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The Town of Red Oak held its regular monthly meeting on Monday. Several decisions were made, a report concerning the old dormitory was heard, and the town budget was reviewed and revised.
As for the decisions that were made, the board voted to establish a Red Oak Community Beautification Grant. Application guidelines for the grant were proposed by Commissioner Barbara Tyre and unanimously approved.
Award-winning television journalist, Pam Saulsby, of Raleigh, visited The Nashville Exchange in March to sign copies of her book, "Ashley's High Five For Daddy." The book is about the resiliency of military children and families. Saulsby said the book was written to start the conversation about how children of war veterans experience their parent's invisible wounds. Saulsby herself was born at Fort Benning, Georgia. Saulsby said she wants to be a voice for change for military families. Pictured (seated, left to right) are: Pam Saulsby, Cheryl Rice and her daughter, Amy Rice Wier. Standing is Linda Woolard.
This week, I would like to highlight the 2016 Town of Nashville Outdoor Movie Series sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. This year, there will be six movies aired in our series. The series kicks off on May 6 with the Wizard of Oz at 8:15pm. This is followed by Field of Dreams on June 3 at 8:35pm, Yogi Bear on July 15 at 8:45pm, Despicable Me 2 on August 2 at 8:30pm, Remember the Titans on September 2 at 8:00pm.
The Coleman-Pitt American Legion Auxiliary Unit 58 of Rocky Mount has selected three citizens who will attend Tar Heels Girls State on June 12 through 18, 2016 at Catawba College in Salisbury.
Halie Miller and Angel Stallings, of Nash Central High School, and Suzanna Mosley of Rocky Mount Academy, will be attending Tar Heels Girls State this year.
Cadet Dajeh Smith has been awarded the SAR Bronze JROTC medal "in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing and excellence, thus exemplifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our patriot ancestors." The awarded was presented by Halifax Resolves Chapter NC SAR Pres. Ken Wilson. (Contributed photo)
Jerry Daniel, Chairman of the Nash Health Care Systems board of directors, spoke to the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club about the affiliation with UNC hospitals, other changes that have taken place at Nash, and in health care since he came on the board 9 years ago. With Daniel is Ginny Mohrbutter, president elect of the club.
A Rocky Mount man was arrested last Tuesday on charges of traffic heroin.
The Tar River Regional Task Force searched the home of Monseque Lama Harper's Rocky Mount home last Tuesday morning as part of a heroin trafficking investigation. During the investigation and search, Task Force members seized 1,250 bindles, or 25 bricks, of heroin, 89 loose bindles of heroin, 15 grams of powder heroin, 13 grams of marijuana, two grams of MDMA, known as Molly, a stolen assault rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, heroin packaging material, heroin stamping material, digital scales, ammunition and over $2,000 in U.S. Currency.
Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from April 25 through 29.
A breaking, entering and larceny and damage to personal property was reported on 4/25/16 at 5265 Taylors Store Road
A fraud was reported on 4/25/16 at 8689 Castalia Loop Road
A possession of marijuana was reported on 4/25/16 on I-95 in the Southbound lane
A possession of a weapon on school grounds and stolen property was reported on 4/25/16 at 522 N. Old Carriage Road
A trespassing was reported on 4/25/16 at Richardson Court Apartments, 1101 Brake Street
A simple assault was reported on 4/25/16 at 802 S. First Street, in the convenience store parking area
A city ordinance violation (loitering) was reported on 4/26/16 on S. Brake Street
Nashville's Town Council nixed the idea of allowing golf carts in downtown at their regular meeting on Tuesday night.
The item was brought before the council last month, at the request of Nashville resident and restaurant owner Butch Mull. Mull asked council members to consider allowing golf carts in town so that he could make deliveries from his restaurant, Church Street Grill.
Planning staff put together an ordinance that would allow golf carts in the Central Business Zone of town and presented it to Council last month but council members agreed they weren't comfortable with approving the ordinance and needed more time.
After calling the meeting to order and accepting the minutes of last month's meeting, the town board of Castalia went into closed session during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The board went into closed session to negotiate with County representatives about the water system. Present at the closed session were County Manager Zee Lamb, Public Facilities and Utilities Director Derek Hawkes, and District One Commissioner Lou Richardson. After the closed session, Mayor Ellene Leonard made a statement that no decision or proposal had been reached, and there was nothing to report.
Coopers High School Class of 1966
The 83rd Coopers High School Alumni Banquet was held on April 18, 2016 at Coopers School Gymnasium. The alumni and their invited guests were greeted by 2016 President Julia Farmer-Lindsey. The oldest alumni were recognized including oldest living alumni, Mrs. Ruth Lindsey Parker, Class of 1938. Celebrating their 50th High School reunion, the Class of 1966 was represented by Roger Taylor who shared stories and reminisced over the extraordinary years spent as a Coopers Bulldog. The graduating Class of 1956 was also recognized for their 60th reunion.
EACH WEEK I WONDER...
... what shall I write. Today I think I'll tell you about my family's pets. 3 Cats. Emma was a baby we were temp fostering till she went to a Rescue, but my daughter fell in love and she stayed. Sam used to be the pet of an elderly lady and was scared to death at the Shelter, hissing at everyone. She adopted us and still hisses at everyone else. Oliver was dropped off at my home with a hurt tail that had to be amputated. My hubby really liked him.
Saturday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Capital Ford Lincoln, 2012 Stone Rose Drive, Rocky Mount
Tuesday, May 10 from 3 until 7 p.m. at Stony Hill FWB Church, 9649 Stony Hill Church Road, Middlesex
Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Light of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 510 S Glendale Avenue, Rocky Mount
Wednesday, May 18 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at PNC Bank, 134 N Church Street, Rocky Mount
Pastor Willie N. Hedgepeth (at right) of First Timothy Church of Love passed the Torch of Pastor to Rev. Desmond Sykes (at left) on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the 11 a.m. service as Moses did with Joshua. Hedgepeth will remain as Sr. Pastor, Emeritus. Rev. Sykes has been Associate Pastor since December 2015.
Elizabeth Jenkins was recognized on April 19 for being named to the Chancellor's List at a program held at Fayetteville State University.
Jenkins, of Nashville, was named to the Spring 2015 Chancellor's List by by completing at least 12 hours per semester or two consecutive terms for Fort Bragg students, earning a GPA of 3.75 or higher, and having no incomplete grades.
Jenkins is majoring in nursing.
I want to tell you a story. It's a good, no, a great one. It's a story that involves a young man and the moving of the Holy Spirit in his life. The young man, by the way, lives here in our community of Nashville, serves his church well, and loves Jesus. He's also 18 years of age. Here's the story... A few weeks ago I was approached by a local high school baseball coach to offer a pregame prayer for the team, unfortunately I was unable to make the game due a prior commitment.
Sunday weather was typical spring weather- first sunshine, then rain showers and finally a sunny afternoon. Peachtree folks gathered for worship. Sanctuary flowers were given by Beverly Wilson in honor of her mother, Barbara Hardison. The special music was a beautiful vocal solo by Marta Whitehouse. It was titled "Four Days Late".
Pastor Whitehouse's sermon was part two of his sermon titled, "Stand Firm in One Spirit", based on Philippians 1:23.
This weekend will be a special time. Of course, a lot of people will be attending the Blooming Festival in Nashville, especially on Saturday for the parade. Many children will also enjoy the rides.
Sunday is a really special holiday. Mother's Day is a time when all children should try to spend extra time with their mothers. Many families travel a long distance to do that. We pray for those who are traveling and for all mothers. May God bless them.
Congratulations to Taylor McIntyre, daughter of Brian and Beth McIntyre, who was baptized at Red Oak Baptist Church on Sunday, May 1!
Youth Sunday was May 1 at Red Oak Baptist Church. Youth led some Sunday School classes and filled the choir during the morning worship service. A member of the youth, Caleb Camp, gave the welcome and announcements and prayer.
UDC District VIII members of the John W. Dunham, George B. Singletary and Bethel Heroes chapters recently toured the United Daughters of the Confederacy North Carolina Division Headquarters located in Raleigh. Pictured on the front row (L-R) is: Edith Whitby, Helen Sharpe, Margie Brantley, Elgia S. Farrier and Ann Cunningham. On the back row (L-R) is: Donna Boykin, Vicki Pittman, Nancy Pridgen, Helen Justice, Donna Lewis and Rachel Justice.