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RALEIGH — Rep. Michael H. Wray (D-Northampton) took the oath of office Wednesday to represent Halifax and Northampton counties in the North Carolina House of Representatives for a two-year term. Wray begins his ninth term in the 2021-22 session of the N.C. General Assembly.

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Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will sponsor their eighth M.L. King Jr. Wreath Laying Observance at 1 p.m. Sunday at the MLK Community Park, Wyche and Virginia streets in Roanoke Rapids.

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RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy is awarding $500,000 in scholarships in 2021 to assist African-American and other underrepresented minority students who reside in the company’s service area, according to a press release.

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On Oct. 17, Kappa Iota Omega of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. celebrated its first Virtual Budding Roses Anniversary of 20 years, according to a press release.

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A student representing Roanoke Rapids Graded School District recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually.

The Roanoke Valley Board of REALTORS recently named its 2020 REALTOR of the Year, Georgia Franck of Pointe Realty Group in Littleton, and its 2020 REALTOR “Rookie” of the Year, Justin Sandeford of Wilkie Real Estate in Roanoke Rapids.