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Former town council member dies
Mary Hobbs McIntyre, a former Nashville Councilwoman and advocate for Nashville’s Harold D. Cooley Library passed away Monday, March 3. She was 71.
Friends remember McIntyre as a woman with many passions. She served on Nashville’s Planning Board for several years and served on Nashville’s Town Council from 1998 until 2001. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Wal-mart opens
Nashville’s Wal-Mart is officially open and to celebrate opening day, the store gave away $18,000 in grant money to eight local organizations.
On Monday evening, those organizations, along with Nashville‘s Town Council, got a sneak peak at the inside of Wal-Mart.
Abigail Davis, the store’s manager, said she is excited for the store’s opening and hopes to be an asset to the community.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Wal-Mart requests color change on new building
On the eve of Wal-Mart’s grand opening, Michael Stocks of Stocks Engineering, approached the Nashville Town Council, on behalf of the retailer, requesting permission to change the color of the newly constructed building.
Stocks said he was approaching the town with mixed direction, due to one group wanting the color to remain green, and another group requesting the color be changed to tan due to a corporate request. He said he believed Nashville is unique and the board needed to make the decision. More ...

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Vincent pleads guilty
Rose Vincent appeared in Nash County Superior Court last week and accepted a plea deal that will put her testifying against her alleged former lover, Mark Bowling.
Vincent was charged with first degree murder and faced the death penalty or life in prison in the shooting death of Julie Bowling, whose body was found in her garage on December 8, 2006. Mark Bowling, Julie’s husband, was also charged with first degree murder. He has also been charged with conspiracy to commit murder. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Red Oak progresses on utilities, traffic concerns
The path toward water and sewer services for the town of Red Oak is clearing, according to Red Oak Mayor Alfred Wester. Wester commented on the ongoing negotiations regarding water and sewer services to the town’s park and schools at the regular March business meeting on Monday.  More ...
By Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

Commissioners approve pay and classification study
Nash County Commissioners approved a pay and classification study on Monday that will put salaries for employees at a more competitive rate.
Sheila Freeman, Human Resources Director for the County, told commissioners the pay plan would reclassify several positions where salaries were found below market. The plan would also eliminate the county’s current 39 pay steps in each grade and replace them with four steps. This salary schedule would include probationary increases. Freeman said the pay plan would also allow for the county to move to a merit plan over the next few months, with implementation in 2009. Finally, the plan would address compression issues. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Party leads to one arrest
An 18-year-old Rocky Mount resident faces disorderly conduct charges after a party got out of control at Nashville’s Community Building.
According to Nashville Police Chief Bill Creech, a party was being held at the Community Building last Friday night. “Apparently, it was teenagers for the most part,” Creech said. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Trina Phan, a second grader at Nashville Elementary School, participates in the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event last week. Students participate in a variety of jump rope activities for an hour. All money raised goes towards the American Heart Association.  More ...

Child struck getting off school bus
A five-year-old was struck by a car while getting off the school bus Monday afternoon.
According to Trooper Travis Holloman, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Carlos Bigler, III was struck by a 1993 Nissan driven by 44-year-old Chirley Hunter Gay of Nashville. Holloman said the school bus was stopped on West Castalia Road when Gay’s vehicle allegedly came up behind the bus and swerved to the right, hitting the child and running off the road. Holloman said the vehicle’s brakes failed. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Citizen of Year banquet is set
Who is Nashville’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year?
Find out by attending the chamber’s annual reception Thursday night.
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 2008 Distinguished Citizen of the Year reception Thursday night, March 6 starting at 6:30 p.m., the ceremony is at 7 p.m. More ...

 Local News

N-RMS LEA improvement plan reviewed
At the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (N-RMS) Parents’ Advisory Meeting last Monday night, assistant superintendent Leorita Hankerson and her staff discussed this year’s Local Educational Agency (LEA) Improvement Plan. Because N-RMS is in its fifth year of school improvement, now in corrective action status, under state guidelines based on Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), the system is required to take corrective action, which, among other things, includes revising last year’s improvement plan. More ...
By Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

County approves sale of land
Nash County’s Board approved a sales contract with Nash Health Care Systems for 59.83 acres located in Middlesex. The approval came following a closed session Monday morning.
Nash Health Care Systems is looking towards Middlesex for expanding its health coverage. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

NCC Dean’s List and Honor Students
Nash Community College recently announced its Dean’s List and Honor Roll students for the Fall 2007 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. Students who qualify for the Honor Roll must earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above and be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours. More ...

Spring Hope accepts donation of land
In a special meeting last Monday evening, Spring Hope’s Board accepted the donation of a small piece of property from May Farm Associates.
The .45 acre parcel is part of the 82 acres May Farm Associates is in the process of selling to Tands, Incorporated. Tands owns Bojangles’ restaurants and has plans to locate a Bojangles on the property. But before the sale is complete, May Farm Associates wants to donate a .45 acre piece of property to the town.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Southern Nash announces students of the month
Southern Nash recently named its Students of the Month. Students are nominated for the honor by faculty and staff based on the idea of what it means to be respectful. Faculty members use the Positive Behavior Support matrix to identify what characteristics exemplify being respectful. More ...

Local pharmacy launches free antibiotic program
Ward Drug Company of Nashville announced recently it is launching a free antibiotics program for the benefit of the entire community. “Ward Drug Pharmacy has always strived to bring patient care to a higher level. With our free antibiotic program, everyone will now have access to the medications they need to get well, regardless of whether or not they have insurance coverage,” said Gary Glisson, RPh and owner. More ...

Grosse named to WCU Dean’s List
Heather Leigh Grosse was one of 1,556 students named to Western Carolina University’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2007.  More ...

Jonathan A. Carroll has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year. More ...

School board supports sales tax
The Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (N-RMS) board voted to support the .25% sales tax (1 cent for every $4) at its meeting Monday night. The Nash County Board of Commissioners proposed this tax in a resolution they created in its meeting Monday morning. More ...
By Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent - 1 opinion posted

Survivor, Luminary, Torch, Event Program Advertisement, and Corporate Forms are available on website www.nashrelay.org
Nash County Relay for Life Dance –March 29 at the Rocky Mount Moose Club, 8-12 p.m., $15 per person. Don Williams DJ. For More info call Gloria Joyner at 903-4849. More ...

Peachtree Community News
Several visitors joined the folks at Peachtree for the morning worship. The sanctuary flowers were given by Warren and Lois Boone in memory of her sister, Thelma Dean Sykes. Pastor Whitehouse chose as his sermon topic “Nothing Can Get Between us and God”. More ...

Ephesus Community News
Rev. Tony Futrell’s message Sunday was “A Most Disagreeable Man,” taken from Jonah 3:1-5. God calls us for a purpose and we should be obedient to his calling always.
Bill Brantley will serve as deacon for the month of March. More ...

Beulah Community News
We are having a great week at Beulah Church of Christ. Sunday morning we heard a great sermon from our minister, Daniel West. We had special music by our choir and also a special in song by Daniel West and his wife, Amy. Daniel sang and Amy accompanied him by sign language. It was really enjoyed by all. Our choir, Daniel and Amy all did a great job. More ...

Mt. Zion FWB Church News
A good number of people attended our annual Sunday school kick-off breakfast, which was cooked by some of our laymen. We all enjoyed their labor of love.  More ...

Castalia Baptist & Community News
Castalia Baptist First Ladies Retreat was held last weekend. An Extra Day Getaway for Ladies on Leap day provided a time of silent & corporate study on “Who Is God?, Who Am I? and Who We Are Together?” with 10 ladies taking part. More ...

Red Oak Community News
Red Oak Baptist Church welcomed new members Megan Smith, Miranda Umphlet, Joe Daughtridge and Steve Jones who were baptized on Feb. 24!  More ...

Homeschool Association to hold free expo March 10
The Christian Homeschool Association of Rocky Mount (CHARM), the largest local homeschool organization in the area, will hold a free, informative education expo on Monday, March 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. CHARM currently serves over 300 students from 135 families in Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties. More ...

Kopczynski joins Partnership
Matthew Kopczynski has joined Down East Partnership for Children as program director. He will work closely with staff in areas related to family resources, child care resource and referrals and the coordinated subsidy program. DEPC provides programs and activities for all children and families in Nash and Edgecombe counties and focuses on services for children from birth to eight years of age. More ...

Hubbard Elementary Honor Roll
Hubbard Elementary School announces the Honor Roll for the third six weeks. More ...

2008 boll weevil fee set
RALEIGH – North Carolina’s boll weevil assessment for 2008 has been set at $2.10 per acre, 40 cents less than last year’s fee. More ...

An article in last week’s Graphic incorrectly stated that 40-year-old Kenneth West Hill was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, assault with a firearm, disorderly conduct and resist, obstruct and delay after an altercation with his father. Hill was in an altercation with his son. We apologize for the error and for any inconvenience this may have caused.  More ...


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Never a dull moment around me, here’s why
When you live with a 6-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 10-month old, you never really have a dull moment.
I admit there are times when a little boredom could be a good thing. But, at least there is plenty of inspiration for columns. Unfortunately, I am unable to relate the best and most interesting stuff due to this being a family newspaper.  More ...
Mike Brantley

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Trying to get fit is really giving me a fit!
My reliance on caffeine has finally gotten the best of me.
As part of my New Year’s resolution, I had vowed I would get healthier and try to eat better and exercise more. One of those goals of eating healthier was to limit my caffeine intake.  More ...
Amanda Clark


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Towne Ties It, 2-2
BUNN - After two unsuccessful tries last week, the Bunn Ladycats found a Nash County foe more to their liking Thursday on a frigid day at the BHS Soccer Field.
Southern Nash was able to control the action for the majority of the contest, but BHS utilized two clutch goals from Ashley Towne -- along with some amazing goalkeeping from Allie Greer -- to salvage a 2-2 tie against the Ladybirds.  More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Northern takes out Wildcats
BUNN -- Northern Nash dropped only 16 singles games and one doubles game during a dominant tennis performance Monday at Bunn.
The visiting Knights cruised to a 9-0 team decision over the Wildcats in a non-conference showdown.  More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Northern Nash defeats Bunn -- again
BUNN -- Conventional wisdom -- and past results -- say that it’s difficult for a team to get up for a rematch against an opponent that it had easily drubbed one week earlier.
Regardless of the sport.
Northern Nash girls soccer coach Joe McCarthy, however, doesn’t buy into the fact that his Lady Knights should be anything less than 100 percent motivated for any match on NN’s 2008 schedule. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Wesleyan standouts honored
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- Behind a solid pitching performance by junior right-hander Ben Moore, the North Carolina Wesleyan baseball squad was able to salvage a USA South split with Christopher Newport over the weekend after downing the Captains by a 9-6 score on Sunday. More ...
From Staff Reports

Nash County squads suffer diamond defeats
NASH COUNTY -- One thing is certain now about Nash County high school baseball this season -- no team will go undefeated.
All four schools lost at least once during the opening games of the season last week. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Sportswriter

CHAPEL HILL -- Here are the boys and girls pairings for this week’s regional prep basketball tournaments: More ...
From Staff Reports

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Hurricanes top Tampa
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes, with the help of Sergei Samsonov’s two goals, defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-1 margin Saturday night in a National Hockey League contest at the RBC Center.
Tampa Bay opened the scoring as newly acquired Jeff Halpern, during a scramble in front of Canes’ goalie Cam Ward, knocked a loose puck through for an early 1-0 lead. More ...
By Dave Buck, Correspondent

Hoops season ends in Nash County
ROCKY MOUNT -- Rocky Mount’s hopes of a second trip to the Eastern Regionals in three years went down hard last Friday night as Northern Vance ousted the Gryphons 76-73 in overtime in NCHSAA 3-A sectional final basketball action.
The Vikings, down 12 points with six minutes left in regulation, erased their deficit thanks to the long-range shooting of guard Darius Dunstan. The Gryphons began turning the ball over in the closing minutes of regulation which played right into the hands of a Viking uprising.  More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Sportswriter

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East Carolina Pirates win home game
GREENVILLE -- East Carolina University junior Justin Bristow threw a complete game two-hit shutout Sunday afternoon to give the Pirates a 6-0 win over Monmouth inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 3-4 on the season and take the series from the Hawks (1-2) two games to one. More ...
From Staff Reports


Marshall Stephenson & The Bluegrass Train Band to perform at Nash Arts
Nash Arts welcomes Bluegrass music to its stage Thursday, March 13 featuring Marshall Stephenson & The Bluegrass Train Band. More ...

Art exhibit and party at Dunn Center pays tribute to Thelonious Monk
André Leon Gray made his art debut at Wesleyan’s Mims Gallery in 1997 and is making a return engagement opening March 14, 2008 in an exhibition titled “eye gumbo: revisited”. Gray’s opening party is 7-9 pm, Friday, March 14 and is free to the public with live jazz by Rocky Mount’s Winston Band featuring vocalist Sherry Winston. This event will be sure to cause much excitement and discussion; Gray’s art is challenging; and, as contemporary as the Winston Band is, its traditions loop back to bebop jazz. This exhibition and event is sponsored by both the Four Sisters Gallery and Wesleyan Student Life. The exhibition runs until May 11, 2008. More ...

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

Carol Jeanette Langley Burnette, 71, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008, at Nash General Hospital. Born March 24, 1936, in Nash County, she was the daughter of the late Wiley Frank and Alma Wood Langley. More ...

PHILADELPHIA – Barbara Alston, formerly of Nashville, died Sunday, March 2, 2008. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Willie Battle Jr., 83, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are being handled by H.D. Pope Funeral Home in Rocky Mount.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Brenda Clark, 55, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral services were held March 2 at Light of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. Burial followed at New St. John Cemetery in Red Oak. Arrangements were handled by H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  More ...

SPRING HOPE –Jimmy Clayton DeGrant, 28, died Saturday, March 1, 2008. A graveside service will be conducted today (Wednesday, March 5) at 2 p.m. at Rocky Cross Baptist Church cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Spring Hope Funeral Home.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Agnes Skinner Harper, 85, passed away February 25, 2008. She was born August 22, 1922 in Nash County. Agnes was the daughter of the late Roy and Catherine Skinner. She is preceded in death by her husband Willie Benjamin Harper; four brothers, Ed, Jessie, Billy, and Harvey Skinner. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – William Hines, 67, died Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro. Funeral arrangements are being handled by H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  More ...

MIDDLESEX – Donnell Howard, 50, died Feb. 27, 2008. Funeral services were held March 1 at the chapel of William Toney’s Funeral Home in Zebulon. Interment followed at Middlesex Memorial Gardens. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Thurman L. Lee, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral services were held March 1 at Gethsemane Holiness Church in Battleboro. Burial followed in the Gardens of Gethsemane. Arrangements were handled by H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  More ...

WHITAKERS – Frances Yvonne Mann, 52, of Whitakers, died Monday, March 3, 2008 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Richardson Funeral Home in Nashville.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Grady Davis Maynor, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are being handled by H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  More ...

NASHVILLE – Mary Meadows, 74, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Arrangements will be announced by Johnson Funerals and Cremations, 661 English Rd. Rocky Mount.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Maggie Pender, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 at Nash General Hospital. Funeral services were held March 3 at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Rocky Mount. Arrangements were handled by H.D. Pope Funeral Home.  More ...

KITTRELL – Thomas Andrew Perry, 73, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008. Funeral services were held Feb. 29 at Concord Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Blalock officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. More ...

SPRING HOPE – Catherine Pridgeon Pulley, 81, died Feb. 26, 2008. Funeral services were held March 1 at Rocky Point Baptist Church. Interment was in the Pridgeon family cemetery in Nashville. More ...

NORLINA – Walter “Kingfish” Robinson, 76, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Funeral services were held March 1 in the chapel of Richardson Funeral Home in Louisburg with the Rev. John Alston officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.  More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Trula Bailey Roebuck died Saturday, March 1, 2008. She was born on February 15, 1930, in Bear Grass, Martin County, daughter of William Clarence Bailey and Mary Ann Bailey. She was the wife of the late William Vernon Roebuck. More ...

BUNN – Gladys M. Scott, 96, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. Funeral services were held March 1 at Bunn Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forest Hill Cemetery in Nashville. More ...

CASTALIA – Lee S. Silver, 88, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Funeral services were held March 1 at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Linda Taybron officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. More ...

ELM CITY – Hazel Joyner Smith, 83, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2008. She was born July 30, 1924 in Nash County. She was the daughter of the late William and Ida Joyner. She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Lee Smith and her son Donald Ray Smith. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT – Shannon L. Webb was born on March 30, 1973. He passed away on March 1, 2008. More ...

May 28, 1955 – March 2, 2008

Johnny Wayne Sullivan, 52, passed away, Sunday, March 2, 2008. He was born May 28, 1955 in Wilson County. Johnny was a member of Castalia Baptist Church. He loved his family and fox hunting. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Sullivan, two brothers, Robert Cremo and Doug Sullivan. More ...

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