Nashville man tapped for high post in Sudan Shriners

Noble Carl Wayne Smith of Nashville, a member of the Rocky Mount Shrine Club, was elected as the High Priest & Prophet at Sudan Shriners annual meeting and election of officers on Jan. 23 in New Bern.

  • Robot joins Vidant Edgecombe staff

    Vidant Edgecombe Hospital recently implemented telestroke technology in the Emergency Department.

  • Health care graduates honored at ECC

    Health Occupations graduates at Edgecombe Community College were honored by college staff, family and friends during a Health Occupations Recognition Ceremony held Jan. 28.

  • City to sponsor special fundraiser

    In honor of Black History Month, the Booker T. Washington Community Center will sponsor “A Night of Heritage” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Imperial Centre.

  • YMCA membership special promotes heart health

    The Harrison Family YMCA is offering a membership special this week in honor of February being American Heart Month.

  • Annual concert raises money for burn victims

    The sixth annual Crimmus Jam successfully raised more than $4,000 for the Blake Tedder Burn Endowment this holiday season.

Woven of dignity: Black seamstress’ legacy on display

RALEIGH – For generations, any woman in who owned a dress made by Willie Otey Kay owned an heirloom, a coveted gem, a treasure beyond price.

Clinton says Sanders making promises that ‘cannot be kept’

MILWAUKEE — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled for the crucial support of black and Hispanic voters in Thursday night’s Democratic debate, a polite but pointed contest that marked a shift in the primary toward states with more minority voters.

  • Einstein’s right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity

    WASHINGTON — It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible “chirp,” but it simultaneously opened humanity’s ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.

  • With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up

    BURNS, Ore. — With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government’s control of vast expanses of Western land.

  • Riot at prison in northern Mexico leaves 49 inmates dead

    MONTERREY, Mexico — A brawl between rival drug gangs at an overcrowded penitentiary in northern Mexico turned into a riot Thursday, leaving 49 inmates dead and 12 injured in the country’s deadliest prison melee in years.

  • NATO orders warships into Aegean to help ease migrant crisis

    BRUSSELS — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece.“This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees and coping with a very demanding situation ... a human tragedy,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

  • Jumbled GOP field hopes for survival in South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Hoping for survival in the South, a muddled field of Republican presidential contenders descended Wednesday on South Carolina, no closer to clarity about who can stand between Donald Trump and their party’s nomination.

Eagles soar into CIC final with rout of Oakwood

After a lackluster performance against Halifax Academy in the first round of the Coastal Independent Conference tournament, Rocky Mount Academy coach Scott Dunn challenged his Eagles in a tough practice Wednesday night to see just how stifling their defense could be.

Decision by feds boosts self-driving cars

DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has decided.

Minister finds pleasure in two professions

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Ministers are called. Artists are born.The Rev. Sue Trowbridge is a pastor and a painter. She knows about heaven’s calls and natural gifts.

  • Talented field makes it tough to make Grammy picks

    NEW YORK – Kendrick Lamar has a chance to become the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

  • YouTube rolls out original programs

    LOS ANGELES – Michael “Burnie” Burns hears a discrepancy. Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers playing ahead of his much smaller crowdfunded concoction, “Lazer Team.”

  • It’s good to know dinner already is in the can

    Mothers pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals.

  • Mental Health Court offers more than justice

    DECATUR, Ill. – The series of events that sent Jeff Lingle spiraling into depression began with the premature birth of his son in 2008.

  • Search reunites daughter, 82, with mother, 96

    ALBANY, N.Y. – Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.

Homicide suspect's arrest brings some solace to victim’s family

While the family of Davonte Greene isn’t sure what spurred the 23-year-old man’s Saturday slaying, they said they are thankful the suspect is behind bars.

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