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A candlelight vigil was planned Friday night for missing Rowan County teen Erica Parsons.
It's been more than a year since she was reported missing. Her biological mother planned the vigil from 7-9 p.m. at Granite Lake Park in Granite Quarry.
There will be a balloon release, singing and people passing out posters with Erica's picture.
Earlier this week, her adoptive parents Sandy and Casey Parsons were charged with a total of 76 federal fraud charges.
Investigators say the couple took medical benefits for Erica months after she vanished.
Eyewitness News has a crew at the vigil and will bring you more on the emotional gathering at 10 and 11 p.m.
To see more local news stories, click here.Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:51:41 -0400
An elderly black Labrador retriever who once walked 30 miles to return to a home that did not want her has now been rescued by an heiress with a soft spot for animals.
Lady was adopted by a family in Sedan, Kansas, after her owner died in 2012. But she did not get along with smaller dogs that the family adopted, so she was taken to a shelter.
The mellow Lab was again adopted, this time by a woman who lived 30 miles from the previous family with the small dogs. She grabbed headlines when she walked all 30 miles to get back to that family -- a family that did not want to take her back.
At this point, the story becomes a fairy tale.
Helen Rich, the Wrigley chewing gum heiress, recently lost her own senior black Labrador. She saw a Facebook post about Lady and decided to adopt her.
Rich sent her personal assistants Chet Ragsdale and Barbara DeCiocco on a private jet to Kansas to pick Lady up.
And where is Lady now? Sharing space at an 11,000-square foot home in Odessa, Fla., with five other dogs and several cats. With a spot right next to Rich.
“The dog will be right there where she is,” DiCioccio said. “We already have a bed for her.” (tbo.com)
Rich founded On the Wings of Angels Rescue and shelters scores of rescued animals on a large tract of land in Odessa.Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:03:43 -0400
Plenty of North Carolina shoppers are taking their dollars to South Carolina to take advantage of sales tax savings this weekend.
North Carolina dropped the annual sales tax holiday this summer. That will mean big money for back-to-school retailers across the border.
Nancy Faile came to the Target store in Rock Hill with her back-to-school list. She always waits until this weekend to do her shopping.
"It may not be much, but every little bit you can save helps," Faile said.
Most shoppers are looking for discounts on clothes, shoes and school supplies, and those items are tax free all weekend.
Target manager Jordan Garrison said this weekend usually boosts sales about 40 percent and savings for shoppers can be significant.
"Most shoppers are saving anywhere between maybe as little as $5, $6 or you can save $20 or $30 depending on how much shopping you're doing," she said.
Garrison said this tax-free holiday is already bigger than last year.
She expects about 10 percent more in sales thanks to shoppers driving across the border.
“We're already seeing a lot of traffic coming down from the Charlotte area -- from Pineville," she said.
Anticipating that, they've added staff, as well as merchandise.
Some Galleria Mall retailers are running ads beckoning North Carolina shoppers southward to take advantage of the now exclusive break for shoppers.
South Carolina's tax-free weekend is in its 15th year and ends Sunday night. Shoppers are expected to spend about $3 million on tax-free items statewide.
To see more local news stories, click here.Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:53:07 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories