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September 25, 2018

Out of town developers and investors are bringing activity to a pair of shopping centers on the Edgecombe County side of Rocky Mount.

In April, the Oakwood Shopping Center on North Fairview Road saw longtime tenant Maxway close after Henderson-based Variety Wholesalers Inc. decided not to renew the…


Farm equipment firm feels at home in Twin Counties

September 24, 2018

Mike Blount rattles off a list of reasons why the shiny blue farm vehicles assembled and sold by LS Tractor USA offer better value than the competition.

“Features that are standard in our products are things our competitors charge extra for,” says Blount, chief executive officer at the…


Google to offer online workshop for small businesses

September 24, 2018

Our region’s business is overwhelmingly small business.

The Census Bureau reports companies with fewer than 100 employees account for over 98 percent of all businesses in Eastern North Carolina. Firms with fewer than 20 employees, more than 89 percent. Small businesses are the engine of our…


Stocks end higher as traders shrug off new China-US tariffs

September 19, 2018

Once again, Wall Street’s jitters over the escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China proved to be short-lived.

U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Tuesday as investors largely brushed off the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of…