$3 million restoration project improves Alcatraz Island

SAN FRANCISCO — More than a million people visit Alcatraz Island every year to see the shuttered prison sitting in the San Francisco Bay, made famous by Clint Eastwood in the movie about the great escape of three prisoners in the early 1960s.

Soul singers to perform at Farmers Market

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

Suspect wanted on outstanding warrant charged with resisting arrest, assaulting officer

Rocky Mount police arrested a Greensboro man with an outstanding gun warrant Monday during a traffic stop.

  • Two charged in shoplifting scam

    Rocky Mount police arrested two women Monday in connection with a shoplifting scam at Target.

  • Scotland Neck man faces gun charges

    A Scotland Neck man was charged Monday after being caught with a gun while suspected of being intoxicated.

  • Police charge man with rape of child

    A Rocky Mount man was arrested Friday in connection with raping a juvenile neighbor.Curtis Edward McCowan, 36, was charged with felony rape of a child.

  • Police bust suspects in alleged heroin ring

    Rocky Mount police apprehended a suspected heroin trafficker as well as 22 bricks of heroin and a small amount of powder cocaine.

  • Two charged with child abuse

    An observant school resource officer led authorities to charge a Rocky Mount mother and a man with child abuse.

As S.C. fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. — The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.

  • Equal protection protests lead to arrests at legislature

    RALEIGH — More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court rulings.

  • Senate budget proposes ending driver’s ed. requirement

    RALEIGH — The fate of driver education in North Carolina looms uncertain as legislators ironing out the budget weigh whether to continue the program’s funding, or possibly end the requirement for teenagers to take driving classes altogether.

  • Higher penalties for carnival ride accidents approved

    RALEIGH — Maximum fines for carnival ride accidents in North Carolina would rise exponentially in legislation that’s now passed both chambers in one version or another.

  • Senate, McCrory OK state government funds until budget done

    RALEIGH — A stop-gap spending measure to keep North Carolina state government operating for the next six weeks won final approval and was signed into law Tuesday, one day before the start of the new budget year.

  • William Peace University receives $1.5M gift from alumna

    RALEIGH — William Peace University says it has received an estate gift in excess of $1.5 million from an alumna and benefactor of Peace College.

2015 SPRING ALL AREA: Rocky Mount High's Laneeja Sheppard learns to love running

Laneeja Sheppard now enjoys what used to make her stomach turn.

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.

  • Greek crisis sends stocks plummeting

    NEW YORK — Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year.

  • Health care business moves on after director’s firing

    A family-owned Eastern North Carolina home health care business wants to let clients and employees know that the company still is going strong in the wake of scandal that led to the firing of a longtime high-ranking employee and the hiring of someone to replace her.

  • Trim gyms build strong entrepreneurs

    NEW YORK – Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs.

  • Consumer sentiment hits highest level of year

    WASHINGTON — Consumer sentiment rose this month to the highest level since January, suggesting that spending will strengthen this year.

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.”The iconic rainbow colors that bathed the White House the night of June 26 after the court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide represent “depravity, degradation and what the Bible calls sexual perversion,” Dr.

  • 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.

  • Family, foundation feud over mansion

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The Vanderbilt family, once synonymous with American wealth and power, has fallen into a full-blown public spat with the organization that now owns their spectacular Rhode Island mansion.

Our Views

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

  • 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.

  • Agreement may be elusive in legislature

    It was likely a portent of things to come when state lawmakers adjourned for the weekend without reaching agreement on a continuing resolution to fund state government operations beyond the start of the new fiscal year on Wednesday.

  • Edgecombe swallows tough financial pill

    It’s probably safe to say that Edgecombe County commissioners have had more stable beginnings to previous summers.