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Carolina Ballet serves up a double dose of spooky dancing

Reviewed by Doria Worden
Times-News correspondent

   RALEIGH — The classic tale of Dracula brings horror, love and passion to any soul brave enough to endure the story. That epic legend came to life on the Fletcher Opera Theater stage when Carolina Ballet performed “Dracula” and “The Masque of the Red Death” to a nearly sold out house last Saturday night.
The evening began with “The Masque of the Red Death,” a ballet based on the chilling story written by Edgar Allan Poe. The scene involved a masked ball with eight couples clad in stunning dresses and costumes. Soloist Alicia Fabry and corps de ballet artist Adam Schiffer danced the leading roles of the sun and the moon to angular, unique choreography that impressed with the difficulty of the partnering.
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Fall fun: Take a trip to the State Fair

Traveling to the State Fair has become an annual rite for North Carolinians in the fall. This year’s version continues today through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds off Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. / Michaela King / Times-News correspondent

Commentary by Michaela King
Times-News correspondent

RALEIGH — Food, roller coasters, animals, concerts and much more that’s what you’ll find at the annual North Carolina State Fair.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon or weekend, the fair has just about everything. From animal and art exhibits to rides and concerts, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
The fair also has some of the most unique and delicious food, too. With things like deep-fried Reese’s Cups wrapped in bacon to deep-fried bananas served with vanilla ice cream, there seems to be something for almost every craving. The fair also offers traditional items such as cheeseburgers, hotdogs, French fries, pizza and chicken.

   The rides and exhibits also are a great part of the fair. One ride in particular, the “Extreme,” really is thrilling. You’ll probably get the “butterflies” just waiting in line.
Be sure to check out some of the exhibits while visiting. The art exhibits feature some of the best art work throughout North Carolina’s school system.
The N.C. State Fair is a great place for you and your family to visit. Remaining hours are 8 a.m. to midnight today and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Oct. 25 and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 26.
Visit for complete details, including admission prices, ride tickets and nightly concerts.

Michaela King is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.


Hey driver, put your phone away; it can wait …

Commentary by Michaela King
Times-News correspondent

   We’ve all heard the stories, public service announcements and testimonies of people who have experienced the results of texting and driving, but exactly how dangerous is using your phone while driving?
Using your phone while driving is becoming a serious issue in today’s culture.
“In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in car crashes involving a distracted driver,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texting and driving or other distractions make up nearly 25 percent of all accidents that occur each year, according to the website,
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