Badges for Baseball encouages youth

The catcher on a baseball diamond usually can be picked out of a crowd by his face mask and chest protector, but the man behind home plate Thursday at Buck Leonard Park had on a different uniform.

  • Shoppers, stores miss sales tax holiday

    Shoppers looking to save on back-to-school items for the traditional sales tax holiday will have to travel out of the state this weekend.

  • Firefighters see results from workout plan

    A relatively new workout plan is getting great results for Rocky Mount firefighters and only cost the department some old fire hoses and a little duct tape.

  • Edgecombe schools name lead principal

    SouthWest Edgecombe High School Principal Marc Whichard has been named to the post of lead principal for Edgecombe County Public Schools.

  • Summer reading program ends with magic show

    What began with a fizz and a boom ended Wednesday with a few magic words and disappearing peanut butter jars, as the Braswell Memorial Library Summer Reading Program came to a close.

  • Jobless rate drops in Twin Counties

    The Twin Counties’ unemployment rate dropped in June, according to figures released Wednesday by the Labor and Economic Analysis Division of the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Man charged with sexual battery

A 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery.According to police reports, a female juvenile reported an acquaintance touched her inappropriately on Monday on Lenoir Drive.

Six students receive O.D. Moore scholarships

Members of the Nash Central Senior High Alumni Association and the O.D. Moore Scholarship Foundation recently celebrated their 39th reunion and anniversary.

  • Pattillo High School alumni gather for annual reunion

    The W.A. Pattillo High School Alumni Association observed its 33rd annual reunion on July 4-6. More than 250 alumni, family and friends attended the events.

  • Local Deltas attend regional conference

    Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority representing 158 chapters from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Bermuda painted Raleigh “red” July 10-13 during the 26th South Atlantic Regional Conference.

  • Camp PUSH promotes science, technology

    Twenty-five middle and high school students from Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton and Wilson counties took a field trip to East Carolina University as part of a weeklong math and science camp.

  • EMT students graduate from NCC

    Nash Community College recently recognized 22 Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Intermediate program graduates.

  • Macclesfield couple wins national tree farmer award

    Judy and Dwight Batts of Macclesfield have been named 2014 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System, a program of the American Forest Foundation.

Deal still not reached on N.C. coal ash bill

RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers said Thursday they still haven’t reached agreement on legislation requiring Duke Energy to limit pollution leaking from its coal ash dumps across the state, nearly six months after a spill coated 70 miles of the Dan River with gray sludge.

  • Senate gives tentative OK to state budget

    RALEIGH — Kindergarten through college classrooms see an extra $113 million, public school teachers get raises averaging 7 percent, and vouchers allowing children to attend private and religious schools with taxpayer money get an extra boost in the $21.1 billion state budget detailed in documents Thursday.

  • Audit: Medicaid savings could be at risk

    RALEIGH — North Carolina health officials' failure to get federal certification for a new, problem-plagued Medicaid payment system could jeopardize some of the system's nearly $10 million in expected annual savings as glitches still exist that could cause even further delays, according to a state audit released Thursday.

  • Man killed in Fayetteville was Fort Bragg soldier

    FAYETTEVILLE— Fayetteville police say the man shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex was a Fort Bragg soldier.

  • Man found dead near wrecked car in Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE — Police in Charlotte are investigating the shooting death of a man found near a vehicle that had crashed into some woods.

  • Lawmakers in last-minute moves over N.C. budget

    RALEIGH — Legislative budget-writers struggled Wednesday to finalize an annual spending document for North Carolina four days after leading lawmakers announced a deal and a day after describing its main points.

Longer session hampers Tillis in U.S. Senate race

RALEIGH — Instead of being able to focus full-time on unseating Democratis U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis is spending a key stretch of his U.S. Senate campaign managing North Carolina’s protracted legislative session.

  • Perdue defeats Kingston in GOP Senate runoff in Georgia

    ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama administration.

  • Record-low turnouts seen in many primaries

    WASHINGTON — More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday.

  • Two file to challenge Nash-Rocky Mount school board member

    Three candidates filed for the District 6 seat on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education during the second week of the filing period.

  • Democrats campaign on church ties

    ATLANTA – Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, stepped into the pulpit of South Columbus United Methodist Church for a Palm Sunday sermon and offered a message of Christian responsibility to the poor, with his phone in hand.

  • Winner of GOP contest promoted outsider role

    RALEIGH — A former Baptist minister who knocked off the son of one of North Carolina’s most powerful politicians in a Republican primary for Congress did so in part by cultivating an outsider’s image.