Holiday festival features 41-foot nutcracker

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece — a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts.

  • Cuban couple keeps rodents as pets

    BAINOA, Cuba — Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets.

  • Crowing rooster could cost couple $3,000 in fines

    CORNELIUS, Ore. — It was just the first of Mr. Rooster’s problems that he was first believed to be a Ms.

  • Miss Honduras, sister found shot to death

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras.

  • Woman wears colander for driver’s license photo

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

  • Slain TV host turned out to have scandalous past

    BATON ROUGE, La. — With his British accent and precise diction, Scott Rogers might’ve seemed out of place in Baton Rouge, but the Mississippi River city embraced the local TV host and beloved civic booster.

SouthWest Edgecombe student promotes literacy

One SouthWest Edgecombe High School senior has decided to give back to his community.Saquan Revis is the founder of a nonprofit organization called the League of Literacy.

  • NCC marketing team receives national awards

    Nash Community College’s public relations and marketing team recently was recognized by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for excellence during a conference in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Church opens emergency shelter

    With overnight temperatures expected to be in the 20s, a local church has received approval to open its doors to those in need of emergency overnight shelter.

  • Local student receives conservation scholarship

    The N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation awarded a Careers in Conservation Scholarship to Thomas Winborne Privott of Rocky Mount.

  • Butterfly gardens certified as Monarch Waystations

    Butterfly gardens at two local elementary schools have been designated as certified Monarch Waystations.

  • Youngster collects toys for drive

    Joshua Moore has spent his young life making it a priority to get Christmas presents into the hands of children in need.

Police investigate string of fires at vacant store

Rocky Mount authorities are asking the public for information on the suspect or suspects who lit several fires at a vacant convenience store.

Six Republicans vie to succeed Tillis as N.C. House speaker

RALEIGH, — Republican candidates to succeed Thom Tillis as North Carolina House speaker are walking the fine line between praising his four years leading the chamber and critiquing his tenure to promote their independence.

Southern Nash fumbles away chances in defeat to Eastern Wayne

BAILEY – Southern Nash had seen this script play out before. The Firebirds had five first-half turnovers, yet only trailed 14-0 at halftime.

State jobless rate drops to 6.3 percent

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September, the N.C. Commerce Department reported Friday.

  • Nearly 50 million to travel for Thanksgiving

    NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road.

  • Family Dollar delays shareholder vote on sale

    MATTHEWS — Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

  • Nomaco to close production facility in Tarboro

    Foam manufacturer Nomaco announced Tuesday that it will close its production facility in Tarboro next year and sell its plant on Anaconda Road.

  • Social media contacts help drive sales

    NEW YORK – Monif Clarke didn’t have a social media strategy for her women’s clothing company until this year, when she hired a consultant to help her build one.

  • Retail sales rise ahead of holiday shopping

    WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.

Ballet school is sign of city’s resilience

BAGHDAD – Ann Khalid did not feel well but she insisted on dancing a brief scene from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” with her classmates.

  • Pope reinforces traditional stand

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is seeking to reassure the church’s right-wing base that he’s not a renegade bent on changing church doctrine on family issues – weeks after a Vatican meeting of bishops initially proposed a radical welcome for gays and divorced Catholics.

  • EP earns Mills, band top album honor

    A Nashville rocker is part of a regional band that is rocketing toward stardom.

  • Band takes on overlooked Dylan lyrics

    NEW YORK – The unexpected package from Bob Dylan’s song publisher promised an adventure for music producer T Bone Burnett.

  • Ten ideas dress up mashed potatoes

    Truth is, mashed potatoes don’t need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing.

  • Response to Ebola requires flexibility

    DAKAR, Senegal – Many beds are empty at newly opened Ebola treatment units in Liberia’s urban centers because the outbreak is now flaring in more rural parts of the country.

Our Views

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

  • Elections underscore redistricting flaws

    A little more than wo weeks after the midterm elections, it pays to revisit the results to see how well legislative races represented the diversity of North Carolina.

  • Set reasonable limits on drones

    The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly spell out a right to privacy, but it can be inferred, given some of the amendments tacked on in the Bill of Rights, that James Madison and other framers weren’t too keen about government involvement in the everyday affairs of its constituents.

  • Early College deserves its own building

    Graduation rates and the quality of the public school system play an important role in the quality of life and economic development of a community.

  • N.C. prison reforms a success story

    Since a truly bipartisan prison reform effort began in 2011, North Carolina has saved millions of dollars on facilities and inmate needs.

  • Comet landing a reminder of our potential

    It’s easy sometimes to get buried in the necessary details of everyday life – making sure the kids are off to school, scheduling doctors’ appointments, remembering milk at the grocery store ... Small things that have to be done.