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May 23, 2018 - 6 minutes ago

The word 'hopeful' was the consensus coming out of a Tuesday meeting in downtown Rocky Mount about the Confederate monument on Falls Road.

"We've had an honest, raw discussion about race and look outside the door — the world did not come to an end," said Willie Ratchford, president of WPR…


Enfield student earns scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill

May 23, 2018 - 35 minutes ago

The Student Aid Office of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has awarded the 2018 Alston-Pleasants Scholars Fund merit scholarship for UNC undergraduate studies to Seanna Richardson, a member of the graduating class at Kipp Gaston College Preparatory High School in Gaston.

The late…


Missing woman found safe

May 22, 2018

A missing Rocky Mount woman was located Monday night in Wake Forest.

Rocky Mount police Cpl. Brad Summerlin said Akia Denise Freeman, 21, was found safe and unharmed around 11:30 p.m. Monday night by Wake Forest police officers.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons had issued a Silver Alert on…


Goddard to retire from coastal plain council

May 22, 2018

WILSON — When Greg Godard first got involved in the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments, it was to help determine a reorganization plan.

At the time, he didn’t think he’d be the one to help implement the plan as executive director.

“I didn’t necessarily…