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2 juveniles shot, Conway PD and SBI investigating: Victims 'appear to be doing well'
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Law enforcement agencies responded to a shooting Thursday night, involving two juveniles.

The two juveniles were shot and transported to a medical facility.

Conway Police Chief James Bracy said on Friday, his department and the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting incident at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday night, at the Conway Parks Apartments, 400 Wood Court off of Phillips Hill Road in Conway.

Bracy said two people under the age of 16 were victims of the shooting and transported via helicopters to an undisclosed medical facility to receive treatment. Bracy said, as of 4:30 a.m. on Friday, the two victims appeared to be recovering.

“They appear to be doing well, so that’s good,” he said.

Bracy said he contacted the SBI for further assistance as it became clear that more resources were needed during the investigation. He added that the investigation is ongoing and he could not disclose further details.

“The SBI is really taking a lead on assisting us at this time,” he said.

Bracy said there are no suspects in custody.

“We do have leads that we are working on at this time,” he said. “Anyone that may have any information, please call and report that information. They can call Conway PD or the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office to report. They can remain anonymous if they would like to remain anonymous. Any information that anybody’s willing to give is greatly appreciated.”

Information can be reported to the Conway Police Department, 252-585-1155, or the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, 252-534-2611.

Mission helps with Thanksgiving despite COVID-19
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Folks were in line, Friday, outside the Union Mission for the free Thanksgiving dinner food giveaway.

It was an answer to the missions’s annual Thanksgiving banquet that was cancelled due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.

Recently, mission Executive Director, Sabrina Lawson, sent out a call to the public for donations of hams, turkeys, collards, cabbage and sweet potatoes. And they are still coming in, Lawson said. She and Associate Director Charley Howell; mission helper Shelton Tenor; and mission chef Jamar Mayes; focused on last-minute details for distributing the food to the members of the public, Friday, who waited in front of the building.

Bags and boxes overflowed from room to room, and the chapel was full of greens.

“We have really been doing some greens,” she said, surrounded by the bunches of collards. “We are working hard and we picked greens all week for our people so they can have some good collard greens.“

The mission provided the first 100 residents that showed up between 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, a box including a ham or turkey, collards or cabbage and sweet potatoes, all of which had to be cooked at home.

In addition, the folks who have signed up for the mission cooperative plan, receiving food twice a month, will also receive the Thanksgiving dinner items this week and next week, Lawson said.

“We provided them with the same things so they can have a Thanksgiving dinner at home as well,” she said.

New normal: Nash Central outlasts Roanoke Rapids
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The line outside the Hive, where volleyball foes Nash Central and Roanoke Rapids staged a manic, five-set classic on Thursday, was anything but routine.

Masked-up, it stood, and in single file.

Conversation, whisper-quiet.

Temp-screening and contact-tracing registration, mandatory.

Welcome, all, to prep athletics in the era of viral contagion, where the only thing commonplace was the disposition of the match — hyper-kinetic from the outset and ultimately claimed by the Bulldogs in 25-15, 21-25, 15-25, 25-23 (15-11) fashion.

And while the final score will go on record as a setback for the hosts, it’s not indicative of the evening’s entire story — one of success, really, in a dark time.

A play in five acts

The drama, constructed in see-you-at-the-net fashion and sustained by lengthy rallies, featured six players operating near peak-capacity: Brooke Thompson, Emma Midkiff and Kiara Vidurrizaga of Nash Central, and the RRHS trio of Grace Carroll, Karlee Hammack and Susanna Odom — which kept a small fan base on edge all evening.

From sideline to endline the tireless action went, trading sets until the Race to 15, when Thompson — who played through a shoulder injury to tally 13 kills, six blocks and three assists — helped right the Bulldog offense and set the stage for a season-opening victory.

“Very pleased,” Nash Central head coach Heather Thompson said of the triumph, secured after two-plus hours by Vidurrizaga, who booked 12 assists, four service aces and as many digs. “We had a lot of hustle out there, which I thought was a great thing for us… and this team we had to play, I mean — they’re a great team.”

Just not as often, unfortunately, as the visitors during the win-or-go-home fourth set, or during the finale, which saw Nash Central race to a 4-1 advantage before the Jackets pushed back.

“We just gotta work on our closing,” RRHS head coach Shequanta McGee said of the affair. “We had them 2-1, and we let off. We should have kept pushing… there was a lot of miscommunication.”

But during a dust-up when the donning of masks muted much of the environment’s usual pomp, the Jackets’ effort was far from woeful.

All along the watchtower

The match also brought about expanded duty for RRHS athletic director Mark Snead, who worked diligently with staff to organize, reorganize and sanitize the gym to accommodate the proceedings.

“It was such a great day for our athletes to put on the black-and-gold again and compete for RRHS,” Snead said of the gathering, the first of its kind this fall in the city proper. “I just want to thank the players and coaches from both teams, as well as the spectators, for following our safety procedures… today is what high school sports are all about, facing new challenges and working together for the greater good.”

Nash Central (1-0) returns to the floor on Monday at Farmville Central, while Roanoke Rapids (1-1) treks to Creedmoor for a clash with South Granville.