News from Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and Halifax County

News from Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and Halifax County (7367)

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue — Edward R Murrow

Friday, 11 October 2013 13:42

Scherer responds to report

City Manager Joseph Scherer today responded to a report published by and read widely locally on Yahoo, listing Roanoke Rapids as the third poorest city in the country.

Thursday, 10 October 2013 15:43

Two RRHS students nominated for Morehead-Cain

Two Roanoke Rapids High School seniors have been nominated for the oldest, most prestigious merit scholarship program in the United States, The Morehead-Cain.


Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:43

Marijuana, crack found during warrant service

Service of an outstanding order for arrest in Enfield today led to the arrest of two people on marijuana and cocaine charges.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 17:41

State superintendent also warned school system

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson also warned Halifax County Schools of decisions that could lead to “dire consequences” and have a “detrimental fiscal impact” on the system and its students.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:07

Equipment malfunction nets crack arrest

A Roanoke Rapids man was arrested and crack cocaine allegedly found following a traffic stop on Country Club Road in Weldon Tuesday morning.

A judge who is overseeing the Hoke County Board of Education versus North Carolina case, a case that includes Halifax County schools, has called for a hearing on November 13 and 14 to review the case.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 14:52

Smoke detector helps man escape blaze

A smoke detector is being credited for saving a man's life following an early morning fire in Gaston Monday.

Gaston Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Porter Jr. said units were dispatched to South Bay Street shortly after 4:30 a.m. and found the resident outside the house. The man told firefighters he awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm and found flames and smoke.

The man was later assessed by medical staff.

Gaston and Garysburg firefighters found the home engulfed. They contained the blaze to living area and Porter said the house could be repaired. “One piece of sheet rock fell down but there was no fire damage to to attic, rafters or floors.”

While the fire was not deemed suspicious, Porter said the fire appeared to have started in a couch in the living area. He said the man was a smoker but couldn't precisely link that as the cause.

The American Red Cross assisted in finding the man temporary housing.


A strongly worded letter from the chair of the State Board of Education criticizes, but does not name, several Halifax County schools board of education members of impeding the learning environment within the school system and disregarding advice that could land it in not only renewed financial peril but legal troubles.

Monday, 07 October 2013 18:40

Halifax EMS to get new building

Halifax County EMS will be getting new headquarters after commissioners today agreed to buy the Roanoke Valley Rescue Squad substation on American Legion Road at Highway 125.

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