Rural Nash County fire departments are reaching out and helping another department whose station flooded during Hurricane Matthew. Castalia's Volunteer Fire Department recently donated a 1986 GMC/EEl fire engine to the Pine Terrace Fire Department in Robeson County. The Pine Terrace Department in Lumberton lost all three of their fire engines in the flooding that occurred following Hurricane Matthew. The department's station also flooded and was reportedly condemned.
Numbers for the first day of early voting in Nash County topped any other location in the state. Nash County Board of Elections Director John Kearney said over 2,000 came out to vote last Thursday, the first day of early voting. "(Last) Thursday we had the highest number of voters for any one location in the State of North Carolina," he said. "I don't ever remember there being this many people coming in this facility in any one day."
"Oh the Place You'll Go" was the theme for this year's annual Steak and Burger event, hosted by the Boys and Girls Club. Chief Professional Officer Ron Green started the evening off by telling his desires of where he hopes to see the Boys and Girls Club go in the future. Green unveiled a new name and logo for the organization. The organization, formerly known as The Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties will now be known as the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region.
The Fourth Annual Southern Bank Monster Dash 5K and Fun Run will honor local first responders and veterans at this year's event. Stacie Shatzer, Director of Recreation and Senior Services for Nash County, said winner categories would be offered for first responders, including police, fire and EMS and active duty and retired veterans. This is the first year a separate category has been set up for first responders. "This year we want to highlight our first responders," Shatzer said.
The Momeyer Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is gearing up for its second annual Fire Prevention Community Day. The event will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 12 until 4 p.m. The event will include food, games, pumpkin decorating, and bouncy houses. A raffle will also be held, with one raffle ticket per person being given out during the event. Five items will be given away, thanks to donations from Finch Nursery in Bailey and Bass Plant Farm in Spring Hope.
Construction has officially begun on Southern Nash High School's Farm Bureau Animal Center. A ground breaking ceremony was held last week and construction began shortly after. Currently, enough money has been raised to construct the outside of the building. Brandy Frazier, Career Development Coordinator for Southern Nash High School, said fund-raising efforts are still ongoing to complete the inside of the facility.
Bark for Life organizers are planning their last big fund-raiser before their event next weekend. Pet's Best Friend in Rocky Mount will host Bubbles for Bark on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will offer baths for your four-legged friends at hugely discounted rates, said Susan Baker, owner of Pet's Best Friend who also serves as Chair for the Bark for Life event. Baker said dogs will be offered the full pampered treatment on Saturday.
Finalists for the 11th annual Nash County's Got Talent competition will perform on November 3 and 4 at Nash Arts, with the top three winners being selected on Friday, November 4. Auditions were held on October 24 and 25. Callback rehearsals will be held on November 1 with the finals set for November 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. During that time, judges will select the top three talent, who will receive prizes.