Three win top spots in city recipe contest

Even though the 15 recipes in the 2015 Watt’s Cooking Cookbook represent a variety of flavors, they all have one thing in common: a cooking method that uses less energy than cooking on the stovetop or in the oven.

  • Edgecome Early College recognized for graduation rates

    Edgecombe Early College High School was recently recognized by N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson as one of 53 schools across North Carolina achieving a 100 percent four-year cohort graduation rate.

  • Registration opens for YMCA winter basketball

    Registration is open for the Harrison Family YMCA’s Winter Basketball Season. This past year, the YMCA’s Basketball participation has increased.

  • Local man honored by N.C. State University

    John M. Eubanks, 82, of Rocky Mount recently was inducted into the N.C. State University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall Of Fame.

  • Church play sheds light on homeless

    A local church recently drew a capacity crowd for a Thanksgiving play entitled “Crying from the Streets” – the true story of former drug addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes who were once homeless.

  • Church donates pillows to hospital

    Younger patients at Nash UNC Health Care can sleep a little easier thanks to a donation of pillows with patterns the children can design themselves.

Alternative to electing state high court justices challenged

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s new alternate method of choosing members of the state Supreme Court was formally challenged Monday with a lawsuit arguing up-or-down votes of sitting incumbents aren’t truly elections and are therefore unconstitutional.

  • Apodaca not seeking re-election to state Senate seat in 2016

    RALEIGH — Sen. Tom Apodaca, one of the most powerful figures in the North Carolina General Assembly over the past five years, added his name Monday to the list of veteran Republican lawmakers not seeking re-election next year.

  • Flight attendant charged with attacking crew, US marshals

    An American Airlines flight attendant who described herself as “crazy” and a “train wreck” attacked fellow crew members and U.S. marshals during a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Frankfurt, Germany, last week, according to documents filed in federal court.

  • Gastonia woman gets prison sentence on fraud charges

    CHARLOTTE — Federal prosecutors say a Gastonia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a Charlotte-based company that builds and repairs tennis courts and running tracks.

  • Money holds up connection between Asheville, Amtrak service

    ASHEVILLE — An official with the N.C. Department of Transportation says the need for a funding source appears to be the key obstacle to providing bus service between Asheville and the Amtrak passenger station in Salisbury.

  • What’s known about Planned Parenthood shooting suspect

    BLACK MOUNTAIN — Robert Lewis Dear, the suspect in the deadly Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado Springs, frightened neighbors, had several run-ins with police and lived in different remote cabins and trailers in North and South Carolina and Colorado.

GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood’s provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week’s shooting deaths at one of the group’s clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe.

  • World leaders gather to try to save Earth from overheating

    LE BOURGET, France — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc.

  • Israel convicts 2 youths in 2014 killing of Palestinian teen

    JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem court on Monday convicted two Israeli youths in the grisly killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy whose slaying was part of a chain of events that led to last year’s Gaza war.

  • Tens of billions promised to boost clean energy tech

    PARIS — Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week’s high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging tens of billions of dollars for research and development.

  • Planned Parenthood: Long a lightning rod in US culture wars

    NEW YORK — As a leading defender of abortion rights and comprehensive sex education, Planned Parenthood deals daily with some of America’s most contentious issues, and is well accustomed to receiving verbal threats.

  • EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit

    BRUSSELS — European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey’s long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Defensive resurgence leads Tar Heels to ACC title game

CHAPEL HILL – The defensive turnaround at North Carolina is one of the major reasons the No. 8 Tar Heels have their highest ranking in nearly two decades and reached the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Shoppers flock online for Cyber Monday deals

NEW YORK — Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up “Cyber Monday” deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys.

  • Long line greets restaurant opening

    A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday that ushered in the new Rocky Mount Buffalo Wild Wings at 215 Ring Road along North Wesleyan Boulevard.

  • Same-day delivery poses challenge

    NEW YORK – Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it?

  • Tarboro plant to produce new product line

    A revamped Tarboro plant is part of a new agreement with the country’s largest manufacturer of blankets to produce a new line of National Football League and other sports blankets that will lead to additonal jobs at the facility.

  • Consumer spending rises slightly in October

    WASHINGTON — Consumer spending posted a modest increase for a second straight month in October, while personal income rebounded after a sluggish September.

  • Black Friday garners mixed reviews

    The annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza that draws shoppers out to take advantage of discounts on clothing, electronics and other holiday gifts drew mixed reviews from Rocky Mount’s retail chain stores.

Long waits plague disability applicants

MIAMI – Diabetes, arthritis and open-heart surgery have kept Sherice Bennett from working, but she can’t afford her medicine and became homeless while waiting more than two years for a chance to convince a judge that she qualifies for federal disability benefits.

  • Years cannot slow ever-curious Bell

    The “checkered career” and adventurous life of Mae Woods Bell is an inspiration for anyone who desires to thumb her nose at the status quo.

  • Shoppers increasingly order via smartphones

    NEW YORK – If the beginning of the holiday season is any indication, it could be a merry mobile Christmas for shoppers.

  • Christians, Muslims live warily in town

    GARISSA, Kenya – 
As song and prayer drifted from the open, ivy-lined doorways of a Catholic church in Garissa, several security officials, including Muslims, stood watch on the grounds nearby.

  • Actor with Tarboro roots lands horror film part

    Jayson Duckett is living out his passion and rising above past challenges by pursuing his love of acting and art.

  • Films' ’50s themes offer modern lessons

    NEW YORK – Fear of unexpected strikes from overseas. Battles over First Amendment rights. Simmering tensions of inequality.

Suspect charged with rape, assault

TARBORO – The motive in an acquaintance rape is under investigation but the alleged offender is behind bars.

Our Views

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

  • Shop here and help your neighbors

    A caller to Speak Up last year raised a pointed question: Why should consumers pay more by shopping locally when they can find cheaper prices for similar items and avoid paying sales taxes by shopping online?

  • Hunter leaves legacy of progress, service

    Katie Pope Hunter didn’t set out to be a trailblazer when she joined the Rocky Mount Police Department in 1974.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Twin Counties

    In a year of perpetual uncertainty about jobs, retirement and the future of the country, Thanksgiving might seem a tough meal for cynics to swallow.

  • Crime lab makes progress on turnaround

    The problems plaguing the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab have been well documented by newspapers in recent years.

  • Fuel is cheaper, but traffic is heavier

    The good news about traveling this holiday weekend is that the price of gasoline is about 70 cents less per gallon than it was a year ago, and drivers won’t have to negotiate as much road construction.