Edgecombe Health Department to host November 22nd Forum for Pastors

In order to address challenges involving the health of local residents, the Edgecombe County Health Department is reaching out to area Pastors, hosting a special Health Forum for this influential part of the community on Friday, November 22nd, 10 a.m., at

Health Department officials will provide local Pastors and church leaders with information they can use to address health disparities with their congregations and work to improve their quality of life.

The most recent information from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics shows that Edgecombe County performs below state averages in several key quality of health indicators, including low birth weight, premature births, infant mortality, cancer cases, heart disease and diabetes.

Encouraging healthier personal habits is also critical to the Health Department’s efforts. Recent data shows that Edgecombe County has among the lowest scores for “healthy behavior” in the State, including its performance with respect to alcoholism, tobacco use and infection of sexually transmitted diseases.

Pastor and church leaders who want to attend should call Meredith Capps at (252) 641-6288.

Rocky Mount Fire Department to hold Demo Saturday at Sam’s Club

(NEWS RELEASE) The Rocky Mount Fire Department (RMFD) is spreading a message of safety during Fire Prevention Month. RMFD will host a Fire Safety Showcase on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sam’s Club parking lot.  The event will feature safety demonstrations, kid’s activities, equipment displays and free food and drinks.  Two live fire demonstrations are also planned, which will highlight the effectiveness of home fire sprinklers and StoveTop FireStop rangehood automatic fire suppressors.  These demonstrations are planned to take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

SparkyTheDogThe newest addition to the RMFD fleet of apparatus, Rescue 1, will also be on display, and you’ll have a chance to meet the Swiftwater Emergency Rescue Team and Technical Emergency Rescue Team.  Kids will enjoy a puppet show scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., the Fire Safety House, Fire Safety Cornhole and  RMFD’s new inflatable Fire Safety House.

For more information about the event, contact Kim Wittig at 972-1379.

United Way Corn Hole Tournament scheduled for October 19th


(NEWS RELEASE) The City of Rocky Mount will hold a Corn Hole tournament on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in the BTW Gymnasium to benefit the United Way. The tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature cash prizes for pro-teams, like $300 for first place; $150 for second place and $50 for third place. The prize for amateur teams include a trophy for first and second place.

The entry fee for pro-teams is $40 per team or $20 per person. Amateur teams must pay $20 per team or $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.

For more information, call 885-6127 or 883-3817. The BTW Gymnasium is located at 727 Pennsylvania Avenue, Rocky Mount.

Enfield Horse Show returns to Halifax on September 7th

(NEWS RELEASE) Preparations are underway for the Enfield Horse Show 2013, which takes place Saturday, September 7, 2013. Sponsors are lining up, volunteers are in place, trophies are being created and entertainment is scheduled. The show will be held – rain or shine – at the Halifax County 4-H Horse and Livestock Complex, Dog Pound Road, in Halifax.

Last year, we had the largest participation in the Tri-County Horse Club Circuit. This year, Lenne Ward, President of the Enfield Lions, said she “expects an even larger turnout.”

Enfield was once the home of the largest one-day horse show in the nation. Beginning in 1951 the show ran annually for more than 20 years. The Enfield Lions Club has revived the tradition. Join us for a fun, all-breed, multi-discipline horse show.

Admission is free to the general public. There will be plenty of food, entertainment and horses, so arrive early and make a day of it. The show starts at 9:30 a.m.

Back by popular demand. A Breyer Model Horse Show, one of our most popular events last year, will be on display. Bring your collection of horses – and don’t forget to vote for your favorite.

New this year: A Stick Horse Show for children will be held at half-time. Prior to the show, children should build their very own stick horses and bring them to the show. The winners for the most creative stick horses will receive prizes.

Free transportation from Enfield: A bus will be leaving from Aunt Ruby’s parking lot every two hours for those who need a ride. (The bus will leave every two hours: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
Participants/Riders can find entry forms online at the Tri-County Horse Show websitewww.tchs.bravehost.com. Casey Armstrong, a board member of the North Carolina Horse Council Foundation and resident of Enfield, is an adviser for this Lions event and will be overseeing registration.

We expect a big turnout for the day’s events, so register early.

There are plenty of opportunities to sponsor this event and you can do so for as little as $15. Help us renew a community tradition of quality family entertainment by supporting the Lions and the Enfield Horse Show 2013. Business owners can become Show Sponsors, Blue Ribbon Sponsors or Division Sponsors. We will also feature your business in our program. Contact Suzann Anderson at 252-445-2234 for more information on our sponsorship packages.

Event Contact: Andrew Wirtz, 252-592-1588. Press Contacts: Jennie Ward, deloreswd@aol.com or Suzann Anderson at KHGallery@aol.com or Brenda Greene at brenda317w@gmail.com.

Downtown Live attendees witness on-stage Proposal

Tevis Harris (left) proposed to his girlfriend and birthday girl, Shanet Dunn, during the July 11th edition of Rocky Mount's Downtown Live! series. (Photo by City of Rocky Mount)

Tevis Harris (left) proposed to his girlfriend and birthday girl, Shanet Dunn, during the July 11th edition of Rocky Mount’s Downtown Live! series. (Photo by City of Rocky Mount)

The July 11th edition of Rocky Mount’s Downtown Live not only featured long-standing favorites Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, but also the series’ first on-stage marriage proposal.

Thankfully, much like the show itself, the proposal was well received.

Here’s what happened, courtesy the City of Rocky Mount:

Shanet Dunn was excited about her 35th birthday and wasn’t shocked when her boyfriend, Tevis Harris, went on stage and sang Happy Birthday to her. After all, Harris is a singer with an upcoming cd set to debut. According to Dunn, Harris told her thecity requested that he sing during intermission. Dunn, however, didn’t expect Harris to get on one knee and ask her to marry him. “I’m excited, surprised, speechless,” said Dunn.

Harris decided to propose to his girlfriend at Downtown Live! because of how the event has grown.

“I like to do things big,” said Harris. “I thought this was the best place for it to be big. I also like for things to be fun, so Downtown Live! was the best place to showcase my woman, my wife.”

New Planetarium Laser Show features Pink Floyd

(NEWS RELEASE) The Rocky Mount Children’s Museum & Science Center presents “Laser Floyd” in the Cummins Planetarium. The laser show started on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  Musical tracks for this month’s laser show are from Pink Floyd’s classic rock album, “Dark Side of the Moon.”Selections include “Time,” “Money,” “Us and Them,” “On the Run” and more.

Laser light shows in the Cummins Planetarium change almost every month during 2013.  Also playing are planetarium shows including: “SpacePark 360,”  “Secrets of the Sun,” “Seasonal Stargazing” and “Big Bird’s Adventure.”  “Laser Floyd” is presented Tuesday through Sunday at 3 p.m., from August 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013. Planetarium admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Children’s Museum & Science Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed Mondays. The Museum remains open until 9 p.m. on the firstThursday of each month.

For additional information, call (252) 972-1167, or visit online atmuseum.imperialcentre.org/planetarium.

Rocky Mount moves Fireworks to August 15th Celebration

(NEWS RELEASE) The City of Rocky Mount’s inaugural End of Summer Celebration will take place Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The End of Summer Celebration is an event for the entire family and will include activities such as inflatables for the kids, food, vendors and fireworks. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The event will also feature the Tams.

The Tams will perform at Rocky Mount’s End of Summer Celebration on August 15th, at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex

“The End of Summer Celebration will be held due to the City’s postponement of the 42nd annual Independence Celebration,” says Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin Yarrell. “Because the inclement weather prevented us from having fireworks and from seeing a live band on July 3, we decided an End of Summer Celebration would be best for residents and youth.”

The End of Summer Celebration will take place just a few weeks before area students head to school, giving families an opportunity to engage in various fun activities before their schedules get hectic. The event is FREE, and the only cost to attendees will be for food and beverages provided by vendors in attendance.

For more information about the End of Summer Celebration, presented by PNC and hosted by the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, call 972-1151.



Sunset Easter Returns March 23rd, 10am-2pm

Easter2013(PRESS RELEASE) The City of Rocky Mount will host its annual Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sunset Park. Sponsored by the City of Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza will include an Easter Egg Hunt, rides and tons of additional fun games for kids and families, including inflatables.

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to youth up to age 12. Baskets will not be provided by the City of Rocky Mount, so all participants should remember to bring their baskets for the Easter Egg Hunt. An added incentive for the Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza is that all activities and rides are FREE.

For more information on the Sunset Easter EGGstravaganza, contact Debbie Julio, Special Events Coordinator, at 252-972-1151, or send your e-mail to debbie.julio@rockymountnc.gov. Julio is also seeking community groups and businesses that would like to participate in the event.

Rocky Mount Police offer Medication Disposal This Wednesday

medicinedrop(PRESS RELEASE) The Rocky Mount Police Department will host a Medicine Drop on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The Medicine Drop will take place at the Rocky Mount Police Department, located at 330 South Church Street.

The Medicine Drop is an opportunity for you to dispose of unwanted or outdated medicines safely. Bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

For more information on Medicine Drop, call 972-1477.