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for North Carolina Folklore Journal Vol. 24 Issue 2, Aug 1976
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The New Hope community is located on the Iredell County side of the Wilkes-Iredell County border. Despite its proximity to more urban ways of life, New Hope maintains much of its traditional rural heritage. Witch stories are quite common in this area; Stone gives several examples.
There is a collection of legends revolving around the famous Bell Witch of Middle Tennessee. Although the legends are numerous, and often inconsistent, it is thought the Bell family originated in North Carolina where Mary Bell's actions where controlled by a witch. Johnson discusses the origins of the legend and its various accounts.
Plagued by a creature killing and draining dogs of their blood, a small town attracted hundreds of hunters and spectators for several days in 1954. A massive hunt proceeded to kill the animal, but after several more dog deaths and no sign of the animal, the hunt was given up, and the creature never found.
Finding his work horse sufficiently tired each morning for a couple days, a farmer sat outside at night to try to catch the person riding his horse. To his fright, he felt the presence of a witch instead.
A collection of stories about ghosts, stilling, fishing, death omens, and animals. Written by various authors.