Northampton County, NC

William Woodrow Shearin

William Woodrow Shearin, 86, died at his home, surrounded by family Monday, June 27, 2022. Mr. Shearin was born in Northampton County, January 28, 1936, son to the late Woodrow Wilson Shearin and Gertrude Pauline Bradley Shearin. Mr. Shearin was an Owner/Operator in the Grocery Store business. He was also...
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Change of plea hearing set for man facing fed weapons counts

A Roanoke Rapids man who claims his innocence in a pair of Northampton County shootings will be allowed to have a change of plea hearing next week, according to federal court records. The records do not indicate whether Michael Christopher Harris, who entered a not guilty plea in February, will...

Rewriting the Story of Cotton

Thirty miles southeast of Roanoke Rapids, across a flat expanse of Northampton County that produces cotton, soybeans, and a little remaining tobacco, is the tiny majority-Black town of Rich Square, named for its fertile farmland. Julius Tillery’s family has tilled this part of the Roanoke Valley for more than a hundred years.
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NCDOT reps share update on projects in Northampton

JACKSON – A number of road improvement projects are slated for Northampton County over the next few years, according to NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) representatives. NCDOT Division 1 Engineer Win Bridgers presented the information to the county commissioners at their meeting on June 20. Several bridge replacement contracts...

Budget time in the Roanoke-Chowan

JACKSON – With only a few minor adjustments from the initial presentation, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners approved their budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23 (FY23) at their meeting here on June 20. County Manager Julian Phillips went over highlights of the budget before opening the floor for citizens...

With limited room at shelters, partnerships help save at-risk animals

This article was written for our sponsor, SPCA of Wake County. According to data from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, in 2021 the total cat and dog intakes by municipal shelters in the state was 164,697 — and that number doesn't take into account the animals that were taken in by private shelters.

Remembering Margaret

WOODLAND – A Woodland family celebrates their late sister by dedicating a new Little Free Library in her honor. In a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Sheila P. Moses and PETA representatives joined the family of Margaret Burgwyn to unveil the new Little Free Library dedicated to her. It is the tenth location in Moses’ Northampton County Little Free Library Project. It is also the third little library that PETA has donated.

COVID cases on the rise in R-C area

While it’s nowhere near the deadly outbreak noted earlier this year, COVID-19 still remains as a health risk. Locally, the number of cases has increased steadily since early May. Those numbers rose dramatically last week, according to the latest report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

School Board closes Willis Hare

CONWAY – Northampton County’s oldest public school will permanently close for the purpose of elementary education. Following a public hearing here Thursday evening, the Northampton County Board of Education voted to close Willis Hare Elementary School as well as approving a measure that will impact all public school students residing in the eastern half of the county.

Follow your roots and route

JACKSON – “My roots determined my route.”. That one short sentence accurately summed up the point Eddie Buffaloe Jr. made during his remarks here last week where he served as the guest speaker at the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce banquet. The event, held at the Northampton Cultural...

Weldon receives more than $300k in transformation grant funds

Weldon is one of 30 local governments in rural areas across the state awarded money from the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The town received $369,778 in the downtown revitalization category. In Northampton County the town of Garysburg received $355,680 in the community enhancement category. “We’re...

Jennifer 'Jean' High Mallory

Midlothian, Virginia - Jennifer 'Jean' High Mallory was born on November 17, 1963 in Northampton County, North Carolina to the late Annie Marie High and Robert High, Sr. Peacefully on early Monday morning June 13, 2022 she was called from her earthly home to her eternal home in the presence of her home surrounded by family. She will forever be loved and remembered as a special person who wanted the best for everyone. She was such a sweet and kind person you could ever meet and a pleasure to know.