The likelihood of black men getting prostate cancer and dying from it represent two of the biggest gaps between the health of black and white men in the United States.
And as it turns out, the gulf is particularly wide in North Carolina, where the odds of dying from prostate cancer are among the worst in the nation. African-Americans in the state are nearly two times as likely as whites to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and nearly three times as likely to die from its complications.
It’s a serious problem in communities across the state but is particularly bad across a swath of northeastern and eastern North Carolina counties where the African-American population approaches or exceeds 50 percent, and where — for reasons not completely clear — the disease is often even more dangerous for black men than the state’s sobering average.
Prostate cancer is for practical purposes a different and much more fearsome disease for black men. And research suggests that it sometimes may be a biologically different disease for them, too.
“It’s an epidemic,” said Rev. Thomas Walker of Rocky Mount, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer at age 47 and has become a prostate cancer activist, spreading the word among black communities about the dangers.
Arrests, incidents and citations in Henderson and Vance County.
Feeding children who attend county schools means balancing cost, nutrition and taste.
During last week's school board meeting, Vance County Schools child nutrition director Phyllis Newcomb presented food and beverage bids for 2015-'16 a
Arrests, incidents and citations in Warren and Granville counties.
A long parade of tractors, fire trucks and antique cars traversed U.S. 1 from Wise to Paschall Station Road on Saturday morning.
Korean War veteran Macon Myrick held the place of honor as grand marshal of the annual Wise Independence Day parade, as the community celebrated “the country where liberty lives,” to use the words of Benjamin Franklin.
The overcast day was deemed just right by Tim Williams, of Working Landscapes. The rain held off, but temperatures did not rise to the 90-plus degrees of a few days earlier.
Phil Bateman (right) pulls bratwurst's from the grill as he and his brother Tim cook lunch for their family at Satterwhite Point. Many families and friends made their way to Kerr Lake for the Independence Day weekend.
In honor of the Fourth of July, American and Confederate flags will be raised across the Tri-County.
But after the massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, some politicians are decrying the Confederate battle symbol and calling for its removal.
A 20-year-old Henderson man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of La’Darrius Talley, who was found killed in a car that crashed on Lincoln Street.
Bill West said he eats a tomato and part of a cantaloupe every day.
That healthy diet also helps him dispose of some of what he grows. The rest he gives away.
West grows a variety of vegetables at his home at 100 Holly Drive, including peppers, squash, string beans, peas, cucumbers and onions.
But tomatoes tower over the rest — literally.
One tomato plant has grown to a height approaching 12 feet, West said. In his garden, he counted 30-some tomatoes at various stages of ripening.
An organic farming group based in Henderson received a generous donation of insects — specifically, boxes of bees.
The Southern Organic Female Farmers Association was given tens of thousands of honeybees from The Kerr-Tar Beekeepers Association.
The Conservation Fund and Burt's Bees also donated four bee boxes to help them build hives.
The organic farming group is a co-op with more than 30 female micro market farmers transitioning to organic farming across the Tri-County.
Marion Williams, president of SOFFA, said the bees will assist her organization’s members because the insects are effective and efficient pollinators.
“We are seeing more blackberries and other crops that, two years ago, we didn’t see,” Williams said.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision recently legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change much in North Carolina, where federal judges struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last October.