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STATE BUDGET

Spring Hope gets $3.7M for water, sewer

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 29, 2021

North Carolina’s new state budget includes $3.7 million for Spring Hope’s water and sewer infrastruc...

Southern Nash senior Jackson Vick (26), running with the ball during a game against Rocky Mount on Oct. 29 at Firebird Stadium, was selected to the North Carolina roster for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

SOUTHERN NASH FOOTBALL

Vick a Shrine Bowler for a game that won’t be played

By Paul Durham
| November 29, 2021

Jackson Vick is thankful for being recognized as a Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas player — albeit one ...

Southern Nash senior Raul Nunez III (11), dribbling the ball during a home match this past season, became the first Firebird since 2013 to earn N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 3-A all-state acclaim.

Firebirds’ Nunez named to all-state soccer team

By Paul Durham
| November 29, 2021

Making an all-state team of any kind is a extraordinary achievement, but for Southern Nash senior Ra...

The Bailey Christmas Parade is set for Saturday along with several other area holiday events and celebrations.

Christmas cheer comes early to southern Nash

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 29, 2021

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, Christmas events are set early this year for the southe...

Raylon and Kenneth Parker have been charged with first-degree murder in the Thanksgiving Day shooting death of 31-year-old Levaska Smith III in Rocky Mount.

Arrests made in Thanksgiving Day homicide

From staff reports
| November 27, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — Two men have been charged in a shooting death that occurred late on Thanksgiving Day. ...

Under legislative redistricting plans approved Nov. 4, Senate District 11 will encompass the entirety of Vance, Franklin and Nash counties. The current district includes all of Nash County and a large portion of Johnston County.

2022 ELECTIONS

Speed to run for Nash County's NC Senate seat

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 29, 2021

LOUISBURG — Franklin County Commissioner Mark Speed has announced his candidacy for state Senate rep...

Christy Ruffin, left, and 8-year-old granddaughter Madasti Hines light candles Sunday at Toisnot Park to remember their missing loved one, 35-year-old Tammy Grady, who disappeared two years ago. Grady's mother, Emma Bridgers, right, holds two candles in memory of her daughter.

Missing woman’s family needs closure

By Olivia Neeley
| November 23, 2021

Destini Ruffin misses everything about her aunt. “I miss her hugs,” she said. “I miss her kisses. I...

Gov. Roy Cooper signs the bipartisan state budget into law at the Executive Mansion on Thursday. The two-year spending plan includes $23.3 million for communities Rep. Matthew Winslow represents in Franklin and Nash counties.

State budget includes sewer repair money for Bailey, Middlesex

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 21, 2021

Bailey and Middlesex residents received some good news with the state budget’s passage last week — m...

Robinson

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson to headline Nash GOP fundraiser

From staff reports
| November 21, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Nash County Republic...

Zebulon man convicted on gun charge

From staff reports
| November 21, 2021

A federal jury last week convicted a Zebulon man of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in ...

This wreckage is what's left after sheriff's deputies say a driver tried to run from authorities on Interstate 95. The driver, wanted for an attempted murder charge, tried to escape after an attempted traffic stop and was hospitalized after being extricated from the vehicle, according to authorities.

Deputies: Attempted murder suspect crashes car on I-95

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 21, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — A city man wanted on an attempted murder charge crashed into and flipped a tractor-tra...

A cart like the one pictured was stolen from the volunteer garden club in downtown Spring Hope on Nov. 10.

Spring Hope Garden Club seeks stolen cart

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 21, 2021

SPRING HOPE — In perhaps a case of no good deed going unpunished, someone walked off with the Garden...

Houchins

Developer sentenced in real estate Ponzi scheme

From staff reports
| November 21, 2021

A Sanford real estate developer who claimed to own properties in southern Nash County and surroundin...

Anthony Batts, top left, is shown beside Demetric Ward. In the bottom row are Malik Spells, left, and Tyrone Batts. The four Wilson men are accused in a string of business break-ins in Halfiax, Franklin and Wake counties.

Agencies join forces to solve sweepstakes break-ins

By Drew C. Wilson
| November 18, 2021

WILSON — Four Wilson men face safecracking and breaking and entering charges in a string of internet...

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield addresses a Wilson church congregation in August.

2022 ELECTIONS

Butterfield: 'Time for me to retire'

By Corey Friedman
| November 18, 2021

Wilson’s “man in Washington” is coming home. Rep. G.K. Butterfield will retire from Congress instead...

The Rotary placed 125 Flags for Heroes around the horseshoe driveway of Zebulon Town Hall. Ninety of them have special placards for community heroes, including veterans, nurses and teachers.

Police: Zebulon man stole, burned flag from Veterans Day display

From staff reports
| November 17, 2021

ZEBULON — A Zebulon man was charged on Friday with allegedly burning an American flag taken from the...

A forensic sculpture shows the likely appearance of an unknown woman whose skull was discovered in rural Randolph County in 1997.

UNIDENTIFIED

After DNA test, murder victim still unknown

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 15, 2021

ASHEBORO — Only 10 years old when his mother disappeared, Frank McNair has spent decades searching f...

Spring Hope Mayor-elect Kyle Pritchard is pictured at the Spring Hope Public Library, where he reviewed his citizen committee plans with The Enterprise last week. Pritchard plans to create seven advisory committees to help him govern the town.

TOWN OF SPRING HOPE

Mayor-elect creates citizen committees

By Lindell J. Kay
| November 15, 2021

SPRING HOPE — Mayor-elect Kyle Pritchard is creating advisory panels to help guide the town’s future...

Hopkins

2022 PRIMARIES

Hopkins seeks new Wilson-Nash state House seat

By Corey Friedman
| November 24, 2021

When he’s not studying for finals at N.C. State University, Alsey Hopkins is knocking on doors in Na...

DeeAnn Rivera

VICTORY GARDEN GAL

Eat your vegetables in the victory garden

By DeeAnn Rivera
| November 14, 2021

I had some surprising news this week. After our annual physicals this year, my husband and I were bo...


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