Megan Elks, left, takes a picture of her son Shane Godley, 4, both from Vanceboro, as he climbs into the mouth of a megalodon shark at the Aurora Fossil Museum on May 20, 2015. The model is based upon teeth that have been found in the area from a giant shark that roamed the waters between two million and twenty million years ago. The shark was thought to be about seventy feet long. This exhibit and other can be seen when the town hosts the Fossil Festival this weekend, bringing an expected 5,000 people, swelling this this tiny Beaufort County town to ten times its normal size. For a small town, they have an impressive fossil collection. Many come from the nearby Potash Corporation mining operation, which has unearthed a treasure trove of fossils from when the area was under the ocean millions of years ago.
Bob Luddy tells parents during a speech at Knightdale Town Hall on March 28 that Thales Academy, a network of private schools he's considering expanding to Knightdale, helps children reach their highest potential.
PAUL A. SPECHT
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