Toppled tree gets holiday makeover

INDIAN ISLAND, Wash. — Some Washington state residents are getting in the holiday spirit by decorating a Douglas fir that toppled onto an unused utility line in a recent windstorm and looks like an upside-down Christmas tree.

Book-signing highlights open house for renovated Castalia School

The Castalia Community Development Corp. recently sponsored an open house and book-signing event at the Castalia Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

  • Students awarded scholarships

    Six students have been awarded Brianna Marie McLaughlin Memorial Scholarships at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.

  • City offices. services to close for holidays

    Rocky Mount city government offices will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 and Jan. 1, 2015 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  • Tarboro native helps mark deployment’s end

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commemorated the culmination of their mission with a casing ceremony Dec. 1 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Wesleyan recognizes Honors Program students

    Students in N.C. Wesleyan College’s Taylor-Crocker Honors Program recently were recognized at a dinner at Belmont Lake Preserve.

  • City receives public power awards

    Roy Jones, Chief Operating Officer of ElectriCities of North Carolina presented five North Carolina Public Power Awards of Excellence to the city of Rocky Mount during the City Council meeting on Monday.

Employee charged with stealing from restaurant

Rocky Mount police charged a man Tuesday with stealing money from the restaurant where he worked.

N.C. Supreme Court upholds legislative districts as constitutional

RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court on Friday upheld the boundaries for General Assembly and congressional districts drawn by Republicans three years ago that helped the GOP strengthen its grip on legislative seats.

Duke holds off defending champion Connecticut

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Freshman point guard Tyus Jones scored 21 points, Justise Winslow hit two key baskets late in the game and No. 2 Duke responded to a tongue lashing by coach Mike Krzyzewski to beat defending national champion Connecticut, 66-56, on Thursday night.

Boddie-Noell shuffles management team

Boddie-Noell Enterprises recently made changes to the job responsibilities of several members of its senior leadership team.

  • Home construction dips in November

    WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes fell slightly in November, reflecting weakness in construction of single-family homes.

  • Petco to close local store

    The Golden East Crossing mall will lose another tenant early next year.

  • Stocks fall after biggest weekly loss since 2012

    NEW YORK — Falling oil prices pushed U.S. stocks down broadly on Monday, extending losses into a second week.

  • Teen retailers get cold shoulder

    NEW YORK – Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult.Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season.

  • ArborGen sprouts in Nashville

    A leading global provider of conventional and next generation plantation tree seedling products for the forestry industry announced recently the opening of a distribution cooler for Eastern North Carolina.

Iran’s Jews see signs of acceptance

YAZD, Iran – More than a thousand people recently trekked across Iran to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic – until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

  • Phillips serves as interim pastor

    A longtime pastor has been called as the interim minister for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rocky Mount. The Rev.

  • Concert drums up support for teen programs

    An acclaimed drummer-composer-educator will jazz up the holiday season with a benefit performance later this month at the Dunn Center.

  • ‘Saving Private Ryan’ makes protected film list

    WASHINGTON – “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

  • Tips get to-go treats to family, friends

    AUSTIN, Texas – The baking aisle is the busiest in the supermarket right now.

  • Newly insured struggle to find doctors

    MIAMI – When Olivia Papa signed up for a new health plan last year, her insurance company assigned her to a primary care doctor.

Our Views

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

  • It pays to keep Rocky Mount dollars here

    The caller in today’s Speak Up column at the bottom of this page raises 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?

  • We can paint a better picture than that

    Kids have been saying and doing stupid things since long before the creation of the Internet, but instant access to the World Wide Web magnifies poor judgment hundreds of thousands of times.

  • Revenue collection a growing concern

    There are two measures by which to judge tax reform. The first is to count the money we have left in our pockets at the end of the day.

  • New recyclables carts will keep city green

    The city of Rocky Mount is beginning to roll out a bigger, more comprehensive approach to recycling.

  • Compromise not always pretty to behold

    It wasn’t necessarily pretty to watch the goings-on on Capitol Hill last week in Washington, but that’s what it looks like when things actually get done.