MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – City officials are saying “No, you don’t” to couples who want to say “I do.”

Authorities in this popular resort city are cracking down on commercial activity on the beach, including weddings. Couples desperate for a beach wedding will have to move it outside city limits or get someone to marry them for free.

The Rev. Everette Beaver, who has been officiating at beach weddings for 10 years, said he moved his services outside city limits after police stopped a service in September and threatened to arrest him.

“It will discourage thousands of people (from coming) to Myrtle Beach because they can’t get married on Myrtle Beach,” Beaver said.

City spokesman Mark Kruea said Myrtle Beach doesn’t want anyone profiting from the beach.

‘Lady’ worn out, being replaced

NORTH EAST, Pa. (AP) – She’s weathered blizzards, heavy rains and heat waves. She’s come back from being shattered into bits and is still standing despite losing her head, left arm and both feet.

But after this summer, the 115-year-old “Lady in the Park” – one of four remaining zinc statues of its kind in the country – will leave her place in the middle of a fountain and a twin made out of cast iron will replace her.

“She’s tired, and needs some plumbing too. I’ll miss her,” said Rick Gross, a streets worker who has been tending to the statue for the past 25 years.

The statue, officially called either Humboldt’s Nymph or Maid of the Mist, has been standing in a fountain in North East since September 1889 when it arrived by mail order.

The 4-foot-tall woman is one of six known to be made in the United States by J.L. Mott Iron Works of New York City and only four remain, according to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The others are in Filer, Mich., Albuquerque, N.M., and Superior, Wis.

Injured winner: ‘Pain worth it’

LONDON (AP) – Chasing an 8-pound cheese down a hill is more dangerous than it sounds.

Contestants in the cheese rolling competition broke bones and skinned their knees and elbows Monday in their pursuit of the big cheese.

The competition, in which participants hurl themselves 640 feet down a hill after the cheese, has been celebrated for centuries in Gloucestershire, west of London.

Teenager Chris Anderson, who won one of four cheese rolling races Monday, was taken to hospital on a stretcher, clutching his winning slab of cheese to his chest.

“The pain was worth it,” Anderson said. “This cheese is going straight in a cupboard when I get home. It’s definitely not for eating.”

The race is thought to originate from a heathen festival to welcome the spring. The first person to follow the cheese across the line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese and a cash prize.

Cops: Lighter trick not so hot

GENEVA, Ill. (AP) – Some people will do just about anything to get unwanted house guests to leave. But police say Dean Craig went too far.

Craig, 46, was charged with felony arson after allegedly splashing rubbing alcohol on the floor of his home and igniting it with a lighter early Sunday, the Kane County Sheriff’s office said.

Nobody was injured. Police say Craig had asked two unwanted visitors to leave, but they refused. Then he allegedly carried out a threat to light the house on fire.

Craig was being held on $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 9.


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