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Pedestrian killed after being hit by car
A 48-year-old Nashville woman is dead after getting struck by a car early Saturday morning.
According to Sgt. David Wainwright, of the NC Highway Patrol, Valerie Collette Richardson was standing in the roadway on West Castalia Road around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning when a vehicle driven by Tommy Ayscue struck her. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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PINK TU-TU - Dylan Bunch, or Dixie, was recognized as having the most sponsorships, having brought in $1,000 for the Spring Hope Elementary School’s Relay for Life Womanless Pageant.
Womanless Pageant raises Relay funds
When Spring Hope Elementary School lost Nanette Warren to cancer in 2005, fellow teachers knew they wanted to do something in her honor. They never dreamed how successful their efforts would be.
The fourth annual Spring Hope Elementary School Relay for Life Womanless Pageant was held on Saturday in a packed auditorium. The event brought in over $5,500, all of which will go towards fighting cancer.
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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Waffle House to open in Nashville
Construction is ongoing at the site of the new restaurant, which will be located next to La Mama’s restaurant and across from Langley’s Town and Country on Washington Street. Construction typically takes 30 to 45 days.
Waffle House purchased a portion of the property, which was owned by J.C. Bell, Jr. The remaining parcels were donated by Bell to the Town of Nashville.
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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

High school project moves forward
Although an easement request for the new Rocky Mount High School was tabled by the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) board at their meeting Monday night, capital projects are moving forward with a busy week. Groundbreaking for the new high school is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 at 9 a.m. More ...
Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

Schools see testing changes
Due to changes in the testing schedule for the End of Grade (EOG) and End of Course (EOC) tests, some parents in the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) system have been concerned about their students getting enough chances to perform successfully.
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Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

Glover Park to host Easter Egg Hunt Monday
Nashville’s Glover Park will be filled with Easter eggs on Monday morning, as the town’s Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Nashville’s Recreation Department and the Harold D. Cooley Library are partnering together to offer Easter events on Monday. At 10 a.m., the Easter Egg Hunt will be held and then following that, the library will host a special Easter story time.

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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Virginia Perkins, of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Nashville, gets the bread ready prior to serving lunch on March 19 at the Compassion Cafe.
Compassion Cafe open Monday through Friday
Nashville’s Compassion Cafe is officially up and running and local churches are already feeding up to a dozen people each day.
The idea for the Compassion Cafe came about after several community members got together and began discussing the needs of the community and what they could do to help. In January, an organization meeting was held for area churches.
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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Tar River Tea Party draws large crowd
Organizers for the Tar River Tea Party held in Rocky Mount on March 25 faced an unexpected problem.  Event organizers had prepared for an attendance of about 150 people. However, roughly 450  people showed up, causing event organizers to scramble to find more space for the standing-room-only crowd who attended the event at the Gateway Center. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

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NC Tar Heel Senior Legislature begins resolution process
The North Carolina Tar Heel Senior Legislature (STHL) convened in Raleigh to work on legislative priorities for the coming year. This is the first of three state meetings in 2010. Delegates were also presented with an update of North Carolina’s employment condition and several aging issues that state leaders plan to take to Congress next year. Nash County delegates include Sharon Gagliano and alternate, Jackie Jeffers-Wright. More ...

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Wells selected for Merit Scholarship Program
Rocky Mount Academy Senior Olivia Wells has been selected as a Finalist in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides college undergraduate scholarships annually to a select group of students around the nation. 
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Congressman Bob Etheridge visited Afghanistan earlier this year and took a photo with Master Sergeant Ron Morales. M.Sgt. Morales is a graduate of Northern Nash High School. Rep. Etheridge was on a congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan to visit troops, Afghani provincial governors and see the war situation from the ground-level. The trip was sponsored by the House Budget Committee and led by Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt. 
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Military News
Army Pvt. Philip I. Wilkins has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. More ...

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Governor’s Program at NCC sees first grads
Nash Community Collegerecently announce d two of its first graduating JobsNOW classes. Students were recently recognized for completing the Healthcare Billing & Coding and Nurse Aide Plus classes through the JobsNOW program.
Pictured (Above): Above, JobsNOW Nurse Aide Plus Graduates (L to R) Front row: Ciana Williams of Whitakers, Kenna Franklin of Rocky Mount, Jennifer Mayer of Rocky Mount and Tiffany Garrett of Rocky Mount. Back row: Abagail Webb of Tarboro, Martha Torres of Rocky Mount, Mary Ann Joyner of Rocky Mount, I’Mani Williams of Wilson and Pattie Debro of Rocky Mount.
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Diabetes conference is today, March 31st
Diabetes experts will be on hand at the 5th Annual WEIGH-To-Go Diabetes Conference and Health Fair on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Nash Community College Brown Auditorium in Rocky Mount. The afternoon conference is designed to inform, motivate and empower participants to take control of their diabetes. More ...

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Ronnie and Sandra Joyner  of Rocky Mount announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Carol Joyner, to Michael Brandon Radford, the son of Terry Phillips of Middlesex and Danny Radford of Raleigh. The wedding will be May 15, 2010 at the Strickland Farm in Macclesfield.
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Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Georgeanna Jenkins of Nashville are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Thomas Jenkins, born March 19, 2010 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. He weighed 10 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. More ...

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Helping Hands for Haiti
It all started with a question from a student council member at Coopers Elementary.  “What can we do to help Haiti?” 
Kristi Adkins, the student council advisor and TAG teacher, did some research and learned that the Red Cross needed money more than anything to provide the Haitian earthquake survivors with what they needed.  A call was put out to the Coopers family that donations would be taken over a two week period. More ...

Coopers honor students
Coopers Elementary School A and A/B Honor Roll  for the fourth six weeks:

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Romanus re-elected to Girl Scouts board
Marywalker Romanus, owner of High Tech Accessory Items, Inc. in Rocky Mount, was re-elected to the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines (GS-NCCP) Board of Directors for a two-year term during the 3rd Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Wayne County, NC. More ...

Southern Nash High School honor students
Southern Nash High School honor roll for the 3rd sixth weeks are: More ...

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School Social Workers saluted
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools recently saluted School Social Workers during National School Social Worker’s Week, thanking them for the assistance and support they provide to students and families in times of crisis. School officials said they appreciate and applaud the outstanding and dedicated social workers who make such a difference in the lives of others every day. Pictured from left to right: Cheryl Coppedge, Jo Driver, Renee Kerns, Cynthia Pritchard, Sheila Pittman, E. Kent, Toni Fletcher, Laysha Williams, Dawn White and Brenda Pace.
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Peachtree Community News
Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, was celebrated on Sunday morning at Peachtree.  Several visitors were present for the worship service.  The children sang a special song, “I am a Christian”, led by David May and Catherine Gupton.  The adult Choir presented the Easter Cantata, titled “Come to the Cross”, narrated and directed by Pastor Whitehouse.  The testimonies were read by Fran Bunn, Jerry Hobgood, Kristina Griffin and David Griffin.  Sanctuary flowers were given in memory of Staff Sergeant Eric Vick, by Brent Griffin and Rochelle Clark. More ...

Castalia Baptist News
Cantata at CBC was wonderful! The CBC Sanctuary Choir and Drama Team led all present in a meaningful and worshipful experience last week as did the CBC Kids Drama Team.
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Red Oak Community News
Members of Women in Action of Red Oak Baptist Church had a great time when they visited the homeless shelter in Rocky Mount on Tuesday, March 16.  They prepared and served the evening meal which included spaghetti, salad, bread, tea, and strawberry cheesecake.  Members also contributed cleaning items and other household goods to be used at the shelter.  Following the meal, they met for their monthly meeting at the home of Jean Mellor.  Those participating included Suzy Pearce, Audrey Pearce, Jean Mellor, Donna Davenport, Jeanette Hill, and Larry Hill. More ...

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Mt. Zion FWB Church News
Brother Bob welcomed everyone to Sunday school. We had 86 present. It was good to see everyone including our visitors and we encourage you to come back often and soon. More ...

Relay for Life News & Events
Bike ride: Churches United’s Relay for Life team is having a Bikers Riding for a Cure on Saturday, April 3. Bikers will meet @ Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville. Refreshments after the ride. $12 donation. For more information, call Wiley or Brenda @ 1252-459-7047.
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Beulah Community News
Hello everyone! I hope you had a great week! Several readers have called and said they missed my news last week! I was glad to hear from you! Sometimes I guess we all get too many tasks going at the same time and can’t get time to do all of them. I hope you enjoy reading this week’s Beulah News. This Friday night, April 2, will be time again for the Beulah Church of Christ monthly fish fry at the Beulah Annex on Reges Rd. Please mark your calendar and come by between 5 - 8 p.m. You may eat in or drive thru and pick up your plates to go. We always look forward to seeing you and hope to see you again on this Friday night.
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Ephesus Community News
Palm Sunday was observed at Ephesus. 
Our message in music was “The Holy City” with solos by Lynn Cash and Jenny Alford.
Minister to Students, John Sorrell, read our scripture and led our opening prayer. 
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Daddy really isn’t ready for those teen years
Dear Holly,
When did this happen?
There was the pregnancy test, the ultrasound, the awkward water-breaking moment, the hospital waiting room full of admirers, the first diapers ... and now I am supposed to believe you are 10 years old?
How did we get here so fast? And where did these gray hairs come from? Are the two things related? More ...
Mike Brantley

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Hubby makes his case to acquire goats and chickens
Well Spring is finally here and I am very excited. For us country folks, Spring is the best time of year, minus the bugs and twice a week grass cutting. But I’m hoping this year, I have found a solution to both of those problems.
I was born and raised out in the country. I’ve always been surrounded by fields and farms. There’s nothing like it and there’s very few things I’d trade my country life for.
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Amanda Clark

Reader suggests options to escape the Electricities crisis
I work with one of the larger customers of Rocky Mount Utilities and happen to be far outside of the city limits of Rocky Mount.  We have done quite a bit of research associated with the utilities issue as it is very important. More ...
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Backward Glances
John Matthews of the Momeyer Community (kneeling left) is pictured with Randolph Greene (right) inspecting tobacco plants. It was reported that Matthews was the first to set tobacco for the new season in 1967. On the tractor are (left to right) Alton Richardson, Larry Richardson and Carlton Richardson. This photo was originally published in The Graphic April 20, 1967.
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TAYLOR TAPS THE PLATE. Southern Nash’s Taylor Braswell scores a run as Louisburg’s Phoenix Mangum retrieves a throw during last Thursday afternoon’s fast-pitch softball matchup on the LHS campus.
LOUISBURG -- Louisburg High School came within one run of pulling off an upset against Southern Nash when the clubs met earlier in the season.
But it wasn’t as close the second time around, as Southern rolled to a 13-2 decision over the Lady Warriors during non-conference softball action last Thursday on the LHS campus. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Mizelle Moving To Barton
RED OAK -- Even though he has a full academic scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the allure of playing college soccer was too tempting to former Northern Nash standout Chris Mizelle.
Mizelle, who graduated from NN in 2009, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his soccer career at Barton College in Wilson. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Nash Rec events are scheduled
NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Recreation Department has planned several events for the summer, including youth camps and open gym programs.
A list of Nash Rec’s summer availabilities is as follows:

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Staff Reports

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Webb tosses complete game
ROCKY MOUNT -- Junior Andrew Webb from Northern Nash High School tossed his first career complete-game on Sunday afternoon, leading his Battling Bishop baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Methodist University at Bauer Field. 
Webb allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out five and walking one.
The win secured a split with the Monarchs, who earned a 3-2 victory over the Bishops on Saturday. More ...
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Smith sets new crappie record
RALEIGH -- Although he spent the entire morning of March 8 fishing the Tar River Reservoir only to catch two fish, Tracey Smith of Nashville still considers the trip one of his most memorable -- particularly since one of the two fish turned out to be the new white crappie state record.
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Pigskin jamboree pairings released
RALEIGH -- Saturday, Aug. 14 will be a busy day for the varsity football teams at Nash Central and Rocky Mount.
Both squads will be participating in the Second Annual HighSchoolOT.com Football Jamboree at Southeast Raleigh High School.
This year the field of teams has been expanded to feature 10 teams playing in five games.

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CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Correspondent

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‘Dogs red-hot on diamond
ROCKY MOUNT -- As Nash Central High School’s varsity baseball team entered Big East Conference play last night, the Bulldogs were off to one of their best starts ever.
Last week, the Bulldogs, 7-1 on the season, pulled off two wins over Herford County and a triumph over visiting Tarboro. More ...
CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Correspondent

Pirates finish sweep of Central
GREENVILLE -- Trent Whitehead collected a career-best five hits and Devin Harris and Zach Wright hit back-to-back home runs for the third time this season to help No. 25 East Carolina finish off a three-game sweep of North Carolina Central on Sunday afternoon 20-1 in seven innings at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
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ELM CITY -- Listed are last weekend’s results from action at County Line Raceway. More ...
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The Nash County Parks and Recreation Department fielded a team at the recent Statewide Athletics Committee 12-Under Basketball Tournament. Pictured are (back, l to r) Coach David Judd, Tahj Deans, Jordan Moore, Dylan Langley, Jae’Quan Mills and Coach Brad Brisbee; (front, l to r) Marquise Wright, Isaiah Jone, Tyree Thorne, Malcolm Allen, Cameron Vick and Grant Jones.
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Pageant contestants
Pageant contestants perform during the fourth annual Womanless Pageant on Saturday, March 27 at Spring Hope Elementary School.
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Student’s exhibit opens April 9th
Edgar Zaldivar is not only an exceptional soccer player for North Carolina Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops; he loves to draw in pencil and is terrific at it. From Friday, April 9 – June 27 his drawings will be on view in a solo exhibit in Wesleyan’s Civic Gallery in the north corridor of the Dunn Center. Self-taught, this young artist draws for personal satisfaction and has made many portraits upon the request of his friends.
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 Deaths (Updated Daily)


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BUNN - Odessa Moore, 58, passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
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NASHVILLE - William Harvey Griffin, 82, passed away, Monday, March 29, 2010. He was born July 22, 1927 in Nash County. He was the son of the late, Joseph and Jane Vick Griffin.
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Wayne Turner Franks, 65, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 6, 1944 in Halifax County, son of the late Robert and Dorothy Franks. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jason Franks, granddaughter, Mirazai Franks; brother, Robert Franks; and sister, Debbie Collins. More ...

HOLLISTER - Funeral services for James Edward Lynch, 75, who died Thursday, March 25, 2010, were Monday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed at Tilman Lynch Cemetery with Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. More ...

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