For four years, the basketball court was the East Carolina University stage where Garrett Blackwelder performed. Two decades later, his daughters, CJ and Valli, chose to show off their moves in another arena, as dancers in “The Nutcracker” in the university’s Wright Auditorium.

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On paper, Friday night’s girls’ basketball matchup between North Pitt and D.H. Conley looked like a potentially exciting matchup, but instead, the Vikings cruised to a 74-32 blowout at Hollywood Crossroads.

East Carolina’s Jake Verity made the most field goals among American Athletic Conference football kickers this season, but he was named second-team All-AAC on Wednesday instead of earning the first-team distinction.

Freshman point guard Daylin Brown impressed in his first career high school game Tuesday, as South Central narrowly escaped First Flight in its season opener. Brown finished with a team-high 22 points and brought fans to their feet with his handles. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with B…

The Farmville Central boys’ basketball team’s wining streak grew to 35 straight Wednesday evening following another dominating victory over rival Ayden-Grifton, 100-47.


East Carolina’s basketball team wanted to focus on defense to stop a three-game losing streak, but after an 85-75 home loss to Coppin State on Tuesday handed the Pirates their fourth straight defeat, more concerns only rose to the surface.

Bless your heart to the young man at Pitt Community College. Every morning he is there to open the door for me and others. He is so nice and a gentleman. He even has a smile each time. Thank you Tyshawn Andrews for being a great Bulldog!

When French President Macron called NATO “brain dead,” the brain he was talking about was U.S. leadership. Donald Trump is the first president in American history to undermine the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed in April 1949 as a military alliance between 29 North American and Eu…

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office “prayerfully,” “sadly” and “with a heavy heart.” In fact, as anyone who has been watching knows, many Democrats have been itching to impeach Trump since the day he took office.

Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, which began with possibility like none other in this election cycle, ended abruptly for the most prosaic of reasons. It “simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” she announced Tuesday.

Audiences who are familiar with “The Nutcracker” will recognize characters such as Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, the Mouse King and Mother Ginger at this weekend’s performances. But there are a few surprises in store as Dance Arts Theatre enters its 28th season of performing the classic Chri…

There’s a particular verse from the Bible that’s become sort of an earworm to me, sort of like a random song. I can’t get it out of my head and seated in its proper place — and that’s the problem.