Blind judge making history on Michigan’s top court

Blind judge making history on Michigan’s top courtDETROIT (AP) — Richard Bernstein officially joins the Michigan Supreme Court in a few days.

  • Couple receives three special Christmas gifts: Triplets

    HERSHEY, Pa. – A central Pennsylvania couple got three special gifts on Christmas: Triplets.

  • Leaving Cuba: A father and son risk lives at sea

    MIAMI — It was hot and dark and mosquitoes bit at his skin as 23-year-old Jose Fuente Lastre boarded a raft with eight other men, intent on fleeing Cuba.

  • Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

    RENO, Nev. — Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn’t dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.

  • Elusive black bear spotted again in Phoenix suburb

    MESA, Ariz. — A black bear that caused a stir when it ran through a field in a Phoenix suburb has been spotted again, a state wildlife official said Tuesday.

  • British singer Joe Cocker dies of lung cancer

    NEW YORK — Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” the teary ballad “You Are So Beautiful” and a contorted performing style uncannily parodied by John Belushi on “Saturday Night Live,” has died.

Edgcombe recognizes teachers

Rebecca Sugg and Amanda Evans were recognized by the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board of Education for National Board Teacher Certification accomplishments.“National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education,” said ECPS Director of Personnel Support Charlene Pittman. “Essentially, National Board Certification is the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching.” Sugg, a guidance counselor at SouthWest Edgecombe High School, has earned her certification in the area of School Counseling (Early Childhood through Young Adulthood).

  • Bar Association elects new officers

    Eighty-four lawyers from Nash, Wilson and Edgecombe counties recently attended the annual meeting of the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association at Benvenue Country Club.

  • Student gives painting to children's hospital

    Northern Nash High School senior Susannah Sykes recently donated a painting that she created as part of her senior project to Duke Children’s Hospital.

  • Catholic school receives grant

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School has been awarded a grant by The DeLeon Carter Foundation.

  • McGladrey employees perform volunteer service at women's shelter

    Ten employees from McGladrey LLP’s Rocky Mount office recently volunteered at My Sister’s House to assist with their beautification efforts by helping clean and paint two bedrooms at the shelter.

  • Rocky Mount native attends medical congress in Washington

    Rocky Mount native Victoria Mayer attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on Nov. 14-16 in Washington, D.C.The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields.

Police nab shoplifting suspects

Three Wilson residents were arrested after fleeing police investigating shoplifting from Kmart.

An old plant, tainted land, and worried homeowners

ASHEVILLE – Developer Richard Green had nearly everything in place to build upscale homes on the heavily polluted land next to an old electronic components plant in the mountains outside Asheville.

Panthers beat Falcons to complete wild ride into playoffs

ATLANTA – The Carolina Panthers’ big-play defense appears capable of making a difference in the playoffs — even for a team with a losing record.

  • N.C. A&T holds off N.C. Wesleyan in hoops exhibition

    GREENSBORO – Bruce Beckford scored 18 points to help N.C. A&T hang on to beat Division III N.C. Wesleyan, 58-54, on Sunday.

  • Tar Heels shoot well in rout of UAB

    CHAPEL HILL – Coach Roy Williams gave Justin Jackson an earful about how many shots he hoisted for No. 20 North Carolina.Williams wanted more of them.

  • Duke's rally falls short in Sun Bowl defeat

    EL PASO, Texas — Kalen Ballage returned a kickoff 96 yards to set up the winning score in No. 15 Arizona State’s 36-31 victory over Duke on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

  • Tar Heels' late rally comes up short against Rutgers

    DETROIT – Josh Hicks and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights capped their first season in the Big Ten with a dominating effort in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl.

  • Duke searching for bowl victory

    EL PASO, Texas – Arizona State and Duke have a lot of unfinished business – and a lot of similarities – heading into the 81st Sun Bowl.

Congressman speaks for small businesses

NEW YORK – Small companies still were reeling from the recession in 2011 when U.S. Rep. Sam Graves became chairman of the U.S. House’s Small Business Committee.

  • Economic growth tops ’14 business news

    NEW YORK – This year showed how sheltered the U.S. economy is from geopolitical and health crises around the world.

  • Consumer spending posts solid gain in November

    WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in November, while income posted the best gain in five months — both encouraging signs for economic growth.

  • Surging economy pushes Dow to record close

    WASHINGTON — A surge in U.S. economic growth lifted stocks Tuesday to record highs and showed that the United States is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.

  • Online pricing challenges buyers, sellers

    NEW YORK – Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading.

  • ID theft issues linger for months

    SAN FRANCISCO – As
 soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach last year at Target, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.

Thirty years later, Cabbage Patch Kids still have fans

CLEVELAND, Ga. – 
Standing in a loose circle with one hand raised, a group of about 60 adults recited an oath to be the best adoptive parent in the world.

  • Pope’s diplomacy sparks backlash

    MIAMI – The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

  • Youth theater plans downtown home

    Performing arts will play an even larger role in downtown Rocky Mount’s revitalization as a proposed youth theater venue begins to develop.

  • ‘Unbroken’ might be broken in Japan

    TOKYO – Angelina Jolie’s new movie “Unbroken” has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still fighting over its wartime past.

  • Treats run up points as football winds down

    The game is on – really, the games will be on on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – and your home will be filled with friends decked out in those familiar colors to cheer their team to victory.

  • A rosary, a kiss, a surgeon and a child's heart

    HOUSTON – This is a story about signs and miracles.

Our Views

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

  • Falling oil prices not a good deal for all

    How low can it go?How low can it go?That’s the question on the minds of those dependent on oil markets.

  • Sony’s decision to pull movie troubling

    Sony Pictures Entertainment’s decision last week to cancel the Dec. 25 release of the movie “The Interview” sets a troubling precedent and sends exactly the wrong message to terror and hate groups across the world.

  • 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.