Flood threat looms after massive N.Y. snow

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Beth Bragg’s home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow.

  • Holiday festival features 41-foot nutcracker

    ROSEBURG, Ore. — Sponsors of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg have commissioned a whopper of a centerpiece — a wooden nutcracker intended to stand 41 feet tall, weigh more than 16,000 pounds and work its jaw with enough force to crush coconuts.

  • Cuban couple keeps rodents as pets

    BAINOA, Cuba — Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets.

  • Crowing rooster could cost couple $3,000 in fines

    CORNELIUS, Ore. — It was just the first of Mr. Rooster’s problems that he was first believed to be a Ms.

  • Miss Honduras, sister found shot to death

    SANTA BARBARA, Honduras — The dark-haired beauty was to have flown to London Wednesday to compete in the Miss World pageant — the high point of her reign as Miss Honduras.

  • Woman wears colander for driver’s license photo

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.

Bunn family donates property to ECC

Through the estate of Elizabeth Burgess Bunn, the Bunn family has donated four parcels of land on South Washington Street in Rocky Mount to Edgecombe Community College.

Police investigate string of fires at vacant store

Rocky Mount authorities are asking the public for information on the suspect or suspects who lit several fires at a vacant convenience store.

Tragedies lead women to form outreach group

LEXINGTON – Like the hand-tied knots that bind the edges of the blankets they’ve made, tragedy in the lives of two women brought about not only community outreach projects but also a close-knit group at Fairmont Presbyterian Church on Cotton Grove Road.“This has really been a shot in the arm for our church,” said pastor Randy Hall, referring to church members who began gathering about three months ago to exchange ideas of charitable concern. “My only role has been that of a cheerleader.”It all started with a hug.

  • Man arrested after body of missing woman found

    GREENSBORO — Authorities say they found the body of a missing Virginia woman after arresting her boyfriend in North Carolina.

  • Moore tapped as N.C. House speaker

    ASHEBORO – North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Saturday picked N.C. Rep. Tim Moore of Cleveland County to become the next leader of the N.C. House.

  • Congressmen support park bid

    WASHINGTON – A plan that could turn a former Beaufort County radio broadcasting site into parkland has received support from Eastern North Carolina representatives in Congress.

  • Fiance charged in stabbing death

    A 25-year-old woman died Friday after she was stabbed at her apartment on Whitebridge Drive, and her fiance has been charged with murder.

  • Asheville officer charged with assaulting woman

    ASHEVILLE — An Asheville police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman Local media outlets report that 22-year-old Ethan Taylor Russell was arrested at his home and charged early Thursday.

North Carolina rolls Davidson behind Meeks

CHARLOTTE – North Carolina coach Roy Williams wanted to send a message to Kennedy Meeks after two early mistakes, so he sat his star power forward less than three minutes into Saturday’s game against Davidson.

State jobless rate drops to 6.3 percent

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September, the N.C. Commerce Department reported Friday.

  • Nearly 50 million to travel for Thanksgiving

    NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road.

  • Family Dollar delays shareholder vote on sale

    MATTHEWS — Family Dollar is delaying a special meeting at which shareholders were to vote on its $8.5 billion acquisition by Dollar Tree as regulators determine how many stores might need to be divested for antitrust reasons.

  • Nomaco to close production facility in Tarboro

    Foam manufacturer Nomaco announced Tuesday that it will close its production facility in Tarboro next year and sell its plant on Anaconda Road.

  • Social media contacts help drive sales

    NEW YORK – Monif Clarke didn’t have a social media strategy for her women’s clothing company until this year, when she hired a consultant to help her build one.

  • Retail sales rise ahead of holiday shopping

    WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.

Tips get best Black Friday deals

NEW YORK – Brace yourself for the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

  • Ballet school is sign of city’s resilience

    BAGHDAD – Ann Khalid did not feel well but she insisted on dancing a brief scene from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” with her classmates.

  • Pope reinforces traditional stand

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is seeking to reassure the church’s right-wing base that he’s not a renegade bent on changing church doctrine on family issues – weeks after a Vatican meeting of bishops initially proposed a radical welcome for gays and divorced Catholics.

  • EP earns Mills, band top album honor

    A Nashville rocker is part of a regional band that is rocketing toward stardom.

  • Band takes on overlooked Dylan lyrics

    NEW YORK – The unexpected package from Bob Dylan’s song publisher promised an adventure for music producer T Bone Burnett.

  • Ten ideas dress up mashed potatoes

    Truth is, mashed potatoes don’t need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing.

Our Views

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

  • Solar energy a boon for North Carolina

    Solar energy advocates were correct last week to urge state lawmakers to keep in place incentives for North Carolina’s burgeoning solar power industry.

  • Elections underscore redistricting flaws

    A little more than wo weeks after the midterm elections, it pays to revisit the results to see how well legislative races represented the diversity of North Carolina.

  • Set reasonable limits on drones

    The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly spell out a right to privacy, but it can be inferred, given some of the amendments tacked on in the Bill of Rights, that James Madison and other framers weren’t too keen about government involvement in the everyday affairs of its constituents.

  • Early College deserves its own building

    Graduation rates and the quality of the public school system play an important role in the quality of life and economic development of a community.

  • N.C. prison reforms a success story

    Since a truly bipartisan prison reform effort began in 2011, North Carolina has saved millions of dollars on facilities and inmate needs.