Officials credit public’s assistance for drop in crime rates

Twin County law enforcement officials said residents share their pride in local crime reductions reported Wednesday in the State Bureau of Investigation’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report.

According to the report, Rocky Mount had a six percent decrease in index crimes, which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault in the violent crime category and burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft in the property crime category. All of the categories saw a decrease except for rape and robbery, which had slight increases.

“We – Rocky Mount citizens and the police department – engaged in proactive initiatives to reduce crime in 2013,” Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said. “We haven’t won the war against crime, but we’ve won more battles than we’ve lost.” (Source: Read more)

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Overall crime rates fall in Twin Counties, N.C. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Twin County law enforcement agencies largely reported crime reductions in 2013 when compared with 2012, according to statistics released this morning by the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to the 2013 Uniform Crime Report, overall crime in North Carolina decreased by 7 percent, which continues a six-year downward trend and marks the state’s lowest crime rate per 100,000 people since 1974. The violent crime rate per 100,000 North Carolinians decreased by 5.4 percent. Among those reductions is a 10.2 percent decline in rape, a 1.9 percent decline in robbery and a 3.8 percent decrease in murder. (Source: Read more)

Tourism a boon to Twin Counties economy – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: Folks will not come to Rocky Mount. Oh I am talking about an Event Center. Oh well I don’t if they will or not but I do know they can’t if they don’t make it happen. Again Rocky Mount City Council if you believe it will happen just do it and don’t think about the naysayers. These naysayers are probably folks who go out of town to shop and to eat anyway. So while they are gone others will come in.

The day after Labor Day marks the end of what we traditionally call the vacation season, and with lower gas prices and better weather, North Carolina tourism officials have high hopes that 2014 will be a strong year for the industry.

And make no mistake – it is quite an industry. Travel and tourism generated more than $20 billion to the state’s economy in 2013, Telegram staff writer Brie Handgraaf reported in a story last week. And more than $310 million was spent in the Twin Counties.

As Nash County Executive Director Alexandra Boncek noted: “Those are people who are infusing cash in the local economy, but not taxing the infrastructure as a resident.” (Source: Read more)

Twin County Democracy, the newest local chapter of Democracy North Carolina, serving the Edgecombe-Nash area, will be having our August meeting

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Dear Supporter,

Twin County Democracy, the newest local chapter of Democracy North Carolina, serving the Edgecombe-Nash area, will be having our August meeting at the Auditorium of the Rocky Mount Campus of the Edgecombe Community College at 225 Tarboro St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 8th, 6 – 7:30pm and is free and open to the public.

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Join us as we discuss non-partisan voter registration, education, and mobilization over the coming months! In particular, we will lay the groundwork for working with local high schools to register and pre-register youth who are 16 years of age or older during September Voter Registration Awareness Month. We need your local knowledge, ideas, and volunteer hours to make sure the next generation gets civically engaged and to set a positive example for young voters!

Sincerely,

Jake Gellar-Goad
Eastern Organizer
Democracy North Carolina

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Lawmakers split along party lines on health care ruling – Rocky Mount Telegram

Lawmakers representing the Twin Counties reacted along party lines Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the national health care reform law.

The court’s 5-4 ruling upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, including the hotly disputed individual mandate that requires virtually all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. (More)

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Public invited to participate in visioning process – The Rocky Mount Telegram

Proponents of a plan to transform the Twin Counties are inviting the public to an informational session Tuesday about what they can do to help with the process.

“We want to maximize the citizen participation,” said Lea Henry, program officer for the N.C. Association of Community Development Corporations. (More)