Deltas boost exceptional children program

The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society Beta Theta Chapter awarded the Rocky Mount Association for Learning Disabled and Handicapped a grant from the Beta Theta Chapter’s Velma Edwards Memorial Fund to be used for exceptional students in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

  • Rocky Mount High to host registration fair

    Rocky Mount High School is hosting a pre-registration fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

  • Essay contest winners receive bicycles

    Christmas was made extra special for seven young essay writers from Princeville Elementary School this past week.

  • Free beekeeping courses offered for beginners

    The Coastal Plain Beekeeping Chapter in conjunction with the N.C. State Beekeepers Association and N.C. Cooperative Extension are offering a beginning bee keeping short course starting Feb. 23.

  • Graduates bid farewell to Tar River Academy

    A total of 32 Tar River Academy seniors are now high school graduates after they turned their tassels during a mid-year commencement ceremony on Jan. 29.

  • Teachers receive Bright Ideas grants

    Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools had nine educators who were awarded $13,449 in Bright Ideas grants from Wake Electric at the 13th Annual Bright Ideas Awards Luncheon at the Dail Club at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Judges strike down 2 N.C. congressional districts

RALEIGH – Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.

Over 100 missing, 18 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

TAINAN, Taiwan – Rescuers were searching late Saturday for more than 100 people still missing after a powerful, shallow earthquake struck southern Taiwan before dawn, causing a high-rise residential building to collapse and killing at least 14 people and injuring hundreds.

  • States taking action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns.

  • EU ministers want to buttress borders to stem refugee flow

    AMSTERDAM – European Union nations anxious to stem the flow of asylum-seekers coming through the Balkans are increasingly considering sending more help to non-member Macedonia as a better way to protect European borders instead of relying on EU member Greece.

  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

    DRESDEN, Germany – Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

  • GOP-led Congress unlikely to OK Obama’s new clean energy bid

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020.

  • Weeklong police search ends in chase, 1 killed

    MILTON, Fla. – A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities said they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida’s Panhandle.

Tar Heels drop second straight game

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Demetrius Jackson scored 19 points, Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Notre Dame rallied to beat No. 2 North Carolina, 80-76, on Saturday night.

Optimism grows despite sluggish job growth

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth.

  • Growth at services companies slows in January

    By JOSH BOAKAssociated PressWASHINGTON — A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly two years, as global economic challenges are showing some signs of spreading to consumers.

  • Jobless rate drops again across area

    The unemployment rate dropped slightly in the Twin Counties in December but so did the local labor force.

  • Cheap oil buoys consumers, shakes governments

    Cheap oil will be sticking around for a while.

  • Chamber meeting touts healthy food

    A large gathering of local business leaders, community leaders and dignitaries attended the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s 112th annual meeting Thursday inside Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College.

  • Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room.

Search reunites daughter, 82, with mother, 96

ALBANY, N.Y. – Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.

Police search for lottery ticket thief

Rocky Mount police are investigating the alleged theft of a winning scratch-off lottery ticket from a vehicle.

  • Task force seizes drugs, arrests six

    On the first official day of the newly established Tar River Regional Task Force, members seized drugs and money as well arrested six individuals for drug-related crimes.“These busts show what can be accomplished when you have agencies working together,” Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said. “When we work in unison, we can take down high-level drug dealers that are spreading this poison to our area and tackle the problem efficiently.” Task force members stopped four cars between 2-9 p.m. on Monday around U.S. 64 and U.S. 301.

  • Police seek assault suspect

    Rocky Mount police are searching for Eric Devon Harrison in connection with a Thursday morning assault.

  • Man shot in hotel stairwell

    Authorities are investigating a shooting just before midnight at a hotel in the Battleboro community.

  • Shooting victim won't cooperate with investigators

    A 19-year-old man is recovering after allegedly being shot Thursday night.

  • Man charged with shooting friend after dispute

    BAILEY – A 29-year-old Wilson man is recovering from a gunshot wound and his friend is behind bars following a Thursday afternoon shooting.

Our Views

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

  • Panthers set to cap spectacular season

    The Carolina Panthers will take center stage today in the biggest show professional sports has to offer.

  • Local economy continues to take steps

    Good news sometimes comes in small packages. The Twin Counties economy received a couple of parcels this week.

  • Hang on, folks, the circus has only begun

    The uniquely American playoff system of caucuses and primaries that define presidential politics generally opens with a bang, and on that front, Iowa’s caucus Tuesday did not disappoint.

  • Wild election season set to really take off

    After more than six months of being inundated with polls, pundits and presidential debates, it’s hard to fathom that the first ballots in the 2016 presidential campaign are just now about to be cast tomorrow in Iowa.

  • Wanted: More responsible pet owners

    The opening of a larger, more comfortable animal shelter in Rocky Mount this week is a boon to the city and a cause for celebration among animal lovers.