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February 4, 1986

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) _ Chew on this one: at 13, David Sumners has made enough money renting goats to create his own video arcade in his father’s garage.

Four years ago, David suggested to his father, Billy Sumners, that they start selling goats. They started out with about a dozen, and since then their goat inventory has more than quadrupled.

Two years ago, the older Sumners heard of a woman who was making a nice income renting the grass-eating animals.

Sumners and son decided they’d like a piece of the rent-a-goat action. Right now, they’ve got about a dozen goats rented out at $5 a month.

And while the meter is running on his goats, young Sumners is enjoying the profits.

He used them to fill the Sumners’ two-car garage with video games bought for $33 a machine from a store which burned down.


MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) - Cynthia Poovey Carswell’s announcement that she’s running for Burke County sheriff caught at least one person off guard - her father, who’s also running.

Mrs. Carswell, 35, became a Democratic candidate Monday. She could become the county’s first elected female sheriff.

But to do so, she has to win the May 6 primary and that could set up something of a family feud in November.

Mrs. Carswell’s father, Bobby Lee Poovey, is running on the Republican ticket.

″She surprised me all right but we aren’t that close ... we don’t see eye to eye at all,″ Poovey said Monday night.

Mrs. Carswell, a mother of two teen-agers, agreed that she and her father are not ″close-knit.″

″We have different ideas,″ she said.


DETROIT (AP) - Linda and Cleo Brame are getting an adjustment of their water bill - a $1,351,957.14 adjustment.

″That sounds a lot better,″ Mrs. Brame said after being told by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department that she would have to pay $40.86 instead of the $1,351,998 she and her husband saw on a bill they received last week.

″I almost knocked the roof off,″ Linda Brame said about the first bill. ″I shouted and screamed and stomped around the house.″

Then, she said, she figured it must be a computer error. She was right.

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