Carey University getting her bachelor's degree in nursing, while also working 40 to 45 hours each week as a nurse at Hattiesburg Clinic.

But thanks to William Carey's RN (registered nurse) to BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) program, she's on the fast-track to getting her degree in 15 months. By Ed Kemp, Hattiesburg American.


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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Five months ago, Doris Williams contemplated the uncertain future that lay ahead of her. Doctors had given her one to two years to live, and it had already been six months. She was growing weaker by the day.

The only thing that could stop her illness — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — from killing her was a double-lung transplant. By Jimmy Tomlin, The High Point Enterprise.

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GASTONIA, N.C. — When the Gastonia Fire Department bought its new four-wheeled bastion of fire protection 92 years ago, it was like upgrading from a crackly radio to a 3-D television.

The 4-cylinder American LaFrance truck cost $12,500 and had a pumping capacity of 500 gallons per minute. Unlike the technology it replaced, it was powered by gasoline rather than hay and oats. By Michael Barrett, Gaston Gazette.

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RAEFORD, N.C. — A new apartment complex will address housing needs for Hoke County teachers and serve as a recruiting tool for the school system.

The Partners for Hoke County Public Schools Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization, plans to build a $2.4 million housing complex on 8.5 acres on Teal Street. By Venita Jenkins, The Fayetteville Observer.


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MCCONNELLS, S.C. — After six years of research, historians say they have pinpointed the site of Huck's Defeat — a skirmish in York County that set the stage for larger victories that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War against the British. By Shawn Cetrone, The (Rock Hill) Herald.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Even before the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Hiram E. Mann knew he wanted to fly.

So when he was told it would be impossible for him to fly for the military, it was a splash of cold water in his face — even in the days of segregation. By Schuyler Kropf, The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

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IVA, S.C. — A school bus of a different stripe idled in front of Crescent High School earlier this month. The first half looked like a typical yellow school bus. But the rest was painted a dull white, the color of prison buses in Alabama.

Inside, eight 11th-grade girls sat listening to Chet Pennock tell them why they need to stay in school. Reason No. 1 is to avoid prison. By Jennifer Crossley Howard, The (Anderson) Independent-Mail.


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — While she didn't realize it, Annie Moore was living in her home that easily could have been condemned. Her water heater was leaking for two months, and Moore didn't know where the water was coming from or how to turn it off.

Recently, through a combined volunteer effort by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, ServiceMaster by Cornerstone in Cordova, CRND of the MidSouth of Collierville, Carpet Tech, Habitat for Humanity and others, Moore moved to a house that had been stripped to the studs. By Lela Garlington, The Commercial Appeal.

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Three days a week, students wearing blue jeans and T-shirts file in to the Trahern Building to learn the basics of drawing, but wearing a suit and tie, one of those students stands out.

Tim Hall, president of Austin Peay State University, decided he wanted to learn how to draw after admiring other students' work at art shows on campus. By Allison Smith, The Leaf-Chronicle.


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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Rattana "Tik" Chalermpong Pearson had no idea where she'd live or how she'd earn a living the day she boarded a bus near her rural village in Thailand.

Tears streamed down her face that day nearly a dozen years ago. The then 20-year-old hadn't told her parents she was headed for the bustling city of Bangkok and a chance to become the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Today, a dozen years later, she is married to an American, lives with him and their 6-year-old daughter outside of Manassas, and has opened a retail shop, The Rikki Tikki Company, in Fredericksburg's Central Park. By Cathy Jett, The Free Lance-Star.


CATAWBA, Va. — For 60 years, Wysor Smith Jr. has listened for the mating call of the bobwhite quail, as a hunter and now as a conservationist.

But over the decades since the 1970s, as farms have wooded over or sprouted crops of houses and businesses, the "bob-WHITE" call has faded and in places disappeared. By Tonia Moxley, The Roanoke Times.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Remember the scene in the film "Crocodile Dundee" when the main character, a charming bushman from the Australian Outback, is confronted on the streets of New York City by a mugger with a switchblade?

"That's not a knife," Dundee says with a dismissive smile, before pulling out something that appears to hail from the machete family. "That's a knife."

I felt the same way when I met members of the RVA Beard League. Compared with what they have growing on their faces, mine looks like two-day stubble. By Bill Lohmann, Richmond Times-Dispatch.


APPOMATTOX, Va. — Its whistle pierced the still, crisp air and the Virginia Autumn Express made history when it cruised into downtown Appomattox.

The train, carrying nearly 1,000 passengers and featuring 25 cars, became the first passenger train to dock at the old Appomattox Station in over 20 years. For over two hours, downtown was like something out of an old movie. By Ben Cates, The News & Advance.


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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When you're among the newly retired (as Bo Lakatos was, last year) — and you know how to build things — it's just plain inevitable.

Sooner or later — sooner, in this case — an idea is going to take wing in your workshop. By Jim Bissett, The Dominion Post.


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — They might have red eyes and constricted pupils. They might be nodding off at their desk, if they show up at all.

Employers throughout the Huntington area have seen these symptoms and others among their workers — so often, in fact, that the Huntington Area Development Council and Prestera, in cooperation with Huddleston Bolen and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted a workshop at Huntington's Kitchen on drugs in the workplace. By Jean Tarbett Hardiman, The Herald-Dispatch.

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WHEELING, W.Va. — Wheeling Jesuit University officials and the Sisters of the Visitation recently announced plans to establish a new arts conservatory dedicated to the school that once stood next door to the university, Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy. By Glynis Board, West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


KINGWOOD, W.Va. — When Aubrey Duckworth was 10 years old, West Virginia University's CARDIAC screeners came to Preston County's Kingwood Elementary. They checked fifth-graders' blood pressure, cholesterol, height and weight.

They also checked the back of each child's neck. They were looking for a dark patch of skin, a signal that the child is at risk of type 2 diabetes. By Kate Long, The Charleston Gazette.

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