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New Year's comes early

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on January 1, 2012 1:50 AM

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Rocky Castro looks up at his son Mick Castro, 4, as Mick blows his noisemaker at 7 p.m. -- midnight Greenwich Mean Time -- during the Mt. Olive Pickle Co.'s 13th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop.

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Lacey Ragan, 9, left, Catherine Freemon, 9, and Celie Gross, 9, share a laugh and a pickle during the Mt. Olive Pickle Co.'s 13th annual New Year's Eve Pickle Drop in Mount Olive.

MOUNT OLIVE -- Her ability to look skyward obstructed by an oversized plastic hat, Lauren Downing turned her focus toward the half-eaten pickle in her left hand. The 2-year-old must have known it would be nearly an hour before all...

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