June 12, 2014
Drivers Gathering For Great Nebraska Tractor Ride
Wayne, NE (AP) It’s amazing, drivers say, what you can see as you buzz along at 15 mph on a tractor over hilly rural roads and narrow county blacktops.
More than 175 drivers will find out as they gather Friday in Wayne to begin the Great Nebraska Tractor Ride‚ an easygoing caravan of old mechanized workhorses through part of northeastern Nebraska.
Among the drivers will be Carol and Roger Fuoss, of rural Wayne. They belong to the Tri-State Old Iron Association, an antique tractor group based in Yankton, South Dakota, which sponsors a number of tractor rides. The two days of the Great Nebraska ride, on Friday and Saturday, begin and end at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
A similar ride began Monday in the Waterloo, Iowa, area. The Fuosses will be riding on the double seat Roger installed on his 1967 International Farmall 756. The tractor ride may not be the most comfortable, but the Fuosses like the relatively leisurely pace.
“We take back roads and see things you don’t see every day,” Roger Fuoss told the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal.
Also, said Carol Fuoss, hitting the road on a tractor is a way to unwind.
“This is one time where he can sit back and relax, take things a little slower,” she said. “It’s nice to slow down.”
Alaska Woman Seeks To Name Baby Prophetically
Juneau, AK (AP) A Juneau, Alaska, woman wants to give her daughter an awesome middle name. Literally.
Lisa Flores is seeking court approval to legally change her daughter’s middle name to Awesome.
The Juneau Empire reports Awesome would replace the given middle name of Contea for 2 1/2-year-old Viviana Flores.
Mom allowed her 11-year-old son to initially pick out his sister’s name. Dominic wanted her first name to be Danger, something Mom vetoed.
He came back with Awesome for a middle name, but Lisa picked “Contea” at the last minute.
She now wants the name changed to honor her son’s wishes and to thank Dominic for all he has done to help her.
He says the “cool” name will allow her to tell people all her life that she has an “Awesome” middle name.
Phoenix Woman Banned From Physical Self-Expression
Phoenix (AP) A Phoenix woman will have to keep both feet on the ground if she wants to speak at any public meetings.
Sixty-five-year-old Dianne Barker told KSAZ-TV this week that she’s been banned from doing cartwheels at meetings held by the Maricopa Association of Governments.
An attorney for the association that oversees regional transportation projects said in a letter to Barker last month that she must “immediately cease performing cartwheels.”
Agency spokeswoman Kelly Taft tells The Associated Press that Barker’s cartwheels are disruptive and a public safety liability.
Barker says she will obey the association’s request. She was a cheerleader in college and says the cartwheels are a way for her to show her passion.
Taft says the association appreciates Barker’s enthusiasm, but she should show it verbally.
Drug Smugglers Try Yet Another Way To Skirt The Feds
Tucson, AZ (AP) It looked like a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service truck. But the U.S. Border Patrol says it was actually the latest in a long line of creative attempts by smugglers to get illegal drugs from Mexico into the U.S.
Agents spotted the white truck with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decals along a boundary fence in Douglas, Arizona, on Monday, while responding to reports of possible drug smuggling. When agents tried to contact those inside, the vehicle suddenly stopped and two people fled into Mexico.
Agents say they found 3,200 pounds of marijuana stashed in the truck worth an estimated $1.6 million.
Smugglers have used catapults, tunnels and panga boats to get drugs across the U.S. border.
Ohio Woman’s 100th Birthday Wish: Doing Yard Work
Bowling Green, OH (AP) An Ohio woman who lives at a retirement home and turned 100 on Monday had just one wish for her birthday: She wanted to do some yard work and smell fresh-cut grass.
Trudy Price, of Bowling Green, has gotten her wish with the help of the grounds crew at Bowling Green State University. She pushed one of the university’s mowers and then helped plant flowers near the student union on campus.
She also sat atop one of the crew’s riding lawnmowers.
Price says that staying active is important.
She says she has always loved of the smell of cut grass and still likes to go out for walks at the retirement community where she lives.
Question: GA Police Have Time To Track A Stolen Teddy Bear?
Athens, GA (AP) Police in Georgia say they used a GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear to track down the toy and apprehend a suspect in the theft.
Athens-Clarke County police say Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a company manager concealed the GPS device inside the bear, placed it in a bag of clothing and tossed it into the collection bin.
Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move.
Police said the manager worked with the officer to update the stuffed animal’s location, and a 55-year-old man was stopped and charged with theft by taking, a misdemeanor.
Police: Teen Vandals Call 911, Are Arrested
Santa Fe, NM (AP) Police say a group of suspected teen vandals in New Mexico got so rattled when a crime victim chased after them they called 911 and were arrested as a result.
KOAT-TV reports police say the teens, who range in age from 18 to 15, shot at several windshields with BB guns in a Santa Fe neighborhood, until one victim jumped in his car and followed them.
Officials said the teens called 911, telling the dispatcher the car would speed up whenever they did.
The teens face property damage and drug paraphernalia charges.
It was not known if the teens had attorneys.