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  • New hotel will further boost tourism

    December 7, 2015 - 5:14pm

    Plans for a new hotel in Rocky Mount are the latest indicator that the city’s magnetic pull on visitors in recent years isn’t just a blip – it’s a sign of sustained growth.

  • Highway bill brings needed certainty

    December 5, 2015 - 7:01pm

    Congress actually demonstrated last week that it has the ability to govern in enacting a long-term transportation funding measure.

  • Want better schools? Let teachers teach

    December 3, 2015 - 8:39pm

    In the 1980s, North Carolina lawmakers crusaded for better schools across the state with the much heralded BEP – Basic Education Plan.

  • State should address troopers’ needs

    December 2, 2015 - 8:23pm

    A class action lawsuit filed by almost 800 members of the N.C. Highway Patrol seeks raises the troopers feel were promised – but never materialized.

  • Joyner a community hero in many ways

    December 1, 2015 - 8:35pm

    If you’ve lived in the Twin Counties for a year or more, you probably didn’t need CNN to tell you that the Rev.

  • Shop here and help your neighbors

    November 30, 2015 - 4:53pm

    A caller to Speak Up last year raised a pointed question: Why should consumers pay more by shopping locally when they can find cheaper prices for similar items and avoid paying sales taxes by shopping online?

  • Hunter leaves legacy of progress, service

    November 28, 2015 - 5:56pm

    Katie Pope Hunter didn’t set out to be a trailblazer when she joined the Rocky Mount Police Department in 1974.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Twin Counties

    November 25, 2015 - 4:47pm

    In a year of perpetual uncertainty about jobs, retirement and the future of the country, Thanksgiving might seem a tough meal for cynics to swallow.

  • Crime lab makes progress on turnaround

    November 24, 2015 - 9:18pm

    The problems plaguing the State Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab have been well documented by newspapers in recent years.

  • Fuel is cheaper, but traffic is heavier

    November 23, 2015 - 4:50pm

    The good news about traveling this holiday weekend is that the price of gasoline is about 70 cents less per gallon than it was a year ago, and drivers won’t have to negotiate as much road construction.

  • Don’t forget less fortunate over holidays

    November 21, 2015 - 7:18pm

    This week, Thanksgiving will mark the official start of the holiday season.

  • Conference shakeup would hit wallet

    November 19, 2015 - 8:29pm

    The N.C. High School Athletic Association realignment process was not kind to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

  • There’s little hope for a more open state

    November 18, 2015 - 6:03pm

    Recent headlines about the University of North Carolina Board of Governors have pulled back a curtain on closed meetings, a reluctance to release information to the public and other alarming trends.

  • Looking for a global effort to avenge Paris

    November 17, 2015 - 7:49pm

    As we learned from 9/11, there are no quick fixes after a terrorist attack on the scale of last week’s cowardly murders in Paris.

  • Road maintenance comes at a price

    November 16, 2015 - 9:52pm

    Interstate drivers heading south look for the giant sombrero at the infamous South of the Border highway stop.

  • Nash commissioners wrong to snub positive image effort

    November 14, 2015 - 11:58pm

    It was disappointing to see the Nash County Board of Commissioners last week deny funding for a local positive image campaign.

  • Judicial campaign spending a scary trend

    November 12, 2015 - 8:42pm

    We have grown accustomed – sadly – to the increasing political clout businesses have gained in the N.C. General Assembly and the governor’s mansion.

  • Valentine a true servant of the people

    November 11, 2015 - 9:41pm

    For all of the well deserved accolades offered this week on the death of former U.S. Rep.

  • Eastpointe still under fire from Nash

    November 9, 2015 - 9:15pm

    Nash County’s pending divorce from Eastpointe, a mental health services provider, continues to grow messier and messier.

  • Every vote matters, so do local elections

    November 7, 2015 - 7:18pm

    Despite the prevailing cynicism among most political observers and the seeming alienation of many voters, one thing remains true about the state of American democracy.

  • School board’s response a good start

    November 6, 2015 - 12:29am

    Nash-Rocky Mount school board members seem to be slowly warming up to the idea of sharing information and insights about the selection of a new superintendent.

  • North Carolina misses Coble’s leadership

    November 4, 2015 - 7:08pm

    There was nothing blow-dried or air-brushed about former U.S. Rep. Howard Coble.

  • Average scores leave room to improve

    November 3, 2015 - 8:36pm

    Oh, to be in Lake Wobegone, where all of the children are above average.

  • Medical examiners need more resources

    November 2, 2015 - 8:19pm

    Most of the long-running problems with the N.C. Medical Examiner’s office have been well documented by leading North Carolina newspapers.

  • Boehner leaves budget accord as legacy

    October 31, 2015 - 5:12pm

    The bipartisan budget deal approved last week by Congress, while not an end-all solution to the gridlock that has plagued the governing halls of Washington, certainly shows a vast improvement over the usual political brinksmanship that has passed for governing for too long in the nation’s capital.