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Locals file for school board seats
Two Nashville residents have filed for the District Four Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education seat.
Brenda Brown filed for re-election to the District Four seat, which she has held since 2007. Brown is a retired Nash-Rocky Mount Schools educator and was selected by the board in November 2007 to finish the term of Mary Lewis Foote, who passed away in August 2007. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

County to move home health agency to town
Nash County is looking at moving its home health agency from Rocky Mount to downtown Nashville.
The Nash County Home Health Agency has been around for over 35 years, said Bill Hill, Nash County Health Director. It is currently located in Rocky Mount on Church Street in Station Square Mall. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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HONORARY OFFICER – Little William Richard Bunn was sworn in as an honorary police officer by Chief Harry Dolan of the Raleigh Police Department. Bunn passed away July 1 after battling cancer.
Bunn passes away at 8
William Richard Bunn always wanted to be a police officer. To William, they were heroes. But in the eyes of the Raleigh Police Department as well as to William’s family and friends, it was William who was the hero.
William was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, in December 2007. Less than six months later, in May 2008, William’s family was told he was cancer free. But in February of 2010, the cancer returned. William passed away on July 1, 2010. He was eight years old. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Substance abuse treatment center prompts concern
A Spring Hope business owner came before the town’s board last Monday night to express his concern over the type of businesses the town was allowing in downtown Spring Hope.
Joe Wilkinson, who owns an antique shop in downtown Spring Hope, told board members that he was concerned about Cornerstone Community Support Services, Inc., which recently located at the corner of 101 W. Main Street. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Etheridge commends NFD for SAFER grant
Congressman Bob Etheridge paid a visit to Nashville’s Fire Department on Monday to congratulate them on being one of seven recipients in North Carolina for the 2009 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, Grant.
The department was notified in April that they had received grant funding, which enabled the department to hire two additional full-time fire engineers. More ...
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Senator A.B. Swindell talks to youth on Saturday before they enter the Fire Safety House during Nashville’s Fifth Annual Athletic Youth Day. (Graphic photo by Amanda Clark)

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Nashville Fire Captain Jason Edwards talks to youth before showing them into the Nash County Fire Safety House on Saturday during Youth Day.
Rain holds off for a successful Nashville Youth Day
The rain held off so local youth could enjoy the Fifth Annual Nashville Athletic Youth Day this past Saturday, July 17 at Glover Park.
Around 100 youth attended this year’s events, enjoying several different athletic activities throughout the morning. Lena Sessoms, one of the organizers of the event, said the day was cut a little short due to rain but overall, it was a great day. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Nashville Youth Day pics, 1
An egg walk was one of many games played during the Fifth Annual Athletic Youth Day on Saturday at Glover Park.
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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark and Chuck Lewis

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Nashville Youth Day pics, 2
Five-year-old Aniya Sheppard is all smiles after leaving the Fire Safety House Saturday during Youth Day at Glover Park in Nashville.
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Waste Industries takes over garbage collection in Spring Hope
The Town of Spring Hope has turned its garbage collection over to Waste Industries.
Commissioners voted to enter into a one-year contract with Waste Industries last Monday following a closed session to discuss how the move would impact personnel. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Matthews passes Uniform CPA Exam
Ashley A. Matthews has successfully completed the 4 part series exams required for Certified Public Accountant through the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountants. She can now apply for her State CPA license. More ...

Nashville to participate in national cigarette litter prevention program
Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties will take part this year in a national program to reduce the impact of cigarette butt litter, the Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.  In its first year with the program, Keep America Beautiful of Nash & Edgecombe Counties will target cigarette butt litter along the Tar River Trail in Rocky Mount, at Glover Memorial Park in Nashville and Braswell Park and Indian Lake Sports Complex in Tarboro through a concentrated and sustained effort. More ...

Hearing on hunting changes set
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission voted on July  7 to take to statewide public hearings 23 proposed changes to the state’s hunting, trapping and fishing regulations for the 2011-2012 seasons.
Adding five streams to the public trout waters program and removing hunting and trapping restrictions at Cowan’s Ford Waterfowl Refuge in Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties are among the regulation changes.
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Scholarships presented
The Momeyer Ruritan Club presented scholarships to Erica Brooks and Leighana Bass at its June meeting. Brooks, a Southern Nash High graduate, received the Nash Community College Scholarship for $600. She is the daughter of Lynn and Eddie Finch of Momeyer and Stan Brooks of Spring Hope. Bass, also a Southern Nash High graduate, received an $1,800 scholarship to attend Campbell University. Bass is the daughter of Kirk and Vicky Bass of Momeyer.
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Local man earns degree
A Rocky Mount man was one of 1,150 students who completed their studies at Western Carolina University during the Spring 2010 semester.
Steven Wayne Dunbar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. More ...

Nash residents earn degrees from NCSU
North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson conferred 4,566 degrees on 4,299 graduating students when the university held its 2010 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 15, at the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Candidates for degrees were from 98 North Carolina counties, 38 other states or U.S. territories and 40 foreign countries. More ...

Nash residents named to Dean’s List at NCSU
North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson announced that 6,388 undergraduate students earned Dean’s List honors at NC State during the spring 2010 semester.
To make the Dean’s List, students must earn an academic grade-point average of 3.25 or higher if they are carrying 15 or more hours of course work, or a 3.5 grade-point average if they are carrying 12 to 14 hours. More ...

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On May 26, 2010, representatives of Nash County and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools attended the “Mobilizing NC: Where Air Quality, Energy and Transportation Meet” conference in Raleigh. They were part of a group of 16 sub-award recipients that were presented a large check.
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Ephesus Community News
Ephesus youth and their leaders were welcomed home from MFuge during Sunday’s service.  Youth attending this mission trip were:  Becca Anderson, Rebecca Arnold, Alexis and Dalton Barrett, Michaela Bauer, Marcy and Rachel Bissette, Kerry Brantley, Hannah Brock, Tyler Colbert, Meredith Eidson, Jarrett and Jordan Hagler, Jay Hendricks, John Lynn, Luke and Matthew May, Lawrence Sandifer, Christina Strickland, and Jackson Wall.
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Peachtree Community News
On Sunday morning Pastor Whitehouse chose the topic, “Preach Your Convictions”.  His scriptural basis was II Corinthians 4: 13-14.  We serve a trans-generational God who works across the centuries to establish his purposes on the earth.  Know what you believe.  “We –believe, and therefore speak.”  The choir sang “His Strength is Perfect”, under the direction of the Pastor. More ...

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Red Oak Community News
Members of the  Northern Nash Senior High Class of 1980 are planning their 30 year class reunion.  If you are a class member and have not received a registration packet, please send contact information to NNSH1980@yahoo.com or call (252)937-8127.  Registrations are due no later than August 1, 2010.
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Mt. Zion FWB Church News
We have several on our prayer list; Ruth Matthews and Algernon Matthews both had surgery this past week. They will be in rehab soon. Earl Bass came home from the hospital Friday. He is doing fairly well.  Brenda Watkins will be having surgery in a week or two. Rev. Austin Anderson went home Friday, but still very week. Shirley B. is still at Wake Med. but some better.
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Beulah Community News
We had a great time Saturday at Beulah Church of Christ VBS camp. All the children were really excited and hated to see it end. We want to thank all the children for coming and also their parents for bringing them, a big thanks goes also to all the adults who worked hard and did a great job making the day so successful. More ...

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The Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties held its first ever Father/Daughter Dance on June 18 at the Gateway Convention Center. Around 60 people attended the event, which will be an annual event for the Boys and Girls Club. Music was played by DJ Craig Powell. Mercedez Haywood, Youth of the Year, provided the welcome address. Pictured above, guests dance during event.
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Kentucky visit
The Lucky Spurs 4-H club led by Wanda Bunn and The Horsin’ Around 4-H Club led by Krsity Grove visited Lexington, Kentucky recently to visit several attractions.  TAround 51 Nash County Volunteers, leaders and 4-H participants took the trip, where they visited the Kesmarc Rehabilitation Center for Horses, Boyd Orchards, Old Friends Farm, The Bluegrass Railroad Museum and the Kentucky Horse Park.
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Military News
Army Pfc. Candace G. Sauls 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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Nashville’s Boys and Girls Club hosted a BINGO night a few months ago. Keyon Lynch (pictured) was one of the lucky winners for the night, winning a set of yo-yo’s.
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Spring Bull Calf Champion
Karl Holshouser of Castalia and the Wilson Cattle Company, of Cloverdale Ind. were owners of the winning Spring Bull Calf Champion at the 2010 Atlantic National Super Point Roll of Victory Angus Show in May. The show was held in Timonium, Md.
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Lilley joins NHCS Board
James Lilley, owner and vice president of Lilley International, Inc. and Brother Properties, was recently appointed to the Nash Health Care Board of Commissioners, bringing with him a wealth of business experience and an unyielding dedication to the community.
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Nashville’s Fire Department visited Nashville’s Boys and Girls Club during Boys and Girls Club Week in March. Pictured, Volunteer Assistant Chief Haywood Edmonds (at left) talks to Darius Richardson (at right) about fire safety.
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Nash residents receive degrees, honors at ASU
Nash County residents were among those earning degrees at Appalachian State University for the Spring 2010 Semester.
A total of 341 graduate students and 1,512 undergraduate students received degrees during ceremonies held in the Holmes Convocation Center.
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Clarifications and further details on Soapbox
I don’t do this often enough, and I’d like to take time to thank all the folks who read the Soapbox Column — whether that be every week, once a month, when it’s your turn to change the dog’s paper or just when it doesn’t seem like it would be all that boring. You all count.
For the past 13 years, I’ve enjoyed penning this particular column — a multi-topic column, with a mostly Conservative view. I make no bones about that view, and it is indeed rare in the world of newspapers today. More ...
Mike Brantley

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William Bunn impacted many lives, including mine
You can learn a lot from an eight-year-old boy you’ve never even met.
In this week’s Graphic, there is a story about William Bunn, a little boy who lost his battle with cancer. William was eight years old but had been through more in his short life than many 80-year-olds. Through it all, he persevered and a smile never left his face. More ...
Amanda Clark

Women are standing their ground to make changes
Change is coming. Too often we accept our lives will always be the same, but this lack of change we seek may be good or not. In any event, we must control the change so we get the best and discard what is not good. The world, our country, state and towns are changing, and in many cases the change is positive. The catalyst for this change comes from a group of people who are now exhibiting leadership skills like we have not seen in the past. Women are the key to this change. More ...
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Backward Glances
We found this photo in the 1959 archives. We don’t know who she is, but it looks like she’s enjoying a summer afternoon on her front porch.
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DOWN TO THE WIRE FOR NASH REC. Emma Cary and her teammates on the Nash Rec Swim Team will wrap up regular season action Thursday evening on the road against Nash County rival Westridge.
NASHVILLE -- Nash Rec continued its strong summer in the pool by defeating Roanoke Valley last Thursday at home in a Nash-Halifax Swim League showdown.
Nash Rec piled up 462 total points, compared to 441 for the visitors from Halifax County. More ...
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Post 58 Scores Series Sweep
ROCKY MOUNT -- Matthew Berry and Mike Smith had the kind of night baseball players dream of.
Monday night, both were very much awake as they helped propel Rocky Mount Post 58 to a 9-6 victory over Cary Post 67 to go up 1-0 in the best of three series for the American Legion Area I title. More ...
CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Correspondent

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Billiards leagues forming
NASHVILLE -- The APA Pool League, sanctioned by the American Poolplayers Association (APA), is now forming teams throughout Nash, Wilson, Edgecombe and Pitt counties in Eastern North Carolina under the guidance of franchisee Ray Stallings, the League Operator for DownEast APA. More ...
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Westridge wins tri-meet
ROCKY MOUNT -- Host Westridge earned a tri-match victory over Birchwood and Benvenue during last Thursday’s action in the Nash-Halifax Swim League.
The winners closed with a commanding 515 points, followed by Birchwood (213) and Benvenue (93). More ...
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The Nash County Recreation Department recently fielded a team in the Tar Heel League Girls 12-Under District Softball Tournament, which was staged in Wake County. Nash County went 0-2, dropping contests against Youngsville and Wendell. One of the setbacks was by a 15-4 score, but that was deceiving, as Nash County allowed 14 runs in the first inning of the outing.
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ELM CITY -- Listed are the July 10 results from racing at County Line Raceway: More ...
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Mudcats defeated by Lookouts
ZEBULON -- The Chattanooga Lookouts snapped their seven-game losing streak on Monday night as they took game three of the four game series from the Carolina Mudcats 8-1 at Five County Stadium in a Class AA Southern League baseball showdown. More ...
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The Amateur Junior Golf Tour for North and South Carolina visited Nash County on June 24. The awards presentation (left to right) at the local tournament on the Benvenue Country Club course included on the front row Taylor Newton, Brennan Beck, Joseph Cook and AJGT Official Tony Pierson and, on the back row, Rashodd Maxey,  Kyle Denton, Will Fulcher, Rob Warre and Billy Britton.
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Nashville resident Bill Clark (front, center) signs with Lenoir Community College in Kinston to play baseball during the 2010-2011 school year.  Seated to Bill’s far right is his dad, Fenner Clark and between them, his mom, Teri Clark. To Bill’s left is Matt Bryan, Bill’s pitching coach. Standing is Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director for LCC, Stoney Wine. Lenoir Community College was ninth in the nation last year of all Junior Colleges in on the NJCAA Division II level.  More ...


Trilogy of The King is July 31 in Nashville
The Trilogy of The King will be held at Nash Arts Saturday, July 31 from 7-10 p.m.
Artists include Wrenn Mangum, Jeff Barnes and Alvin Smith.
Mangum was the 2007 regional Images of the King contest winner. Barnes was the 2008 pre-qualified finalist of the Images of the King Contest and EPE®s Ultimate Elvis Contest. Smith is the 2007-2010 JCC “Country Music Showcase” performer. More ...

Cherry Hill to host Summer Music Camp
The Cherry Hill Concert Series, which is held in the Warren County community of Inez, is sponsoring a Summer Music Festival and Camp Aug. 2 to 5.
The camp will feature organ workshops for children and adults, the first time this has been held at Cherry Hill. More ...

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Liquid Pleasure to perform at Gala
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties will kick off its Phil Ford Golf Classic on Friday, August 13th with a Gala held at the Gateway Convention Center. The evening’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m., and guests will dance the night away until midnight with a performance by the band “Liquid Pleasure.” More ...

CSI: Cooley Library
The Harold D. Cooley Library and Nashville Police Department are presenting CSI: Cooley Library on Thursday July 29th at the library from 4:30-6:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and help investigate a crime! You can also see a Nash County Crime Dog and learn how dogs can help solve crime!
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Alana Fisher, Library Director

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

William Bunn, the Raleigh Police Department’s first honorary officer, passed away peacefully at his home on July 1 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was eight years old. William is survived by his parents, Mark and Amy Bunn, and his younger sister, Alyssa; his paternal grandmother, Juanita Bunn; his maternal grandparents, Richard and Carole Palmer; his aunt and uncle, Chandra and Eugene Bunn, cousins Derrick, Spencer, and Allison Bunn; his aunt and uncle, Lisa and Paul Montanaro, cousins Paul and Anthony Montanaro; his aunt and uncle, Mimi and Kent Hardin, and cousin Ava Porter. William is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frederick Eugene Bunn, Sr. More ...

SANDY CROSS - Sybil Leigh Baker, 65, passed away, Sunday, July 18, 2010. She was born July 30, 1944 in Nash County. She was the daughter of the late Sam C. and Letha Viverette Baker. Sybil was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah House and Madelle Baker, one brother, Futrell Baker. More ...

Elizabeth Gupton Boone, 92, passed away Friday, July 16, 2010. She was born June 21, 1918 to the late Robert and Emma Gupton. Her husband (Lee Otha “Tink” Boone), sisters (Peggy, Ruby, Estelle, and “Beck”), a brother (“Pluto”), and infant son (Robbie High) preceded her in death. More ...

NASHVILLE - Billy Marshall Vanhook, 85, passed away at home, Saturday, July 17, 2010. Billy was born September 9, 1924 in Nash County. He was the son of the late Sam and Dora Vanhook. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Jane Sykes and Jackie Vanhook, one brother, Russell Vanhook and a son, Billy Vanhook, Jr. More ...

Eugene Marshall High, 73, of Bailey passed away Monday, July 19, 2010.  He was born April 21, 1937. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in Bailey Town Cemetery.  The Rev. Craig Welbaum will officiate. More ...

NASHVILLE - Funeral services for Lucille Battle Williams, 90, who died Tuesday, July 13, 2010, were held Saturday, July 17, at Union Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Union Hill Church cemetery with Rev. Thomas McCullers officiating. More ...

Harvie Elton Patterson Sr., age 91, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2010 at  Nash Grove Manor Nursing Home, Nashville.
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Raymond Henry Edwards of Rocky Mount died on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 in Durham, NC at the Community Living Center  at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  He was born in Whitakers on May 14, 1920 to the union of Joe and Tillie Edwards. He was preceded in death by his parents and “Granny” his grandmother, his wife of 67 years, Mabel Flora Edwards and by his son-in-law, Phillip Lee Yarboro. All of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death. They were Rosa and husband Robert Long, Purvis and wife Mamie Edwards, Wesley and wife Elma Edwards, Sadie and husband Leslie Conyers, Dorothy and husband Owen Fountain, Margaret and husband Charles Henderson, Coefield and wife Gladys Edwards. More ...

Hubert Bernard Tant, 90, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010. He was born March 30, 1920 in Littleton, son of the late George and Minnie Tant. He was preceded in death by son, Jasper Hubert Tant and stepson, W.L. Joyner. More ...

Reverend Gerald Kile Riggs, Sr. died Saturday, July 17, 2010. He was born October 1, 1929 in Swansboro  to the late Alaric and Evelyn Heath Riggs.
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Edward Miller Everette, 74, passed away July 17, 2010. He was born March 21, 1936 in Duplin County. More ...

MOMEYER – Floyd Alvin Leppla, 81, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010.  He was born August 15, 1928 in Nash County, son of the late Alvin and Lillian Leppla.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Roscoe M. Edwards. More ...

Kemp Cooper Leonard, 52, passed away, Monday, July 19, 2010. He was born June 22, 1958 in Nash County. He was preceded in death by his father, E. Lawrence Leonard. More ...

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