Lady Gaga, Vince Vaughn take charity polar plunge in Chicago

CHICAGO — Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn plunged into the icy waters of Chicago’s Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

Tarboro native continues service in Navy Reserve

For most, a full-time, professional career is enough fulfillment and responsibility for a single lifetime.

  • Red Cross accepting gifts for Heroes Banquet

    The Frederick E. Turnage Chapter American Red Cross is accepting donations from people and businesses for the 2015 Heroes Banquet to be held at 5:30 p.m.

  • Nash dispatchers earn certifications

    Four employees in the 911 Division of Nash County Emergency Services recently were recognized for their accomplishments.

  • Senior center begins annual food drive

    The Nash County Senior Center has launched its second annual Easter Food Box Drive to collect and distribute non-perishable food items for low-income senior citizens in Nash County.

  • NCC student honored for excellence

    Lilia Martinez of Louisburg, a full-time student pursuing an associate’s degree in Web Technologies, has been selected as Nash Community College’s 2014-15 Academic Excellence Award recipient.

  • Fundraising dance to help the homeless

    The recent inclement weather will not delay the fundraising “Shaggin’ for Shelter” dance tonight at the Imperial Centre.

Suspect charged in attempted break-in

Rocky Mount police arrested a suspect attempting to break into a home Sunday in the 1200 block of South West Main Street.

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway

RALEIGH  — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.

  • Director of state courts system stepping down May 1

    RALEIGH — The top administrator of North Carolina’s court system says he’s retiring after a career of more than 40 years in the judicial system.

  • Governor offers public education hints in budget proposal

    CHARLOTTE — Gov. Pat McCrory says his two-year budget proposal for legislators would give North Carolina public school administrators more flexibility to offer raises to experienced teachers and to pay for textbooks or computers for classrooms.

  • Former High Point resident honored by Swedish university

    HIGH POINT  — A few months ago, Mary Poovey received an email in Swedish after a lecture. “I thought, ‘What is this?’” she said.

  • DOT board member says state should pay for sand removal

    ELIZABETH CITY  — The state should pay for removing sand from beach highways the same way it pays for removing snow and ice after a winter storm, a member of the state Board Transportation said.

  • Couple make business of tracking ghosts

    FAYETTEVILLE — Rich Caminiti held a small camera, following the owners of the house from one room to another as they explained where they have heard unexplained noises, seen dark shapes on the walls or felt an unseen touch.

Northern Nash passes test to advance to third round of state playoffs

Northern Nash has not been in too many close games this season. But when the pressure is on, the Knights know how to rise to the challenge.

Nasdaq hits 5,000 milestone after 15 years

NEW YORK — For the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago, the Nasdaq composite has closed above 5,000.

  • Offshore wind energy effort advances

    CAROLINA SHORES – The first leases allowing wind turbines offshore of the Carolinas are expected to be let next year although some people worry the massive turbines could harm the tourism coastal communities depend on.

  • Timber industry, conservationists forge partnership

    JOHN DAY, Ore. – Logs are piled high in the yard of the Malheur Lumber Co. mill in this small town in northeastern Oregon, ready to be sawed into lumber.

  • Fourth-quarter economic growth revised down

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

  • FCC enacts tougher rules for Internet providers

    WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

  • Other retailers follow Wal-Mart in raising pay

    NEW YORK — The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores became the latest retailer to boost pay for its U.S. workers, putting pressure on other chains to do the same.

Quick work uncovers heart threat

NATCHITOCHES, La. – A Natchitoches man is thanking God and local doctors that he’s alive.

  • Human cannonball Gemma Kirby flies high

    NEW YORK – Plenty of performers have had explosive entrances. Some rise like meteors, soaring to new heights. Others find their moment in the spotlight fleeting.

  • Boomers rock on at Minnesota camp

    ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – A Minnesota band camp is giving baby boomers and younger musicians a chance to prove they are never too old to rock and roll.

  • Campus chaplains reach out to nonbelievers

    LOS ANGELES – When Bart Campolo broke with the church almost five years ago, he immediately began to feel something missing.

  • Page revels in new Zeppelin remasters

    LONDON – Jimmy Page started the project because he couldn’t believe how bad Led Zeppelin sounded.

  • Sweet potato is one versatile vegetable

    If you’re looking for a little variety to spice up your life, cooking with a versatile veggie such as the sweet potato may give your menu the satisfying kick you crave, along with a healthy dose of the nutrients your body needs.

Our Views

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

  • ECU medical school deserves funding

    North Carolina is rightfully proud of the world class medical services offered through hospitals associated with Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

  • Nursing home ratings offer peace of mind

    Making the decision to seek nursing home care for a loved one is difficult enough for any family without having to worry about whether the quality of care is acceptable.

  • Net neutrality will benefit consumers

    The new rules imposed last week on broadband Internet service by the Federal Communications Commission to enforce net neutrality ultimately will benefit consumers.

  • I-95 interchange has great retail potential

    We wish it was on a faster timeline, but a new Interstate 95 interchange – and a healthy prospect for the local economy – has been given the green light.

  • Raising grant cap for film makes sense

    The political fight over financial incentives for the television and film industry in North Carolina has played out like a bad episode of “The West Wing.”Republican leaders in the N.C. General Assembly moved last year to convert incentives packages for Hollywood producers to a modestly funded grant program of $20 million.

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