Man in scuba gear gets warning after causing restaurant stir

TRAVERSE CITY — Police say a belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a northern Michigan fast food restaurant.

  • Parole could end inmate’s effort to have sex change surgery

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California inmate who is seeking sex reassignment surgery at taxpayers’ expense faces a painful irony: If she wins freedom from a parole board, she would no longer be eligible for the prison-funded operation she says is crucial to her emotional health.

  • Roaming Emu causes traffic jam in Atlanta

    DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Drivers may have mistaken it for an ostrich, but an emu was at the heart of a highway traffic jam in metro Atlanta.

  • Scared bear spends week in central Louisiana neighborhood

    MARKSVILLE, La. — A young black bear has been a backyard spectacle in a central Louisiana neighborhood where he has spent the past week up one tree or another as he searches for a new home.

  • Male cat nurtures abandoned kittens

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Six abandoned kittens named after the kids in “The Brady Bunch” TV series are getting a nurturing boost from an unlikely source — a male cat with a slight neurological disorder.

  • Swedish peace group launches gay sonar against Russian subs

    STOCKHOLM — Swedish peace activists who argue that military hardware isn’t the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defense installation: a gay-themed sonar system.

Miss Jabberwock 2015 crowned at Dunn Center

Rocky Mount High School senior Germeshia Bynum was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015 during the recent Jabberwock pageant presented by the Rocky Mount Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Delta Center for Life Development.

  • NCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa

    Twenty-three spring 2015 and 27 fall 2014 inductees recently were welcomed into the Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College.“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.

  • City offices to close for holiday

    Rocky Mount municipal offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Registration begins for YMCA Hot Hoops basketball

    The Harrison Family YMCA is offering its Hot Hoops Youth Basketball Program this summer for ages 6 to 18.Registration is open now for the season beginning July 14.

  • NCC, schools team up to make program more user-friendly

    The Nash Community College admissions office and the Nash Rocky Mount Public Schools administration have worked together to develop a more user-friendly enrollment process for Career and College Promise students at Nash Community College.

  • Local Scouts visit West Point

    Boy Scout Troop 7 was invited to attend the 53rd annual West Point Military Academy’s Camporee.

Man charged in assault, kidnapping

A Rocky Mount man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the kidnapping of a mother and child earlier this month.

More N.C. House budget changes made before floor vote

RALEIGH — The North Carolina House debated its proposed state budget well into Thursday night, a plan tweaked earlier in the day by Republicans to dial back motor vehicle fee increases and new money to lure movie and TV productions to the state.

PREPS: 2014-15 Year in Review

Another year of athletics has come and gone in the Twin Counties. The months of competition were filled with improbable victories and shocking defeats.

Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores

NEW YORK — Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar.

  • Jobless rate on decline across area

    The Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce recently released unadjusted state workforce numbers that also include figures for the local area over a 12-month period in March.

  • Stocks hit record as rising oil boosts energy sector

    NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks.

  • Cheap oil prices hamper economic growth

    WASHINGTON — If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy.

  • Surge in home construction lifts hopes for economy

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing market has given a sudden jolt to what appeared to be a slumping economy.

  • Two win entrepreneur honors

    NASHVILLE – The nominees for the NorthEastern Entrepreneurial Roundtable’s 2015 Entrepreneur Of The Year Award were so deserving that the advisory board committee selected not one, but two recipients of the distinguished honor Monday night.

Nun’s long-ago film embrace saves abbey

BETHLEHEM, Conn. – 
Mother Dolores Hart finds it miraculous that she was able to turn one kiss with Elvis Presley into the spark that helped save an abbey.

Our Views

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

  • It’s been a zany 33 years with Letterman

    It’s hard to imagine today a world before Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 Lists, but late-night television once was a domain of Johnny Carson, newsman Ted Koppel and little else.

  • More than 1 million likely to hit N.C. roads

    Going somewhere this Memorial Day holiday weekend? Better buckle up and pay attention – you certainly won’t be alone.

  • Closing tax center would be a blow to all

    Anyone who has tried to connect by phone with an actual person at the Internal Revenue Service knows the frustrations that come with complicated tax questions and an absentee government.

  • Hold Duke accountable for future policy

    The record $102 million punishment handed down last week to Duke Energy spoke volumes about the seriousness of the company’s failure to properly monitor coal ash dumps and prevent spills.

  • Historic partnership to seek AIDS cure

    Last week’s announcement that GlaxoSmithKline and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill are forming a company that will seek a cure for AIDS certainly is historic and exciting news.