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Couple impresses Guinness with 84 years of marriage

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher have been married more than 84 years – enough to get them in the Guinness World Records book.

The Craven County couple can thank granddaughter Iris Godette for submitting the information to the Guinness book.

But when you ask Herbert about the recognition, he just says, “Oh, yeah?” They have lived for more than 50 years in a house near the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport.

Herbert was born June 10, 1905. His hearing is going, but his mind is sharp. Zelmyra was born Dec. 10, 1907. She uses a walker to get around the house and yard. The two of them can still give their reasons for marrying on May 13, 1924.

“He was not mean; he was not a fighter,” Zelmyra said. “He was quiet and kind. He was not much to look at, but he was sweet.”

Herbert said Zelmyra never gave him any trouble. “No, no trouble at all. We never argued, but we might have disagreed,” he said.

(New Bern) Sun Journal

Regional briefs

Yadkin County Jonesville

Two people were killed while skydiving in Yadkin County on Sunday, authorities said.

A skydiver and the skydiver's instructor died while making a tandem jump shortly after noon at Swan Creek Airport in Jonesville, said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta.

Bergen said the FAA will investigate to determine whether the aircraft was being operated properly and to see whether the parachute was packed correctly. The rest of the probe will be handled by local authorities, she said.

The names of the victims were not released.

Winston-Salem Journal

Police digest

York County, S.C.

Two S.C. skinny-dippers were arrested over the weekend after being caught naked in a pool on S.C. 160.

Police charged a 46-year-old Chester man and a 44-year-old Fort Mill woman with public disorderly conduct after authorities discovered the two swimming nude at Palmetto Place apartments.

Authorities told the Rock Hill Herald the two took off their clothes about 1:20a.m. Saturday for a dip in the complex pool. A police report said the two, who had just come from an office party, were “grossly intoxicated,” the Herald said.

The man remained in custody Sunday on an unrelated charge. The woman was no longer listed as being in jail Sunday, according to the York County Sheriff's Office Web site.

Victoria Cherrie

Burke County Linville Gorge

A 19-year-old man was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center early Sunday morning after falling at the Linville Gorge, authorities said.

It took authorities six hours to rescue the victim from the gorge where steep walls – thousands of feet deep – enclose the Linville River for 12 miles.

Victoria Cherrie

Mecklenburg County Charlotte

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer was injured Sunday after his patrol car was hit by a drunken driver on Central Avenue, police said.

Officer M.R. Pressley pulled over a car about 2 a.m. outside of Eastland Mall. He was sitting in his patrol cruiser during the stop when an intoxicated driver hit the back of his vehicle, police said. Pressley suffered a gash on his forehead. He was treated at Presbyterian Hospital and later released. The other driver was taken into custody.

Victoria Cherrie