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.

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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.


Join us at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex stadium on July 3rd for a family fun evening of food, music, kids activities and topping it all off with a fireworks show! We have plenty to do for the whole family!


This year we look forward to celebrating the city’s 150th year!

5:30 pm Gates Open

6:00 Swivel Hip live on stage

7:30 Opening Ceremonies and National Anthem by local talent, Dina Davis

7:45 The band Charlie


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8 Tips for Transforming Your Bed into a Sleep Oasis

Getting enough sleep every night is essential for your physical and mental health. Having a bed that’s both comfortable and visually appealing can make you look forward to slipping into dreamland every night. Try these helpful tips to create the perfect sleep oasis for your nightly slumber.


Make it easy on the eyes

With so many colorful bedding choices, you may be tempted to create a bold palette for your bed. However, mixing too many patterns and colors can feel too energetic and make it difficult for you to relax. To create a sleep oasis, stick to a neutral or solid-colored bedspread or quilt and add touches of color with a throw, accent pillows, shams or a bed scarf. Avoid mixing colors; instead, experiment with patterns and textures in the same color theme to create a unique bed that you’re eager to climb into.

Select the right sheets

Deciding between thread count choices can seem overwhelming, but higher thread counts aren’t always best. Instead, pay attention to whether sheets are single-ply or double-ply. A single-ply sheet with a thread count of 250 is softer and more durable than a 400-count double-ply sheet. Sheets made with single-ply threads last longer than those made with double-ply threads, and therefore are a better investment in bedding.

Choose pillows wisely

When shopping for pillows, look for styles that work best for your favorite sleep position. If you find that your chosen pillow is inhibiting your ability to fall asleep and sleep comfortably, keep looking until you find one that feels right. In some cases, you may need to combine different types of pillows, such as layering a memory foam pillow on top of a wedge pillow to provide proper head and neck support.

Soften the headboard

While a bed doesn’t necessarily require a headboard, having a padded one provides a great place to prop your pillows as you read in bed. An upholstered headboard also eliminates the risk of adults or children banging their head painfully if they lean back too quickly. To ensure the durability of the padded headboard, choose or create one made from outdoor or commercial-grade fabrics. Apply a stain guard to keep the headboard looking its best.

Use seasonal bedding

Have more than one style of bedding in your closet so you can change your bed to match the seasons or your mood. The heavier bedspreads and quilts that keep you warm in winter can be smothering in the warmer weather. For warmer weather, choose bedding of lighter materials such as cotton or linen. By keeping your main bedding neutral, you can add seasonal accents with pillows, shams, or throws. Adjust the color theme to please your mood. Beach-themed bedding can combat the dreariness of cold, snowy days. Patchwork quilt-style bedding can complement the beautiful scenes outside your window during warm weather.

Skip the layers

While layers of duvets and decorative pillows may have visual appeal, they’re not practical for sleeping. Skip the heavy layers that end up draped over the bed frame or piled on the floor and opt instead for a cotton quilt or lightweight bedspread. The lighter bedding makes the bed feel roomier and more breathable. If you’re someone who gets cold at night, consider adding a thin fleece blanket or electric blanket that provide warmth without thick layers of bedding.

Choose comfortable materials

Egyptian cotton is one of the best materials for bedding, but it can be delicate. For comfortable, durable bedding, choose upland or Pima cotton. When considering the type of weave for your bedding, sateen is warm and silky while percale is cool and smooth. Linen fabric is cooler on warm nights than other materials and softens with washing. Linen materials can give an inviting, lived-in look and feel to your bedding.

Ban the gadgets

Even the most comfortable bed can’t help you sleep better if you litter it with smartphones, tablets, laptops, or other gadgets that you use until the wee hours. To promote better sleep in your bedroom oasis, keep technology out of reach at a separate table or desk.

Transforming an ordinary bed into a sleep oasis can take some time as you experiment with fabrics and colors that suit your comfort and aesthetic desires. Nevertheless, a great night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed are well worth the effort.

Seven Morning Stress Reducing Strategies for a Successful Start to the Day

Starting your day off on the right foot can make the difference between a tough day and an awesome day. Getting your day started with what makes you happy can allow you to cope better when struggling through a stressful workday. Below are seven stress reducing strategies to help everyday be successful.

  1. Wake up early

Nothing ruins a relaxing morning and creates high stress levels more than running late. Although it may be difficult to immediately start waking up two hours earlier to make time for yourself, consider starting with small increments. For example, for one week set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual and start experiencing how much you enjoy the extra time. The trick, of course, is that in order to not feel exhausted you may need to go to sleep a bit earlier than you currently are. This will differ from one person to the next depending on how much sleep they need to function well.


  1. Fresh air

When life consists of going from the house to the car to the office, or wherever it is that you may go, getting a dose of revitalizing fresh air can be challenging. Use a portion of your morning to make sure you get outside, no matter the weather. Walk your dog, water a garden, go for a jog, or even just sit outside and breathe. Stale, office air can feel draining, so start the day off right with Mother Nature.


  1. Meditate

No one will argue that life is busy. However, slowing the mind down to meditate can help to concentrate, re-focus, re-energize, and de-stress. By meditating for even a few minutes in the morning, you can clear your mind to start the day off fresh. If you are new to meditating, consider using an online app or video to help walk you through the process using guided imagery, music, visuals, or silence.


  1. Exercise

Before rushing off for the day to take care of work and responsibilities, first take care of number one – yourself. Exercise is a priority to make for yourself. This provides both physical health benefits and prevention of chronic health conditions like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Additionally, it provides mental health benefits to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. Finding fitness videos online provides an affordable and convenient way to exercise that can be done independent of schedules or of the weather conditions.


If you prefer a group setting, set time aside in your morning schedule to attend a morning fitness class, running group, or biking group. Many people find exercising with a group to be an effective motivating technique to show up regularly.


  1. Read

Allow some quiet time to yourself before the rest of your household starts waking. Reading for 20 minutes allows you to have that extra bit of time to yourself and reduce stress. Whether you are reading your favorite novel, catching up on news headlines, or learning about something new from recipes or taking an online course, reading lets you to pick an interest of your own and focus on it. This is both relaxing and prevents you from feeling resentment towards the other demands in your life for taking up your time.


  1. Tidy up

Ideally, household chores are split up among household members. However, you can take five to 10 minutes in the morning to do a bit of organizing, cleaning up a bathroom, or keeping your bedroom tidy. Coming home to a clean home is a refreshing way to start the evening.


  1. Team huddle

Whether it’s with your family, your roommates or even just you and your personal day timer, take a few minutes in the morning to review the plan of the day. This can save time and reduce stress later in the day, as it helps everyone to be organized. It can help as a reminder to take the frozen dinner meat out of the freezer before it is too late, to have the kid’s permission form signed and packed, and to know who’s picking up who and when. With a few minutes of planning in the morning, stress can be reduced all throughout the day.


Starting your morning off filled with activities that you enjoy and ones that can benefit your mental and physical health can pave the way for a successful and fulfilling day. With a little organization and giving yourself more time before the workday starts, stress can be reduced while making work part of your day, but not your entire day.

You’re Never Too Far From… Being Active, at Belmont Lake Preserve. One of North Carolina’s top Active Lifestyle, master-planned communities.


Music Sessions @ Rocky Mount Mills!

Saturday, April 29th

Schoolkids Records & WUNC are extremely proud to announce the Mill Music Sessions at Rocky Mount Mills featuring very special guest HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER!

Check out one their music videos, Mahogany Dread.

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 TBC West, food trucks and grab a drink from one of the local breweries or the bottle shop.

Learn More at Mill Music Sessions @ Rocky Mount Mills!

Schedule of Events:

  • 4:00pm – Food and Concert Beer Garden Open
  • 4:30-6:30pm – Martin County Ramblers playing in the Beer Garden
  • 7:00-9:00pm – Hiss Golden Messenger playing on the front Lawn

Food and Beer Vendors in the Beer Garden Space.

Non alcoholic beverages be available.

Other Restaurants and Breweries open on campus:

Concerts are free, open to the public and fun for all ages! Rocky Mount Mills is a pet friendly campus and please, no coolers.  See you on the lawn!