The Kindred Spirit Mailbox stands on a beach on Bird Island, North Carolina. It houses notebooks where visitors from around the world share their prayers, joy, grief, and secrets. Some write about the loved ones they lost, some show gratitude to what they have in life, and some even get engaged here. To get to the mailbox, it is not an easy walk. The closest parking lot is a mile and a half away. Frank Nesmith, keeper of the mailbox, put it up to communicate with his girlfriend, Claudia, 40 years ago. While their summer romance slipped by, the mailbox stays. In 2012, University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library Special Collections became home to the notebooks.
Video: Andy Stephenson describes the family restaurant that his father started in 1958, serving pit cooked Bar-B-Q and country cooking to generations of families from his business in Johnston County, N.C.
A tourist was caught on video repeatedly trying to pet a bison lying down in the Old Faithful area of Yellowstone National Park on April 16. Surprisingly, the woman was not injured. Last year, several tourists were gored while trying to snap photos near the behemoths, which can weigh up to a ton.
Helen Simone Butler-Thomas, mother of murder Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, speaks to the judge and defendant during the sentencing hearing of Chad Copley, the Raleigh homeowner convicted in the 2016 murder of her son. Copley was sentenced to life in prison without parole.