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August 24, 2016

After nearly nine months of construction, the new three-story Southern Bank’s business center started operations last weekend in downtown Rocky Mount, company officials said.

The new 16,000-square-foot facility is located at the corner of Sunset Avenue and North Church Street. The…


New home sales climb to best level since late 2007

August 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

New-home sales jumped 12.4 percent last month to a seasonally…


Local colleges to offer training for CSX jobs

August 22, 2016

Probably the most significant piece of the huge economic development announcement last month of CSX building its Carolina Connector intermodal rail terminal in Rocky Mount is the significant infrastructure project bringing long-awaited and much-needed jobs to a struggling Twin Counties and Eastern…


Paid family leave benefits rising in some sectors, regions

August 22, 2016

NEW YORK — The call for paid family leave on the Democratic party platform is the most ambitious attempt by a major party in years to reverse the United States' status as the only industrialized nation without any standard for paid time off for new parents. But over the last five years a…