One date, 60 years later classmates wed

ARCADIA — Jim and Libby Ebert went on one date during their days at Griffith High School in the 1950s. Almost 60 years later, in June 2014, they married.

Family fondly recalls life of business owner

William Turner “Butch” Peele was born in raised in Rocky Mount and began dreaming in high school of one day owning his own auto parts store.

  • Local garden clubs attend state meeting

    The Garden Club of North Carolina recently held its annual meeting in New Bern, extending a ‘Royal Welcome” to all who attended for the celebration and acknowledgement of its 90th anniversary.

  • Catholic school wins recycling contest for fifth straight year

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School is the state winner in the Great American Can Roundup for the fifth year in a row.

  • Soul singers to perform at Farmers Market

    There will be more than fresh food and homemade items this weekend at the Farmers Market.

  • DREAM club honors award recipients

    The DREAM Social and Civic Club hosted their second annual Awards Day for the young ladies that participate in their DREAM Gurlz Institute of Excellence Mentoring Program.

  • UNC-Chapel Hill honors young woman

    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt recently presented Holly Fryar with a certificate honoring her courageous achievement.

Homeless man charged with breaking into vacant building

Rocky Mount police arrested a homeless man suspected of breaking into a building for shelter. Stephen William Perry Jr., 64, was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.

NC legislators want Medicaid reform before expansion

RALEIGH — Despite a key win in the Supreme Court and pressure from liberal activists, North Carolina’s legislative leaders said this past week that they have no plans to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls through President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

U.S. gets shot at redemption in World Cup final rematch

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011.That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title match in Germany.

Home prices continue to steadily climb

WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.

  • Manufacturing growth improves in June

    WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.

  • Local family tackles food business

    The Shoppes at Stoney Creek on Zebulon Road has become mostly empty as the shopping center has had a slew of local businesses close over the past several months.

  • Unemployment falls to seven-year low

    WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

  • Chamber honors small business owners

    Several local small business owners were rewarded for their success and positive impact in the community during the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s 29th annual Small Business Awards Banquet on Tuesday night at the Gateway Convention Centre.

  • Pending home sales climb to nine-year high

    WASHINGTON — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.

Young traces 400 years of U.S. dissent

PHILADELPHIA – Most views of American history trace the rise of power and politics.

  • Churches face reality on gay unions

    At First Baptist Church in Dallas, where the pulpit was adorned Sunday with red, white and blue bunting to honor the Fourth of July, the pastor called the U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling “an affront in the face of Almighty God.”

  • Festivities go out with a BANG

    It wouldn’t be July Fourth if the day didn’t end with a bang – and that’s exactly what several communities and churches intend to see happen.

  • Hepburn’s son recalls mom’s life, cooking

    NEW YORK – Think of Audrey Hepburn, and your mind likely will conjure up an extraordinarily elegant woman in a boat-necked black dress, huge sunglasses, gloves to the elbow and a chic updo.

  • Experts debate fitness trackers' value

    NEW YORK – Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, but will the devices really help you get healthier?

  • Millennials meld money, technology

    NEW YORK – On a trip to Maine with four friends, Alexander Culbertson racked up $1,300 on gas, hotel rooms, food and drinks.

Our Views

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

  • Keep driver’s ed in the public schools

    It’s practically impossible to understand the reasoning behind a provision in the N.C. Senate’s budget plan that would eliminate driver’s education classes.

  • City won’t let stormy forecast ruin holiday

    If you are one of those sticklers whose summer doesn’t begin until you see some fireworks, then you might need a rain check.

  • Keep America independent – and safe

    Counting beachcombers, mountain climbers, barbecue enthusiasts and family reuionists, more than a million North Carolinians are likely to hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a record according to AAA Carolinas.

  • Nash pulls funding – with good reason

    Nash County deserves a better deal from Eastpointe Human Services.

  • Pope committee needs to open its doors

    An advisory committee member’s empty threat to sue somebody in order to hold a secret meeting might be funny if not for the seriousness of the task at hand.