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 FRONT PAGE

Nash braces for looming economy
With a looming economy, Nash County’s Board is trying to take early steps to prepare for what could be a less-than-expected year.
County Manager Bob Murphy updated commissioners at the regular meeting earlier this month on the county’s financial situation. On Friday, commissioners will hold a special called meeting to further discuss budget issues.
Murphy told commissioners February 2 that at the mid-point in the fiscal year, the county was so far holding its own on property tax. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Pictured (L-R) is Theresa Shaw, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties, Melanie Powers and Scott Lewis, President of the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.
YOUTH OF THE YEAR
After moving to a new community 11 years ago, Gail Powers said she didn’t know anyone and decided to send her daughter, Melanie to the Boys and Girls Club for after school care. Today, she said she doesn’t regret that decision.
Last week, Melanie Powers was named the Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties. In March, she will compete for the state Youth of the Year title in Atlantic Beach.  More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

School Board to discuss idea of uniforms for all
The Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) board plans to review uniforms as a policy for all students, elementary through high school, at their next work session. As it stands, any school may adopt the policy if it garners enough parental support but is not a district-wide mandate.
At the board’s meeting Monday night, board member Franklin Lamm explained that in many situations board policy might be written in such a way that it cannot be implemented. There are more parents for uniforms than against it, he said, but the requirements in the current policy hold them back. More ...
Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent - 5 opinions posted

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Renovations underway on old theater building
Nashville’s old theater building will soon be the home of Fields and Cooper, as renovations are underway and expected to be complete sometime in May.
The law office announced its plans to acquire the two story office building in August of 2008. Though the building at 213 W. Washington Street was the home of Nashville’s Theater years ago, more recently, it was the home of Nashville Bingo. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer - 4 opinions posted

Nashville Fire receives grant
A grant from the Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund has helped Nashville’s Fire Department finish out its equipment needs in confined space and trench rescue.
The 2008 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund gave Nashville $6,482, which the town will match, bringing the total amount of funds to $12,964. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Distinguished Citizen Reception is March 5th
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is holding its 2009 Distinguished Citizen of the Year reception Thursday night, March 5 starting at 6:30 p.m., the ceremony is at 7 p.m.
This prestigious award has been given to numerous people over the years, acknowledging outstanding service to the Nashville community.  More ...

Wireless internet offered in Bailey
Nash County’s efforts to gain wireless internet in under served rural areas has finally paid off, as Bailey will be the first area to have the wireless service.
The county has long been working to find ways to offer high speed internet to residents living in rural areas. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Bailey receives certification from Fire, Rescue Management Institute
Tony Bailey, a Captain with Nashville’s Fire Department, recently completed a professional development program at UNC Charlotte.
Bailey went to Charlotte for one week out of the month to participate in the Fire and Rescue Management Institute. The program began in October and ended last week, where Bailey received a Fire and Rescue Management Institute Certificate.  More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Commissioners ask legislators to remember them during budget
Nash County Commissioners met with local legislators last week at Ribeyes Steakhouse in Nashville to discuss the economy and ask that county funds be maintained as much as possible.
Each year, county officials hold the dinner to meet with representatives and discuss pressing issues.
Representatives Angela Bryant, Lucy Allen, A.B. Swindell and Randy Stewart came out to listen to commissioners as well as several county department heads to discuss the needs most pressing to Nash County.  More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nash Central Middle Science Fair Winners
Over 250 science projects were entered into Nash Central Middle School’s 2009 Science Fair this year.
Ten judges comprised of teachers as well as professionals in the science field and parents, came out to help score the projects. Winners are listed below, along with their grade level, teacher and project title.  More ...

Nashville UMC to host special event
Stefan Youngblood will lead Nashville United Methodist Church in an hour of worship on Friday, February 27 from 7 until 8 p.m.
Stefan serves as Director of Contemporary Worship at Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh. He has traveled and worked internationally for 20 years teaching in music, missions and technology. He has led worship and served as a “musicianary” in countries ranging from Tunisia and Tomania, to Azerbaijan and Hong Kong. More ...

NASHVILLE POLICE BRIEFS
ARRESTS
Candie Lauren Smith - 1/29/09 - charged with driving while license revoked, fictitious tags and no insurance.
Lakina Dechelle Green - 1/29/09 - charged with failure to appear for a driving while license revoked charge.  More ...

Nash County Blood Drives for March 2009
Sunday, March 1 from 1 until 5 p.m at Goody’s, 1555 Benvenue Road, Rocky Mount.
Wednesday, March 4 from 12 until 4 p.m. at Moore Chiropractic Injury and Rehab, 1461 Hunter Hill Road, Rocky Mount.  More ...

Correction
An article in last week’s edition incorrectly stated that Christopher Lee Averette and Christopher Wayne Finch were both charged with four counts of burning certain buildings. Averette was charged with four counts. However, Finch was only charged with one count of burning certain building in connection with a fire on December 21, 2008 on Frazier Road. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. More ...

ANNIVERSARY
Charles and Peggy Aycock of Nashville celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on February 24, 2009. More ...

ENGAGED
Garnet and Robert Owens of Nashville and Jeffrey and Delia Smith Bone of Elm City announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Joyce Bone of Raleigh, to Tristan Lance Winstead of Raleigh. He is the son of Elaine Winstead Land of Spring Hope and Glen Land of Nashville. The wedding will take place on June 6, 2009 at 6 p.m. at Sandy Cross United Methodist Church. More ...

ENGAGED
Elaine Turner Hill of Macclesfield and Jeffery Jay Beal of Rocky Mount are pleased to announce their engagement. Elaine is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Turner of Pinetops and Mr. and Mrs. James “Buddy” Gurganus of Tarboro. Elaine is the mother of Brandon Thomas Hill. Jeffery is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson “Buzz” Beal of Rolesville. Jeffery is the father of Andrew Lynch Beal and Rebekah Kaye Beal. The wedding is planned for June 27, 2009 at Nashville United Methodist Church in Nashville. More ...

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Jennifer and Wayne Boykin of Rocky Mount announce the birth of their son, Jackson Spencer Boykin who was born January 27, 2009 at Heritage Hospital in Tarboro. He weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. and was 21.5” long at birth.  More ...

Beulah Community News
I hope everyone has been blessed with a good week. If you have been having some problems I pray that God will bless you with a better week ahead. Just remember, talk to God daily, no matter how things are going for you. We must get on our knees before we can get on our feet. Pray for those who are sick physically, mentally and also spiritually. More ...
WILMA ENROUGHTY

Mt. Zion FWB Church News
Brother Bob Watkins welcomed everyone to Sunday school. There were 93 present. Bryan and Alex Marlowe read Scripture verses for the day. Thought for the day was “To stumble”. “Christians find it hard to stumble when they are down on their knees.” Scripture that inspires this thought: Second Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Our new Sunday school year begins March 1. More ...
ROSALENE BASS

Peachtree Community News
The season of coughs and sniffles continues! The cold weather goes on and on! Spring will be so welcome! It arrives, officially, in one month. More ...
BARBARA HARDISON

Red Oak Community News
What a great day at White Oak Baptist Church Sunday, Feb. 15! Approximately 120 children, leaders, and friends joined together for the North Roanoke Baptist Association GA/CiA Children’s Ministry Day event, “Loving Hearts”. Churches represented included White Oak, Benvenue, Rock Creek, Dortches, Red Oak, Union, Oakdale, Sharpsburg, Oak Level, Sunset Avenue, Hickory, and Fishing Creek. Everyone came with such enthusiasm and excitement as they brought items, made cards, wrote letters, video messages, and created goodies to send to military personnel overseas. More ...
SUZY PEARCE

Brooklyn Community News
The Brooklyn Area Community Watch in Nashville presented a Gang Awareness Workshop for a wide range of community leaders, professionals and citizens. More ...
LENA SESSOMS

Ephesus Community News
On Feb. 16 the Ephesus Women on Mission held their monthly meeting. We discussed our upcoming mission trip to Ridgecrest as well as the Tar River Annual WMU Spring Meeting to be held in April. We prayed for our missionaries at home and abroad. More ...
DEBBIE PHILLIPS

Nashville Elementary Honor Roll
Nashville Elementary School has announced its Honor Roll for the 3rd 6 weeks.  More ...

Local students earn degrees from UNC at Chapel Hill
More than 1,100 students earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the Dec. 14 commencement ceremony, which featured remarks by highly regarded Carolina chemistry professor Valerie Ashby, Ph.D.  More ...

Nash County students earn degrees, honors at UNC-G
Brook A. Taylor of Spring Hope recently received a Bachelor of Arsts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro during the Fall 2008 semester.
Nash residents were also named to UNCG’s Dean’s and Chancellor’s List for the Fall 2008 Semester. More ...

NRMPS Early College students raise funds for Free Will Baptist Children’s Home
Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School students became inspired to give back to their community after reading the story of a young girl, MacKenzie Snyder, who made a huge difference in the lives of foster children living in her neighborhood. This single child’s initiative led to a national campaign that is still active today to provide duffle bags and teddy bears for children in need. More ...

 Editorials

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Infomercials and the new economy
With all the distressing news about the economy these days, one has to wonder how a key component of commerce will be affected — the infomercial/worthless &^%$ business we see advertised on TV.
If you’ve ever watched a second-tier movie channel on a Saturday afternoon, or been unable to sleep at 2 a.m., then you know what I’m talking about.
The products range from Shamwow! to blenders to “male enhancement products” and all things in between. These items have three main things in common: More ...
Mike Brantley

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Youth of the Year event reminded me of how much the Boys & Girls Clubs does for our youth
I almost didn’t attend this year’s Youth of the Year ceremony. There were several other things going on that night and in the end, we had asked the Boys and Girls Club to send us some photos and I’d get up with the winner after the fact. But at the last minute, I changed my mind. I’m glad I did.
Nashville’s own Melanie Powers was named this years Youth of the Year and to say she is deserving of the award is an understatement.  More ...
Amanda Clark

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Congratulations Melanie Powers for a most well deserved honor
As you already know by reading page one of today’s Graphic and Amanda’s column, a local young lady, Melanie Powers, is the recipient of this year’s Youth of the Year Award presented by the Nash/Edgecombe Boys & Girls Club.
I had the honor of participating as a judge last year and witnessing first hand the hard work these youth put into preparing for this event. More ...
Jo Anne Cooper

 Sports

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BIRDS BOUNCING BACK?
PINETOPS - Even though his club’s record is six games on the wrong side of .500, Southern Nash girls basketball coach Scott Collie was still upbeat as the Ladybirds prepared to begin action Tuesday in the Class 3-A State Playoffs.
And for good reason. The Ladybirds have star power in seniors Alyse Hall and Shante Neal -- a near-must for success in the postseason. More ...
Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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RMHS Edges Bulldogs For Crown
PINETOPS -- Most hoops fans in Nash County at one time may have felt the Rocky Mount-Northern Nash rivalry was the most intense.
That intensity has now swung in the direction of any meeting of Rocky Mount and Nash Central.
The two boys’ teams, which battled through two regular season meetings, met for the third time this season Friday in the championship game of the NEW 6 Conference Tournament before a sellout crowd at SouthWest Edgecombe. More ...
Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

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Wacenske fourth at the states
WINSTON-SALEM -- Nash Central High School senior Donny Wacenske capped off his amazing career with a fourth-place finish at last Saturday at the Class 3-A State Wrestling Meet at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Competing in the 171-pound weight class, Wacenske went 3-2 overall to finish his season with a 45-7 mark.
After falling in the semifinals, Wacenske wrestled for third place against David Atwood from Tuscola. More ...
Staff Reports

County teams pick up victories
ROCKY MOUNT -- This might have been a case when the basketball team wanted to get a measure of revenge for its football brethren.
After all, a boys squad from Western Alamance paid a visit on Rocky Mount Monday evening for a first-round NCHSAA 3-A playoff contest. More ...
Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the pairings and scores for the Class 3-A Boys and Girls State High School Basketball Playoffs: More ...
Staff Reports

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East Carolina Pirates enjoy solid weekend
GREENVILLE -- Stephen Batts continued his hot offensive production Sunday afternoon collecting four hits and driving in a pair in No. 27 East Carolina University’s 9-2 baseball series sweep over Monmouth at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The senior left-fielder from Wilmington finished the three-game tilt batting a team-best .643 with nine hits, three RBI, six runs scored and swiped three bases to pace the Pirates to a 3-0 start on the young season.  More ...
Staff Reports

North Carolina Wesleyan drops hoops matchups
ROCKY MOUNT -- In USA South Conference men’s basketball action, the Battling Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses to end the regular season, dropping a 96-90 overtime decision to Averett last Friday before falling victim to a halfcourt buzzer-beater in last Saturday’s 82-79 loss to Ferrum.
The Bishops, who on Saturday honored seniors Buddy Williams (from Southern Nash) and Adam Coleman, entered this week’s USA South Conference Tournament as the league’s No. 5 overall seed. More ...
Staff Reports

COUNTY RECREATION REPORT
NASH COUNTY -- Here are updated results and standings from the 2009 Nash County Parks and Recreation Department’s Youth Basketball League: More ...
Staff Reports

 Entertainment

SHOWDOWN CONTINUES
NASHVILLE – Nash Arts will host its second night of the Nash County’s Got Talent Showdown Thursday night, February 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.
The Showdown is one of many events throughout the year that showcases talent of the Nash County’s Got Talent contestants. More ...

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Julianne Hough to perform in Tarboro Friday night
Edgecombe Community College presents an evening of country music with Julianne Hough on Friday, February 27 2009. The concert takes place at 8:00 p.m. in the Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus of ECC, located at 2009 West Wilson Street.  More ...

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

KEITH DEAN BARNES
NASHVILLE - Keith Dean Barnes, 41, passed away, Thursday, February 19, 2009. He was born July 20, 1967 in Nash County. Visitation was held Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association at 2418 Blueridge Road, Suite 206, Raleigh, NC 27607 More ...

NATASHA Y. WATSON
ROCKY MOUNT - Natasha Y. Watson, 31, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009. More ...

HELEN S. BOSTON
ROCKY MOUNT - Helen Sumler Boston, 86, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in Charlotte. More ...


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