Boy says he was freed after singing gospel song to his abductor

ATLANTA — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song “Every Praise” until the man released him.

  • Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

    PARIS — Without love, what is Paris?

  • Wild leopard injures six, sets off minor stampede in market

    MEERUT, India — Forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts searched for a leopard that injured six people and drove residents indoors in a bustling northern Indian city, police said Tuesday.

  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.

  • Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

    DENVER — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    YORK, Pa. — A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.

NCC celebrates Earth Day

Nash Community College’s Student Government Association celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday by sponsoring Green Day activities.

  • SouthWest Edgecombe student honored for academic achievement

    SouthWest Edgecombe High School junior Lecora Lee is one of 24 students in North Carolina to be chosen to compete for the College and Student Readiness Award.

  • ECC honor society wins awards

    Edgecombe Community College’s student honor society won 13 awards at the recent Phi Theta Kappa Carolinas Regional Convention in March.

  • Nash Breast Care Center receives Pink Ribbon Award

    The award is given to digital imaging centers for providing excellence in breast health care coupled with the latest technological innovations.

  • Nash Relay to step off for 20th year

    Nearly 600 people have signed up to walk in the 2014 Nash County Relay for Life, which begins Friday at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.

  • Pastor’s wife recalled fondly

    Joyce Norwood Walker’s death was dictated by her disease, but those around her said the strong woman of faith led her life refusing to give in to the genetic disorder.

Police seek leads in mysterious death at hotel

The owner of a local motel said he just wanted to see if a guest wanted to stay a second night Thursday, but instead made a discovery that launched a suspicious death investigation.

Legislative panel wants Common Core stopped in N.C.

RALEIGH — Republican lawmakers sound ready to separate North Carolina from the nationally developed K-12 academic standards after complaints from parents, think tanks and other groups that Common Core requirements are controlling curriculum and classrooms.

Knights use big inning to beat Nash Central

With ace Tyler King unavailable and coach Tony Guzzo suspended, Nash Central wasn’t at full strength for Thursday’s home game against Northern Nash.

  • Bulldogs grab win with late single

    Up until a few weeks ago, the answer to Nash Central senior Deja Pemberton’s improvement at the plate was sitting in the storage shed next to the team’s dugout.

  • Willis, Knights doubles team win tennis titles

    Jackson Willis of Nash Central won the Big East Conference singles championship Thursday, and Northern Nash’s doubles team of Tremel Davis and Matt Outlaw won their second straight conference doubles title at Barton College in Wilson.

  • Vikings' doomed by bad starts in TEBC loss

    TARBORO – The job of the lead-off batter, no matter the inning, is to reach base.

  • Eagles flawed despite overwhelming foe

    The easy thing to do would have been to congratulate his players on an easy victory and prepare for the next day’s

  • Vikings take first step to tourney title

    TARBORO – Joe Miller took one step to his right and dove into the dirt.

Manufacturers foresee better economic times

NEW YORK — Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they’ve been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way.

  • Stocks edge lower after six-day rise

    NEW YORK — Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies.

  • Job market for college grads better but still weak

    WASHINGTON — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit.

  • More sought work, found jobs in March

    RALEIGH — Almost 8,000 more people were either working or looking for jobs in March, a shift from a trend that indicated people were dropping out of the labor force, the state Commerce Department reported Monday.

  • Selling only a part of shop’s services

    Since opening a music shop in August in downtown Tarboro, Gregg and Marcia Hornbuckle’s business has tripled.

  • Rocky Mount clinic earns chamber honor

    A downtown medical practice has been presented the Small Business of the Month Award for March by the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

Outspoken pastor protects poor Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines – As the band of protesters approached a red stoplight, a cry went up from the priest leading them: “Run! Run! Run!”The Rev.

  • Ministers’ group meets over issues

    WHITAKERS – Pastors and leaders of 28 churches have revived the Rocky Mount Area Ministers Alliance to help seek solutions to a listing of political, social and economic issues.

  • Play follows aging patriarch's travails

    It is amazing how beautiful nature can appear to someone who really hasn’t spent much time there.

  • Engage laugh engines, Mr. Sulu

    Captain’s log, star date 2014: Lt. Hiraku Sulu is on the line, talking about his legendary role in the “Star Trek” television series and the equally legendary hipness that keeps 76-year-old actor and civil rights activist George Takei on every teenager’s Facebook feed these days.

  • Cinco De Maiz: Corn is holiday's natural ingredient

    Cinco de Mayo officially is a holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

  • Move asparagus to center of plate

    Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it “asparagos” – literally, “to spring up.” However it is spelled, it makes me happy.

Our Views

Telegram editorial writers weigh in on local, state and national issues.

  • Troopers’ effort aims to save young lives

    As the school year winds down and prom season approaches, the N.C. Highway Patrol is taking a pro-active approach to try to keep teen drivers safe on the state’s roadways.

  • Coal ash cleanup plan off to bad start

    Gov. Pat McCrory has caught plenty of heat for his handling of the Dan River coal ash spill.

  • Event center not a good idea at this time

    As we noted in this space Tuesday, even under the best of circumstances, the operating expenses of a Rocky Mount event center are projected to run at an annual deficit of between $300,000 and $600,000.

  • Event center would be costly undertaking

    For the better part of the past six months, Rocky Mount leaders and residents have turned their attention to a proposed event center designed to bring more activity, visitors and, yes, dollars to our community.

  • Forum offers a chance to meet candidates

    As the May 6 primary election nears, it’s important for people to learn more about the goals, values and platforms of the candidates who will appear on the ballot this year.