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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Mint Hill group gathers for Obama

Leaning left this political season? A group is gathering at Jimmies Restaurant in Mint Hill next weekend and will organize a day of knocking on doors for Barack Obama. Their goal is 100,000 knocks.

This is our time and THIS is our moment. It’s time for a CHANGE–and this is the weekend that will bring us a WIN in November! We need YOU. Please tell your friends, come out, and HAVE FUN knocking for CHANGE!!

Obama speaks today in Charlotte.

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