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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states have been sickened by salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.

Dr. David Matson, director of the state's Eastern Shore Health District, said by phone Wednesday that half of them have sought medical treatment. Some have been hospitalized. 

More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.

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The pony auction in Chincoteague brought in a record $210-thousand.

That’s an average of $33-hundred per horse with 62 ponies sold off this year.

The auction follows the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Some of the ponies will be returned to live again on the Assateague Island.

The funds will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The event was made famous by the 1947 novel ”Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The 92nd annual Chincoteague pony swim is history.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the crossing lasted about 18 minutes.

The wild ponies of Maryland's Assateague Island swam across to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. A flare that lit the sky at 6:47 a.m. signaled the beginning of the swim. It ended about 7:05 a.m.

The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - The 92 annual Chincoteague pony penning took place this morning.

Organizers say the wild ponies of Assateague Island are swimming across to Chincoteague.

The event draws thousands of tourists each year and was memorialized in Marguerite Henry's novel "Misty of Chincoteague."

An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

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NASA and local Chincoteague officials are monitoring the drinking water for a firefighting foam chemicals.

It was discovered in wells near a former fire training site at the Wallops Flight Facility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that town manager Jim West said that there is a potential for contamination because the facility had been used for years.

The follow up tests of the wells found that chemicals known as PFAS were below levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Coast Guard helicopter crew has conducted a medical evacuation off the coast of Virginia after receiving an emergency alert from a fishing vessel.

Authorities say the Fifth District command center in Portsmouth received an electronic beacon alert Sunday from the 75-foot trawler Capt Nathan, about 50 miles east of Chincoteague, with three people aboard.

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57 foals were auctioned off yesterday in Chincoteague as part of 91st annual pony swim from Assateague Island.

The auction raised over $151-thousand which will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the average price was around $26-hundred with the average age of nearly 3 months.

The Legacy Group put $21-thousand dollars to buy back two three-month old fillies.

The paper reports there were 6 buy backs totaling nearly $50-thousand

Those not sold return to Assateague Island for another year.

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The ponies made their way another year from Assateague Island to Chincoteague yesterday.

The Saltwater Cowboys as they are known herded the ponies on their annual swim.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that some territorial stallions and mares did clashed when they went looking for their foals.

Today an auction is being held with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The auction began at 8 a.m. at the Chincoteague Carnival Grounds.

Those not sold or are returned will spend another year on Assateague Island.

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Get ready for the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Tomorrow the ponies will make their way across the Assateague Channel during what is called slack tide.

There will be private boats so that visitors can view the crossing from the water.

Many more will gather at Memorial Park to view the annual event that was made famous in the 1940’s novel “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

The event organizers are urging people to bring plenty of water and sun screen.

It’s that time of year for the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Next Wednesday thousands of visitors are expected to see the ponies cross the Assateague Channel sometime between high and low tide.

There will be private touring companies that provide the opportunity to view the crossing from the water.

Visitors can also see the ponies for free from Memorial Park.

Tourists are encouraged to use the local shuttle to get to the event since the only nearby parking will be reserved for those who are handicapped.

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