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Former Spring Hope commissioner dies
Former Spring Hope commissioner dies

The Spring Hope community is mourning the loss of Bill Newkirk, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 67.
Newkirk was a longtime commissioner for Spring Hope's Board of Commissioners. He was serving his third term when he announced in December that he was resigning due to declining health.
Spring Hope Town Manager John Holpe said he would miss Newkirk, who he remembered as a gentleman who was always concerned about the people in his community.

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NRMS School Board balks at study

Nash-Rocky Mount School Board members acknowledged receipt of an efficiency study requested by Nash County's Board of Commissioners but questioned the study's purpose at a meeting on Monday night.
The efficiency study was part of the school board's work session agenda. Finance Officer Susan Blackwell presented the study to school board members and asked that the study be received for information to be placed on the board's consent agenda at the next regular meeting.

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Take a walk in her shoes!
Take a walk in her shoes!

Locals are helping out My Sister's House, a non-profit organization which serves as an advocate for and provides shelter for domestic abuse victims. An event, "Walk the Track in Her Shoes," is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Glover Park in Nashville. Participants pay $25 to walk the .6 mile track. Participants can challenge others to walk and people can pledge money for walkers. The participant who raises the most money wins. Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone will be the speaker at the event. All proceeds will benefit My Sister's House.

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Nash votes for county line merger

Nash County Commissioners agreed on Monday, in a 4-3 vote, to seek legislation to go to a county line school system.
The vote came after much discussion on the issue.
Some commissioners asked that a vote wait until after Edgecombe County Commissioners had a chance to meet on Monday night. However, others were adamant that a decision had to be made immediately.

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Nash County unveils budget

Nash County Commissioners got their first glimpse into the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budget at a work session on Monday.
County Manager Zee Lamb presented the $92 million budget, which is projected to be balanced with $2.68 million of fund balance.
The budget is a 2.7 percent increase from last years $89.6 million proposed budget.
The budget includes no proposed tax increases.

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Nash County takes no action on Sunday hunting legislation

Nash County Commissioners decided on Monday not to take action on a bill in the General Assembly that would allow hunting with guns on Sunday.
Senate Bill 658 is sponsored by Senators Buck Newton, Bill Rabon and Michael Lee and, if approved, would allow hunting on Sundays with certain limitations.
At a recent legislative dinner, Nash County Commissioners discussed the legislation and heard opposition from two citizens. Nash County Commissioner Wayne Outlaw said the board had been approached and asked to support a resolution in opposition to the statewide bill.

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School Board gets first draft of budget

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools Finance Officer Susan Blackwell presented a rough draft version of the upcoming 2015-2016 budget at a special meeting on Tuesday night.
Blackwell said there were currently a lot of unknowns in the upcoming budget. In addition, staff had a tighter time line to get the budget done.
"Please remember all of this is in draft form," she said. "We have no definite numbers. All of this is a guessing game at this point."

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Nashville Police Officers accredited at ceremony
Nashville Police Officers accredited at ceremony

Nashville Police Officers were recognized during a special promotional ceremony held on Friday afternoon.
Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore said the ceremony is something the department is trying to do more often when officers are sworn in or promoted.
"It's just a way to recognize officers for their hard work," he said. "And, it's always nice to have your family there and the council and mayor."
Nashville officers Tiara Joyner and Jason Barnes were both promoted to Corporal during Friday's ceremony.

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