Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

OGDEN, Utah — When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her own identity, her mother said.

  • Woman had sex with dogs, poisoned roommates, police say

    An Albuquerque woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after, police said, she tried to poison her roommates when they discovered she had been having sex with two German shepherds.

  • Man shows up for jail in T-shirt with mug shot

    MADISON, Maine — A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot.

  • Hunters snag 1K-pound alligator, an Alabama record

    CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator’s head.

  • Autistic boy’s pig a big draw at Weber County fair

    OGDEN, Utah — The crowd erupted in applause and began chanting his name as 13-year-old Tucker Doak entered the ring at Weber County’s Fair to auction off his hog.“So many people were trying to buy that pig,” said Plain City resident Tammy McKean. “Everyone felt (Tucker’s) love and wanted to give it back.

  • Person drops off about 100 tuxedo cats at shelter

    NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco Chronicle reports that someone has dropped off more than 100 tuxedo cats, which are named for their distinctive black and white markings, at an animal shelter.

Nonprofit group comes to young musician’s aid

Watermark for Kids, a national nonprofit organization committed to helping local kids thrive, recently awarded a musical instrument and 20 private music lessons to Tarboro teen Ty’Sean Phelps.

  • Parks and Recreation director sets high goals

    Cradle to grave services sounds more like a hospital goal than an aim of the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department; but according to the department’s director, Kelvin Yarrell, in his address to the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club on Aug. 7, that’s his goal.

  • God Belongs in My City Commission to hold prayer walk

    The Twin Counties’ God Belongs in My City Commission is holding a prayer walk at 10 a.m. Saturday at the downtown Rocky Mount Train Station.

  • Walk of Remembrance to honor lost lives

    Walk of Remembrance to honor lost livesEach year, one million American women experience a miscarriage or a stillbirth – and often, these women grieve in silence.

  • West Edgecombe principal seeks to engage students, families

    West Edgecombe Middle School Principal Donita Gregory is preparing for the upcoming school year with a plan to engage the Rocky Mount school’s students and families.

  • SouthWest Edgecombe FFA marks achievements

    SouthWest Edgecombe High School agriscience teacher Shelley Armour boasts about the many accomplishments of the school’s chapter of the National Future Farmers of America.

Two barns filled with tobcacco burn down

Two tobacco barns on the 2000 Block of Leggett Road outside the city limits burned down Thursday after catching fire.

  • Authorities seize 68 grams of marijuana, arrest two suspects

    Staff ReportsTwo Rocky Mount residents were arrested Wednesday afternoon after the Nash County Sheriff’s Office busted up a large-scale marijuana operation.

  • Three people injured in collision in Rocky Mount

    A Thursday morning collision at a Rocky Mount intersection between a Suddenlink service truck and a minivan sent three people, including a child, to Nash General Hospital.

  • Teen charged with larceny

    A Rocky Mount teenager was arrested Tuesday after authorities determined she’d stole about $200 worth of merchandise from her employer.

  • Police nab burglary suspect

    Rocky Mount police reportedly solved a burglary of a local business after finding the suspect nearby.Authorities said officers responded around 2 a.m.

  • Three teens charged in shooting

    Three teenagers were involved in a Tuesday night shooting, police said.

Court decision delayed on Marine’s Iraq vanishing

CAMP LEJEUNE — A defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.

Doino leaves N.C. Wesleyan for conference foe Averett

David Doino spent seven years at N.C. Wesleyan learning the ins and outs of being a basketball assistant coach.

Global turmoil yet to sink U.S. markets

NEW YORK — Europe appears on the brink of another recession. Islamic militants have seized Iraqi territory.

  • Summer sets expectations for record harvest

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A mild summer across much of the nation’s heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation’s corn and soybean crops.

  • Appliance store expands business, options

    Bob and Jane Lane of Bob’s Appliance Service recently expanded their business.

  • Back-to-school shopping season off to solid start

    NEW YORK — The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales.

  • Retail sales remain flat in July

    WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains.

  • Company breaks ground for new food plant

    Several business leaders, city officials and state representatives were on hand for the ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday for the future site of Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients Inc.

Evolving issues recast religious liberty

Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals.

  • Church moves ahead in new denomination

    A Rocky Mount congregation has finished its shift to a more conservative branch of Presbyterianism and is moving ahead with its membership in the denomination.

  • Rising rapper's album shares faith

    Local musician Ta’Shawn Evans, also known by his stage name Ferrari Nueve, defies classification and relishes the fact.

  • Siblings’ dynamic makes Avett Brothers tick

    ATLANTA – With three shows under its belts at Smith’s Olde Bar in the early 2000s, folk-rock band The Avett Brothers were starting to gain some notice around Atlanta.

  • Culinary heritage helps improve diets

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Rickey Dorsey knows he doesn’t have the best diet, and his plump belly proves it.“I’m definitely used to a lot of fried food and sweets,” the Birmingham man said. “And sweet tea.”Dorsey, 53, is trying to change that.

  • McDonald’s confronts junk food image

    NEW YORK – At a 2013 dinner McDonald’s hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain’s menu.

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  • Red Cross’ need for blood remains great

    The good news from the American Red Cross blood bank is: Donors are listening and heeding the call to give more blood this summer.

  • Retirement plan takes time, discipline

    The Standard & Poor 500 Index fell just short of setting another record close on Wall Street Wednesday.

  • Home schools are booming in N.C.

    Lost amid the high-volume discussions of private school vouchers, charter schools and Common Core, home schools are a hidden giant in North Carolina, one that demands more attention from legislators and educators.

  • Nash partnership with Brewmill a plus

    The grand plan for Rocky Mount Brewmill is coming together in a big way this fall in a new partnership with Nash Community College that includes a degree program in brewing, distillation and fermentation.

  • Budget cuts will directly affect teachers, students

    Bells start ringing in about a week at most public schools in the Twin Counties, and a new academic year will usher in new classes, new teachers and new questions about operations in North Carolina.