Gentry O. Smith, a native of Weldon, has been named Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, according to a press release. In his new role, Smith oversees the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State.

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Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS Cadets traveled to Beaufort recently to compete in the NC Rescue & EMS annual state basic life support and EMS competition. The competition pitted them against other junior programs from across the state handling scenarios such as treating a person in cardiac arres…

James Dorsey celebrated his 94th birthday on Monday. Dorsey was born on Sept. 13, 1927, in Trenton, New Jersey, and said he is blessed by God’s grace to live to be 94 years old. He is married to his second wife, Thelma, and they reside in Littleton. He is a lover of gospel music and a believ…

ROANOKE RAPIDS — Patricia Branch, a registered nurse on Vidant North’s Behavioral Health Unit, was recently honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

ENFIELD — A Better Chance A Better Community (ABC2) will serve as a Youth Service America Lead Agency, mobilizing Northeastern North Carolina young people to lead volunteer service projects that help meet community needs, according to a press release.

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GASTON — The 95th Squadron Model Aircraft Club will hold its annual Fall Fun Fly on Oct. 2 at its field.

The drawing for the Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department’s money raffle was held Aug. 28. Genetha Powell of Gaston pulled the winning tickets for the three prizes to be awarded. The winners were Ray and Linda Brassley of Littleton, who won $1,300. They are pictured standing with firefi…

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New principal Benjamin Eustice recently welcomed all students back to school. Pictured is Markell Harris Jr., a student at Hollister Elementary Leadership Academy, as he exited off the bus into the building. Eustice greeted each student with a generous good morning and welcomed them to school.

Halifax County Schools recently announced Steve Hunter as the 2021-22 Halifax County Schools Principal of the Year and Briana Hardy as Employee of the Month for August.