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Nash Arts interior receives a face-lift
Nash Arts will have a new look at its next musical event as the arts facility is undergoing renovations to improve its interior look.
Renovations include plastering and painting the walls and ceiling as well as refinishing the hardwood floors and putting down new carpet. Work began in July and is expected to be complete in early September. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Local groups partner to provide assistance
Three local organizations have partnered together to lend Nashville residents a helping hand.
Nashville’s Lions Club, along with Nashville United Methodist Church’s Helping Hands organization and Nash County Social Services, have joined forces to reach all the needs in the area.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Board close to choosing architect for new school
The Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (N-RMS) board has narrowed down the list of architectural firm candidates for the new Rocky Mount High School to two: Shuller, Ferris, Lindstrom, and Associates (SFL+a) and Oakley Collier (OC).
The board listened to presentations by four architectural firms Monday night, and after a short discussion, voted on whether to select SFL+a as their final choice. Because the vote was not unanimous, as six voted for and four voted against, the board will officially vote to select a firm at their next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. More ...
By Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

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Buck Williams (at left) talks with UNC Coach Roy Williams Saturday at the Phil Ford Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Ford’s Colony. The event was a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe County. (Photo by Amanda Clark)
Phil Ford Golf Tournament is a success
Rocky Mount native and sports figure Phil Ford returned to his hometown this past weekend to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties.
The first annual Phil Ford Celebrity Golf Classic was held on Saturday at Ford’s Colony. On Friday night, the annual Black Tie Gala was held in conjunction with the golf tournament. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Spring Hope to apply for $700,000 grant
The Town of Spring Hope will apply for $700,000 in CDBG grant funds to help fix up a neighborhood.
Spring Hope’s Board approved moving forward with the application during its regular meeting last week. If approved $595,000 of the money would be used to fix up a portion of W. Franklin Street. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Nash Boys and Girls Club members provide education on under-aged tobacco sales
Four Junior Staff members from Nash County’s Boys and Girls Club performed Merchant Education in six local stores last week to educate store clerks about the under-aged tobacco sale laws.
On Monday, August 4; Tanesha Edwards, Mercedez Haywood, Brittany McLean, and Israel King of Nash County Boy’s and Girl’s Club visited Jack’s Grocery on Hwy 97, CVS Pharmacy and Food Lion on Gold Rock Rd, Kangaroo Express, Food Lion and L&L on Eastern Ave. The students talked with store clerks and managers about the under-aged tobacco laws and techniques to identify an under aged tobacco purchaser. “This was a very eye opening experience”, said Mercedez Haywood of Boy’s and Girl’s Club.  More ...

NRMS welcomes new teachers
Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System recently welcomed 38 Initially Licensed Teachers (ILTs) during a 3-day orientation and training held at Rose Hill Conference Center.
Teachers were given a first-class welcome to Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and the twin county community by local education and corporate leaders during the orientation session. Educators also received a wealth of hands-on teaching materials to assist them as they begin their teaching careers.  More ...

Two Nash residents graduate from Pitt Community College
Pitt Community College recently announced its Summer 2008 graduates, including two Nash County residents.
Jeremy Scott Blanton, of Rocky Mount, received a diploma in radiation therapy. Lea Anne Flora, also of Rocky Mount, received a diploma in nuclear medicine. More ...

Mr. and Mrs. Robbie and Sherry Jones, of Sharpsburg are proud to announce the birth of their son, Thomas Wade Jones, born July 10, 2008 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. More ...

Ephesus Community News
Rev. Dougald McLaurin was speaker at Ephesus Church on Sunday morning during the worship hour. His message was “The Singular Priority of Christ”. We appreciate his messages as he prepares us for a new pastor, hopefully soon. More ...

Mt. Zion FWB Church News
Our Sunday school attendance dropped again today. With a total of 87, including 1 visitor. Welcome to each of you. Brother Bob Watkins welcomed everyone and said, “It’s a great time to be in the house of God.” He says it every Sunday and I believe he means it. Any day or night is a great time to be in the house of God. Anthony Puckett read the verse for today. Our lesson was from the book of James and spoke about the evil or good a tongue can do. We must all strive to control our tongue and use it to glorify God. More ...

Red Oak Community News
The youth of Red Oak Baptist Church enjoyed a retreat last weekend at Lake Gaston. More ...

Peachtree Community News
On Sunday morning, the Rev. Jack Edge filled the pulpit in the absence of Pastor Whitehouse, who is recovering from eye surgery on Thursday. Rev. Edge’s sermon topic was “Finding Yourself. Finding God.” It was based on the scripture passage from Isaiah 6: 1-8. He pointed out that God chooses people to carry out His work on earth. He said that too many are trying to take a spiritual bird bath, rather than being fully cleansed from sin. The choir sang “Oh How I Love the Name of Jesus”, accompanied and directed by Jane May, Music Director. More ...

Beulah Community News
Attention - Please join us this Sunday night at Beulah Church at 6:00. Mark your calendar and make your plans to invite friends and neighbors. The New Hope Quartet from Sims will join us at Beulah for some great music and fellowship. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow at the fellowship hall. We hope to see you there. More ...

Spaulding Alumni Association to host annual reunion activities
The C.C. Spaulding Alumni Association of Spring Hope is once again looking forward to its annual gathering during this upcoming Labor Day Weekend. They will be coming from all four corners of America. The graduating class of 1958 will be in the spotlight this year. The featured speaker for the banquet will be Mrs. Paula Hamilton-Edwards, who presently resides in Apex. Mrs. Hamilton is the daughter of Mr. James and Edna Thomas Hamilton. Paula’s mother, Mrs. Edna Hamilton is a C.C. Spaulding alumnus, class of 1958. More ...

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Sometimes folks can do the craziest things
I’ve been on the road most of the week, so next week, I’ll have some interesting thoughts to share with you. In the meantime, I thought I’d clean out the notebook, inbox and reader comment section of my computer ... More ...
Mike Brantley

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The stars were shining at celebrity tournament
The Boys and Girls Club held a successful golf tournament this weekend but then again, you can’t expect anything but success when you involve the UNC Tarheels.
The tournament was done with the help of Rocky Mount native Phil Ford, who went on to play basketball for the Tarheels and then moved on to the NBA. It’s admirable that someone of Ford’s stature would come back to his hometown and help the Boys and Girls Club. Even more admirable are the other celebrities Ford got to come out to participate.  More ...
Amanda Clark

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It’s time to look at a bigger picture of downtown
Years ago, prior to Hurricane Floyd, I remember having many conversations with downtown Nashville property owners, former Nashville Town Council members and folks in the community regarding the fate of the buildings on Washington Street, between the courthouse and the County Office Building. Many became even more concerned right after several buildings were torn down to make room for the County Office Building in 1996. More ...
Jo Anne Cooper


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Scoring Jamboree
RALEIGH - When Kevin Crudup said he was going to keep the option in Nash Central’s offense, he wasn’t kidding.
Not only do the Bulldogs have the read-option, but they also have plenty of options that are destined to provide preparation fits for opponents during the 2008 football campaign. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Firebirds prepare for year
STANHOPE -- When a team has a young roster, it’s almost always a blessing to have an extra week to prepare for regular season action.
That’s the way Southern Nash head coach Brian Foster feels after losing 18 starters from last year’s Firebirds’ football contingent. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Southern Nash To Sparkle In 2008?
STANHOPE -- As usual, Jeremy Perry expects a competitive season from his Southern Nash High School boys soccer squad.
But once again, the Firebirds will need to make their way through a grueling schedule in order to enjoy success in the Class 3-A NEW-6 Conference, which features the likes of soccer titans Northern Nash, Rocky Mount and Wilson Fike. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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NNHS set to play at FHS event
FRANKLINTON -- Northern Nash will participate in the inaugural Garman Hopes Labor Day Cup Boys Soccer Tournament from Aug. 26-30.
Matches will be played at the Franklinton High School Football Field and the Franklinton Recreation Park in Franklin County. More ...
From Staff Reports

Game to have Nash flavor
GREENSBORO -- Normally when the North Carolina Coaches Association sends out a press release, the big news in Nash County is whether an area player has made an East-West roster in football, basketball or soccer.
Recently, the NCCA released a list of the 2009 East-West All-Star Football Game coaching staffs, and that roster had everyone talking in Nash County. The contest will be played next July at Jamieson Stadium on the campus of Greensboro Grimsley High School. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

Goodwin sparkles in All-Star event
ROCKY MOUNT -- Brian Goodwin kept up his string of winning Most Valuable Player awards two weekends ago. But this time, it was on a national stage.
The Rocky Mount High School rising senior earned another MVP trophy as he delivered the score-tying hit before coming home with the winning run in helped the East beat the West 4-2 in the sixth annual Aflac All-American High School All-Star Game. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

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Mudcats close in on 2nd-half title
JACKSON, TENN. -- Chris DeLaCruz doubled home three runs to break a 4-4 tie in the nightcap and lead the Carolina Mudcats to a 7-5 win and a doubleheader split against first-half champion West Tenn before 5,045 fans at Pringles Park last Saturday night in a Class AA Southern League baseball event.
The Mudcats (35-20) lowered their magic number to clinching the second-half title to eight over second-place Tennessee. More ...
From Staff Reports

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

NASHVILLE - Lettie Mae Jones Webb, 94, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Autumn Care of Nashville. She was born January 14, 1914 in Franklin County. She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph C. and Maggie Jones; two sisters, Lillie May and Nellie Alford; four brothers, Leroy Jones, Ervin Jones, Eddie Jones, and Rev. J.C. Jones; two sons, William D. Creekmoore and Bruce Creekmoore; husbands, James Ervin Creekmoore and Ambrose Archie Webb of Albemarle, NC. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Maggie Lee Flora Powell, 92, passed away Monday, August 18, 2008. She was born January 5, 1916 in Wilson County to the late Willie Lee Flora and Almetta Virginia Walston Flora. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl Powell of Rocky Mount. More ...

Lucille Griffin Fisher, 88, passed away, Sunday, August 17, 2008. She was born August 28, 1919 in Franklin County. She was the daughter of the late George Duke and Georgeanna Swanson Griffin. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lewis S. Fisher. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Alexander Ruffin Sr., age 68, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at New Destiny Church. Interment followed immediately at Gardens of Gethsemane. More ...

WHITAKERS - Daisy Mirend Dunn, 70, died Monday, August 11, 2008. Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, August 17, 2008, at 12:00 noon at Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Burial followed in the Philadelphia Baptist Church cemetery. More ...

NASHVILLE - Christine Grace Frazier, 88, passed away, Wednesday, August 13, 2008. She was born November 28, 1919 in Nash County. She was the daughter of the late Joe and Mabel Pullen Evans. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Frazier and son, Gene Paul Frazier. More ...

SANDY CROSS - James Edwards Worrell, 81, passed away, August 12, 2008. He was born, June 26, 1927 in Nash County. He was the son of the late, Joseph Guy and Bertha Poland Worrell. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. More ...

NASHVILLE – Grace Louise Lynch, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2008. She was born in Wilson County, NC, November 8, 1923, the daughter of the late Cleveland and Zula Lucas Wells. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Nancy Gray Joyner, age 77, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2008 at her residence. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Mt. Zion First Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Privott officiating. Interment followed immediately after the service at Rocky Mount Memorial Park. More ...

Bailey - Charles M. “Country Boy” Cook, 82, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008. He was the son of the late James and Myra Hollaway Cook. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Cook, his granddaughter, Bridgett Marie Kelly. More ...

HOLLISTER - Jerry Rome “Bone” Johnson, 44, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2008. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. from Hollister Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Stanley Ray Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the Hollister Chapel Baptist Church cemetery. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Daisy Mae Mitchell Finch, 54, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2008. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Word Tabernacle with the Rev. James Gaillard officiating. Burial will follow in the New St. John Baptist Church cemetery. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Ruby Cooley, 92, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2008. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at Johnson Funerals and Cremations on English Road. A graveside service will be held at 11am at Forest Hills Cemetery in Nashville. More ...




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