Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

PORTLAND, Maine — The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt’s Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80.

  • Teen spits cherry pit the longest but doesn’t win contest

    EAU CLAIRE, Mich. — A 15-year-old Michigan girl said there was nothing special about the way she spit a cherry pit Saturday.“I just took a deep breath and pushed hard,” said Megan Ankrapp, whose pit landed at 49 feet, ¼ inch — longest of the day at the 42nd annual contest in southwestern Michigan.“I was shocked,” she added.

  • One date, 60 years later classmates wed

    ARCADIA — Jim and Libby Ebert went on one date during their days at Griffith High School in the 1950s. Almost 60 years later, in June 2014, they married.

  • Hispanic leaders want GOP field to condemn Trump’s ‘idiocy’

    WASHINGTON — Hispanic leaders are bristling at the largely tepid response by Republican presidential candidates to Donald Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.

  • Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota

    NEW YORK — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson’s calendar, it’s also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day.

  • $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.

Former NFL player to speak at fundraiser

Anyone who has heard the name Jason Brown knows the talent, prestige and fame of the former University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football player and NFL superstar.

Woman charged with assault

Woman charged with assaultA Rocky Mount woman was jailed on July 4 for assaulting her longtime partner.

Truck stop provides worship service for long-haul drivers

WHITSETT — At 6:30 p.m. Friday, Chaplain Tony Pierzchala makes the rounds at the TA Travel Center in Whitsett.

  • Ferry crew rescues Neuse River sailor after sailboat flips

    CHERRY BRANCH — The crew of a North Carolina ferry boat is being credited with saving a man whose sailboat rolled over in the Neuse River.

  • Hotel to refund service charges paid during CIAA tourney

    CHARLOTTE — A Charlotte hotel will refund the service charge that people paid for food and drink in its lounge during the CIAA basketball tournament, the N.C. Attorney General’s office announced Monday.

  • Law professor opens new anti-poverty research project

    CHAPEL HILL – In the wake of the controversial closure of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s anti-poverty center, the law school professor who had led the center has launched a research fund outside the domain of university leaders.

  • Judge: Lawyers must edit language in lawsuit

    ROSE HILL – Lawyers must edit out references to the Chinese government, the Communist Party and the country’s People’s Liberation Army from a lawsuit complaining that North Carolina neighbors of industrial hog farms have endured terrible smells for decades, a federal judge ruled.

  • Four found dead at South Carolina home

    ROCK HILL, S.C. – Four people, including a local county official, were found shot to death at a suburban home Sunday night, and police were not looking for a suspect, authorities said.

Party not over for World Cup-winning U.S. women

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Megan Rapinoe strolled around taking selfies, occasionally sipping bubbly with her teammates and trying to balance the Women’s World Cup championship trophy on her head.

New chip credit cards squeeze firms

NEW YORK – New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses.

  • Legal troubles sink local boat dealership

    After years of secretly treading water, a Rocky Mount boat dealership has sunk in the wake of a state investigation, a pending lawsuit, mounting back taxes and a foreclosure.

  • Home prices continue to steadily climb

    WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco.

  • Manufacturing growth improves in June

    WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.

  • Local family tackles food business

    The Shoppes at Stoney Creek on Zebulon Road has become mostly empty as the shopping center has had a slew of local businesses close over the past several months.

  • Unemployment falls to seven-year low

    WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

Study considers new approach to diabetes

CHICAGO – For almost a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment.

  • Earhart search drives group’s leader

    OXFORD, Pennsylvania – There are many people with theories about what happened to Amelia Earhart.

  • Young traces 400 years of U.S. dissent

    PHILADELPHIA – Most views of American history trace the rise of power and politics.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

Our Views

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

  • Republicans warm up to Golden LEAF

    When budget negotiations resume next week in the Republican-controlled N.C. General Assembly, one somewhat surprising topic for discussion will be returning funds to the Golden LEAF Foundation.

  • Keep driver’s ed in the public schools

    It’s practically impossible to understand the reasoning behind a provision in the N.C. Senate’s budget plan that would eliminate driver’s education classes.

  • City won’t let stormy forecast ruin holiday

    If you are one of those sticklers whose summer doesn’t begin until you see some fireworks, then you might need a rain check.

  • 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.