Recent NC poll has McCain, Obama tied; Dole with slight lead

With six weeks to go, North Carolinians still aren’t sure who they want to vote for. McCain and Obama are tied in the most recent Civitas Institute poll, while Elizabeth Dole leads Kay Hagen 43-41 in the Senate race. Obama has outspent McCain 10-1 in North Carolina according to some estimates.

“Sen. Obama has caught John McCain in the polls in North Carolina,” said Francis De Luca, executive director of the Civitas Institute. “A state that was once thought to be solidly in McCain’s camp has become a toss-up according to this month’s poll.”

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Fire spotted during Big I fire drill

No one was hurt when an oven caught fire at Independence High School during a 9:15 am fire drill, reports WSOC-TV. The oven is in a classroom once used for home economics. A teacher spotted the smoke as students and teachers headed outside for fire drill. The fire was quickly extinguished.

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Lebanon Elementary reaches for ‘whirled’ peace

[singlepic=165,200,120,,left]Lebanon Road Elementary is one of several Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools wishing for “whirled” peace today. Students made pinwheels to express their feelings on world events as part of Pinwheels for Peace events today and tomorrow. The pinwheels are part of International Peace Day, held September 21 every year.

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Holy sweet potato!

[singlepic=164,320,240,,center]Tom Beaver of Locust grew this big sweet potato and others that won ribbons at the Stanly County Fair this year. His secret?

“My wife did all the work. We only use a tiller and grass cuttings. It’s like an Easter egg hunt every time you go out. You don’t know what you’ll find.”

Beaver said they planted three times this year before anything took but when it did, it was a bumper crop.
Photo by Joyce Lavene

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