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Authorities bust large-scale rural meth lab – Rocky Mount Telegram

State and local authorities spent Friday afternoon investigating and cleaning up the largest meth lab found in North Carolina this year, tucked away in a barn in Macclesfield, said Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson.

Richard Sasser, 62, and Ivory Sasser, 67, of N.C. 111 in Macclesfield, have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. More charges are on the way, Atkinson said.

“This is one of the largest labs I’ve ever seen,” Atkinson said. “You could easily see this wasn’t a small thing or a first-time operation.”

The lab is the biggest one found so far this year, according to SBI agents at the scene. (Read more)

Town, county officials to decide fate of armory – Rocky Mount Telegram

TARBORO -— As the National Guard Armory closes in Tarboro, two local educational institutions are vying to claim the building.

Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans told Edgecombe County commissioners that both Edgecombe Community College and Edgecombe County Public Schools are requesting that the building be turned over to them to help expand their educational programs. The decision as to the fate of the armory will have to be jointly decided by the town of Tarboro and Edgecombe County, which both now own the building.

The National Guard Armory is located at the corner of East Walnut and Panola streets in Tarboro and is situated on 2.62 acres of land. (Read more)