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February 18, 2019

What started out as a mission trip to help others turned into a learning experience of a lifetime for two Edgecombe Community College students.

Connor Massey and LeighAnn Champagne spent a week in November in the Dominican Republic as part of a trip set up by Suzi Shippen-Wagner, their Surgical…


February 17, 2019

Whoever said you can't fight City Hall hasn't met retired Rocky Mount Fire Chief Keith Harris.

The 59-year-old Harris, with slicked hair, trimmed beard, signature sunglasses and cigar planted firmly in the corner of his mouth, looks much younger. These days he's feeling invigorated as well.

"I was…


February 17, 2019

TARBORO — The escape room craze has come to Tarboro, with an eastern North Carolina couple now having such a business in the rear of Riverside Plaza.

Kourtney Thompson and her husband, Nick, opened the No Idea Escape Room on Feb. 8 in Suite 37 in the shopping center at the intersection…


February 17, 2019

Two former elected officials say they'd like to see more community investment by local leaders including the hospital CEO and school superintendent who may have their attention focused elsewhere.

“I do believe it’s important for top local government administrators to live in the…

February 17, 2019

While it’s nothing new, workers commuting to the area has come into focus as a state agency eyes possible relocation to Rocky Mount.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is looking for a new home, being forced to soon vacate its asbestos-laden building in downtown Raleigh. The DMV may move…

February 17, 2019

Rocky Mount police are investigating gunfire Wednesday that damaged the door of a local hotel room.

The incident occurred about 9:51 p.m. Wednesday at the Executive Inn on the 1800 block of North Wesleyan Boulevard. As of now, police are investigating the incident as an aggravated assault as the…


February 16, 2019

A Twin County Hall-of-Famer lost her Rocky Mount home to a fire Saturday.

Jean Almand Kitchin said she's lucky to have escaped the blaze. Her four-bedroom, three-bath house in Candlewood was destroyed in an early morning fire. The house is valued at $240,000. No one was injured in the fire.



February 16, 2019

A Rocky Mount man is accused of shooting an elderly woman in the head.

Tyquon Marquese Draughn, 21, was charged early Saturday by the Rocky Mount Police Department with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Draughn is accused of shooting 65-year-old Sandra Faye Epps of Rocky…

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February 16, 2019

The Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center on the Rocky Mount campus of Edgecombe Community College now has a new name. 

The Lamm Building, as it is now known, was recently named after former ECC President Deborah L. Lamm, who retired in May 2018 after 14 years at the helm of…


February 16, 2019

NC MedAssist will hold a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event on March 1 in Tarboro.

The event, which is in collaboration with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter medications. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the E.L. Roberson Center at…

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