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Nash County to outsource tax revaluation

Nash County Commissioners moved forward on Monday with hiring a vendor to perform the next round of revaluations.
Commissioners voted 5-2 to hire Pearson Appraisal Service at $800,000 to handle the upcoming tax revaluation in 2017.
Outsourcing the upcoming revaluations was brought up at the board’s retreat earlier this year.

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Spring Hope to demo properties

The Town of Spring Hope is moving forward with the condemnation of several abandoned properties in town.
Town Manager John Holpe brought four properties before commissioners that he had been working on.
One of the properties is the Masonic Lodge on S. Poplar Street. Holpe said they were unable to find the address of the last owner of the building and plan to advertise a hearing in the paper for July 21. The hearing will consider demolishing the building.

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Castalia celebrates Independence Day
JULY 4TH PARADE CANDY –– Angela Dalton treats her grandaughter, Isabella Denton, to a lollipop from Castalia’s July 4th Parade.
Castalia celebrates Independence Day

Area veterans were honored at a special service Friday as part of Castalia’s annual 4th of July Celebration. Parade Grand Marshal SGT. Linwood S. Harper, a WWII veteran,  was joined by local veterans including members of American Legion Post 110, American Legion Post 293 and CPL Suzi Sannes Detachment 1262.
Special guests attending the event included Castalia Mayor Ellene Drake Leonard, Castalia Town Commissioner James Alston, NC House District 7 Representative Bobbie Richardson, Nash County Commissioners Mary Wells and Lou Richardson, and Nash County Clerk of Court Rachel Joyner.

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Filing begins for School Board seats

Filing began on Monday morning for six seats on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education.
As of Tuesday at noon, only one had filed for a seat on the board.
Latasha Sledge, of Rocky Mount, filed on Monday for the District Seven seat, currently held by Michael Grover. Grover was appointed by the board in February to fill the term of Bob Jenkins, who resigned.

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County okays solar farm

Nash County Commissioners renewed a conditional use permit for a solar farm just outside of Nashville on Becton Road.
Nash County Planning Director Nancy Nixon said the permit was initially approved in December 2012.
“This is actually a request for a renewal of this permit,” Nixon said.
Nixon said the permit does carry an expiration date and if a certain amount of work isn’t done, the permit expires.

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Spring Hope native invents edible candle
Spring Hope native invents edible candle

While attending a birthday party for his Godson, Gregory Quick had the idea to develop an edible birthday candle.
Quick began to work on developing his idea and in August 2010, received a patent for his invention.
Quick was recently recognized at an International Trade Show for his invention. The show was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Nashville holds third Citizen’s Police Academy
Nashville holds third Citizen’s Police Academy

Nashville’s Town Council recognized the third round of Citizen’s Police Academy graduates at the board’s regular meeting last Tuesday night.
Certificates were presented to the 10 graduates of the program and in turn, graduates presented a plaque of appreciation to the town’s police department, who hosts the academy each year.

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