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Town Council may challenge mayor's action
Nashville's Town Council is prepared to challenge the mayor's decision of naming Councilman Donald Street Mayor pro tem.

During the council's regular meeting last week, Mayor Warren Evans unexpectedly announced his decision to name Street Mayor Pro tem for Evans' last term. The item was not listed on the agenda for discussion. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Vincent, Bowling
Bowling, Vincent may face death penalty
A Nash County judge told a Rocky Mount businessman and his alleged mistress at their first court appearance Tuesday, they were eligible for the death penalty if convicted of first degree murder.

Mark Bowling, 36 and Rose Deloris Parker, 27 had their first appearance Tuesday morning in Nash County District Court. Judge William G. Stewart set their probable cause hearing for January 2 and told each of them they could face the death penalty if convicted. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Castalia board questions set up of committee
Castalia Commissioners met on Tuesday, December 5 for their regular town meeting and to hold a Christmas open house to highlight the progress of the community to local dignitaries. However, during the meeting session, two Castalia commissioners raised questions about the formation of a committee without their knowledge or consent. More ...
By Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

Board studies options for new school districts
At a special work session Monday night, the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools' (N-RMS) Board of Education reviewed plans for eight of the 17 elementary school districts in the system. Mark Strickland, N-RMS special assistant for auxiliary services, presented the board with three different redistricting maps for these eight schools. More ...
By Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

Public questions council about library project
Nashville's board approved a resolution authorizing the filing of an application for approval of a financing agreement for the purchase and renovation of the town's proposed library. Approval was given during a called meeting Monday night.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Fish the Magish
Rachel Osterhoudt helps Fish the Magish with a magic paper trick last Thursday at Nash Arts. Fish the Magish performed a Christmas magic show for the children. The program was sponsored jointly by Friends of the Library (Nashville Cooley Library) and Nash Arts. More ...

Sidewalk projects begin
The Town of Nashville will soon move forward with putting in new sidewalks along Washington and South First Streets.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Cedar Isle competes at State Fair
Cedar Isle Dairy of Nash County competed in the Dairy Show at this year's N.C. State Fair in October. In the open competition the heifers placed as follows: Darby (Spring Calf Class, 7th place), Chrissy (Spring Calf Class, 16th place), Paige (Spring Calf Class, 17th place), Emily (Winter Calf Class, 7th place) Chancey (Fall Calf Class, 8th place), Massey (Winter Yearling Class, 3rd place), Pearl (Fall Yearling Class, 5th place) More ...

Couple found dead in Nash County
The bodies of a Myrtle Beach couple were found Monday after North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers were alerted to a submerged car off I-95 between the 139 and 140 mile markers.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

High speed chase loops through Nash County
A high speed chase that started in Zebulon looped through Nash County before ending in Wendell with the suspect wrecking the 1991 blue Chrysler Lebaron he had stolen.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

NCC hosts annual golf classic
The Seventeenth Annual Nash Community College Foundation Golf Classic raised a record-setting goal of $33,244 for student scholarships. The tournament was held at Birchwood Country Club in Nashville on October 5 with 136 golfers participating.  More ...

Nash Central Middle School Honor Rolls
Nash Central Middle School recently announed its honor rolls for the second six weeks grading period.  More ...

 Editorials

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The Soap Box annual Christmas shopping guide
By the time this column hits newsstands, we'll be T-minus two weeks 'til Christmas.

In my family, this is known as Shopping Armageddon.

That is because the latently insane among us will all congregate at Wal-Mart, or a mall at precisely the same time on the remaining Friday nights and Saturdays.  More ...
Mike Brantley

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15 wrongs don't make a right, even in government
Last week's appointment of Councilman Donald Street as mayor pro tem by current Mayor Warren Evans was against the town's charter which specifies how the mayor pro tem is to be selected each year.

According to the town's charter ordinance, "the council shall choose one of its members as vice-chairman, who shall act as mayor pro tem." More ...
Jo Anne Cooper

 Sports

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NC Pulls Away
LOUISBURG - Louisburg had the momentum, but Nash Central had timing on its side during a non-conference prep wrestling matchup last Thursday at the historic Edward Best Gymnasium in Franklin County.

Host LHS had trimmed its deficit to just four points midway through the team event, but the performers on the Bulldogs' bench weren't sweating things. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Bulldogs win test vs. Bunn
BUNN -- Nash Central's hot start -- and Bunn's cold shooting -- helped provide for another victory last Friday for the on-fire Bulldogs' boys basketball squad.

Central led by as many as 13 points early in the second quarter before holding off a late BHS threat to score a 52-47 decision over the host Wildcats. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Battle, Williams to take part in Shrine Bowl
STANHOPE -- Head coach Brian Foster insists that his players work hard as members of the Southern Nash football team.

Foster correctly theorizes that a strong work ethic -- along with discipline and responsibility -- will reap benefits on the field, in the classroom and later in life.

Foster can site Kwamaine Battle and Nick Williams as perfect examples of his theory. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

Hansley travels to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE -- Whitakers resident Derrick Hansley, Jr. represented the area in the Pepsi/NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition, which was held Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. More ...
From Staff Reports

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More Tough Luck
STANHOPE -- During the 2005-06 campaign, the Southern Nash Ladybirds lost then-senior starters Jessica Hagler and Amanda Sagadraca to devastating torn anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

Thanks to the strong play of some younger performers, the Ladybirds were still able to post a respectable record. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

Local hoops teams take to the road
KINSTON -- Several Nash County basketball teams were on the road last Friday evening. But very few of them came home with a victory. One of the few was the girls team from Rocky Mount. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

NEW-6 resumes swim sked
ROCKY MOUNT -- The third NEW-6 Conference prep swim meet of the season was held last Tuesday at the Rocky Mount YMCA. More ...
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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

CLEVELAND FOSTER
Cleveland "Cle" Foster, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Bunn Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Hines officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery. More ...

DOLLIE TAYLOR
Dollie Mae Taylor, 104, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. Funeral services were to be held today (Dec. 13) at 12 p.m. at St. Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Spring Hope. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. More ...

FRANKIE SILVER
HOLLISTER – Frankie "Nap" Silver, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at White Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Silver family cemetery. More ...

JAMES BRAKE
James "Boot" Brake, 50, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Stample officiating. Burial will follow in the Hollingsworth family cemetery. More ...

Helen Ricks Batchelor
Durham – Helen Ricks Batchelor, 84, died Wednesday , December 6, 2006 at the Pavilion at Croasdaile Village, a Methodist retirement community in Durham, NC. She was born in Nashville, North Carolina on February 13, 1922, to the late Baldy and Bessie Ward Batchelor. She resided in Nashville until she moved to Croasdaile Retirement Community in 1985.  More ...


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