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January 21, 2019

Takyla W. Smith said being an insurance agent is like being a doctor in needing to have a good bedside manner.

"You know, people do business with people who they like," Smith said. "So they have to like you and trust you."

Smith, 36, after having worked approximately 12½ years for MSH…


City manager faced same allegations

January 21, 2019

A scathing letter of reprimand handed to Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney six years ago by a different council in a different city reads as if it could've been written today.

"If you lose the public's confidence, your ability to administer and oversee the operations of this city will…


ECC celebrates student ambassadors

January 21, 2019

When Maxine Hurdle lost her job in the mid-1990s after more than 16 years at the former Carolina Telephone and Telegraph Co., she decided to return to school to start a second career.

She chose the Human Services Technology curriculum at Edgecombe Community College, receiving financial assistance…


Airport set for renovation project

January 20, 2019

The director of the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport said the condition of the runway, on a scale of one to 10 — with 10 being the worst situation — is an eight right now.

"It's that bad," Dion Viventi said in an interview in the airport's lobby late last week, moments before he went…