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  • Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 10:56 a.m.

Bus carrying Army Reservists crashes

Nearly 30 people, including one woman with serious injuries, were taken to area hospitals after a bus carrying Army Reservists back to their Salisbury headquarters overturned in Mooresville on Friday afternoon.

Investigators say the chartered bus with 45 people on board slid off the road and down a muddy embankment while slowing for turning traffic on N.C. 150 near the intersection of Oak Meadow Road.

The soliders are with the 991st Transportation Co. based on Jake Alexander Boulevard and had been in Wisconsin for their annual training exercise.

The Highway Patrol charged the bus driver with failure to maintain lane control.

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Erica Parsons case unfolds

The case of missing Rowan County teen Erica Lynn Parsons continues to unfold, and it’s capturing the attention of the nation.

The “Dr. Phil” show aired a two-part special on the case last week, on which Sandy Parsons failed a lie detector test. The case was also discussed on other shows last week including “Nancy Grace” and “Dr. Drew.”

Erica’s adoptive parents, Sandy and Casey Parsons of Salisbury, maintain she went to live with her biological paternal grandmother in Asheville, though no one can locate the woman or even verify her existence. Family members say the paternal grandmother died in 2005.

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Food Lion’s future

Beth Newlands Campbell, who took over as Food Lion president in a management shakeup last year, said in her first interview that the Salisbury-based grocery chain has to improve if it wants to keep customers.

As some industry analysts predict the demise of what they call a “middle-of-the-road” chain with competitive pressure at both ends of the spectrum, others say with the right changes Food Lion can survive.

Newlands Campbell, who said she loves a challenge, sees a brighter future for the company founded here in 1957.

“We are working on figuring out how to revitalize Food Lion and leverage our legacy and build something very different to create loyal consumers.”

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Day by day

Dr. Joe Oliver is taking his life day by day since battling back from alcoholism and a stroke to restart his medical practice in Rockwell.

Oliver’s patients say he’s a good doctor, one who takes the time to really listen and figure out what’s best for them and their health.

The doctor says he seems to attract complicated cases, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I enjoy what I do immensely,” he says. “I’m just so grateful to be back.”

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Age of adventure

A local group of retirees proved you’re never too old to have an adenture. They took part in American Adventures Month in a big way.

The group, from Oak Park Retirement Community, went horseback riding Thursday at Saving Grace Farm. Earlier, they’d gone rafting and ziplining at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.

Tom Foreman, who’s 89, hadn’t gotten to ride a horse since he was a boy.

And Anne Hollifield said these adventures have given her a taste for more.

“I’m somewhat thinking of going up in an airplane, or a helicopter, and jumping out,” she said.

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