Making news the weird way

I live in Apex, North Carolina, a small town that grew. We don't make the local news all that often, but this week we made the national news again. Last time, it was the little explosion over at the toxic waste facility nobody knew was here (after that fire, it's not). Today, it's a little more... well, weird. It turns out that one Apex house was inhabited by one man and more than 70 sheep. Given headlines like this, I'm starting to think that our town needs its own online reputation/SEO plan.

It was a weird little story on local TV and in the paper. Now CNN has the story on the man who keeps 80 sheep in his house. The house is easy to pick out in the satellite photo at right; it's the only yard with no grass. Oh, and the sheep in the picture are a good hint (click for the wider view).

Hollyweird has Britney; we have indoor sheep. At least they didn't explode.

The neighbors are presumably pleased that the sheep have left the neighborhood:

"All I want is to be able to sit on my front porch and not smell sheep poop," said Angie Fowler, who lives across the street.
My family had a brief experience with sheep when I was a kid. Where I grew up, we knew to keep them in the pasture.


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