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November 17, 2017

Crystal Jackson vividly remembers the unstable economy.

Jackson lost her full-time job in March 2016. She worked in direct sales for 10 years, selling women’s accessories for a company called Miche Handbags before it went out of business.

Ironically, Jackson said, she became unemployed…


Whitakers teen charged with rape of preschooler

November 17, 2017

A 16-year-old Whitakers male has been arrested and charged with the rape of a five-year-old girl.

Ricky C. Shadding III, 16, of Etheridge Farm Road was arrested Nov. 8 and charged with first degree statutory rape of a child under the age of 13 and first degree sex offense of a child under 13.…


Collision with log truck sends four to hospital

November 16, 2017

A young couple, their two-year-old child, and a log truck driver were taken to the hospital after a wreck on the highway, but authorities said everyone was expected to make a full recovery.

The collision between an SUV and a log truck blocked N.C. 58 for more than three hours Wednesday. Logs…


A preserver of history, Larsen has harrowing link to the past

November 16, 2017

The vice chairman of the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum has never worn a uniform. But Chris Larsen said he knows firsthand the heroism of U.S. troops as a liberated civilian prisoner of War World II.

Larsen was born in the Philippines in 1940 where his father was a sales manager for…