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Animal ordinance still on the table
Castalia Planning Board members agreed to hold off on recommending any new ordinances related to animals during its regular meeting last Tuesday  night. Instead, members will continue to study the issue and try to come up with an ordinance that is more agreeable to citizens. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Town may expand parking on Boddie
Nashville’s Town Council hopes to continue its efforts of improving downtown by turning its attention to South Boddie Street.
At the annual budget retreat held on January 12 and 13, Town Manager Preston Mitchell brought several special projects before the town council. One such project was the idea of turning South Boddie Street into a one-way street between Washington and Church Streets and creating additional parking. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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GOOD TIMES – Ronnie Ezzell joins the audience during his performance at the 33rd Annual Nashville Opry that was held at Nash Arts Saturday night.
Over 100 people came out to this year’s 33rd annual Elsie Clark Memorial Nashville Opry to hear nine acts take to the stage at Nash Arts.
The event was moved from the Nash County Agricultural Center to Nash Arts this year in hopes of revamping what has become Nashville Business and Professional Women’s annual fundraiser. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

New route planned for Blooming Parade
Plans for the 15th annual Nashville Blooming Festival are underway and the first order of official business was for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce to submit an application for the festival to the Town of Nashville.
A public hearing was held last Wednesday evening, January 26 at the Nashville Town Council’s agenda meeting. The application for the festival was approved on Tuesday night. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nash likely to face increased legal woes
Despite attempts by County Commissioners to backtrack the zoning process, Nash County will likely faced increased legal challenges to the Sanderson Farms project.  The City of Wilson, already embroiled in legal action with the county, is contemplating future legal challenges as well. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

Nashville Chamber seeks “Distinguished Citizen!”
You may know someone in the Nashville community who devotes time working to make Nashville a better place to live, or someone who volunteers with a local organization helping the needs of others or working on projects to improve our town. This person could be Nashville’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year!
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for this year’s Distinguished Citizen. More ...

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Dawes to speak at Youth of the Year event
Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes will be the guest speaker at this year’s Youth of the Year celebration for the Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties.
Dawes started her gymnastics career at a young age, first competing at the age of 10. She was a member of the gold medal winning “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Atlanta Games. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Board finalizes process for NRMS superintendent search
At their meeting last week, the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools (NRMS) board of education finalized the process for their search for a new superintendent. The deadline for applications is set for March 22.
Allison Schafer, director of policy and legal counsel for the NC School Boards Association presented recommendations for the search as the board’s chosen consultant. More ...
Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

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Tiger Cubs from Pack 76 visited The Nashville Graphic office last Tuesday to learn more about how a newspaper is put together. The visit earned the scouts one of 15 beads needed to earn the rank of Tiger Cub. Pictured above are members of Pack 76. More ...

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Sunday was a beautiful day- a welcomed foretaste of spring!  Pastor Whitehouse was sick with “whatever is going around”.  The pulpit was filled by the Rev. Dougald McLaurin, who graciously agreed to come, on a short notice.  He brought a stirring message based on scripture passages from Luke 8; II Corinthians 11:28; John 15:5. More ...

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There were 96 in Sunday school today. Ryan Marlowe read the Bible verse. The choir sang “Jesus, I Love You” for the call to worship. Pastor Rogerson welcomed everyone and prayed the invocation. Hymns of worship were “He Loves Me” and “Come, Thou Fount”. More ...

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Sunday was really a beautiful day.  We had a good attendance at Beulah also.  There were several of our members who were out with medical problems but we pray they will soon be doing better and back with us. Ellen Walker broke her leg last week and will have surgery on Tuesday to put it in a cast. More ...

Relay for Life News & Events
Cancer Awareness Ribbons Magnet: Huntin’ For A Cure’s team is selling 4 inch Cancer Awareness Ribbons Magnets. Please contact Casey @ 252-578-5700 or caseyyandle@gmail.com or Jennifer @ 252-578-1688 or jenniferyandle@gmail.com for a list of available ribbons.
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Several ladies from Red Oak Baptist Church participated in the Volunteer Certification at Fountain Correctional Center for Women in Rocky Mount recently.   Those attending included Jean Mellor, Hazel Hill, Audrey Pearce, Suzy Pearce, Dolly White, Sue Edwards, Marilyn Boone, Nell Boone, and Marion Hawkins. Once approved they will be allowed to volunteer at FCCW through a monthly Adopt-a-Dorm Bible Study. More ...

Pastor David Eidson’s message Sunday was “Hope for the Hopeless” from Ezekiel 37:1-10 which is the story of the valley of the dry bones.  To quote from verse 6, “I will put breath in you and you will come to life.  Then you will know that I am the Lord.”  We sometimes think a situation is hopeless and we tend to give up.
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Opry pics, 1
Nashville’s BPW, along with Nash Arts, sponsored the annual Elsie Clark Memorial Nashville Opry on Saturday night at Nash Arts. Pictured are BPW members with State BPW President Gail Harper. On the back row (L-R) is: Teresa Edwards,  Nashville BPW President Barbara Tyre, Amanda Clark and Annette Mills. On the front row (L-R) is: Mindy Proctor,  State BPW President Gail Harper, Mary Wells, Sandy Hall, Cathy Dixon, Tina Price and Shirley House.
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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark and Allen Clark

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Opry pics, 2
Ronnie Ezzell (at left) and Erin Strickland (at right) performed separately at the Elsie Clark Memorial Nashville Opry but ended the evening with a set together, singing several duets.
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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark and Allen Clark

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Opry pics, 3
Meredith Collins performed at her first ever Opry on Saturday night. Collins participated in Nash Arts’ annual Nash County’s Got Talent Show.
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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark and Allen Clark

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Deputy Elizabeth Cahoon receives Advanced Certification from the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training and Standards Division from Sheriff Dick Jenkins.
Two Nash deputies receive Advanced Certification awards
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that two Deputies have been awarded the Advanced Certification from the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training and Standards Division. Deputy Elizabeth Cahoon and Corporal Greg Adams were both recently presented these awards by Sheriff Dick Jenkins. More ...

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Mr. Jeffrey Alton of Greensboro, and Mrs. Kimber Alton-Patrum of Greensboro announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Alton to Adam Walker of Spring Hope. He is the son of Mr. Larry Walker and Mrs. Patsy Walker of Spring Hope. The wedding will take place on April 9, 2011 at The North Hills Club in Raleigh.
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Stephen and Meredith Collie of Charlotte are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Elizabeth Collie, born Dec. 31, 2010 at Carolina’s Medical Center - University Hospital in Charlotte. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. More ...

PCC graduates and honor students
Pitt Community College recently announced its Dean’s List, Honor’s Roll and graduates for 2010 Fall Semester.
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Locals graduate at Campbell
Nash County residents were among those recognized at Campbell University during the Winter 2010 Semester.
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Law enforcement cadets graduate
Eight Nash Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) cadets graduated  from the College’s Thirty-Second BLET Academy. More ...


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The Super Bowl really is a national holiday
Maybe you heard someone mention it, but if not, there is a fairly large football game on Sunday.
That’s right, the most over-hyped, overdone, over-publicized event – that often is a bust –  is finally here. The Super Bowl.
For 96 percent of us, it is just an excuse to get together with friends and have some fun. For 2 percent of us – the actual fans of the teams playing – it is about the game. For 1.5 percent of us, it is just an interruption of a good Sunday afternoon. The other .5 percent is composed of people who have never heard of nachos. More ...
Mike Brantley

Reader shares opinion of poultry plant
A while back Wilson needed more water and went ahead and confiscated (actually built on someone  elses land) land that was not theirs. They expanded facility;  and then went to court about what they did with some compensation in mind,  after they had violated the rights of the other adjacent county. More ...
Letters to the Editor:

It’s time the NC General Assembly restore our freedoms
In this session of the North Carolina General Assembly it is time the freedoms, protections, and rights of the citizenry of North Carolina are again honored. It is time the General Assembly freed the citizens of North Carolina and returned the control of their lives back to them. More ...
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Proposed animal ordinance deserves more attention
The Town of Castalia is looking at limiting the number of animals a household can have and several residents are pretty upset about the whole idea.
As an animal owner and lover, I can relate. More ...
Amanda Clark

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Backward Glances
This photo originally published in The Graphic April 27, 1961. These four ladies took the honors in the junior division of the annual 4H dress revue. Shown left to right modeling the garments they made are Ginger Thompson, sleepy time clothes; Nan Strickland, dress-up dress; Patricia Gardner, school clothes; and Donna Culpepper, apron. Patricia was the overall winner.
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Nash County Animal Friends’ Notebook: YOU are the SOLUTION – only $20
Check your billfold.  Do you have a $20 bill?  What can you get with that these days?  You might be able to go to the movies.  Maybe buy steak for two?  Sure won’t fill your gas tank.  Temporary things.  But let me tell you what a $20 bill can do for you.  It can buy you unconditional love.  That is how much it costs to adopt a pet from the Nash County Animal Shelter. More ...
Carol Vierela / Nash County Animal Friends


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INTENSE MATCHUP. (L to R) Nash Central’s Shaquille Ricks (left) and Northern Nash’s Kendall Hamilton (right) try to gain an advantage during their match last Wednesday at the NNHS Gymnasium in Red Oak.
NC Pin-Seekers
RED OAK -- Avoiding pins proved to be just as important as recording them during last Wednesday’s much-anticipated wrestling matchup between backyard rivals Nash Central and Northern Nash.
With the Big East Conference team championship on the line, the event came down to one match at 215 pounds between Northern Nash’s T.J. Marshall and Central’s Isiah Edwards. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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LEAGUE LEADERS. Brianna Myszka and the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs took home the team championship last Wednesday at the Big East Conference Swim Meet at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount.
Central Wraps It Up
ROCKY MOUNT -- After a dominant regular season, the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs weren’t about to let up in their most important meet to date.
Instead, the Lady Bulldogs put an exclamation point on a campaign filled with excellence by once again controlling the proceedings at the annual Big East Conference Swim Championships last Wednesday afternoon at the Harrison Family YMCA. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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QUICK REVERSAL. Northern Nash’s Kris Horton (top) made a quick move and came up with this pin against Louisburg’s David Pearce during action last Saturday morning at the Louisburg Duals Tournament.
Dual Proposition
LOUISBURG -- Three days after their tough home setback to rival Nash Central, it was back to business for the Northern Nash Knights last Saturday in area prep wrestling action.
The Knights shook off the heartbreak from that setback by dominating the proceedings at the annual Louisburg Duals Tournament in Franklin County. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Southern will meet SW Edge
STANHOPE -- After a two-year hiatus, Southern Nash will renew its Sweet Potato Bowl rivalry with SouthWest Edgecombe to begin the 2011 high school football campaign.
The game will be played Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at picturesque Firebird Stadium in Stanhope. More ...
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MOVING THROUGH THE DEFENSE. Nash Central High School guard Niya Styles (with ball) tries to work her way through the Rocky Mount defense during last Friday night’s Big East Conference girls basketball showdown at the NCHS Gymnasium in Rocky Mount
Splitsville In Big East
ROCKY MOUNT -- Being called a “no-name” is a good thing, if you play for Nash Central High School boys basketball coach Renny Taylor.
Taylor’s so-called “no-names” did all they needed to last Friday evening at home as they guided the Bulldogs to a 66-65 overtime upset of defending Big East Conference champion Rocky Mount before a packed house. More ...
CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Correspondent / Submitted photos

Students test for the next belt level
NASH COUNTY -- The Nash County Parks & Recreation Department, in collaboration with Young Champions of America, hosts self defense classes at Bailey Elementary School.
On January 24, the Bailey Self-Defense Students tested for their next belt level. More ...
Staff Reports

NCWC hosts a huge basketball weekend
ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College’s men’s and women’s basketball squads welcomed children from the Rocky Mount community for Sunday’s “Take a Kid to the Game Day”.
Unfortunately for the home crowd, visiting Shenandoah allowed for just half of a perfect Sunday afternoon. More ...
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East Carolina begins spring baseball practice
GREENVILLE -- Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Billy Godwin from Nash County, the East Carolina University baseball team held its first team practice of the 2011 season last Friday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium as preparations continued for the upcoming campaign. More ...
Staff Reports

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Southern Nash High School’s Tori Parker races toward the finish line for the Ladybirds during last Wednesday afternoon’s 2010-11 Big East Conference Swimming Championships, which were held at the Harrison Family YMCA Pool in Rocky Mount.
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Southern Nash High School’s Turner Perkerson was honored as the 2010-11 Big East Conference Boys Swimmer of the Year during last Wednesday afternoon’s final meet of the regular season at the Harrison Family YMCA Pool in Rocky Mount.
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NASH COUNTY -- Listed are updated results from the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department’s Winter Basketball and Indoor Soccer Leagues: More ...
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Northern Nash High School’s Tavis Richardson (top) moves toward a pinfall against Louisburg’s Zack Fontana during action last Saturday morning at the annual Louisburg Duals, which were held at the LHS Gymnasium in Franklin County.
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Members of the Nash Central High School swim team celebrate following the conclusion of last Wednesday’s Big East Conference Swim Championships at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount. Nash Central’s girls won the Big East team crown, while the boys earned several medals in individual and relay events.
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•Saturday, February 5, 7 p.m.: Sylvia Thomasson-Gospel Show. $10 ($8 members)
•Friday, February 11, 7 p.m.: Cliff Eberhardt in Concert. $15 ($12 members)
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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

Spring Hope - Rose J. Edwards passed away Thursday, January 27, 2011.
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Sharpsburg - Mr. David Lee Bynum, 49, of Sharpsburg, died on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. More ...

Rocky Mount - Mr. Joseph Leonard Bonner, Sr., 89, of Rocky Mount, died on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in Greenville. More ...

Rocky Mount - Mrs. Lillie Ruth Whitehead, 85, of Rocky Mount, died on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. More ...

Jennifer Dawn Hux Barnes, 33, passed away, Monday, January 31, 2011. She was born February 14, 1977 in Nash County. More ...

Richard “Elwood” Carter, 86, passed away, Friday, January 28, 2011. He was born February 9, 1924 in Cumberland County. He was the son of the late Theodore and Sallie Jernigan Carter. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Carter. More ...

Hazel Tharrington Jones, 67, passed away, Thursday January 27, 2011.  She was born March 27, 1943 in Franklin County. She was the daughter of the late, Joe and Mary Ann Smith Tharrington. More ...

Reba Batten Bone, 69, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. She was born in Johnston County on April 24, 1941, daughter of the late Worley Tharse Batten and Annie Ethel Brown Batten. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roger W. Bone and her sister, Faye Batten Powell. More ...


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