As the sun set and clouds rolled across the sky, people gathered in the parking lot of Community One Bank in Hudson for a set of what organizers called basically true ghost stories about the town.
Sponsored by the Hudson Community Development Association, the Haunted Hudson walking tour featured Grim Reapers leading ghost-seekers around downtown to meet a cast of characters ready to spin a good yarn.
It was a typical Thursday morning at Mom's Country Kitchen on U.S. 321, except that the hot topic of discussion among a group of regulars was Madison Bumgarner, who spent part of his childhood on nearby Deal Mill Road and on Wednesday night was named Most Valuable Player in the 2014 World Series.
Citizens for a Drug-Free Hudson is battling to persuade residents to vote against the alcohol referendums on the ballot next Tuesday.
“We don’t think Hudson needs it,” said the Rev. Robert Setzer of Ambassador Baptist Church.
A convict grimacing in pain, strapped into an electric chair, a bloody sheet covering a body, tombstones, gruesome clowns and witches are just the tip of the iceberg at a small cabin nestled deep within the winding roads and hills of Green Mountain RV Park outside Lenoir.
If not for the actions of a teenage neighbor who jumped on top of an attacking pit bull, the injuries a 2-year-old boy and his grandmother received last week might have been much worse.