Sheriff pumps up school weight room – Rocky Mount Telegram

atkinson_clee.jpgA local law enforcement agency stepped up to help an area high school in serious need of upgraded athletic equipment.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office donated several pieces of weight room and fitness equipment to SouthWest Edgecombe High School. Sheriff Clee Atkinson said the school received about 12 to 15 pieces of used equipment that is still in great shape. Atkinson was able to gather the equipment from people he has built relationships with from across North Carolina.

Dr. Valerie Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, said the Sheriff’s Office is one of the school district’s most important partners.

“We’re extremely grateful for the donation of fitness equipment for SouthWest High School,” Bridges said. “This will give our students access to state-of-the-art equipment in the weight room. Sheriff Atkinson and his department have been instrumental in our school receiving this amazing gift.”

SouthWest Edgecombe football coach Jonathan Cobb said the last time any new or updated equipment was purchased for the school’s weight room was 31 years ago in memory of a former SouthWest player. (Read more)

Early Voting

No Early Voting Today Saturday October 27, 2018.t It looks like it is open today by reading this on the Board of Elections page so to me this is misleading. I just contacted the board and confirmed they are not opened today because they can only be open a certain amount of hours. I knew that because I used to attend the meetings regularly. But this is crazy and always have been because today may been the only day that some folk could early vote due to their work schedule or other. 

Early voting is from Wednesday, October 17th through Saturday, November 3rd. Monday – Friday 7 am – 7 pm, and Sat. Nov. 3rd 8 am – 1 pm.

There are three early voting locations:

Edgecombe County Administration Building – Auditorium
201 St. Andrew St. – Tarboro, NC 27886

Department of Social Service
301 S. Fairview Rd. – Rocky Mount, NC 27801

Pinetops Library
201 E. Hamlet St. – Pinetops, NC 27864

Judge orders Georgia officials to stop rejecting absentee ballots without letting voters fix them first – News

U.S. District Judge Leigh May ordered the secretary of state’s office to instruct county election officials to stop the practice for the November midterm elections. She outlined a procedure to allow voters to resolve alleged signature discrepancies.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican who oversees elections in the state, and Democrat Stacey Abrams sparred over voting rights and allegations of suppression in their first debate on Tuesday night. The race is neck and neck, polls show.

Kemp accused Abrams of encouraging undocumented immigrants to vote illegally, while Abrams charged her rival with mass purging voters, many of whom are African-Americans.

May’s order comes in response to two lawsuits filed earlier this month allege that election officials are improperly rejecting absentee ballots. The lawsuits said the rejections without first letting voters challenge the determination violated voters’ constitutional rights. (Read more)

Cesar Sayoc, package bomb suspect, is a Florida Trump supporter — live updates

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Cesar Sayoc fast facts:

  • Cesar Sayoc, 56, was arrested Friday in South Florida. He has a lengthy criminal history.
  • At least 14 explosive devices were found and authorities are still searching for more.
  • The bombs were addressed to prominent Democrats and vocal opponents of President Trump.
  • None of the homemade devices exploded; FBI Director Chris Wray said they are not “hoax devices.”
  • Sayoc faces five federal charges and is expected to appear in court Monday.

Following a nationwide manhunt, federal authorities have arrested a 56-year-old Florida man accused of sending a series of explosive devices to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump. The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, was arrested Friday and charged with five federal crimes. He faces up to 48 years in prison. (Read more)

Steve Harvey’s ‘STEVE’ and Capital Ford of Rocky Mount surprise local woman with a new car – Send2Press Newswire

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The Gate Keeper response: And you have some folk talking about black folk don’t want to work and just lazy. Can’t put all black folk in that category. Thank Sgt. Bass for reaching out to her and then also to Steve Harvey Show and Capital Ford.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., Oct. 26, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Steve Harvey’s “STEVE” and Capital Ford of Rocky Mount give the surprise of a lifetime to local Rocky Mount woman, Jaylesya Corbett. Capital Ford of Rocky Mount teamed up with Steve Harvey’s hit syndicated daytime show, “STEVE” to donate a New 2019 Ford Fiesta to help Corbett get to work easier.

Corbett’s story received national attention after Nash County Sheriff’s Officer, Scott Bass, noticed Corbett walking alone while he was on patrol.

“One morning, at this intersection, I saw a young female walking and it was really, really cold. It was wet, so I could see she had bags on her shoes to keep them dry. I could also see by her dress that she worked for Bojangles,” said Sgt. Bass. (Read more)