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Tarboro police warn citizens of scam, break-ins
Tarboro police are warning citizens to be alert about a scam targeting the elderly in town. They are also warning people about several break-ins that have occurred in the Speight Forest and Summerfield neighborhoods.
Mayor Pro Tem Knight: Main goal is to unite town
Taro Knight was resolute.
“Uniting the (town) council in the three months I have left is my priority,” Tarboro’s mayor pro tem said Friday afternoon as he discussed the release of a report of more than 30 pages of expenditures generated by certified fraud examiner Ray Jackson.
Farrelly feels ‘positive energy’ during ECPS first day of school
Approximately 6,100 students began a new school year on 14 campusess in Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) Monday. The students were greeted by teachers, administrators, and freshly cleaned buildings.
Three teens charged in pizza delivery robbery
Three teenagers were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon Thursday after the robbery of a Rocky Mount pizza delivery driver.
Rocky Mount police were called to the 800 block of Lincoln Drive after the robbery had been reported around 1 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a 34-year old Domino's Pizza driver who had just been robbed of the pizza's he was delivering. The victim told police that the three suspects robbed him and then fled on foot from the scene. Officers were able to identify the three suspects and obtained warrants for their arrests.
ECPS cuts three more teaching positions
The teachers’ lounges in Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) will be a little quieter in the upcoming school year.
On Monday, the Edgecombe County Board of Education unanimously approved ECPS Superintendent John Farrelly’s recommended “Reduction-in-Force,” which cuts three more teaching positions.
County passes $58 million budget by 5-2 vote
Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners passed it's 2013-2014 budget by a 5-2 vote during a recessed meeting Thursday. Commissioners Billy Wooten and Donald Boswell voted against it.
70 arts and crafts vendors hallmark of the Happening on the Common
Arts and crafts are a hallmark of the Happening on the Common and this year was no exception. Live arts and crafts projects for children and vendors selling their handcrafted wares both were part of Saturday’s happening.
P.J. Shafer of Rocky Mount sold her pottery, which ranged from traditional mugs and bowls to mushroom shaped pottery suitable for decorating a yard and a piece of pottery with a face carved into it and horns protruding from the top, suitable for hanging on a wall.
ECU Orchestra highlights end of concert season with free performance
The last concert of this season’s Edgecombe Performance Series is a free, afternoon concert featuring the East Carolina University (ECU) Orchestra
Dr. Jorge Richter will direct the symphony in the concert at 3 p.m. April 21 in the Keihin Auditorium on Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro campus. The audience will enjoy “Orchestral Favorites,” including Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dances Nos. 5 & 6 and Peter I. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64. The concert will also highlight the winner of the 2012-2013 ECU Concerto Competition.
United Manor Courts: An African American Community Self-Help Project
This is the narrative of how four community churches came together in a self-help effort and enabled several dozens of low-income families to have safe and adequate housing in the early 1970s. A by-product of this project was home ownership by many of these families.
Prior to the 1919 flood, the majority of African Americans lived in Princeville after it started in 1865. Many residents of Princeville were day workers, crossing the bridge into Tarboro each morning and returning to Princeville each evening, a convenient arrangement for all concerned. However, this pattern was interrupted by the 1919 flood when the high water prevented this back-and forth daily trek, disrupting the work force to which the white community had become accustomed.
Edgecombe natives Charles Lavinghouse, Richard Cherry & Hamilton Pittman gave their lives for freedom
Of the 36 Edgecombe County natives that enlisted in the 35th, 36th, and 37th US Colored Troops in New Bern, N.C., in 1863, orginally known as the African Brigade, twenty were members of the 36th USCT (see attached list). The African Brigade regiments were orginally named the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd N.C. Colored Volunteers, then later re-classified as the 35th, 36th and 37th U.S. Colored Troops.
The 36th USCT (orginally the 2nd N.C. Colored Volunteers) was one of six USCT regiments that made their mark at the Battle of New Market Heights, Va, in September 1864, outside of Richmond.
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