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Red Oak receives $264,000 windfall
The Town of Red Oak received slightly more than $264,000 in a lump sum payment of franchise fees for the past three years, Mayor Alfred Wester reported at the regular town meeting held Monday, July 5 at the Red Oak Town Hall. This payment was in addition to the roughly $30,000 received in franchise fees from Progress Energy for the first quarter of 2010. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

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Stabbing lands Nashville man in jail
A Fourth of July stabbing left a Nashville man in critical condition and another in jail.
According to Lt. Eddie Moore of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the intersection of Greenfield Lane and West Castalia Road around 1 a.m. on Sunday, July 4 in reference to a stabbing. Moore said 41-year-old Dewayne Williams and 41-year-old Ordie Mitchell, both of Nashville, had  gotten into an argument, which ended with Williams allegedly being stabbed multiple times. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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PARADE – Pictured above, a clown walks beside her patriotic ride on Saturday during Castalia’s Fourth of July Parade.
The long-awaited fireworks display in Castalia fizzled due to a scheduling snafu, spoiling a long tradition of dazzling Fourth of July celebrations held in the Nash County town which touts itself as “the place to be on the Fourth of July.”
Town leaders and the Fourth of July committee poured long hours and sweat equity into the community celebration, which was filled with food, fun, and entertainment. But when the time came for the main attraction, it soon became apparent that there was a problem.
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Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

Nash Board agrees to assessment
Nash County Board Chair Robbie Davis pled with fellow commissioners to move forward with joining forces with Edgecombe County and the City of Rocky Mount in hiring a consultant to look at ways the Twin Counties can become more competitive.
In a special meeting on June 28, Davis asked that commissioners make a decision on whether to move forward with a community assessment for Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties.
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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Town opens option for Habitat
Nashville’s Town Council refused to accept three lots left to the town in a man’s will so that the Nashville chapter of Habitat for Humanity can purchase the lots instead.
The request was made on Tuesday night at the board’s regular meeting by Bob Sutter, who serves as the President of the Nashville Habitat for Humanity. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Wilson resigns
In 2002, Jamie Wilson began her journey as the Senior Center Coordinator for the Nash County Senior Center. After July 9, Wilson will begin a new journey.
Wilson recently announced her resignation from the Senior Center, effective July 9. Wilson said she is leaving so she can stay at home with her two children and to also finish graduate school. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Galatia AME Church celebrates 140 years
One hundred and forty years and counting.
Galatia AME Church in Nashville recently celebrated its 140th anniversary with a special three-day celebration last weekend.
Galatia is one of the oldest churches in Nash County, having been organized in 1870 in a “bush arbor” by the Rev. L.B. Clark. The church later moved into an old building about a mile south of Nashville on Old Wilson Highway. The church moved to its current location at 320 Galatia Street in the Brooklyn Community around 1930. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Locals graduate from Campbell University
Campbell University recently announced its graduates for the Spring 2010 semester.
Nash County residents graduating on Saturday, May 15 include Nashville residents Sara Bone and Laura Owens, Rocky Mount resident Kristy Taylor, Middlesex resident Angela Frederick and Enfield resident Rashena Lynch. More ...

Local woman earns degree from UNC-P
Diana Annette Diggs, of Rocky Mount, received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke at ceremonies on May 8.
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Achievement Academy recognizes local student
The United States Achievement Academy announced recently that Caley Madison Bass, of Nashville was recognized as a student of excellence in honor roll, mathematics, and science. This is a prestigious honor very few students can hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students. More ...

Nash County Blood Drives for July 2010
Thursday, July 8 from 3:30 until 8 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue, Nashville
Thursday, July 8 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Honeywell Corporation, 3475 Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount
Saturday, July 10 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Premiere Theater, 821 Benvenue Road, Rocky Mount More ...

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Billy Thompson (far left) receives a pin in recognition of his Tom Downing Award by his wife, Mary Joyce Thompson (far right).
Billy Thompson receives Tom Downing Award
A charter member of Oak Level’s Ruritan Club was honored last Monday night with the prestigious Tom Downing Award.
Billy Thompson was surprised Monday night by past National President and local Ruritan Wayne Outlaw, who presented Thompson with the award. The Tom Downing Fellowship Award is the highest honor a Ruritan can receive. Less than one percent of Ruritans receive the award annually. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Military News
Army National Guard Pfc. Callena J. Lovette has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics. More ...

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Sandifer earns Eagle Scout rank
Lawrence Sandifer, 16, of Spring Hope was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held on Saturday June 26, 2010 at Ephesus Baptist Church.  He is a member of East Carolina Council Troop 148, sponsored by Ephesus Baptist Church. He was presented an US Flag flown over the capitol in his honor by Congressman Bob Etheridge and a NC Flag by Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins furnished by NC General Assembly Senator A B Swindell.
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Covert, Parker wed
Pamela S. Covert became the bride of Jerry Glenn Parker of Rocky Mount, North Carolina on May 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church.
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Jamie Elizabeth Stallings and Mark Edward Reavis of Castalia announce their wedding engagement. The wedding will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in a private ceremony at Atlantic Beach.
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Proud to be serving their country
Lance Cpl. Amanda Enroughty and her fellow US Marines in Afghanistan are proud to be serving their country and want to thank everyone for your support and prayers. Enroughty said she loves and misses Beulah Community and her family and friends. She is the daughter of Danny Enroughty and granddaughter of William and Wilma Enroughty. She hopes everyone had a Happy Fourth of July.
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The following Southern Nash High School students achieved honor roll status for the final 2009-2010 grading period: More ...

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Nash Community College Fire Cadets complete program
On Friday, June 18, seven students were recognized for completing the Recruit Firefighter Class at Nash Community College. Nash Community College’s Fire Service Training program is designed to provide individuals and firefighters the information and skills needed for modern firefighting through a variety of learning experiences and training scenarios. The classes are often taken directly to firefighters through training sessions held in local departments and at training sites throughout the community. More ...

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Local youth pose for a photo at the end of a week of summer camp held at Ashlyn Stables just outside of Nashville. (GRAPHIC PHOTOS BY AMANDA CLARK)
Local youth attend horseback riding camp
Local youth spent a week at Ashlyn Stables recently and learned about horseback riding.
This is the first year Ashley Braswell and Tony Carpenter have held the camp at Ashlyn Stables, which is located just outside of Nashville. Carpenter has held camps at her barn and Braswell has served as a camp counselor at several horse camps so the two decided to join forces and hold a horse camp together. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Nash 4-H’ers meet legislators at Citizenship Focus event
Nash County 4-H’ers Amanda Dickson and Brittany Wind met with Senator A.B. Swindell during the Legislative Breakfast held on Wednesday, June 16.
4-H Citizenship: North Carolina Focus is a three-day conference for 4-H youth to gain first-hand insights into the legislative process at the state level. Delegates participate in workshops designed and taught by experts, including government officials, public policy specialists, lobbyists and judges. More ...

UNC-G announces honor lists
Chancellor Linda P. Brady has announced the names of May graduates and students who attained Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List honors at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro during the Spring 2010 semester.
At the May 14 commencement, 2,281 students received degrees, including 1,576 undergraduate and 705 graduate degrees.
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Castalia celebrates Fourth of July
As is tradition, Uncle Sam leads off the Castalia Fourth of July parade on Saturday, July 3.
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Castalia celebrates Fourth of July, Pics, 2
The Castalia Patriotic Citizen of the Year Angie Elliott waves during the parade on Saturday, July 3.
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Castalia celebrates Fourth of July, Pics, 3
Kenneth and Dorothy Hale watch the Castalia Fourth of July Parade on Saturday.
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Plasticulture crop production workshop to be held August 17 at ERW Farms in Bailey
RALEIGH -- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Division is holding a workshop Aug. 17 to help growers interested in plasticulture production learn more about this growing technology. The free workshop is being held at ERW Farms in Bailey, but organizers ask attendees to register. More ...

School Board adjusts budget for year end
In a special called meeting last Wednesday evening, the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) board unanimously approved amendments and a resolution to finalize the 2009-10 budget. They also heard details on the administration’s choice of a new provider for workers compensation insurance.
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Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

Vandals respond to Castalia fireworks snafu
Vandals struck Castalia’s Town Hall, two area businesses, and two Castalia homes Sunday night, apparently angered by the lack of fireworks during the Castalia Fourth of July celebration.  According to Mayor Ellene Leonard, the comments “We want fireworks!” were written amidst the obscenities scrawled on the pavement in the front of the Town Hall. The building was also egged. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

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Red Oak Community News
Annie Lee Shearin enjoyed the Clay Family Reunion recently.  Relatives were present from local areas as well as Concord and  Morehead City, NC; Alexandria, VA; and Spartanburg, SC.   More ...

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Beulah Community News
I hope everyone had a really great 4th of July holiday. Thank you so much for coming by and visiting with us at the Beulah Church of Christ monthly fish fry. It was a great way to begin your holiday week-end. The heat had cooled down a little, so everyone was really thankful for that. More ...

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Peachtree Community News
On this 234th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Peachtree paid tribute to those who risked their lives to bring freedom to the nation.  This freedom was the right of each individual to worship God in their own way.  A moment of silence was observed in memory of Robert Edwards and Eric Vick who gave their lives to preserve this freedom.  The morning message was delivered by Rev. Alfred Whitehouse.
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Ephesus Community News
I pray that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday with your family and friends as we remembered those who fought for our independence and for our right and privilege to worship our Lord. More ...


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Yes indeed, it’s hot enough for me!
It is now summer.
Summer does not begin on a day designated on the calendar. Instead, it begins in a much dumber way.
Someone asked me the other day, “Hot enough for ya?”
At 101 degrees in late June, the answer is “Yes.” There is not much of a comeback for that, or even a way to make the person who asks the question realize where you want to stick that outdoor thermometer.    More ...
Mike Brantley

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Parker, Wilson will be missed in Nash County
In the role as a writer for The Nashville Graphic, I’ve met a lot of people. Meeting people is a part of the job. It’s a part of the job I love but sometimes, it’s a part of the job that can be hard.
There have been so many wonderful people that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and knowing in my time here at The Graphic. Over the past four years, I’ve watched some of these people switch jobs, retire or in some cases, pass away. That’s the part that can be hard to take. More ...
Amanda Clark

It’s time to use common sense and put an end to unnecessary spending
I recently felt the lack of courage and understanding for us (us being the tax payers in Nash County)   when the property taxes were enacted upon  schedule;  and the increase  by percentage as always. It was easily obvious with lost jobs and the stir caused with Rocky Mount’s egregious behaviors. More ...
Letters to the Editor:

Emotional decision making doesn’t work in economics
During my college education I had a professor of Economics that stated. “It was very difficult to predict the demand side of the standard supply and demand curve.” This difficulty, he believed, was because the buying decisions of human beings are not made on logic and common sense but on pure emotions. More ...
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Backward Glances
This photo was originally published in The Graphic September 3, 1959. Pictured is Mrs. Virginia Warren’s kindergarten class at Nashville School. More ...


What's Happening at Cooley Library
The Summer Reading Program is in full swing at the Harold D. Cooley Library. Stop by the front desk to pick up your reading log to be eligible for prizes. Wednesday July 14th we will be having a Tea Party at 10 a.m. for children ages 8-12. Space is limited so register early! More ...
Alana Fisher, Library Director

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

SHERRILLS FORD – James Francis Valentine, 78, died on June 30, 2010 at his home in Sherrills Ford, N.C., near Charlotte. He was a long time resident of Nashville. More ...

NASHVILLE -  Margaret M. Edwards, 89, passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. She was born December 20, 1920 in Nash County. Margaret was the daughter of the late Johnny H and Clyde Richardson Matthews. She was preceded in death by her husband Wiley Woodrow Edwards. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Burline Morgan, 92, died June 26, 2010.  Funeral services were held Thursday, July 1, 2010 at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 1:00 pm.  Officiating Rev. Thomas Walker.  Burial at Gardens of Gethsemane. Arrangements by Stokes Mortuary, Inc.

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NASHVILLE - Carl Louis Smith, 59, passed away, Thursday, July 1, 2010. He was born June 25, 1951 in Nash County. He was the son of the late George and Peggy Cook Smith. More ...

RED OAK - Lemuel “Nick” Kornegay Moore, 71, passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2010. He was born October 10, 1938 in Rocky Mount, son of the late Julius Henry Moore, Sr. and Fannie Boone Moore of Nash County. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Julius Moore, Jr. and Benjamin W. Moore. More ...

Linda “Becky” Hendrix Pridgen, 66, passed away Monday, July 5, 2010. She was born September 16, 1943 in Hartsville, SC. Linda was the daughter of the late Henry Elijah and Argent Dale Hopkins Hendrix. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 47 years, William “Bill” Clyde Pridgen. More ...

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Genie Coley, 84, who died Monday, June 28, 2010 were Friday, July 2, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery. More ...

Thomas M. Mosley passed away, Monday July 5, 2010. He was 78 years of age and a native of the Edgecombe/Nash County area. Tom was born to David and Annie Mosley. More ...

GREENSBORO - Lyvonne Angeletta Pittman, 53, died Saturday, June 26, 2010 at her residence. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Michael Dewayne Gardner, 44, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Anna Lee Dixon, 83, died Tuesday, July 1, 2010 at Tarboro Nursing Center in Tarboro. More ...

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