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Boy finds North Carolina grandfather's missing wedding ring

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Jerry Eubanks has his old wedding band because his grandson likes playing in the mud.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reports that 7-year-old Liam Eubanks was staying with his grandparents and was playing with his toys in the mud behind their house when he stepped on something. Liam said he told Shirley Eubanks he thought he'd found some treasure.

Actually, it was the 14-karat band Jerry Eubanks lost in 1982. Eubanks remembered he had been painting the workshop behind his house. Several days later when the family was going to the beach his wife noticed the ring missing.

Jerry Eubanks said he may wear the old ring again, but also said he would leave it with his grandson as something he could treasure the rest of his life.

Information from: The Sun Journal, http://www.newbernsunjournal.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Texas contractor razes house, but the wrong one

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A demolition company has mistakenly torn down a three-bedroom home in North Texas rather than the condemned building next door.

David Underwood and his wife placed their Fort Worth house on the market with the intention of moving into the retreat they purchased near the shores of Lake Worth. The lakeside land has been in the family for decades and Underwood bought it from an aunt earlier this year.

But when they stopped by to mow the lawn Saturday, they found the home was gone. A slab of foundation remains.

Fort Worth hired the demolition company to raze the condemned building, and was billed more than $6,000 for the work.

The condemned structure remains standing.

Underwood is seeking a settlement from the city. A city spokesman says officials are investigating.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Would-be mermaid banned from Florida pool

LITHIA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been banned from swimming in her community's pool because she wants to wear a mermaid tail.

Jenna Conti, who lives in the FishHawk Ranch subdivision, had been in the Aquatic Club pool with her custom-made tail once before with the staff's approval. But last week, employees told her it violated a policy against swim fins. On Monday night, the FishHawk Community Development board voted to keep her out of the pool because of the swim fin policy.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Conti's dream is to swim at the Florida Aquarium, which features mermaid performers.

The full-time hair stylist hasn't been a mermaid for very long. She and her 10-year-old son saw the mermaids at the Tampa Bay Renaissance Fair earlier this year, and she says she was "enthralled."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Whately's giant milk bottle gets a makeover

WHATELY, Mass. (AP) — The iconic giant milk bottle in downtown Whately (WAYTE'-lee) has been given a face-lift.

The Whately Historical Society recently restored the large concrete milk jug that's nearly 20 feet tall with $650 in donations.

Society member Adelia Bardwell says the bottle was scraped down, cleaned and repainted with a new emblem and cream line. The bottle reads "Quonquont Farm Certified Milk." It was originally built for a local dairy farm in the 1920s.

She tells The Recorder of Greenfield that it's important the bottle be in tip-top shape because it's the "symbol of Whately."

The society began discussing refurbishing the landmark one year ago as black mildew stained the white surface.

Ice cream is still served out of the bottle's Dutch door at the town's fall festival.

Information from: The (Greenfield, Mass.) Recorder, http://www.recorder.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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