News from Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and Halifax County

News from Roanoke Rapids, Weldon and Halifax County

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

Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls Troops NC-0100 are beginning their annual toy drive to put in Shoebox Gifts through the Operation Christmas Child project of Samaritan’s Purse.  

The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Chuck Hasty:


Throughout the year, there are numerous fundraising efforts for Project Graduation, an evening for Roanoke Rapids High School seniors to celebrate commencement with an alcohol-free event.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:15

Ponton seeks appeal of Rockfish sentence

Alphonso Ponton, one of the 14 Operation Rockfish defendants to take a plea, is now asking for an appeal and has also asked a federal judge to enter him into a drug treatment program.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 12:19

Reams enters plea in March heroin conspiracy

Tony Ray Reams has entered a guilty plea in a federal heroin distribution conspiracy which led to his and Herbert Lamont Cherry’s indictment following a traffic stop in Roanoke Rapids in March.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 15:08

Ryland assigned attorney in fatal Hollister crash

A Hollister man charged in a traffic crash which claimed the life of a 17-year-old Virginia girl earlier this month will have his probation review in October.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:30

State seeks indictment in July infant abduction

The state plans to seek an indictment against a man who was charged with reportedly abducting an infant in July.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:05

Firefighters honored for lifesaving efforts

On separate days in June, Roanoke Rapids firefighters responded to Signature Health on calls residents had gone into possible cardiac arrest.

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District has nominated Clara Hearne Pre-K teacher Jennifer Neathery as its 2017 Exceptional Children’s Educator of Excellence.  

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