TAR HEEL, N.C. —The races for mayor and three commission seats are wide open in the small North Carolina town of Tar Heel — because no one bothered to run.
No one has registered as a candidate for the fall elections in the Bladen County town. The story was first reported by WECT-TV.
The ballots will be printed with blank spaces for voters to write in their choices.
Current Mayor Ricky Martin says he's not surprised no one wants the jobs. Even in a town of 117, it's hard work with little compensation. And Martin says state budget cuts mean the next elected officials might have to raise taxes.
Cynthia Shaw, director of the county's board of elections, says it's the first time she has seen a town without a candidate.
New Orleans to auction off its surplus goods
NEW ORLEANS — In the market for an old police car that may or may not have been wrecked? How about a fire truck, outdated computers, a generator or perhaps an ATM?
Cash-strapped New Orleans certainly hopes so.
The city has contracted with an online auction site that sells goods for governments and police departments.
Some upscale items are up for bid, including a 2002 Bentley confiscated for unpaid taxes. It's valued at between $105,000 and $110,000.
Also offered are 843 former patrol cars, from 1996 to 2010 models. Many have no titles; they were lost after Hurricane Katrina. The auction next month is by PropertyRoom.com.
In test of law, man claims he's 'pastafarian'
VIENNA — Niko Alm wanted to test an Austrian law saying that head coverings would only be allowed in official documents for religious reasons.
So the tongue-in-cheek atheist applied for a new driver's license in his country with a photo of himself wearing a pasta strainer as headgear. Alm said he was a "pastafarian" and that the headpiece was required by his religion.
The application process took three years, but Alm finally got his new license.