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May 1, 1990

WALTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Judith Shafer and C. DeVaughn Moore are taking their sibling rivalry to the voters.

They want the same seat on the Roane County school board.

The brother and sister are Republicans and hope to win the May 8 election, but they don’t foresee any bitterness afterward.

″Probably when it’s over, we’ll laugh it all out,″ Shafer said.

Shafer, 46, and Moore, 42, are making their first bids for elected office. They share some common views on the issues, but differ on consolidation of two high schools - he favors it and she doesn’t.

There is a hitch for the family.

Three of five other siblings live in Roane County and must decide which of the candidates to vote for - if they cast ballots at all.

″I’ll probably vote for neither one,″ said a sister, Doris Westfall. ″I’ll let the rest of the county decide.″

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COTTONTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - It was the bang - not the bite - that had Jerry Dewitt jittery after tearing into an old vaccum cleaner bag.

Dewitt found a 3-foot-long rattlesnake in the bag April 22, when he picked up an abandoned vacuum cleaner from a shed to toss onto a junk pile.

He killed the snake with a long spear more often used on frogs, then opened the bag to make sure the poisonous creature had no friends.

Instead, Dewitt discovered three tubes about 9 inches long that were labeled ″Termanix - highly explosive if armed.″ He called authorities.

″The snake didn’t bother me. If it had been a little bigger I would have skinned it,″ Dewitt said. ″But the explosives kind of gave me a shock because I was beating on the bag trying to get the snake.″

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