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Roanoke Rapids Police looking for suspect in Saturday shooting

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) — Investigators with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department are looking for the person they say shot a man early Saturday morning. At about 2:42 a.m., Officer C. Majette was called to a home on the 100 block of Hamilton St. in reference to a person being shot, according to a release.
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Police investigate early-morning shooting in Roanoke Rapids

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WNCN) — Roanoke Rapids police are working to learn who shot a man early Sunday morning. Reports say they were called to the scene on the 1200 block of Julian Allsbrook Highway at about 1:45 a.m. in reference to shots fired outside of a KLIX internet café.
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Emporia man arrested on drug possession charges

LAWRENCEVILLE – Tony Antwan Atkins, 40, from Emporia, is charged with possession of a Schedule I, II Controlled Substance, driving under the influence of alcohol and refusal of a blood or breath test on June 26. Captain Brad Evans with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Sergeant A.W. Connell...

Jessee ascends to Emporia Rotary Club presidency

On Tuesday, Bobby Wrenn officially inaugurated Rustin Jessee as president of the Emporia Rotary Club for 2022-23. Jessee officially took the helm replacing Mark Mathews on July 1. He will hold the position through June 30, 2023, before Linda Edwards assumes the club’s presidency. The Emporia Rotary Club is...

Late invoice brings chuckle to some members of Emporia City Council

The Emporia City Council recently approved a request from the city staff to finalize the payment of $69,445 to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Those in the Council Chambers couldn’t miss Councilman John Saunders grinning and shaking his head before the vote. Saunders’ reason for smiling was more than apparent when City Manager William Johnson brought the agenda item to the table.

‘Tears of happiness’: 5-year-old survivor of deadly Currituck crash finally leaves hospital

CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Kayden Johnson, a 5-year-old from Emporia, was the lone survivor of a two-vehicle crash on Caratoke Highway on March 25. After over three months in the hospital and three spine surgeries, Kayden is paralyzed from the waist down. Kayden’s grandfather, 55-year-old Kenneth Lucy, and the other driver, 73-year-old Rodney Minton, were […]

Robin Edd Lancaster

Surrounded by love and comfort, Robin Edd Lancaster, 49, passed away peacefully the morning of July 1, 2022 at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville. Since his cancer diagnosis in October 2019, he approached his treatment with fortitude and heart, seeking to maximize the longevity of the life he loved living.

RRPD investigates two weekend shootings

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department is investigating two shootings — one which occurred early this morning and another which occurred early Saturday morning. Chief Bobby Martin said this morning the shootings, in which the victims sustained no life-threatening injuries, are unrelated. He declined to comment on the motive. This...

Emporia-Greensville Chamber holds farmers market “after hours” event

The Emporia Farmers Market Open House Business After Hours may not have gone quite according to plan, but dozens of people still found their way to the event for an evening of socializing. In past years, the open house -- a joint venture between the City of Emporia and the...

In-person visitation suspended at 2 correctional centers due to COVID outbreaks

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - In-person visitation has been temporarily suspended at two Virginia correctional centers due to COVID-19 outbreaks. There will be no in-person or video visitations at Baskerville Correctional Center through July 9. In-person visitations have also been suspended at Haynesville Correctional Center until July 8. “We appreciate your...

Independent-Messenger Marketing meets Emporia Rotary Club

Jacqueline Grubb, Independent-Messenger marketing consultant presents a PowerPoint advertising presentation to members of the Emporia Rotary Club. Grubb also handles marketing for Womack Publishing’s Brunswick Times-Gazette and Sussex-Surry Dispatch.
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James Cloud “Cloudy Bill” Lucy

James Cloud “Cloudy Bill” Lucy, age 84, of Emporia, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Born and raised in Freeman, he was the son of the late John James and Ruby Daniel Lucy. He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Anderson Lucy, and a sister, Shirley Lucy Trent. Mr. Lucy retired after more than 30 years at Rochester Button Company. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, socializing, meeting new friends, and telling stories. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Lucy Sheldon and husband, Steve, and Jennifer Lucy Moody and husband, Dwayne; grandchildren, Whitney Davis (Michael), Morgan Best, James Russell Moody, and Jackson Moody; a great-grandson, Alden Davis.

Boating America Safety Class offered in Littleton, N.C.

According to information provided by John E. Dyckman, Flotilla Commander, the training is done by certified instructors, the training will include, but not limited to, existing Federal laws, North Carolina laws and Virginia laws, and safe boating practices. Training starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022. At completion you will be given your Boating Safety Card, prior to your leaving. The class fee is $30 per person, which covers all course materials - payable at time of class, check or cash please. All training is conducted under the current State and CDC guideline for COVID. The location is in the Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department, 1679 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, N.C.

John Hugh Bazemore

John Hugh Bazemore died on June 27, 2022 at the age of 84. He was the only son of Hugh and Bertha Willoughby Bazemore. His sisters Margaret Callis and Mary Ann Phelps are deceased. Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Merle Council Bazemore, son Brad (Lisa) and daughters Lisa...