Latest Larry Walters Stories

2008-07-10 18:00:29

By LESLIE MIZELL JAMESTOWN It's the story of a dreamer, and what happens when 14 of his 15 minutes of fame have run out. It's also the story of an unlikely theater program, and what happens when one dedicated dreamer inspires a dream in others. "Man in the Flying Lawn Chair" is the dramedy summer offering from Guilford Technical Community College. It's also the 100th production offered by the school's theater program, and all 100 have been overseen by program and artistic director...

2008-07-09 00:00:05

BEND, Ore. - Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, a 48-year-old gas station owner flew a lawn chair rigged with helium- filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert Saturday, landing in a field in Idaho. Kent Couch created a sensation in the tiny farming community of Cambridge, Idaho, where he touched down safely in a pasture and was soon greeted by dozens of people who gave him drinks of water, local plumber Mark Hetz said. "My wife works at the City...

2008-07-06 12:00:03

A man flying across Oregon in a lawn chair rigged with a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons has reached his destination. A reporter tracking Kent Couch for the Oregonian newspaper says he landed safely near Cambridge, Idaho, on Saturday afternoon. The 48-year-old lifted off at dawn from his gas station in Bend, Ore., and flew with the wind at about 20 mph. "If I had the time and money and people, I'd do this every weekend," Couch said before getting into the chair....

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