Lelia Brigham had her funeral all planned out — down to the music.
But then she had a realization.
Brigham has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, John Price said. She worked with David Grissom, a retired United Methodist minister, to plan her funeral.
“But then she said, ‘Shoot! I’ll be dead and won’t hear the band,’ ” Price said.
So, friends and coworkers filled Brigham’s home and yard on Saturday as they celebrated the life of the longtime Vance-Granville Community College art instructor.
So Price and others arranged a celebration that Brigham could enjoy, including the band — a saxophone, keyboard, upright bass and vocalist.
A truck driver was transported to Duke University Hospital on Monday with injuries after a wreck involving three tractor trailers at exit 218 of Interstate 85.
Retired federal employees in the region celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees with a luncheon at Cross Roads Restaurant on Monday.
Voters will have the chance to select their representatives for Raleigh and Washington, D.C., when they hit the polls during early voting or on Election Day.
Arrests and incidents in Henderson and Vance County.
Linebacker Thomas Davis takes little solace in the fact the Panthers are still alone in first place in the NFC South.
That's because he views the team's hold on that positon as tenuous at best given Carolina's defense has surrendered 37 or more points in four of its last five games
The Panthers are 1-3-1 in those games.
"We're number one in the division right now, but if we continue to play the way we have it won't last long," Davis said Monday.
The Panthers (3-3-1) are struggling to find answers on defense entering Sunday's game against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who have their own problems after losing back-to-back games.
Brad Keselowski packed a punch on the track, the only place that mattered after a controversial week.
Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.
The game had been over for hours. Kauffman Stadium had gone dark. The roars of a sold-out crowd, which had rooted the Kansas City Royals to a sweep of the mighty Los Angeles Angels, had drifted away into the cool night air.
Kerr-Vance Academy tennis seniors Claire Freeman and Betsy Murphy have led their team to a memorable 2014 season. Freeman, who plays No. 1 for the Spartans, has played on the varsity squad since she was a freshman. Murphy meanwhile has been on the team since she was a sophomore and currently plays No. 3.
With Florida State's perfect record still intact and a second-half rally against Notre Dame complete, Jameis Winston and coach Jimbo Fisher shared a hug as the crowd exploded in celebration.
New Sandy Creek Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church recently joined forces to provide GriefShare sessions to the community.
Jerry A. Faulkner (right) receives a plaque from Kieth Jones at Dexter Baptist Church honoring his more than 50 years of service to the church.
Ruth Morgan, an employee of Universal Healthcare of Oxford, will be honored Oct. 30 by the N.C. Health Care Facilities Association.
Fernando Varela will perform popular and opera classics at 8 p.m. Friday at Vance-Granville Community College.
Careless actions endanger the lives of children, especially when a big yellow school bus is stopped, has stop equipment deployed, and drivers disobey the law.
For as long as children have been around, two things have changed little. They will and do pick on one another. And they are also resilient.
Searchers found human remains on Saturday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said.
Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
Hurricane Ana was on course Saturday to miss Hawaii by more than a hundred miles but was generating high waves, strong winds and heavy rains that prompted flash-flood warnings throughout the islands.
Thomas Eric Duncan was remembered Saturday as a big-hearted and compassionate man whose virtues may have led to his infection with Ebola in his native Liberia and subsequent death as the first victim of the disease in the United States.