People come together for prayer event

Hundreds of folks showed up in downtown Rocky Mount on Saturday to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.“God has not forgotten about the City of Rocky Mount,” said Tim Suber, local pastor and organizer of the annual local God Belongs in My City event.

  • Beal Street development gets boost

    The development of affordable housing on the downtown end of Beal Street just got a large financial boost that will catalyze the project forward.“This site has been a big priority of the city of Rocky Mount and we’re excited these tax credits will help us get the first phase of the development going,” said Vann Joines of JOIN Development. “Our goal is to facilitate this project’s success by engaging residents who live there to make sure it fits their needs in the short term as well as long term.”The Beal Street Square project recently was allocated approximately $6 million in tax credit equity from the N.C. Housing Finance Agency for 80 workforce housing units in eight buildings.

  • Doctor bikes the U.S. for MS

    Dr. Nick Patrone’s 4,300-mile bicycle trek across the United States was an opportunity to challenge himself while making a difference in the lives of people suffering from multiple sclerosis.

  • My Sister’s House moving office, store

    The original Almand’s Drug Store location in downtown Rocky Mount will soon be serving customers again, but in a different capacity as My Sister’s House officials announced this week they will move their offices and retail store to the historic Southwest Main Street location.“The building was a theater at one time, but since about 1935, it has been an office and retail space,” said Jean Almand Kitchin, whose family operated the iconic local pharmacy. “This is a chance for the space to go back to what it once was and My Sister’s House should bring a lot of people to downtown while serving the community.”Organization Executive Director Cynthia Kornegay said by purchasing the more than 7,000-square-foot, two-story building from Kitchen for $100,000, the nonprofit can better utilize limited resources.

  • Edgecombe extends superintendent’s contract

    Members of the Edgecombe County Board of Education plans to keep their school superintendent for quite some time to come.

  • Dance studio moves to larger location

    In 2012, Courtney Manning took ownership of Dance Arts of Rocky Mount and is now looking to take the local dance studio to greater heights in a larger facility at a new location.

Police hunt for suspect in June homicide

Rocky Mount police have identified the suspect who gunned down a Rocky Mount father in June.Officials obtained warrants Thursday against Tyrone Foreman, 27, for first-degree murder.

Middle schools add STEM labs

Business, industry and Nash County leaders and officials recently celebrated new additions to Rocky Mount Middle and Southern Nash Middle schools that will help students deepen their understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Wesleyan Civil War expert invited to national history seminar

    A noted expert on American Civil War history at N.C. Wesleyan College was one of 27 scholars throughout the nation who were invited to take part in a recent seminar on slave narratives at Yale University.

  • Chamber to sponsor community health day

    The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Community Health Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Greater Joy Baptist Church.

  • Public invited to art extravaganza

    The public is invited to the John Battle Arts Extravaganza today with all sorts of giveaways.

  • Teens participate in entrepreneurial boot camp

    The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service of Edgecombe and Nash counties recently hosted the third annual 2015 Teen Entrepreneurial Summer Boot Camp in Rocky Mount.

  • Father-daughter dance allows girls to have fun

    Even though the upcoming father-daughter dance planned at Rocky Mount Middle School isn’t the only such dance in the area, this one has some clear distinctions, including the fact that being accompanied by a father is not a prerequisite to attend.

Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Thomas Demint’s voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. “I’m videotaping this, sir,” he tells an officer. “I’m just videotaping this.”What’s not seen is what happened just after he stopped recording: Demint says three officers tackled him, took away his smartphone and then tried, unsuccessfully, to erase the video.

GOP’s tough talk doesn’t quite square with US-China relationship

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it: Spurred by the stock market’s wild ride, they lashed out at the world’s most populous nation.

  • Republicans gather to discuss strategies

    Nash County Republicans met Thursday night in an informal setting to discuss politics and strategies.

  • Clinton outlines rural agenda in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing more money for programs that help new farmers and she wants to increase access to fresh food as part of a rural agenda for her Democratic presidential campaign.

  • Nash GOP to sponsor meet-and-greet event

    The Nash County Republican Party is holding a meet and greet tonight at Braswell Memorial Library.

  • Trump has Univision anchor removed from news conference

    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump engaged in a prolonged confrontation with the anchor of the nation’s leading Spanish-language network during a news conference Tuesday, first having the well-known news personality removed before allowing him back in.

  • Bush denounces Trump’s immigration plan at Mexican border

    McALLEN, Texas — On his own visit to the Mexican border Monday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush denounced Donald Trump’s immigration plan as unrealistic and expensive.