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Nash to release inmates with new electronic monitoring
Nash County Commissioners approved the implementation of an electronic monitoring program to go along with a pre-trial release program the Sheriff’s Office started last year.
Sheriff Dick Jenkins came before the board with the request. The pre-trial release program was funded through state funds and allowed the hiring of Ken Craft, who works closely with jail administration, district attorney’s office and the courts to identify inmates who could be safely released from jail prior to their court dates. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Cliff Joyner (at left) presents Wilmer A. “Sonny” Brantley (at right) with the Distinguished Citizen plaque last Thursday during the Chamber’s annual reception.
Chamber names Brantley Distinguished Citizen
A lifelong Nash County resident was this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.
Wilmer A. “Sonny” Brantley was recognized last Thursday night during the Nashville Chamber’s annual Distinguished Citizen Reception.
Chamber board member Cliff Joyner presented the award to Brantley. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Spring Hope approves ordinance to allow electronic gaming
Spring Hope Commissioners approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance that will allow electronic gaming in the heavy industrial district.
The issue has been in discussion for several months, after Express Net requested a special use permit to operate such a facility in town. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nash Health Care starts year with low volumes
January and February proved to be bad months for Nash Health Care Systems, as numbers have dropped during what normally is a busy time for hospitals.
Al Hooks, Chief Financial Officer for Nash Health Care Systems, presented the January Financial Report last Thursday during the board’s regular meeting.
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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Nashville man to face Swindell in primaries
A Nashville man has filed to run in the primaries against Senator A.B. Swindell, who represents District 11.
Dennis Nielsen filed February 26, the last day for filing. Nielsen, a Democrat, will face Swindell in primary elections on May 4. The winner of that race will go on to face three Republican candidates in the general election set for November 2. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Edmonds takes helm at Nashville’s Boys & Girls Club
Sophia Edmonds is the new Unit Director at Nashville’s Boys and Girls Club.
Edmonds is not new to the Boys and Girls Club. She started as a Program Assistant in 2007 at the South Edgecombe unit in Pinetops. In 2008, she went to the Edgecombe County Unit in Princeville as its Program Director and on January 1, 2010, spent her first day in Nashville as the site’s Unit Director. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Attendance at Republican Convention soars
Despite  the overwhelming majority of Democrats currently lodged in both the state and federal seats of power, local Republicans are increasingly optimistic that the political landscape is about to change in their favor.  If the turnout at the most recent Nash County Republican Convention is any indication, that prediction may come true. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

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Beyond the Call of Duty Award
Nashville’s Fire Department received the Beyond the Call of Duty Award last week during the Distinguished Citizen Reception at Nash Arts. Pictured on the back row (L-R) is: Engineer Larry Hill, Chief Tim Pope, Firefighter Bill Jones and Engineer Robbie Bobbitt. On the fron row (L-R) is: Engineer Lee Coppedge, Firefighter Brandon Lindsey and Engineer Jason Whitford.
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Special recognition for business
The Nashville Graphic received the award for special recognition for business. Pictured (L-R) is: Amy Beasley, Chamber Board member, Jo Anne Cooper, Graphic Publisher, Deborah Tucker, Jerome Turner, Cindy Hale, Doris Smith, Chuck Lewis (freelance photographer), Amanda Clark and Chris Felder, all staff at the Graphic.
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Gift presented
Spring Hope’s Volunteer Fire Department recently presented a $300 gift to the Nash Community College Foundation in support of the Nash Community College Fire and Health Services program and the college’s Public Safety Training Facility. The NCC Public Safety Training Facility is a two-story laboratory used for training Fire and Health Services students and local emergency services personnel.
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Future Graphics moves to facility in Middlesex
Future Graphics Inc, recently announced they have located in Middlesex. 
Future Graphics is a commercial printing company specializing in high-impact advertising and direct mail printing. They have one- to six-color printing, specialty die cutting, binding, and laminating capabilities.  The company has relocated from the Zebulon area to the former Fawn Plastics building on Hwy 264A in Middlesex. More ...

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Lamar receives special award for contributions
Wardlaw Lamar, attorney for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) board of education, is the recipient of a special award for contributions he and his wife have made to gifted and talented education in the state.Lamar’s wife, Susan, passed away in November 2008 after battling pancreatic cancer. More ...
Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

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Nashville Elementary School Battle of the Books
Nashville Elementary School held its Battle of the Books last Thursday morning. Four teams of fifth grade students competed in the event. The Purple Pirates were the first place winners of the event and will move on to compete in a county-wide competition for elementary schools. This is the first time a county competition has been held. Pictured above are members of the Purple Pirates. From (L-R): Savannah Heath, Austin Luper, Trey Lewis, Katie Grischow, Wrayshon Battle and Madilyn Godwin.

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Nashville Elementary School Battle of the Books, 2
The Blue Bookworms were third place winners in Battle of the Books at Nashville Elementary School. Pictured (L-R) is: Payton Engelking, Jordan Cherry, Jacob Richardson, Spencer Johnson, Ricardo Martinez and Ann Wood.
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Students at Red Oak Middle School were able to learn first hand about writing and publishing a book recently, thanks to Roy Cooper, Jr., retired attorney and father of NC Attorney General Roy Cooper, III. Eighth graders at the school were writing and illustrating a book of their own to share with first graders at Red Oak Elementary. Cooper talked about his experiences writing and publishing his own book, “Between the Creeks: My Sapony Adventures.” More ...

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Fantastic Art Students of the Week
Nash Central Middle School art teacher Jennifer Parrigin started a program last year to recognize students for positive behavior. The “Fantastic Art Students of the Week” program recognizes positive things students do in class. Parrigin’s “Fantastic Art Students” of the week for February 16 through 19 and for Feb. 22 through 26 are pictured (L-R): Houshun Gains and Perla Valencia. Not pictured is Montez Taylor, Mary Lane, Joshua Johnson and Jamal Bullock. More ...

Locals named to Dean’s, President’s List at Barton
Barton College named 18 students to the President’s List and 213 students to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2009 Semester. President’s List students compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average; Dean’s List students achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or better on a four-point scale.
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Nash residents earn degrees from UNC
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, 20 commencement ceremony, which featured remarks by Dr. Lisa Carey, associate professor of medicine and UNC Breast Center medical director. More ...

Bailey Fire Dept. awarded grant
Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Bailey Fire Department, Green Hornet F. Dis. Inc. was awarded a $2,445.00 grant through the 2009 Volunteer Rescue/EMS Fund from the State of North Carolina.
The check will be mailed to Chief Timothy Wilson to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment, which must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. More ...

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Mt. Zion FWB Church News
Brother Bob Watkins welcomed everyone to Sunday school and reported 88 in attendance. Today being the first Sunday in the month, we recognized all those with a birthday this month and sang “Happy Birthday” to them. They were presented a small gift. More ...

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Red Oak Community News
Several ladies from Red Oak Baptist Church attended the Adopt-a-Dorm Bible Study at Fountain Correctional Center on Monday, March 1.  Jean Stallings led the study with others present including Jean Mellor, Audrey Pearce, Suzy Pearce, Hazel Hill, Nell Boone, and Marilyn Boone. More ...

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Gospel Concert
Northside Community Church in Rocky Mount will hold a Relay for Life Rally on Sunday, March 14 from 4 until 7 pm. The Southern Gospel Music group “It’s All About Him” will be performing in concert. The concert is free but a love offering will be taken. The church will also hold a hot dog sale. All proceeds from the Rally will be donated to Relay for Life. The church is located at 1660 Beaver Pond Dr. For more information, call 252-985-2985.
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Peachtree Community News
Pastor Whitehouse continued his sermon on the topic, “Without God, We Don’t Have a Chance- Part II”.  The scriptural basis was Matt. 6:13a.  We reiterated that we are not able to commend ourselves to God by being good.  It is by God’s grace that we can pray directly to him.  The choir sang “Take My Life, Lead Me Lord”, directed by Pastor Whitehouse.  Sanctuary flowers were given by Beth Baines and Kezia Griffin in memory of Spencer and Willie Griffin. More ...

Ephesus Community News
Sunday’s worship service began as David (D.C.) Cash read our message in word from John 2:1-12.  Pastor David Eidson led worship as he told the story of Jesus turning water into wine.  From John 2:10 (NIV)  Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now! More ...

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Beulah Community News
Attention: Every person who attended our monthly fish fry last Friday night. We want to thank each one of you for making the fish fry a huge success! We want to apologize to those of you who came, and our fish had given out. We sent out and got extra fish to fry for another company but in the meantime several of our friends were  not able to wait for plates. More ...

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Locals attend Soybean Forum
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association held its first annual Soybean Producers Forum meeting at the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, February 4, 2010.  Jeff Wuebker, President of the Ohio Soybean Association, was the keynote speaker.  Wuebker discussed how Ohio soybean producers and animal agriculture producers collaborated to support livestock and poultry production, including the support of a successful ballot initiative creating the Ohio Livestock Standards Care Board to govern the care and well-being of livestock and poultry. More ...

Relay for Life News
Fish Fry: Churches United’s Relay for Life team is having a Fish Fry on Friday, March 12 from 11am until 6pm at the OD Moore Building, South Alston St, Nashville. $6 per plate. For tickets or information, please call Wiley or Brenda at 252-459-7047. More ...

Nash County Blood Drives for March 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 from 12 until 6 p.m. at Spring Hope Elementary School, on the corner of McLean and Hopkins Street in Spring Hope
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NCDOT to hold public meeting for Rocky Mount connector
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an informal design public meeting on Tuesday, March 16, regarding the proposed Rocky Mount Southern Connector.
The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. at the South Rocky Mount Community Center, located at 517 Ravenwood Drive in Rocky Mount.
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A few real lessons I’ve learned in life
They say that when you quit learning you’ve quit life — or, at least registered for Introduction to Microeconomics at college.
I am proud to say I learn something new every day, whether I like it or not. I say it is because I have a Beautiful Mind. Others would argue this is because I spent so many years of my youth not learning a thing, as evidenced by my actions. Six of one, two dozen of the other, I say. More ...
Mike Brantley

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Congratulations to Mr. Brantley, our newest Distinguished Citizen
t’s always an honor to get to attend the Nashville Chamber’s Distinguished Citizen Banquet each year. I enjoy getting to see the many faces that attend and I always feel honored to be surrounded by so many of the past recipients of the award.
As I go down the list each year and see who has been honored in the past, I recognize almost all of the names, even those that have passed on that I never even met. Each of those listed are certainly deserving of the award, as is this year’s recipient, Mr. Sonny Brantley. More ...
Amanda Clark

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Distinguished examples of serving the community
Congratulations to Mr. Wilmer A. “Sonny” Brantley who was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce last week!
Mr. Brantley has graciously given back to this community in so many ways for many, many years.

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Jo Anne Cooper

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Backward Glances
This photo was originally published April 27, 1972. Ann Freeman of Nashville was photographed advancing the clock forward one hour to remind people that Daylight Savings Time was to begin that Sunday. This year, we’ll spring forward one hour March 14th. More ...

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Creating jobs by setting government straight
Imagine this: A state agency is looking to buy ovens for a cafeteria, and a North Carolina company in your hometown is competing for the contract.
But an out-of-state company comes in with the lowest bid at $100,000. Even if the North Carolina company’s bid is just a few dollars more, the out-of-state company wins the contract because state government chooses the low bid. More ...
Gov. Bev Perdue

What are we really stimulating?
Did you know that $2,202,752 stimulus money for North Carolina, for which you will be taxed, went to pay for study of monkeys using cocaine; a dance theatre; a study of reducing hot flashes through yoga; collecting, researching and reporting on the stimulus act; to create interactive dance performance technology; an American Dance Festival; construction of a new town hall in Bladenboro; North Carolina Folk Life Institute; preservation of an insect collection, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra? More ...
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BIG CUT. Southern Nash’s Chris Martin fouls off a pitch for the Firebirds during Monday afternoon’s non-conference home baseball game against the Louisburg Warriors. LHS won the matchup by a 2-1 margin.
STANHOPE -- After three straight victories to open the season, the Southern Nash Firebirds were thrown a curve Monday against the Louisburg Warriors.
Plenty of them, in fact.
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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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CHASE SCENE. Southern Nash’s Jacy Barnes (right) sends a pass to a teammate while Jessica Winstead (left) defends during a drill as part of Monday afternoon’s girls soccer practice session on the SNHS campus in Stanhope.
All About Offense For SNHS
STANHOPE -- It’s all about the offense here Southern Nash girls soccer coach John Matthews describes his club’s potential fortunes during the 2010 season.
The Ladybirds have been competitive on the defensive end during Matthews’ five years on campus -- three as an assistant before the last two as head coach. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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SN’s golf squad on the links
LOUISBURG -- Southern Nash’s golf team, coached by Scott Collie, hit the links last week as part of a three-team match against South Granville and Louisburg.
The event was held at Bull Creek Golf and Country Club in Franklin County, with Louisburg serving as the match host.
South Granville came away with a six-stroke victory as the Vikings racked up 359 shots, compared to 365 for Southern Nash. More ...
Staff Reports

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PLAYING CATCH-UP. Northern Nash’s Rema Alzer and Quatasia Harris try to track down Northern Vance’s Emily Ellington (13) during last week’s match in Henderson.
Northern’s Building Plan
HENDERSON -- Claire Fleming scored for the Northern Nash Lady Knights as part of a 1-1 draw last Friday against Northern Nash in a non-conference girls soccer matchup.
Fleming’s tally gave NN a 1-0 advantage 19 minutes in, but the Lady Vikings responded with the equalizer two minutes later.
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Staff Reports

CHAPEL HILL -- Here is this Saturday’s schedule for the annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s State Basketball Championships:
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Pirates claim title at LeClair tourney
GREENVILLE -- Cam Freeman’s two-run home run in the eighth inning coupled with a strong pitching performance from Seth Maness helped No. 11 East Carolina University to a 5-4 win over in-state foe West Carolina Sunday afternoon in the Seventh Annual Keith LeClair Classic at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
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County baseball heats up
NASH COUNTY -- Quality pitching. Supposedly, it’s the one thing Rocky Mount has more of than anyone else this spring, if listen to the baseball coaches in the Big East Conference.
With hurling talents like lefty senior Hobbs Johnson and junior Benton Moss returning (both headed to North Carolina once their prep careers are over), the coaches overwhelmingly voted the Gryphons to the top spot in their 2010 preseason poll. More ...
CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Correspondent

NC Wesleyan finishes road trip
DEMOREST, GA. --  North Carolina Wesleyan College’s baseball team wrapped up its recent Spring Break road trip on Sunday afternoon with an 11-7 win over Denison University at Piedmont College.
The Battling Bishops, who dropped two-game sets to John Carroll and Heidelberg at Florida’s Snowbird Classic earlier in the week, went 1-2 at Piedmont’s tournament and now stand at 6-9 overall. More ...
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Southern Nash High School girls soccer coach John Matthews (center) instructs his players during a recent practice session on the SNHS campus in Stanhope.
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Southern Nash’s Tevin Boykin avoids this pitch during Monday’s home game against Louisburg.
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Southern Nash’s Tevin Boykin (on ground) steals second base as Louisburg’s Dustin Jones receives the ball during Monday’s diamond event.
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Former Northern Nash High School standout Melissa Williams is having an excellent season as a sophomore member of the Peace College softball squad in Raleigh. Williams (with glove) is shown at catcher during a recent game. So far this year, Williams is batting .333 (second on the club) with 18 hits (first on the team) and eight RBI. Williams has helped the Pacers to a 10-6 record.
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Possum Jenkins Band
Nash Arts welcomes the Possum Jenkins Band to its stage on Friday, March 12, 2010. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Nash Arts Center is located at 100 E. Washington Street, Nashville, NC 27856. For more information or tickets call 252-459-4734.
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Northern Nash Wind Ensemble
The fifty-four musicians of the Northern Nash Wind Ensemble have practiced intensely for many weeks to prepare an hour long program of intricate material that they performed at the National Concert Festival in Indianapolis on March 4th.  The Wind Ensemble is one of only 16 concert bands from around the country who were invited to participate. The students have taken the honor seriously, spending hours after school and on weekends rehearsing and fine tuning their music.
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Rocky Mount Debu-ette Club
The Rocky Mount Debu-ette Club hosted a raffle drawing at Via Cappuccino on Saturday, February 6th.  The amount of $6,620 was raised to support local charities and the gifting of scholarships at the Debu-ette Presentation to be held in June. Pictured from left to right are McCall Ballentine, Lauren Knight, and Abby Schatzman.
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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

CASTALIA - Elmer “Joe” Lee Boulden, Jr., 64, passed away, Saturday, March 6, 2010. He was born October 12, 1945 in Nash County. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Lee Boulden, Sr. and a daughter, Jody Boulden Frazier. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - George Hamilton Allen, 93, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. More ...

CASTALIA - Funeral services for Charles Gunder, 54, who died on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, were Thursday, March 4 at 12 noon at Richardson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Hearn family cemetery. More ...

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Burell Hill, 101, who died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, were Monday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed at Union Hill Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Thomas E. McCullers officiating.
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 Florine Cooke Bass Braswell, 95, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was born on July 13, 1914 to Simon and Nora Smith Cooke. She was a native and life-long resident of Nashville and Nash County. More ...

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