Gardener is banned from village show
Success comes at a price. That's what a British gardener has been saying since he found out he's "banned" from his village vegetable show — because he keeps winning. David Stirzaker, 73, has won 12 awards in four years for his carrots, parsnips and tomatoes, but the North Cadbury and District Horticultural Society wants him to take a break and give others a chance to win. Stirzaker said he found the request insulting: "It is a competition, so I would have thought it is down to other growers to try harder if they want to beat me." Still, the society gets its wish. Stirzaker is so miffed he has decided not to exhibit his veggies there again — and he wants them to come and take back their trophies.
Doggone it, Spot
Friends don't let friends do drugs
An Oregon sheriff's deputy didn't need a drug dog to point out a stash during a recent traffic stop. The driver's dog did it for him. KGW-TV reports that Sherman County sheriff's Sgt. John Terrel was pulling over a pickup truck Feb. 9 when he saw a sock fly out the window. It turned out to be stuffed with marijuana and hashish. The driver told Terrel he was trying to hide the sock, but his pit bull mix grabbed it for a tug-of-war game. The dog won the tussle and tossed the sock out the window. Terrel, 32, was indicted on drug possession charges.
Proposal on wheels
Girlfriend is wooed with a bus ad
An Ohio woman has said yes to a marriage proposal that arrived by bus. Laura Kalamets looked out a Canton restaurant window during a Valentine's Day lunch with her boyfriend and saw a public bus with an ad on its side that read: "Laura, Will You Marry Me?" It was signed "Mark" and included in smaller letters the words "and make me the happiest man in the world." Kalamets says she thought she'd have a heart attack. Mark Rose paid the transit agency $300 for the special ad. The ad will remain on the bus for a week. Now, it adds: "She said yes."
With a day to go, $1M prize claimed
A North Carolina couple has claimed a $1 million lotto prize Tuesday, just a day before it expired. Raleigh Hill bought the Mega Millions ticket last summer. Hill said he only realized a couple of weeks after the Aug. 20 drawing that his ticket matched all five white balls. He waited a few more weeks to tell his wife, until she came home at the end of a bad day. Hill told the state lottery he hesitated to come in because of the attention. After taxes, the couple received $680,000. Hill is a baggage handler and his wife, Erin Hill, works for the federal government.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.