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Martin County Crime Report

Shaquille O’Neal Brown was charged with disorder conduct, resist, delay & obstruct, fail to heed light or siren, flee/elude arrest without motor vehicle and warrant service other jurisdiction- trespassing.

Martin County Crime Blotter

WILLIAMSTON – Eric Oneal Brown, 48, was arrested at 305 East Main St. in Williamston by the Williamston Police Department. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school.

WILLIAMSTON – The Martin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chase Conner is stepping down to be the new Longleaf Success Coach/Advisor at Martin Community College.

WILLIAMSTON – Virtual school for Martin County students may not be an option for the 2021-2022 school year.

Williamston Board of Commissioners

WILLIAMSTON - The town of Williamston Commissioners heard an update from Williamston Planning and Downtown Marketing Coordinator Zach Dickerson on the fate of the former Tarheel Apartment Building on Main Street.

Sports Stories


Austin Knight was an unofficial assistant pitching coach for East Carolina’s baseball team the last few years, and now he is in charge as the official pitching coach.

Fourth & Long with David Friedman

I’m not one to recycle columns but I knew what I wanted to cover this week and then remembered I had written about it a few years ago.

Fourth & Long with David Friedman

The NBA playoffs have provided a plethora of storylines and some are too good to not at least touch on – especially those with a North Carolina connection.


Heading into spring practices in March, East Carolina football head coach Mike Houston talked up how important those practices would be for Pirate second-year defensive coordinator Blake Harrell.

Fourth & Long with David Friedman

Has anyone heard how the N.C. State baseball players that tested positive for COVID-19 are doing? I can’t find anyone asking or answering the question.


One of the most important recruiting weekends of the summer for the East Carolina football team produced a wave of commitments, especially favoring defensive tackles coach Roy Tesh.

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Small Town Girl with Leslie Beachboard

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.”

Out Here in Left Field with Thadd White Jr.

Lyndal and I were yet to be married. Alex was barely six. Camden was still a thought in our minds.

Lucky Seven with Brandice Hoggard

“Mama I love you is,” probably the sweetest words I have ever heard.

Picture That with Andre Alfred

Growing up in New York, by way of the South Bronx, aka “The Concrete Jungle” gave me a unique perspective about life.

Lucky Seven with Brandice Hoggard

Hello, my name is Brandice Hoggard, I am the new Reporter for the Bertie Ledger - Advance, along with The Enterprise in Martin County.

Out Here in Left Field with Thadd White

When we laid my father to rest in November, the Rev. Webb Hoggard said the best word he could come up with to describe “Pop” was ornery.

Small Town Girl with Leslie Beachboard

Many would say that 2020 was an interesting year, and 2021 has not been much different.

Around Here with Jim Green

This is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.

Feature Stories

Meditating on His Word with Sylvia Hughes

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Grace & Truth with Pastor Emanuel Webb Hoggard

I love hearing fish stories - the ones that center around the one that got away, the hot spot where they catch as fast as they can cast or the biggest fish they have ever seen.

Grace & Truth with Pastor Emanuel Webb Hoggard

The parable of the prodigal son is possibly Jesus’ most famous illustration amid his many messages. (The only rival story would be the “Good Samaritan.”)

Meditating on His Word by Sylvia Hughes

For from the creation of the world the invisible things of Him are clearly seen, being understood through the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

The summer of my 16th year, I was between jobs, and my father hooked me up with a man raising tobacco in Greene County, Tennessee. Dad wanted me to go to college, and this was a sure way to encourage that path.

Grace & Truth with Pastor Emanuel Webb Hoggard

Paul is a prominent figure in the New Testament.

“Don’t just stand there with your bare face hanging out!” That was one of my dad’s favorite playful insults. I love the also playful subtext: “You’re so ugly, you shouldn’t put your face out there where people can see it.”