Nashville's Police Department is stepping up to address the heroin epidemic in Nash County by implementing an initiative that will seek help for addicts. The department unveiled its "HOPE initiative" on Tuesday afternoon at a press conference. The initiative is modeled after a similar one in Gloucester, Massachusetts called the "Angel" program. Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashore said Town Manager Henry Raper approached him in October 2015 with the idea.
A decrease in property values will be a major concern for the Town of Nashville over the next two fiscal years. Revaluation results were a major topic of Town Council's annual retreat, held all day on Friday. The retreat is the beginning of the planning stages for the budget process and gives the town manager direction from council on where to steer the town's public resources in the coming fiscal year.
Ritchie Price dances with his 11-year-old daughter, Natalie, Saturday at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance, which is held each year at the Nash County Agricultural Center. The event is sponsored by the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department and has been held successfully for nine years. Hundreds of dads and their daughters attend the event each year.
A Bailey man was arrested last Thursday and charged with shooting another man in the leg. The Nash County Sheriff's Office received a call around 3 p.m. on February 4 that a shooting had occurred on Old Smithfield Road in Bailey. The victim, a 29-year-old male, was shot while visiting David Preston Thompson, Jr., 42, of 11623 Old Smithfield Road, Bailey. Thompson and the victim were reportedly friends and the victim's mother lives next door to Thompson. The victim lives in Wislon.
Nash County Commissioners are questioning whether Eastpointe followed protocol when hiring its new CEO. Eastpointe Human Services, a regional behavioral health Managed Care Organization serving 12 North Carolina counties including Nash County, recently announced that Sara Stroud, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, had been appointed CEO of Eastpointe, effective immediately. Stroud replaces Ken Jones, who announced last month he would be retiring on April 1.
The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education offered their support last Monday for the Connect NC Bond Act, by approving a resolution of support. The resolution was approved 10-1 after some discussion by the board. Board member Evelyn Bulluck cast the dissenting vote. Bulluck said she wanted additional information on the bond and its affect on the Nash-Rocky Mount School System. "I would hate to vote on something when we aren't sure of the moving parts yet," Bulluck said.
Nash County 4-H celebrated the achievements of its youth and clubs last week during its annual "Night of Achievements." Luke LaHay and Cullin Whitley were singled out as 2015 4-H'ers of the Year. Sandy Hall, Nash County 4-H Extension Agent, said the 4-H'er of the Year is done by nominations from club leaders. This year, Hall said they decided to recognize two.