Upcoming events and news about the sounding area of Rocky Mount North Carolina Eastern North Carolina, promoting the New Belmont Lake Community and Golf Club.

Rocky Mount Independence Celebration “Waving the Flag” for its 47th Year

Holding with a tradition that will be in its 47th year, on Sunday, July 3, live music, great food, fun and entertainment, and finally fireworks will all play a part in the annual Rocky Mount Independence Celebration, being held just a short drive from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve at Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium.

Scheduled for all the “Star-Spangled” fun to kick off at 6:00 p.m. and conclude with the always spectacular fireworks display to end at 9:30 p.m., the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration offers something for all ages in the 45th annual offering of the city’s July 4 event.

For the youngsters in attendance, there will be inflatables amongst many fun activities and amusements on hand at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration. A wide assortment of tastes will be available as well, with a variety food and beverage vendors on site at Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium throughout the event.

The live entertainment at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration will no doubt have those in attendance grooving to the beat right as the July 4 festivities begin at 6:00, as is tradition in Rocky Mount on the 4th of July, with several great local live music acts that will no doubt have those in attendance on their feet and having a great time.

Following the opening band getting everybody up on their feet, there will be a singing of the National Anthem leading into the honoring of the many local veterans and active military personnel that are on hand to enjoy the festivities at the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration. This will be followed by a second musical act, before the dark of night takes over for the main attraction.

Fittingly enough the evening will end with a “bang,” as the fireworks show will begin at around 9:15 p.m., at the conclusion of Rubberband’s set. For those attending the Rocky Mount Independence Celebration, parking will be available at both Rocky Mount Athletic Stadium and Rocky Mount Sports Complex. For more information on this and all other upcoming City of Rocky Mount events, visit rockymountnc.gov .

Promoting an Active Lifestyle in Rocky Mount for All Ages at Harrison Family YMCA

Located a short drive up the road from the Belmont Lake Preserve NC Golf Community at 100 Independence Drive in Rocky Mount, and founded in 1911, the Harrison Family YMCA offers countless fun, community based programs for all ages that can keep residents active and fit, while meeting new people and having a great experience.

As they state on their official website, Rocky Mount’s Harrison Family YMCA “exists to strengthen community.” Continuing to expound on that statement, the site goes on to explain that “Together, with people like you, we nurture the potential of kids, help people understand and improve their health and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.”

Backing up those words, the Harrison Family YMCA offers both seasonal and year round special programs for all ages to help improve not only youth development, but also healthy living, and social responsibility. The Health and Wellness programs offered at the Harrison Family YMCA gives adults and children the option of an array of classes and even the option of personal training. Likewise their swimming programs offer first class training in many forms that include lessons for any age level, adult water fitness classes, the youth “Racers” swim team, life guard training and certification classes and much more.

On top of offering the children of the Rocky Mount area the swim team, there also are a variety of other team and individual sports offered at the Harrison Family YMCA, including flag football, karate, gymnastics, soccer, home school physical education, and basketball is available for youth and adult leagues.

The family friendly options at the Harrison Family YMCA are seemingly endless, as they understand the demands of today’s families and offer educational and healthy programs for both before and after school child care for the children. The largest childcare provider in Nash and Edgecombe counties, the Harrison Family YMCA also offers many Summer Camps, giving children and teen a chance to expand their social horizons, reach their mental, physical, and social potential, while creating great friends and memories to last a lifetime.

For a full listing of membership options, summer camp offerings, class schedules, programs, and registration information for each of these great offerings from the Rocky Mount Harrison Family YMCA, visit their website at harrisonfamilyy.org.

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2018 Concerts Return as Highlight of Downtown Rocky Mount Events


After a long, cold winter faded into the warmer months of Spring, it was just a matter of time before the warmth  of the summer sun came around, and to many local residents, that means their favorite of all Downtown Rocky Mount Events, the Downtown Live concert series returns, just minutes away from your new home at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community in the heart of downtown Rocky Mount.

The schedule for the 2018 Downtown Live series has been released and it will feature no less than nine weeks of Downtown Rocky Mount Events, which started the week of May 24 and is running through the week of September 18 with a weekly concert featuring some of the most loved local acts of all time.

These popular Downtown Rocky Mount Events take place every other Thursday during that time frame and as always start at 6:00 pm. The Downtown Live concert series is held outside of the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences building, at 270 Gay Street in Downtown Rocky Mount. There will be local food and beverage vendors on site at each of these Downtown Rocky Mount and you can bring your own lawn chairs to set up, as admission as always is free.

The 2018 Downtown Live concert schedule is:

  • May 24: The Legacy Motown Review
  • June 7: The Fantastic Shakers
  • June 21: The Holiday Band
  • July 5:  The Tams
  • July 19: Jim Quick & the Coastline
  • August 2: The Main Event Band
  • August 16: The Entertainers
  • August 30: The Band of Oz
  • September 13: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard

For more information on the Downtown Live concert series and all the great upcoming Downtown Rocky Mount Events, visit downtownrockymount.com.

Live Music in Rocky Mount at the Mills

Another package show featuring Atlanta’s top Rhythm and Blues artists and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. This is a fast paced and engaging program that I have toured on major festival stages all over the world. This show features an incredible rhythm section and horns. They present a rich and dynamic program that encompasses many blues traditions and R&B.

Schoolkids Records – Raleigh & North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC are extremely proud to announce the Mill Music Sessions @ Rocky Mount Mills featuring very special guest Music Maker Relief Foundation Blues Revue!

Join us on the lawn at Rocky Mount Mills for an evening of music and fun. Just bring your lawn chair, blanket, family and friends. Pick up a picnic dinner from one of the restaurants, food trucks on campus and grab a drink from one of the local breweries or the bottle shop.

5:30pm-Food Trucks and Beer Vendors Open
5:30pm-6:30pm- Opening Act, TBD
7:00pm-9:00pm- Music Maker Relief Foundation Blues Revue

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Rocky Mount Business One of Just 13 in U.S. Selected for EPA Grant


Showing the strength of the growing and bustling local business community in Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, was one of just 13 small businesses from across the United States recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive a grant from the allotted $1.3 million dollars to be part of a project to aid in the reduction of electrical power consumption, reduce the emission of carbon, and lower the price for consumers associated with cookstove combustion technology.

On the EPA’s official website, it was noted that “The 13 businesses we are funding today are producing innovative and creative solutions for our country’s environmental problems,” said Thomas Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Small businesses play an integral role in creating technologies that will help ensure a sustainable future for our country.”

The article continued in explaining the grants, saying, “Each of the 13 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. If Phase I is successful, companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.”

For more information on these grants including more on Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, visit the official site of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, epa.org.

A “Barking” Good Time for All at the annual Rocky Mount “Paws in the Park”

Rocky Mount Dog Park

Minutes away from your new home in the premier North Carolina golf and retirement community,  Belmont Lake Preserve, at Rocky Mount’s beautiful “Best Friend’s Dog Park,” pet owners are welcome to come out on Saturday, April 7 and take part in “a day for the dogs” at the 8th annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event featuring a day full of free family fun showcasing “man’s best friend.”

The all-free Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event promotes responsibility in pet ownership and the humane treatments of dogs, with a full day of contests and special events. The days events will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the opening ceremonies. Following this, at 11:00, the dogs will take center stage, as contests taking place at the Dog Park, located at 480 Lee Street, adjacent to Sunset Park are scheduled to include, a Pet Fashion Show, as well as Pet Costume and Look-a-Like Competitions, in addition to a wide array of vendors, food trucks, and music to keep all entertained throughout the day.

A very special Masters of Ceremonies at the Rocky Mount Paws in the Park will be named in the very near future, and also, back by popular demand at this years’ Rocky Mount Paws in the Park event will be the acrobatic and incredible “K-9’s in Flight”Frisbee dogs. Described as the “premier K-9 sports entertainers in the world,” these dogs and their trainers are sure to provide some high flying fun that the entire family is certain to enjoy.

There will also be the opportunity for those in attendance to adopt a dog at the 6th Annual Rocky Mount Paws in the Park, for anyone interested in leaving the event with a brand new pet. The sponsors for the event include, Pet’s Best Friend, Rocky Mount Telegram, Life Exposed (Photos by Lindsey), Crossdogs, Target, Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, and radio stations, 98.5 FM “The Big Dawg,” Power 95.5 FM, and 99.3 FM Rock City.

For more information on this and all other upcoming Summer Family Events in Rocky Mount, visit rockymountnc.gov.


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D.R. Horton Now Selling New Homes in BLP

D.R. Horton’s Raleigh division is pleased to announce it is now selling homes in the Rocky Mount community of Belmont Lake Preserve. Offering popular single-story ranch and two-story home plans, the beautiful golf community offers resort-style amenities everyone can enjoy.

Belmont Lake Villas features four- and five-bedroom, two-story home plans ranging from 1,927 to 2,361 square feet, with prices in the high $180s to the low $200s. For customers interested in D.R. Horton’s highly sought after ranch style plans, Belmont Lake Villas Estates features single-story homes from the high $190s to the low $200s. Homes in this section of the community range from 1,588 square feet to over 2,600 and offer two to four bedrooms and two-car garages.

The community boasts an 18-hole public golf course, with a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse including a full pro shop, grille room and beautiful patio. Stay active with a state of the art fitness facility, relax by the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, or socialize in the clubhouse dining room, billiard room or many activity rooms. Nearby attractions include the historic Tar River Trails along its namesake river, stretching over 20 miles of waterways connecting the Tar River and Stony Creek.

For more information, visit www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Raleigh-Durham/Rocky-Mount /Belmont-Lake-Villas.

D.R. Horton, “America’s Builder,” has been building families beautiful homes in desirable locations for more than 35 years. America’s largest homebuilder for fifteen years in a row by volume, D.R. Horton has built more than 600,000 homes with quality, functionality, value and style in mind.

For more information about D.R. Horton’s Raleigh division, please visit www.drhorton.com/North-Carolina/Raleigh-Durham. Home and community information including pricing, included features, terms, availability and amenities are subject to change and prior sale at any time without notice or obligation. Square footage dimensions are approximate. D.R. Horton is an equal housing opportunity builder.

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CSX brings jobs and more to the Rocky Mount area

Only the second terminal of its kind in the CSX network, the Carolina Connector is expected to bring high-paying jobs to the area. The project will initially create 250-300 short-term construction jobs during the development phase and another 300 long-term positions once the terminal becomes operational. About 150 of those terminal positions will be directly employed by CSX and pay an average annual salary of $60,000, company officials said.

Rocky Mount Economic Development Informational Video

The goals of Economic Development are to create a higher profile for the region by raising awareness of its many benefits, generate interest among businesses planning to relocate or expand, and focus on the retention of existing businesses by creating a climate that encourages growth and expansion.

The results of such development will help improve the quality of life for the citizens who live here, providing them with opportunities to improve job skills and increase their income.