Sept. 5 Only in America

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Big Island couple officially marries 36 years after wedding

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Big Island couple who believed they were married 36 years ago officially tied the knot after learning of a documentation mix-up. West Hawaii Today reports Randy and Leigh Mitchell were legally married at the Kealakekua courthouse last week, though their wedding was in February 1982. The couple learned two years ago that their marriage license was never filed at the time of their wedding in Huntington Beach, California. Leigh Mitchell discovered the mistake when she tried to renew her driver’s license, which required her marriage license to show her name change. She says the marriage certificate in her possession was just the souvenir copy. Randy Mitchell says Orange County, California, did not have any record of their marriage when the couple tried to request the document.

Swimsuit-less Miss America competition begins Wednesday

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — With a revolt underway by state pageant officials — and without swimsuits — the Miss America competition begins Wednesday night amid the most turmoil the iconic event has seen in decades. The first of three nights of preliminary competition begins with a big change: In past years, one talent and one swimsuit winner were named in each of the three preliminary nights. This year, instead of a swimsuit winner, the winner of an onstage interview will be named. The format is similar to what viewers will see happen during the nationally televised broadcast on ABC on Sunday night. Scholarships totaling nearly $506,000 will be awarded at the pageant. Most state organizations want new leadership for the Miss America Organization, and the outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, has said in interviews that she was bullied by pageant leaders. They deny the charges.