Roanoke Rapids, NC

Emporia Police officers granted $4K retention bonus

The Emporia City Council voted 4-1 to give a $4,000 retention bonus to the Emporia Police Department officers. The Virginia General Assembly approved $5,000 retention bonuses for the Virginia State Police and a $3,000 retention bonus for Sheriff’s Office deputies. The Emporia Sheriff’s Office deputies will receive the $3,000 bonus. EPD Chief Rick Pinksaw included them in his $4,000 request.
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Roanoke Daily Herald

Barbara Ann Hardy Porch

GARYSBURG — Barbara Ann Hardy Porch, 69, entered eternal rest Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, while in the care of Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. She was born on May 1, 1952, in Northampton County, to the parentage of the late Deacon Lonza C. Hardy Sr. and the late Morlene (Harding) Hardy.
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New Director of Social Services named

LAWRENCEVILLE – J. Richard Blankenship is the new Director of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services and he looks forward to serving the citizens of Brunswick County. Blankenship comes to the area from Ironton, Ohio and was the former Assistant Director with Lawrence County, Ohio, Department of Job and...
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Bertie Ambulance Service comes to Warren County

After several months of operation, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday marked the official grand opening of Bertie Ambulance Service, Inc. in the building just outside Warrenton which housed Cam Comer’s shop for many years. The non-emergency medical transport service was founded in 1996 in Windsor. The Warren County location joins others in Roanoke Rapids and Portsmouth, Va. to provide the public with transportation to and from medical appointments, including wheelchair transport. Bertie Ambulance Service will continue to provide back-up for Warren County Emergency Medical Services as needed. BAS, located at 790 US Hwy. 158 west, Warrenton, is available 24/7. To arrange medical transportation, call 252-879-0015 at least 24 hours prior to an appointment; scheduling as soon as an appointment is made is preferred.
Roanoke Daily Herald

Don’t look now, but we made it

When the 2021 Valley football campaign began some four months ago, a sense of optimism took shape across the Valley. But a weighty, virus-forward question hovered. Would our teams actually complete the regular season?. Well, as of this writing, the answer is a resounding yes, and cause enough to publish...

Dr. Jeff Burton retires from Rural Health Group at Lake Gaston

Dr. Ashby Jeffries Burton III, M.D., “Jeff,” retired from the Rural Health group October 15, 2021 after 36 years of service. He graduated from the University of Richmond, then furthered his education at Eastern Virginia Medical School where he graduated in 1982. He completed his residency at Portsmouth Family Medicine in 1985.

Ridgeway residents build relationship of trust — with spirits

If you were restoring a historic home and someone told you it was haunted, what would you do? Many people might reconsider their decision and find somewhere else to live. However, Don Arnold and Ernie Fleming take a very different perspective. They spent many years carefully restoring their home, Oakley Hall, located in the Ridgeway community just off US 1 a few miles south of Norlina. They have also devoted years to the restoration process at The Inn, a former stagecoach stop nearby.

Spanberger receives 1,500+ responses to latest USPS survey

Since Oct. 7, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger’s office has received more than 1,500 individual responses from seniors, families, small business owners, and veterans throughout Virginia detailing significant delays in deliveries and shipments of medications, bills, checks, absentee ballots, and other pieces of mail. In total, Spanberger has received nearly 6,800...


The Greater Littleton Development Partnership will be hosting a Drive Thru Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. on North Main Street, Littleton. This is a drive thru event only, no pedestrians. Treats will be handed out. The Lake Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce...
Sylva Herald

Be bearwise, especially this time of year

Since most of us in Jackson and Swain counties live in black bear habitat, which is woods, they do occasionally travel to towns and backyards in search of food, especially during the fall season to put on weight for the coming winter. They are also searching for a winter denning site which is anytime from early November to January.
Morganton News Herald

College basketball freshman phenom Baldwin savors chance to play for his dad

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As one of the nation’s top-10 prospects in his class, Patrick Baldwin could have signed with just about any college basketball program in the country. He opted to stay home and play for his father at Milwaukee, instantly making the Horizon League school one of the nation’s more interesting stories this season.

Fight in Rocky Mount Hotel Leads to Drugs, Gun, and a 16 Year Sentence for Prior Federal Felon

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Friday, October 22, 2021, a Scotland Neck man was sentenced to 192 months in prison for narcotics and firearm violations while on post-release supervision for a prior federal felony. On April 2021, Gerard Roderkus Fenner, 40, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, marijuana, and methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Roanoke Daily Herald

Woman charged in domestic violence incident

At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence outside of Enfield regarding a domestic violence assault where a male had been cut, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Scott Hall. Through an investigation led by Lt. R. Rooks and A...

Two pedestrians killed in Roanoke Rapids identified

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. (WITN) -Two people who were killed by a car this past weekend in Roanoke Rapids have been identified. Nuria Carrillo and Isidro Santos died in the 1:00 a.m. Sunday accident at Premier Boulevard and U.S. 158. Witnesses said a group of about eight people was crossing the...
Roanoke Daily Herald

New child advocate sworn in

Queen Silver of Roanoke Rapids was sworn in as a Guardian ad Litem Child Advocate on Oct. 13, by Chief District Court Judge Brenda G. Branch, Judicial District Six in Hertford County. As a new child advocate along with an attorney advocate, Silver will be assigned cases for Bertie, Halifax,...

Roy H. Jaspering

Roy H. Jaspering, 77, of Warrenton, passed away October 25, 2021, with family by his side. He was born December 30, 1943 to Alvin and Martha (nee: Schulze) Jaspering, at his childhood home in Foristell, MO. Roy was a member and confirmed at Friedens United Church of Christ in Warrenton. Roy was farming at an early age with his brother, Harry. He was an active member in 4-H and served as the FFA president his senior year of high school. He met his friend's younger sister and later was married on November 28, 1970 to Mary Ruth Huber.