Chorus conductor brings music into lives of local youth

Patsy Gilliland is a familiar name in Rocky Mount. She has called the area home for more than 34 years.

Man fatally shot by North Carolina police officer

RALEIGH — A police officer fatally shot a man during a foot chase as he was trying to arrest him on drug charges early Monday afternoon, the Raleigh police chief said.

GOP badly split as Trump, Clinton seek Super Tuesday wins

VALDOSTA, Ga. — On the eve of Super Tuesday’s crucial primaries, a sharp new divide erupted between Republicans who pledge to fall in line behind Donald Trump if he wins their party’s nomination and others who insist they can never back the bombastic billionaire.

  • Iranian hard-liners losers in parliament, clerical body

    TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian voters dealt hard-liners a serious blow in elections for parliament and an influential clerical body, favoring reformists and relative moderates who support last year’s nuclear deal in the country’s first elections since the landmark agreement, results released Monday showed.

  • Europe’s crisis worsens: Migrants face razor wire, tear gas

    IDOMENI, Greece — Pressed against coils of razor wire and shouting “Help us!,” refugees and migrants at Greece’s northern border were pushed back by Macedonian police using tear gas and stun grenades, as authorities here raced to build more camps to shield the escalating number of stranded people from winter.

  • Former Klan leader at center of latest GOP campaign joust

    LEESBURG, Va. — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is drawing criticism for refusing to denounce an implicit endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, with Marco Rubio using the matter to hammer the billionaire businessman ahead of the Super Tuesday primaries.

  • Syria’s onetime ‘capital of the revolution’ now a ghost town

    HOMS, Syria — Two years after the last Syrian rebels left the besieged Old City of Homs, voices echo through the shells of bombed-out buildings, their upper floors tilted at odd angles as though frozen in time.“There is no danger here, because there isn’t anybody,” a soldier said as gunfire rang out in the distance. “No gunmen, not a soul, not even animals, nothing.

  • Vampire attack: Debt-laden companies imperil China’s growth

    China isn’t just contending with falling stocks, a plunging currency and a slowing economy.It’s got vampire trouble, too.

Tar Heels survive spirited Syracuse effort in home finale

CHAPEL HILL – Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and the rest of North Carolina’s seniors earned one final home win to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • No. 15 Duke outplayed for all 40 minutes in loss at Pitt

    PITTSBURGH – The whereabouts of Grayson Allen’s legs were the least of Duke’s problems on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

  • Nash Central falls in overtime to Northern Guilford

    Nash Central had been underdogs all season. Few people gave the Bulldogs a chance to win the Big East title – which they did with a 9-1 record.

  • Firebirds' run ends at Eastern Alamance

    MEBANE – As a four-year varsity player for Eastern Alamance’s boys’ basketball team, Jacob Mann knew a run was coming from Southern Nash on Saturday night. “I always get a little nervous, especially when we’re up like that (by 17 at halftime), because against a team where they know it might be their last game, they’re going to do everything they can,” Mann said. “We knew they had a run in them, we just had to answer it long enough to where we could pull away.” Mann basically became the singular answer to Southern Nash’s run, scoring the Eagles’ first 14 points of the second half and helping Eastern Alamance to a 76-50 victory in the third round of the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs.

  • Tar Heels falter late in loss at No. 3 Virginia

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Malcolm Brogdon said he wasn’t trying to assert himself any more than usual. It just worked out that way.

  • Gbinije, Syracuse too much for N.C. State

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Michael Gbinije scored a career-high 34 points and Syracuse limited N.C. State star Anthony “Cat” Barber to one of his lowest-scoring outputs of the season in a 75-65 win on Saturday.

Pending home sales decline in January

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in January, as the recent hot streak appears to have been curbed by a shortage of properties for sale and colder weather.

  • What a recession does to your money

    NEW YORK – If we are indeed in the midst of a recession – and we won’t know we’re in one until well after it’s begun – stocks likely still have a long way to go down.

  • New brewery opens in Tarboro

    TARBORO – Beer from the Tarboro Brewing Co. is now available at local pubs with its taproom set to open soon.

  • Consumer spending jumps in January

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday.

  • Stocks post solid gains on rising oil prices

    NEW YORK — A late-day surge pushed U.S. stocks sharply higher Thursday, propelled by a recovery in energy companies and bank stocks, which have been hit hard this year.

  • Stocks erase early losses to post modest gains

    NEW YORK — The stock market reversed steep declines and ended slightly higher on Wednesday, thanks in part to a pickup in the price of crude oil.

Scout pushes bounds with Eagle project

CHICAGO – David Fite already had earned the 21 merit badges needed to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. But he still had to complete a community service project.

  • App interest outweighs romance

    NEW YORK – Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

  • Palestinians renovate Christian holy site

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank – After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity’s holier sites.

  • Truly best films don’t always win

    LOS ANGELES – Ahead of Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:

  • Awards hooked on ‘Oscar bait’

    NEW YORK – In the Coen brothers’ recent 1950s Hollywood satire, “Hail, Caesar!” Ralph Fiennes’ ascot-wearing British director Laurence Laurentz is helming a stuffy drawing room drama full of tuxedoed men and ballroom-gowned women.

  • Slow cooker provides warm meals in winter

    During a cold winter, a hearty, home-cooked meal is just the thing you need to warm up.

Suspect charged in shooting outside nightclub

A Wilson man remains hospitalized following a Saturday morning shooting near a local nightclub.

Our Views

Telegram editorial writers weigh in on local, state and national issues.

  • Peer evaluations available in judge races

    For all the high-octane rhetoric leading up to the March 15 presidential primary in North Carolina, District Court races don’t tend to generate a lot of headlines or sound bites.

  • School funding should be solved locally

    Republican Nash County Commissioners Robbie Davis and Wayne Outlaw reiterated their determination last week to revamp the financing formula for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools or split the district along county lines.

  • Storms spared us, but not others

    We have learned the hard way when it comes to severe weather: Prepare for the worst; hope for the best.Occasionally, the amount of caution we apply seems excessive.

  • Body cam video should be public record

    We used this space in Wednesday’s edition of the Rocky Mount Telegram to commend law enforcement agencies in the Twin Counties for testing body cameras that could one day be as familiar to police and deputies as handcuffs and badges.

  • Body cams a welcome tool for police

    Law enforcement agencies in the Twin Counties are slowly starting to embrace technology that can keep communities safer and make good police officers better.