Meals tax collections highest on record
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Town of Rocky Mount collected $116,710 in meals taxes last month, the highest amount ever recorded.
That total is up from the $102,900 collected in September 2013, according to Finance Director Linda Woody.
During the first nine months of this year, the town has collected $932,268, up from $925,734 collected in the first nine months of 2013.
The lowest collection total for this year was in February with $88,119.
The meals tax continues to be the largest revenue producer for the town.
The finance department also reported that sales tax collections for the first nine months of this year totaled $122,428, down from the $126,391 in the same time period last year.
Rocky Mount woman gets 5 years for cooking meth
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount woman will serve five years of a 10-year prison sentence for cooking methamphetamine.
Doreen Marie Shively, 34, pleaded guilty in August to one count of manufacturing meth, while two additional drug charges were dismissed through a plea agreement.
Shively will be required to complete a substance abuse program through the Department of Corrections, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage. If she successfully completes the three-year program, the court will consider an early release.