Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:49

WYNN Recognized for Leadership

Roanoke Rapids, NC – At their annual meeting, Halifax County Business Horizons (Halifax Horizons), Inc. presented the 8th Annual “Working Together Works” award to Curtis Wynn, Chief Executive Officer of Roanoke Electric Cooperative. In making the presentation, Scott Aman, Treasurer, and 2009 “Working Together Works” award recipient, highlighted Wynn’s vision and leadership that is helping to move the needle in economic development in Halifax County. “Under Curtis Wynn’s leadership, Roanoke Electric is an innovative leader, not only as an electric provider, but in supporting community and economic development,” commented Aman.

Roanoke Electric is an electric membership cooperative serving Halifax, Northampton, Bertie, Hertford and Gates counties and one of the most progressive cooperatives in the country in supporting economic development. Recent projects that are having an impact for Halifax County include: Roanoke Connect, a broadband fiber network under construction in Roanoke Electric’s service area; zero interest financing to support construction of a 50,000 square foot industrial building at the Halifax Corporate Park; and sponsoring a study by NCSU-Industrial Extension to identify collective assets to connect Halifax and the four other counties in the Roanoke Electric service area as an economic development region.

In accepting the award, Wynn commented, “I am honored to be recognized by Halifax Horizons for this prestigious award.” Wynn added, “Growing an economy is no easy task and it takes many partners, but the benefits are far-reaching and certainly worthy of our best efforts.”

“Working together really does work,” commented Jay Carlisle, President of Halifax County Business Horizons, Inc. “Curtis Wynn exemplifies leadership and collaboration and we appreciate the game-changing initiatives that Curtis, his staff, and board are implementing to improve economic opportunities for all of Halifax County,” Carlisle added.

Halifax County Business Horizons, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide funding for economic development projects in all of Halifax County. Private funds raised by the organization support business and industry recruitment and expansion and tourism development. Halifax Horizons provides critical financial support for projects that directly impact the success of our local tourism and economic development efforts.

Friday, 07 October 2016 08:31

Klausner lumber mill to open soon

ENFIELD — The $110 million Klausner Lumber Two project was announced almost four years ago, and now the lumber mill has been confirmed to be operational by first quarter 2017.

Klausner President Thomas Mende made the announcement Wednesday after he and Director Leopold Stephan flew to Halifax County to check the progress of the site.

The lumber mill has had most of its exterior work completed, and only interior detailing remained.

“As it turns out, it’s going to be on schedule because, hopefully, it’ll be finished at the right time,” Mende said. “That’s how we see it.”


Monday, 22 August 2016 09:40

Industry Leaders Learn Rail Safety

The Halifax County Economic Development Commission hosted a NCDOT program focused on rail safety for local business and industry that rely on highway transportation. Dr. David Robinson, NCDOT's BeRailSafe Outreach Consultant, Dr. David Robinson, presented important information on rail emergency contacts, how active crossing signals operate, and methods of stopping train movement in emergent situations.

Every three hours, a person or vehicle is struck by a train in the United States. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision as it takes the average freight train traveling 55 MPH more than a mile to stop. While North Carolina's incidents are not that frequent, the numbers are not insignificant. In 2015, 66 grade crossing crashes resulted in 9 deaths and 88 injuries and 41 trespassing incidents resulted in 20 deaths and 16 injuries.

CSX Transportation operates a Class A rail line in Halifax County with a total of 50 grade crossings and 35+ trains a day.

For more information on rail safety, visit

From the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald - With years of restaurant experience, Lake Gaston resident Buddy Myers said he’s close to opening a new establishment in the former Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon location on Premier Boulevard in Roanoke Rapids. Myers told The Daily Herald his upcoming restaurant is Angus Prime Rib Steak House, which he emphasized uses Angus beef because of the meat’s high quality.

“Angus is the best you can get,” he said. “That’s top of the line.”

He said the building is an excellent location, noting the facility hasn’t been used in six years since the prior restaurant closed.

Myers, who previously owned steakhouses in Goldsboro and Williamsburg, Va., said his newest venture is set to start business in about four weeks. The restaurant will feature prime rib, as the name implies, from the Midwest, as well as other steaks, seafood and chicken, he said.

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