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A first grader at Nashville Elementary School went above and beyond in her participation of the state's Give Five-Read Five campaign.
Taryn Reams donated 130 books on Tuesday afternoon to the school as part of the initative. The donation was on top of 20 books Reams had already given.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction first launched the statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign in 2013 to address summer learning loss. As a part of the annual campaign, parents, business leaders and community members are encouraged to donate five new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year.
Ms. Lindsey Brannon and Ms. Amy Moore (L-R) stand with a homemade sign that sits outside a garden the two teachers grew with their students. The teachers hope to expand the garden next year.
The Nashville High School Class of 1959 held its 56th reunion on May 2 at the Nashville Community Center. There were 24 class members present and one former teacher.
Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from May 18 through May 22, 2015.
On Tuesday, June 2, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a 1.2 mile-long section of U.S. 301 in Nash County while crews with Palmetto Infratructure Inc. of Greenville, S.C. begin work replacing several bridges along U.S. 301 and widening the road between Battleboro and Whitakers.
U.S. 301 will be closed to traffic between N.C. 4 in Battleboro and N.C. 33 in Whitakers until December 31, weather permitting. Crews will replace the bridges over Swift Creek and the Swift Creek overflow. They will also widen U.S. 301 and extend two drainage culverts under the road.
The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education will consider a summer school program at its regular meeting on Monday, June 1.
The program would cost the district potentially $250,000 based on data from last school year, said Robin May, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
The program became an option after it was approved by Dr. June Atkinson and the State Board of Education.
Momeyer will consider adoption of a $65,765 budget at its June 8 regular meeting.
A public hearing will be held on the proposed budget prior to commissioners voting whether to approve the budget.
The proposed budget is just under $2,000 less than the current budget.
The budget includes a $1,100 decrease in revenues received from property and vehicle taxes and a $300 decrease in revenues received from the franchise tax.
Supporters of the Spaulding Family Resource Center attended last week's budget meeting of the Spring Hope Commissioners to get answers about the facility.
At a prior budget meeting, commissioners had questioned the high utility bill at the Spaulding Family Resource Center. The town spends as much as $28,000 a year on utilities as the facility, which it does not own.
At that meeting, commissioners said they no longer wanted to foot that type of bill on a facility they didn't own and really had no say in.
Nash Community College has announced the following students have achieved academic honors during the 2015 Spring Semester.
To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average (all A's) while taking 12 or more semester hours.
Gene and Debbie Dawes, of Rocky Mount are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan Chandler Dawes, of Wilmington to Johnathan Adam Owen, of Wimington. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. James E. Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Owen, of Fayetteville. An October 23, 2015 wedding is planned in Wilmington.
Sarah Kathryn Barnes of Nashville, a transfer student from Nash Community College, is the recipient of a Transfer High Honors Scholarship at Barton College. The renewable scholarship will cover $5,000 of tuition for the year.
Ms. Barnes is married to Brandon A. Barnes, and she is the daughter of Victoria and Kelton Frazier of Nashville. She will enter Barton College in the fall semester as a junior and plans to major in social work.
Nash County Ranger Bill Lewis with the North Carolina Forest Service presented the City of Rocky Mount with the Tree City USA award, the Tree City USA Growth Award, and the Tree Line USA award during the City Council meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. This is the twelfth year the City of Rocky Mount has received the Tree City USA award by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The sun shone brightly on graduates and their families as they gathered with the Barton College community on center campus for Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 17.
Two hundred and fifty-seven seniors participated in the 113th annual commencement exercises. Dr. Norval C. Kneten presided over his twelfth commencement program as president of Barton College. Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the graduating class. Mr. Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College Board of Trustees, presented the Board's Approval of the Graduating Class.
"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have." Inspirational words by President Abraham Lincoln were expressed in a keynote address by Ginny Mohrbutter, Executive Director of the United Way Tar River Region on the evening of April 21 to an audience of newly inducted Phi Theta Kappa Society members. Twenty-three spring 2015 and twenty-seven fall 2014 inductees inductees were welcomed into the Beta Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the Brown Auditorium at Nash Community College.
Army Pvt. Theodore A. Richards III has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Bryson Christina Reavis of Elm City, a senior at Southern Nash High School, is the recipient of a Barton W. Stone Scholarship at Barton College. The renewable scholarship will cover $28,000 of tuition, divided into increments of $7,000 per year for four years.
Ms. Reavis is the daughter of Jamie Spain Reavis of Elm City. She will enter Barton College in the fall semester and plans to major in business administration.
Joshua "Josh" Butler of Rocky Mount is among 20 incoming freshmen selected for the prestigious EC Scholars program at East Carolina University.
The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients are admitted to ECU's Honors College and receive a scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of $61,000.
Two hundred and fifty-seven Barton College seniors received diplomas on Sunday, May 17, during the school's 113th annual commencement exercises.
Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2014 and May 2015, and baccalaureate candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer.
Graduates are listed by their hometowns; their names are followed by degrees and majors and, where applicable, honors will appear in parentheses.
Members of the Boys and Girls Club in Nashville got a chance to talk with the Nash County Sheriff's Office and Nashville Fire Department on May 1 during the club's "Nash Bash." Deputy Tyre Carter and Corporal Greg Adams brought their K-9 partners, Rocky and Sasha, to show the kids and to talk about what the dogs do. Fire fighters then talked to the kids about their job and showed them one of their fire engines. Picture above are members of the Boys and Girls Club with Adams and Carter as well as Nashville Fire Fighters.
Seventy-one talented, driven students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were honored on Wednesday, April 22 with the University's most prestigious awards for academic achievement and leadership.
Thomas Benton Moss, III, son of Thomas and Ashley Benton Moss, II, of Enfield received the Jim Tatum Memorial Award, given by the local chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority.
A Memorial Day worship service was held at Peachtree Church on Sunday. All of those who had served in the armed forces were recognized. Special tribute was given to those Peachtree members who had lost their life in the service of their country. Robert Lee Edwards lost his life in France in the Second World War. Eric Vick, son of Faye and Reggie Vick, died in Iraq on April 1, 2007. We will never forget their sacrifices. The choir sang, "Prayer for America".
Darcey James Joyner of Nashville enjoyed his 5th birthday recently with a party at the home of his great-grandparents, Roger and Eileen Shanks.
Tale Talk is one of the many fellowship opportunities offered through ROUMC. We greatly enjoyed our meeting on Tuesday, May 19 when we discusses Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, MD.
Thank you Carl Holland for asking me to write our community news for The Graphic. I really do enjoy it.....when I have something to write about LOL. I am so proud of Aventon and my Aventon family. So many people are miserable and unhappy where they live, but not me! This little community has a lot of history and deep roots. My grandchildren are the 6th generation on our little farm. Memories are everywhere. It's fun to get together with your neighbors and start telling stories on each other and be able to laugh at them and they laugh at you.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.
Many farmers already have a certification form on file since it's required for participation in most USDA programs including marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Brittne K. Gerald graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.