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“All New” Nissan of Roanoke Rapids Everyone at the "All New" Nissan of Roanoke Rapids are excited to share with you our renewed enthusiasm and commitment to providing our customers with the best overall customer experience possible. We opened this dealership to have the opportunity to offer good business in a great place like the Roanoke Valley. We own 5 other stores in Wilson and Clinton, NC and look forward to giving you the best deals and best service around! We don’t have a Toj Mahal overhead to pay for and it keeps our prices LOW! While shopping for a new or used vehicle in Roanoke Rapids you will quickly notice a great selection of new Nissan's including Sentra, Altima, Versa, 370Z, Murano, Rogue, Titan, Frontier, and Quest as

well as a huge selection of quality pre owned used cars, trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles. Should your vehicle require routine maintenance like an oil change, rotate or balance you can get your car, truck or SUV on the road again in no time at Nissan of Roanoke Rapids. Fill out a vehicle service appointment form online to save time. Your Roanoke Rapids Nissan dealer has Nissan service specialists and certified factory trained Nissan technicians to handle all of your automotive service needs. Nissan of Roanoke Rapids treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and

exceeding those standards each and every time. We always offer the personal attention you deserve. We care about every customer. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence! Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We encourage you to browse our online inventory including new Nissan and used vehicles, schedule a test drive and investigate financing options. You can also request more information about a vehicle using our online form or by calling (888) 680-4919. Come on by and see the smiling faces and great service we offer everyday.

320 Becker Drive Roanoke Rapids, NC (888)680-4919 (252) 537-1041 Sales:

Mon-Sat 9:00am-8:00pm


7:45-5:00pm Sat 8:00am-1pm

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HALIFAX ACADEMY ~ A Christian School Halifax Academy is a private institution for grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Founded in 1969, the school’s purpose is to provide high quality education within a christian context to foster academic excellence and personal integrity. The school offers sereval different programs including the Pat King Memorial Scholarship Program, a diversified sports program for boys and girls and several extra curricular activities. The school’s philosophy is to perpetuate appreciation for spiritual values, present opportunities preparing individuals for higher education and promote a sense of self

respect, a love for home and family, a dedication to the principles of National greatness and the practice of high moral standards. The school employs qualified instructors and a curriculum best meeting the needs of the students. Applications for the 2011-2012 school year are now being taken. Class size is limited therefore we urge you to enroll as soon as possible. Affordable payment options are available and monthly payment plans begin in January. Please contact the business office at (252) 5378527 to enroll or receive further information. The Pre-Kindergarten Program is Monday

through Friday. Full day classes are available. The student must be 4-years-old by October 31, 2011. Start your child on the road to success and learning at Halifax Academy. *NOTICE OF* NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS Halifax Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other schooladministered programs.


1400 Three Bridges Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC

(252) 537-8527 Glenn Wiggs, Headmaster Behind the Scenes | 5

1111 Roanoke Ave Roanoke Rapids, NC


First Carolina Agency Founded 15 years ago as Coastal Benefits Group and reorganized three years ago under its current name, First Carolina Agency practices community involvement in the very region it serves day to day. With a goal of providing the highest quality benefit services to any organization and individuals. First Carolina Agency stands as an endorsed benefits provider for the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association and is the recommended provider for the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Service for the past dozen years. The Agency is also an endorsed carrier for N.C. Professional Loggers Association. First Carolina Agency provides health, dental and life insurance, along with short-term and longterm disability through partnerships with all major life insurance companies.

President Phil Hux, a Roanoke Rapids resident his whole life, is joined by vice president Joey Bright, secretary State Rep. Michael Wray, along with agent Leslie Rademaker, agent Marshania Barnes and comptroller Heather Etheridge, in providing a community-based approach that has been successful since the company was formed in 1996. Hux is a past winner of the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, past president and current board member of Halifax Economic Development and Halifax Horizons, along with being co-founder and board member of Angel’s Closet. He is a member of the Rosemary Methodist Church and is married with three children and four grandchildren. First Carolina Agency is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1111 Roanoke Avenue. Call 252-535-4398, for more information.

Pictured left to right front row: Brittany Stembridge, Lisa Distefano, Ginger Johnson. Backrow: Lisa Bloodworth, Tammy Diacont, J.C. Wheeler

Wildwood Nursery & Garden Center Inc. Mike Diacont has worked in the landscaping industry since he was 12 years old. He believed in the need for a garden center in Lake Gaston, and the last 18 years have not proved him wrong. After moving to Lake Gaston in 1993, he and wife Tammy, joined by his parents, opened Wildwood Nursery & Garden Center, Inc. Mike and Tammy have ran the operation as a duo for the past five years. Mike is a certified landscape contractor with North Carolina. Located at 847 Lizard Creek Road in Henrico, the

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Nursery & Garden Center offers a retail garden center, gift shop and seasonal Christmas items. It also provides landscaping services, installations, irrigation, lighting, stone patios, walkways and walls. Originally from the Richmond area, Mike and Tammy have been married for 28 years. They have two children. Mike enjoys fishing and helped start Lake Gaston Bass Holes. Tammy’s true passion is decorative painting, which will be found at Wildwood in the near future. 847 Lizard Creek Rd Henrico, NC.


Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 am to 5 pm Sunday 10 am to 4pm

Ahoskie, NC • (252) 209-2336

Roanoke Electric Cooperative Is Going Green

Ms. Ott’s kindergarten class journals the first walk outside for their baby ducks. The kindergarten class experienced great excitement watching these ducklings hatch in the incubator.

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District was established in 1907. The education of our young people was a high priority back then and it still is today! Roanoke Rapids Graded School system has a strong program for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Our school system offers a caring, nurturing atmosphere and provides a place that you and your child can grow, learn, and feel welcome. For our young learners we have a five-star pre-kindergarten at Clara Hearne and two elementary schools, Belmont and Manning. Our elementary schools serve students from kindergarten through 5th grade and build a strong foundation in core academic subjects with many additional enrichment opportunities. Chaloner Middle School offers

coursework and extra-curriculur activities to keep the minds and bodies of pre-teens and teenagers engaged and involved. Our system has a broad range of electives that enable young people to develop skills and explore talents. Roanoke Rapids High School provides educational opportunities for students who are planning to head to college as well as those who will be entering the world of work. We offer advanced placement classes and virtual classes for college credits. For those students interested in entering the work force upon graduation, we offer certifications to enhance job readiness. Come and visit us to see what a great educational opportunity Roanoke Rapids Graded Schools can provide for your child.

Roanoke Rapids Graded School District 536 Hamilton Street Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Phone: 252-519-7100 Web: Superintendent: Dr. Dennis J. Sawyer

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Roanoke Electric wants everyone to know that going green is easy. With fuels that are used to generate electricity being more expensive than ever before, we want to work with you to show you just how easy it is to go green. SAVE ENERGY Energy from sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heart are considered renewable energy. Approximately one-fifth of the energy produced globally is generated from a renewable source. Renewable sources of energy protect the environment by offsetting the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere by typical sources of energy. SAVE MONEY This winter, set your thermo-

stat at the lowest temperature comfortable. Clean your filters. Check attic insulation. Use a programmable thermostat. Consider a high-efficiency heat pump. All these tips are guaranteed to keep your winter bills low. SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT We are proud to introduce Greenpay and Greenbill to save you a stamp. Automatically transfer from your checking account to the cooperative. Pay your bills online. Setup aggregated billing for multiple accounts and receive your E-Bill. Visit us online for more information on REC’s efforts to “Go Green.” It really is THAT EASY.

Tillery Designs, Inc. Tillery Design, Inc. is owned and operated by the husband and wife duo of Charles and Mary Tillery. Charles and Mary are graduates of East Carolina University. Mary has a master’s degree in Art and Interior Design. She taught interior design for 28 years at Halifax Community College in Weldon. Charles and Mary are avid restoration enthusiests. They have taken on the continued restoration of their ancestrial 1793 home located in Tillery, North Carolina. The offical Tillery Design business was opened in 2006 after extensive renovation of their building. Inspiration of opening the

business came from repeated requests from customers who were in need of an experienced interior design advice. Tillery Design provides many services and needs. For instance, home decorating — from flooring to window treatments to furniture and accessories. TD offers options like carpet, ceramic tile, custom window treatments, blinds, solar shades, shutters and furniture as sofas, chairs, and tables. They also have a wide selection of home decor including print and canvas wall art, lamps and area rugs and a large slection of gourmet foods and wine in their showroom. At Tillery Designs, Inc. we

like to help make each house a home for our customers by taking their preferences and custom designing their space for comfort and functionality. Fulfilling the needs and lifestyles of our customers, offers us great pride and numerous satisfied clients. We love seeing beautiful homes come to life and rooms come together to fit the desires of our custsomers. For more information visit Mary Tillery is a member of the (ASID) American Society of Interior Designs a national organization of qualified and certified professional interior designers.

Pictured above: Owners Charles & Mary Tillery

1007 Roanoke Avenue Roanoke Rapids, NC Hours: Tues., Thur., & Fri. 11-3 Sat. 11-1 and other times by appointment phone: 252-537-1840 Complete Interior Design Service Since 2006

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Quality, Affordable Service Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Massey Funeral Home has been providing families with the most sincere, compassionate service, and the most affordable service in the area. Harold Massey is a native of Roanoke Rapids and has been in funeral service for over 38 years. Harold and Rose are among the few husband and wife teams who are also funeral directors in North Carolina. Massey Funeral Homes were the first in the area to offer person-

alized memorial folders, personalized acknowledgement cards, and personalized DVDs for their families at no additional charge. Their caring staff includes W.J. Bill Seuis, with 40 plus years experience as a licensed funeral director, Trent Lowe, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, originally from Franklin, Va., Otis Wheeler, Andy Jenkins, Dennis Parnell, Howard Griffin, Kim Shotwell, Lisa Lynch, Danny Acree, Mike

Daughtrey, Nelda Slade, Kesler Askew, Chris Bracy and Billy Warrick. Together as a team, they offer caring and compassionate service because they are caring people. Pre-planning is a thoughtful thing to do for your loved ones. It allows you to make the decisions for your service ahead of time. Come by or call any one of our locations for more information on Pre-Planning. We’ll be glad to help you.

MASSEY FUNERAL HOMES 839 Jackson St. Roanoke Rapids, NC (252) 537-3574 313 East Jefferson St. Jackson, NC (252) 534-2661 115 South Dennis St. Enfield, NC (252) 445-3116 131 Commerce St. Aulander, NC (252) 345-1818 Behind the Scenes | 9


508 W 8th St. • Roanoke Rapids M-F 8am-5pm On Call nights and weekends Owners: Tommy Baird and Rudy Draper

(252) 535-2665

Affordable Heating and Air

Edwards' Brothers Automatic Transmissions

When you need a new transmission or a repair, the first name that comes to mind should be Edwards' Brothers. The business was founded by Louis Edwards, Sr. in 1977 as a way to give his family a better life and fulfill his dream of owning his own business. With humble beginnings, the business has flourished as his three sons, Vince, Louis Jr., and Alan became active participants and keep the family business thriving today. They are all ASE certified

mechanics specializing in automatic transmissions. Even though they are usually very busy, they always take the time to discuss your options, and help you make the right decision about your vehicle. They have the experience and know how to be sure your vehicle is repaired right the first time and the warranty to back it up. If you find yourself in need of their services, you can be sure you are getting the best advice and a fair price.

Edwards' Brothers Automatic Transmissions 318 Roanoke Avenue • Roanoke Rapids, NC 252-537-5837 Monday – Friday 8am – 5 pm. 12 | Behind the Scenes

Providing service to customers in a friendly, affordable manner led Rudy Draper and Tommy Baird to open Affordable Heating and Air, a certified Trane distributor, in Roanoke Rapids in 1991. “I’m from Roanoke Rapids and I’ve been working in heating and air since college,” said Baird. “Draper started working for a heating and air company while he was still in high school. We just wanted to treat customers as friends and make sure we treat their problems in an affordable manner.” Baird added his company stresses personal attention, and considers his customers to be his friends. Customer satisfaction, he said, flows from his

wife, Office Manager Joyce Baird, and touches every aspect of the business. “Joyce keeps us all in line,” Baird said. “Customer satisfaction comes first, her way.” With so many options available in heating and air, Baird said his company stands apart. “We are customer friendly,” Baird said. “We give good service, good installation, and look after each customer.” With customer service serving as a guiding principal, Baird said it’s easy to sum up what makes his business special. “Good people,” he said, “good service, good equipment, happy customers.”

Barfield Chiropractic Health Center What is the Chiropractic approach? Spinal degeneration is a barometer of spinal health. Yet we need not sit and passively await our spine’s destruction. Chiropractic spinal adjustments can decrease the rate of degenerative joint disease and improve the chances of the joints, nerves, discs, and other tissues remaining healthy and strong throughout our lifetime. Barfield Chiropractic Health Center was first opened in 1912, by Dr. Paul H. Barfield, Jr’s grandfather. The current Dr. Barfield has been in practice since 1984 and is a member of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association, the American Chiropractic Association, is a Diplomate in Acupuncture and is a Certified Nutritionist. He is a graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School, UNC Chapel Hill, and the National College of Chiropractic and is a lifelong

resident of Halifax County, NC. He is proud to say his practice is the oldest single family owned Chiropractic office in the world. He offers standard chiropractic treatments that include diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, stress, fatique, gastro-intestinal discomfort and other health related conditions. He also offers alternative healthcare without drugs or surgery. One of these alternatives is Acupuncture also known as Meridian Therapy. The human body’s energy flow courses over twelve pairs of meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body. Correction of the imbalance corrects the problem. This is Acupuncture’s goal – to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combi-

nation of acupoints located on the twelve pairs of meridians. This involves the stimulation of key energy control points on the body. Balance is essential to the body’s handling of nutrients. He offers a complete line of natural nutritional supplements produced by Standard Process that can aid in reaching and maintaining your healthy balance. Weight management can also be assisted thru the use of these supplements. If you are recovering from a serious injury or from surgery, he can work with you through this rehabilitation period to get you back to your best as soon as possible. Dr. Barfield’s main mission is to help restore his patients health and give them a better life. He will work with you to devise a manageable plan to help you be your very best.

1280 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway Roanoke Rapids, NC 252-537-2764 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon; 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes | 13

(L-R) Briana Soloman Guest Service Supervisor and Katrina McWilliams Guest Services

The Hampton Inn of Roanoke Rapids “We love having you here!” Hampton Inn has been serving the Roanoke Valley and weary travelers since 1989. In June of 2008 the Hampton Inn opened the doors to their all new 6 floor state of the art facility. the room decor features beautiful interior deisgn in each of the 126 rooms. Also they offer beautiful and very comfortable furnishings, flat screen TV’s, in room coffee, and other amenities. In the mornings a free continental breakfast is available daily to guests. Hampton Inn’s property mananger, Percilla West, enjoys meeting and work-

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ing with her guests. She takes the time to ensure that all is right and that each guest is satisfied. The Hampton Inn also has spacious meeting rooms to fit any of your business or family needs as well as an up to date business center. On special occasions such as anniversaries, Valentines Day or even honeymoons the Hampton Inn offer packages which include, flowers, champagne, and chocalates. Need to relax? Use our Fitness Center or our outdoor pool. If you need a touch of home away from home, our friendly and

helpful staff will welcome you with hospitality from the moment you check in and is always willing to go the extra mile for their guests. If you have out of town guest for weddings, family reunions, or you just want to get awat for the weekened, we are here to make your stay a comfortable and special experience everytime. Have a questionabout your room or the local eateries? Call the front desk and they can answer your questions to your satisfaction making every visit to the Hampton Inn a pleasant experience.

85 Hampton Blvd Roanoke Rapids, NC 252-537-7555

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Pictured from left to right: Jeff Watson (resident), Wilbur Nowell (resident), Kim Bishop (family assistance information director), Doris Hall (resident), Dallas Jones (resident), Louise Gorham (resident)


From the moment you enter The Bayberry Inn you feel the welcome warmth of home. Our fireplace parlor beckons to the right or enter our attractive lounge area to your left. You will more likely be drawn to our gracious dining room with inviting sunroom and soothing gardens with walking paths just beyond. Our residents love the extra attention and mobility afforded by our home like single level layout. Bottom line, it’s easy to get around. If you like to eat, you will love the Inn! Delicious home cooked food, served in our dining area. Snacks around the clock, special diets at no extra expense, evening desserts and refreshments are served to our residents. Daily housekeeping, fresh bed and bath linens, and personal laundry service are standard at The Inn. Transportation to doctor’s appointments, 24 hour experienced staff assistance, innovative social activities including the Wii, beauty/barber shop, medication programs, outsourced therapy and much more are offered at Bayberry

Inn. Our lovely suites come furnished or unfurnished. Several size or cost options are available. All reflect attention to detail with large windows and gracious marble base, floor length drapes, matching bedspreads, five feet of closet space, wall to wall carpeting and choice of bathroom styles. All suites have free cable television and in suite call systems in the living space and the bathroom. Privacy and comfort are standard at The Inn. A low flat monthly rate covers everything. We request no deposit or lease. There is no buy-in cost and rates are guaranteed (a big deal). We provide a $200.00 moving allowance, even lower your rent when you are away. Residents enjoy free cable television and free internet access. We are the only community around that offers temporary respites, vacation, and trial stays. Introductory rates are phenomenal and are applied to any type of stay. We even give you the FIRST DAY FREE! Are you taking care of a loved

one and need to run an errand or just get out with some friends? Call about our NEW Senior Day Program. Enjoy a summer vacation when family members are away, close up your house for the winter months, or come just for the fun of it! Come visit with your family for lunch to sample our home cooking and see our fine staff in action. We offer hassle free, 100% refundable reservations to guarantee priority on future openings, without obligation. Your reservation is even applied to your stay so it is no extra money out of your pocket! Your reservation is even transferable to another family member. Not ready to make a move yet but wish to have the peace of mind that options will bring you? No problem, secure priority for future openings or for the suite of your choice. There is no complicated application process. A few minutes are all it takes! Great staff does not grow on trees, yet we pick them. We select only friendly, compassionate, courteous staff to join our Bayberry family.

Thankfully, we love our work so our residents experience little to no staff turnover. Just one more reason The Bayberry is the right choice for you and your loved ones. The Bayberry Inn is nestled in beautiful residential area, convenient to shopping, restaurants, banking, churches, cultural and medical services. Visitors love our quaint bed and breakfast atmosphere and neighborhood setting. Come and see for yourself…The Good Life Awaits You!!

The Bayberry Inn has been serving families in Roanoke Rapids and the surrounding communities since 1989. It is located at 111 Wicker Court Roanoke Rapids, NC. For more information call Kim Bishop, Family Assistant and Information at 1-800552-8785 or 252-537-2995. You may also view our website and submit a request for a detailed package with free gift at

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309 Premier Blvd. Roanoke Rapids, NC

(252) 535-5711

San Jose Mexican Restaurant One doesn’t have to go south of the border to find superior Mexican food. Family owned and operated, San Jose Mexican Restaurant, located at 309 Premier Blvd. offers a wide range of fine Mexican cuisine. They offer fast and friendly service with a full menu and full bar. Daily specials including drinks, luncheon, and dinner plates are also available. The location sponsors karaoke fun every Friday nights and also has Wi-Fi for their customers. Owner David Magana, opened the Roanoke Rapids location of San Jose Mexican Restaurant in October 2008. After opening a store in Rocky Mount, Magana states that customers from Roanoke Rapids kept asking for a location to be opened in our area. Having grown up in the family restaurant business, Magana is no stranger to the industry. Magana currently lives in Roanoke Rapids and is married with two daughters.

According to their web site, San Jose Restaurant boasts they are “EXTREME when it comes to our commitment to creating a unique product bursting with ingredients that are healthy. Every day we work hard to provide you with an outstanding and unique experience for you and your family. Come and enjoy what everyone else has been talking about so you can experience the fun, excitement and excellent food and service that our restaurants have to offer you.” What an excellent way to spend a pleasant day or evening. There is sure to be something for everyone. Money saving coupons can be found in each Sunday’s TV Showtime section within The Daily Herald, check your local mail for additional coupons or they can be easily downloaded from San Jose’s website at

Pictured: Houston Rackley, Johnny Daniels, Richard Hall, Brad Wrenn, Holly Parrish and Stanly Rodwell. Not Pictured: Teresa Edwards and Thelma Simmons

Harding & Grizzard LLC, Inc. Harding & Grizzard LLC, Inc. boasts itself as the oldest locally owned auto parts store in the Roanoke Valley. It was founded in 1946, shortly after World War II ended. Severe shortages in auto parts were caused by the war. As a result, founders, George Harding and Berkeley Grizzard, decided to join the NAPA organization because both their supply position and quality lines were good. The business moved to its current location at 600 Julian Allsbrook Hwy. in January 1998. Previously, the company was located at 138 Roanoke Avenue and then 300 Roanoke Avenue.

Having worked for the company since he was 21, John Daniels currently owns and manages the store. He decided it was a good buy and a good business in which to invest. Daniels, who is married and has one child, has lived in Roanoke Rapids for 44 years. He is a baseball fan and likes to play golf. Harding & Grizzard LLC, Inc. has a work force with many years of experience within the automotive industry. They strive to provide extraordinary customer service to all their customers and appreciate the support of those that make their business the success that it is.

Harding & Grizzard LLC, Inc. 600 Julian Allsbrook Hwy. Roanoke Rapids, NC Pictured left to right: Antonio Ramos, José Perez, David Magana and Alvaro Morales

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(252) 537-4193

Pictured: Hayes Hatchell, Kelly Wydell, Madison Collier, Judson Smith, Chance Lassiter and Cheyanne Ricks

Northeast Academy

Building Better Citizens One by One Northeast Academy believes in the importance of developing each child in the area of mental, moral, social and physical endeavors. The belief is that it is the responsibility of the school to provide adequate instruction, materials and environment which will develop to the fullest each child’s individual capabilities. The school offers PreKindergarten Program, Kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through 12th grade, each designed around the students individual needs and progress. Northeast Academy offers a large Athletic Department for boys and girls which encourages

their competitive spirit and teaches them good sportsmanship for future life skills. Their qualified hard working teachers care about each student and sacrifice daily to help the child be all he or she can be. Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 school year. Here are a few dates to remember: April 15th: Pre-K & Kindergarten Orientation May 9-13: CAT May 12: Athletic Banquet May 22: Baccalaureate Ceremony 5pm May 23: Kindergarten 9:30; PreSchool 10 May 27: Graduation 8 pm at Northeast Gym

NORTHEAST ACADEMY 210 Church Street • Lasker, NC (252) 539-2461 Russell Leake, Headmaster

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Drugco is owned and operated by Gene and Sybil Minton. The Mintons moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1977 and were fortunate to raise their two children in a fine community in a great school. Gene has served the community as a City Councilman, Mayor, County Commissioner, Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Halifax Horizons and NC Board of Pharmacy. They opened Drugco in June of 1987 and since have been dedicated to providing a higher level of service to the citizens of the Roanoke

Valley and the locals that would rather spend their money with a locally owned establishment than an non personal experience with the larger chain stores. At Drugco, we offer the best prescription, home healthcare, and other drug store merchandise in the world! We have a great staff of registered pharmacists, certified immunization providers, certified medications and therapy advisors, and respiratory therapist to better assist you with your healthcare needs.

107 Smith Church Rd • Roanoke Rapids, NC 252-537-7010 Mon-Fri 8am–8pm; Sat 8am-7:30pm; Sun 12:30am-6pm

DAUGHTRIDGE GAS Daughtridge Gas is proud of its history serving the energy needs of eastern North Carolina. William Gray "Bill" Daughtridge, Jr. is president of Daughtridge Gas Company, the company formed by his grandfather in 1929. He earned BS and MBA degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Daughtridge has served on the North Carolina Economic Development Board, and was appointed to numerous economic development positions while serving three terms (Jan. 2003 - Dec. 2008) as a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's twenty-fifth House district, including constituents in Nash County in the

Legislature. In 2011, Daughtridge became a senior advisor to new Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis. The company has locations in Rocky Mount, Greenville, Scotland Neck and Roanoke Rapids. The local office and showroom is located at 1423 East 10th St. in Roanoke Rapids and managed by Ben Jones. They offer propane gas for home, farm and commercial locations throughout Halifax and Northampton counties and the Lake Gaston area. They not only deliver the gas, but their qualified technicians can service your gas appliances as well. Underground tanks, above

ground tanks or cylinder service is available to fit your needs. Their showroom features five working fireplaces to allow you to find the one that works best for your home. They also offer gas appliances including stoves, grills, tankless hot water heaters, gas logs, freestanding heaters, and lots of accessories. Their experienced office staff can assist you with all showroom items or help you with your gas purchase and payment. Stop by and see Ben Jones or any of his staff to find out how gas can make your home a cozy, warm environment for you and your family.

1423 East 10th Street Roanoke Rapids, NC

252-533-0101 Monday – Friday 8: 00 am to 5:00 pm

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Riverside Consulting 1620 East 10th Street Suite 125 • Roanoke Rapids, NC

(252) 673-5801

Riverside Consulting

Pictured left to right: Mandy Grizzard, Rebecca Harrell and Jennifer Jones

Green Cap Financial Keeping financial services local to those in the Roanoke Valley drives Mandy Grizzard, Group Manager for Green Cap Financial in Roanoke Rapids. “I have called the Roanoke Valley home all of my life,” Grizzard said. “I am a retired navy wife with busy children and my immediate and extended family live here as well.” Grizzard’s staff, Assistant Manager Jennifer Jones and Account Manager Rebecca Harrell, are also local products themselves. “I have lived in Roanoke Rapids most of my life,” Harrell said. “After graduating from Roanoke Rapids High School, I moved to Greenville to attend college. While living there, I entered the field of finance. I moved back to Roanoke Rapids to be closer to my family.” “I am a lifetime native of Roanoke Rapids,” Jones said. “I am married and raising my three beautiful children here in my home town.”

The Green Cap branch on Premier Boulevard opened in November 2005, with licensed credit insurance agents and notary publics providing consumer loans and auto financing to residents of the Valley. “The consumer finance industry at its best is local people helping local people realize dreams come true,” Grizzard said. “This is exactly how Green Cap Financial conducts business and what makes my job so rewarding. The consumer finance industry is a vital part of the business community providing an option for consumers to acquire the funds necessary to do business with the local businesses such as car dealers, home improvement contractors, plumbers, storage shed dealers, landscapers, funeral homes, wedding/event planners, you name it, and chances are someone has borrowed money to do business with that business.”


269 Premier Boulevard Roanoke Rapids M-W 10-5 Thur 10-7 Fri 9-6 252-537-9990 16 | Behind the Scenes

Riverside Consulting is a private, yearround tutoring business, owned and operated by Audrey and Marvin Mullen. As a retired teacher, Audrey’s passion for helping students develop to their highest potential began in 2006, at their home. Within a few months, the business moved to 11th Street and is now located at the Becker Village Mall in Roanoke Rapids. Audrey states, “We’ve had prekindergarten, adults, high school, and college students, but we specialize in grades kindergarten through eighth. Audrey has BA/MA degrees in elementary education. She also has many years of private tutoring experience. Audrey and Marvin have taught adult education in the literacy program at Halifax Community College. They both are certified Notary Publics. Marvin holds BS/MPA degrees in science and public administration. He is a retired forensic scientist. He has twelve years teaching adult education. Riverside Consulting is a member of

the National Tutoring Association, National Notary Public Association and the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce. The goals of RIverside Consulting are to be affordable, to initiate an excitement about learning, help students perform at or above grade level and to encourage students to develop a plan for problem solving. Students receive help with their homework and practice test taking strategies, but the primary goal is to have students become life-long learners. “We use various methods, materials and resources that help the students realize the many practical and interesting applications of math, vocabulary, spelling and reading.” The Mullens are dedicated professionals helping students become the best they can be. For hours and additional information stop by Becker Village Mall and meet the Mullens and see their student friendly environment. Visit their website at

P&A Pawn Shop When Maurice C. Fleming moved to Roanoke Rapids, he realized this was the place he wanted to raise his family. Thus when the company he was working for wanted to transfer him again, he opened a pawn shop. Now 45 years later, his family stills owns and operates the business in it’s current location at 930 Roanoke Avenue. His wife, Fabel, has retired and enjoys spending time with her friends. His daughter, Marsha (a horse enthusiast), along with a staff that includes 3 grandmothers, a piano teacher, a college student, an experienced markswoman and avid hunter offer a unique experi-

ence for shoppers. They have a large variety of merchandise, including the largest selection of handguns, rifles and shotguns in the area along with musical instruments, jewelry and more. If you don’t see what you are looking for, just ask. They carry new merchandise along with used. The women can help you find that special ring or the right firearm. They attract a regular group of shoppers, who stop by to see “what’s new” when they are passing through on their way to Florida and back to the Northeast. They also offer great bargains for the “flea market” and “yard

sale” crowd. Something for everyone can be found. They are members of the NC Pawnbrokers Association and offer small loans starting at $10. They pride themselves on being fair to their customers and on their integrity. Their atmosphere is not what you might expect for a pawn shop. They are a friendly, fun loving group and truly enjoy what they do. They want you to leave their store, knowing you had a positive experience and that you will come back again. You just need to stop by and see for yourself.

P&A Pawn Shop 930 Roanoke Avenue Roanoke Rapids, NC 252-537-9907 Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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1973 River Rd. • Henrico, NC 252-537-7900

183 Hendricks Mill Rd. • Bracey, VA 434-636-2175

Lake Gaston Water Sports, Inc.

Marvin Allen providers personal service with a smile.

Perkinson's BP Service Station

Perkinson's BP Service Station was founded in 1938 (as Perkinson's Gulf) by T.S. Perkinson (1919-2002). He created a business where the customers' needs come first. The fact that this is still a thriving business after seventy-three years proves that they must be doing something right. It is the oldest service station in the city that is still operated by the same family in the original location. Today, Larry Perkinson and Marvin Allen still provide the


personal service that is not found in most modern service stations today. They will clean your windshield, check your fluids and your tires, while filling your tank. They offer full service gasoline, oil & filter change, safety state inspections, battery replacement and tire rotation/repair while you wait (usually no longer than twenty minutes). So drop by Perkinson's BP any time for this old fashioned “Customer First” service that has been their trademark since 1938!

Service Station

324 Roanoke Avenue • Roanoke Rapids, NC

252-537-2070 Open Mon-Fri 7 am – 5 pm and Sat. 7 am - noon 10 | Behind the Scenes

Lake Gaston Water Sports Inc. (LGWS) was just voted 2011 “Best Place to Buy a New Boat” and “Best Watercraft/Boat Service”. They have been servicing the Lake Gaston community for over 16 years. LGWS believes in offering quality products and superior service. They have 2 great locations, one at 1973 River Road, Henrico, NC and the other at 183 Hendricks Mill Road (Hwy 903), Bracey, VA. Both locations are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 5, with extended hours during the summer. Lake Gaston Water Sports is owned and operated by John Matthews, Bobby Thompson and Becky Ross. LGWS services all makes and models of boats and personal watercraft. LGWS does warranty work on everything they sell. They also have a large fleet of rental boats and canoes. New for this year is Lake Gaston Water Tow which specializes in towing, salvage and vessel recovery. Their vessel is equipped with the latest sonar imaging equipment which will assist in even the smallest recoveries.

Lake Gaston Water Sports sells Nautique Ski and Wakeboard boats powered by PCM, Chaparral and Bryant boats powered by Mercruiser, Hurricane Deck Boats powered by Yamaha and Sweetwater/Aqua Patio Pontoon Boats powered by Yamaha. Newest to their fleet are Polar Kraft bass boats and Jon boats powered by Yamaha. LGWS is the largest supplier of water toys (wakeboard, vests, tubes, surfboards, etc) and used outboard motors/parts on Lake Gaston and Kerr Lake. LGWS has one of the best outboard technicians in the US, as rated by Google. All of their technicians are factory trained and certified and possess hands on diagnostic experience. Lake Gaston Water Sports cares about their customers and doing what’s right. Their goal has always been to provide the best customer service and care for anyone on the lake. For additional information, you can visit their website at

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247 Hwy 158 W. • Roanoke Rapids, NC

(252) 535-DOOR (3667)

Pantego Overhead Doors, LLC

Choanoke Public Transportation Authority Do you need to be somewhere but don’t have a way to get there? For over 30 years CPTA has provided transportation for any person in the four county area who is in need of a ride, whether it be local community colleges, shopping centers, medical offices, senior centers, daycares, human services agencies, etc. Our courteous and friendly staff will assist you to schedule your transportation needs and send you on your way. Please schedule your transportation needs 24 hours in

LLC, specializes in all types of sectional overhead and coiling doors for residential, commercial, industrial and farm applications. Although Marion Miller is no longer living, the business continues to enjoy the input of his sons and grandsons who strive to meet and exceed the principles of product quality and customer satisfaction that he taught them. Son Gary Miller and Grandson Tim Miller are in charge of day to day management. Pantego Overhead Doors, LLC invites you to stop by any of their three locations during business hours any business day. Someone will be available to talk to you about your door needs. Or call 800-682-0741.

advance of your appointment. CPTA is here to serve your transportation needs Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm. We are proud to serve Halifax, Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties. Please call (252) 539-2022 for rates or scheduling. The public may purchase books of passes. Don’t be stuck at home and miss those important appointments or just a day of shopping and relaxation, “hop a ride with us.”

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Pantego Overhead Doors, LLC, was founded in the summer of 1965 by Marion E. Miller at Pantego, North Carolina in Hyde County. What began as a sole proprietorship grew into a small family business as his sons joined the company. Today they are serving northeastern North Carolina from three locations: 964 Main Stem Rd, Pantego, NC 27860; 128 Vaughan Creek Rd, Pendleton, NC 27862; and 247 Hwy 158 W. Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. They stock a wide variety of garage doors and openers, as well as accessories and repair parts. This gives them the ability to meet their customers’ needs promptly and efficiently. Pantego Overhead Doors,

Pictured: Wes Miller

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