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Pedestrian killed on Hwy 64
A Middlesex man was killed late Monday night after being run over on U.S. Highway 64 in Nashville.
According to reports from the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 52-year-old John William Perry was walking on the right shoulder of the Highway 58 ramp on the eastbound side of Highway 64 around 10 p.m. when he stepped in front of a vehicle. The vehicle was exiting the ramp from Highway 58 onto Highway 64 when it struck Perry. More ...

Attorney contends poultry plant may kill future jobs
“This is not an issue of the environment versus jobs, but of jobs versus jobs,” Environmental Attorney Clark Wright, Jr. said in an interview Monday. Wright is an attorney with the New Bern based firm of Davis Hartman Wright. He previously served with the NC Attorney General’s Office in the Environmental Protection Division and has a degree in economics as well as law. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

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FIREFIGHTER’S FAREWELL – Members of the Nash County Fire Association prepare to escort W.E. “Bobby” Joyner to his final resting place at the Land Family Cemetery on a Coopers Fire Truck.
W.E. “Bobby” Joyner lived and breathed fire services. Last week, Joyner took one last ride on a Coopers Fire Truck as he was escorted to his final resting place at the Land Family Cemetery.
Joyner, 80, passed away on Sunday, February 6. Members of several Nash County Fire Departments paid their respects to Joyner last Thursday morning, lining the funeral procession with fire trucks as a truck from Coopers Fire Department escorted Joyner past both the old and new fire station before proceeding to the Land Family Cemetery for his burial. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Study reveals Twin Counties’ economic development is weak
Six recommendations were presented to Rocky Mount City Council members along with Nash and Edgecombe County Commissioners last week as part of a study on to how to make the Twin Counties more competitive.
The recommendations were the end result of an assessment performed by Dr. James Johnson, a native of the Twin Counties who serves as the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at UNC-CH. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Boys & Girls Clubs names Youth of the Year
As a motivational speaker, former Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes speaks at events with the intent to inspire and motivate her audience. But sometimes, she leaves events with a little inspiration herself. That was the case last Thursday evening at the Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties Youth of the Year event.
“I am truly touched and blessed to be here this evening,” Dawes said. “I leave so inspired from these dinners, so touched.” More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Thomas Earl Hyman - 2/10/2011- charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud
Larry Jermaine Hunt - 1/24/2011 - charged with failure to appear for driving while license revoked
Marcus Antonio Alston - 1/25/2011 - charged with attempt to purchase of liquor
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Nashville looks at cost recovery policy
Nashville’s Town Council is considering a policy that will assess property and business owners to recover emergency response operational costs for certain types of incident responses.
The proposed policy was brought up at the board’s annual retreat in January. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Tiger Cubs from Pack 37 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. More ...

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Junior Youth of the Year
Kennedi Wilkins was named the Junior Youth of the Year last week during celebrations at the Gateway Center. Pictured is Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties Executive Director Theresa Shaw (far left) presenting the award to Wilkins (far right).
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Second runner up
Zatiya Brooks was named the second runner up in the Junior Youth of the Year Competition. Zatiya attends the Nashville Boys and Girls Club. Pictured (L-R) is: Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties Executive Director Theresa Shaw, Zatiya Brooks and Chief Volunteer Officer for the Boys and Girls Club Gloria Wiggins-Hicks.
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Photo op
Members of Nashville’s Boys and Girls Club got a chance to get a photograph with former Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes (second from left) and 2009 National Youth of the Year Shonnetta Henry (back row far right). Pictured on the far left is Nashville Unit Director Sophia Edmonds.
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Second runner up for the Youth of the Year
Tyler Richardson was the second runner up for the Youth of the Year competition. Tyler attends the Nashville Boys and Girls Club. Pictured (L-R) is: Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties Executive Director Theresa Shaw, Tyler Richardson and Chief Volunteer Officer for the Boys and Girls Club Gloria Wiggins-Hicks.
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Students earn Jump Project awards
Eleven Nash-Rocky Mount Public School seniors were recently honored for increasing their fall average GPA by a full letter grade and for successfully  completing a volunteer community service project.  The Jump Project Award is a joint project between the Kiwanis Club of Rocky Mount and Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System.  Each finalist received a framed certificate of merit presented at their home school. More ...

Red Oak Middle School has announced its 3rd Six Weeks Honor Roll More ...

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Van Dorps celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
Celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Dick) Van Dorp, Jr. were honored by their children and spouses with a special afternoon with friends and family at The Grange in Washington, NC on January 8, 2011.  
Henry Van Dorp, Jr. from Terra Ceia NC and the former Hope Joyce Sheppard from Washington NC were married in Terra Ceia on January 7, 1961. More ...

East Carolina University held its 102nd fall commencement on December 17 at Minges Coliseum.
Over 2,230 degrees were awarded during commencement ceremonies, with approximately 1,480 receiving undergraduate degrees, 752 receiving graduate or professional degrees and one graduate receiving a medical degree. More ...

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Nashville Elementary Invention Convention
Nashville Elementary recently held its annual Invention Convention. Each grade, kindergarten through fifth, had a separate invention problem to solve. Kindergartners had to invent an new animal; 1st graders invented a vehicle; 2nd graders invented a new or improved toy;  3rd graders had to invent a ping-pong ball launcher; 4th graders invented a 3-in-one tool; and 5th graders invented a Rube Goldberg (or chain reaction) machine. More ...

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Invention Convention pics, 1
FIRST GRADE – Pictured from left to right are Jimmy Porter (1st place); Lexi Gibson (2nd place); Phoebe Atkins (honorable mention); and Rocco Catalano (honorable mention). Not pictured Kylie Grace Billups (3rd place).
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THIRD GRADE – Pictured from left to right are Alexandria Edwards (1st place); Thane Wooten (3rd place); Caroline Pridgen (honorable mention); and Ben Tucker (honorable mention). Not pictured Lindsey Ray (2nd place).
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FIFTH GRADE – Pictured left to right, front row are Sarah Strickland (1st place); Peyton Roughton (2nd place); Tanner Duckworth (3rd place). Back row: Emory New, Sam Smith, and Bailey Willams (honorable mentions).
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Brother Bob Watkins had young Matthew Morgan assist him as Sunday School superintendent today. Good job Matthew. I think Brother Bob is training these young boys to take his place which is a good idea. More ...

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Several ladies from Red Oak Baptist Church participated in the Adopt-a-Dorm Bible Study at Fountain Correctional Center in Rocky Mount on Monday, Feb. 7.  Nell Boone led the study on God’s promises.  Other attending included Jean Mellor, Audrey Pearce, Suzy Pearce, Hazel Hill, and Marilyn Boone. More ...

The Ephesus Baptist Area Youth (EBAY) want to thank everyone for their support of the Valentine Banquet on Saturday. 
Our Sunday service began with special music by Lynn Cash, singing “Called by Love”. More ...

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On Sunday morning Pastor Whitehouse preached on the topic “Jesus Makes all the Difference-II”.  It was based on scripture found in Galatians 1: 6-10.  The emphasis found in this scripture is that you come to Christ by Grace—no amount of self reformation can save you.  Grace is a free gift from God.
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Hostess Martha Gallop introduced the speaker, Mike Moss, a very experienced meteorologist who is a weather forecaster in Raleigh. He is a Rocky Mount native and Northern Nash High School graduate whose fascination with weather started as a young child with “Weather: A Golden Guide,” a book his parents gave him. More ...

Relay for Life News & Events
Live Auction: The Sixth Annual Relay for Life Live Auction will be held on March 12, 2011 at the Farmer’s Market in Rocky Mount. Starts at 6 p.m.  with a preview at 4:30 p.m. Lots of items to be auction off including a two night stay at the Sheraton in Morehead City, a 1 week Mountain vacation, Mudcats tickets, Rudy Theatre tickets, gift baskets, homemade cakes, & lots, lots more! More ...

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Sunday school began at 9:45 Sunday morning followed by church services at 11:00. We had a really good service but everyone had a heavy heart and were missing Roger and Mary Parker.   May God bless them and comfort them in this trying time. More ...


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One big pile of profanity law on the way
What the [expletive deleted]?
In case you don’t [expletive deleted] read the [expletive deleted] news, you might have missed it. A [expletive deleted] state law against cursing in public was repealed last [expletive deleted] month.
This is just [expletive deleted] great news. More ...
Mike Brantley

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Youth of the Year event is inspiring
It’s always exciting to attend the Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year event each year. It seems like each year, I leave the event feeling inspired.
I have the pleasure of getting to hang out with the Nashville Boys and Girls Club on occasion and there are some amazing kids there, just as I’m sure there are amazing kids at all the clubs in Nash and Edgecombe Counties. More ...
Amanda Clark

Reader cites published Sanderson Farms violation record
Was Sanderson Farms’ CEO, Joe Sanderson, Jr., misquoted or did he simply misspeak?  Interviewed by The Wilson Times for the 1-28-11 article, “We’re Committed to Nash,” he seemed perplexed that there is environmental-based opposition to his company’s plan to locate in Nash County.
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Reader honors memory during Black History Month
Leroy Minton, Sr., Savada Minton, wife and Leroy Minton, son, honor the memory of Leroy Minton for his dedicated and loyal service to his family and his country. He served in Word War II and the Korean Crisis, between March 4, 1942 and Nov. 7, 1957. During this time he earned 12 medals. More ...
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Backward Glances
KINDERGARTEN CLASS 1961 – Mrs. Clem Patterson’s kindergarten class took a train ride from Rocky Mount to Wilson.
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RIP Razor & Winnie
Who were Winnie and Razor?  Winnie was the sweetest gal you ever met.  She made you smile.  She wasn’t beautiful by some standards but her eyes were soft and kind.  She would be the type to snuggle while you watched TV.  Razor was young, handsome, gentle and sweet.  You could just think about long walks along the beach in the moonlight with him. More ...
Carol Vierela / Nash County Animal Friends’ Notebook


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HEAD-TO-HEAD COMPETITION. Nash Central’s Miles Pringle (right) engages a McMichael wrestler during last Thursday night’s action in the Class 3-A State Dual Team Wrestling Playoffs at the NCHS Gym.
Semis Showdown
ROCKY MOUNT -- Given their pedigree -- or lack thereof -- it could almost be considered a miracle that the Nash Central Bulldogs were only two victories away from securing a state wrestling championship.
After all, the Bulldogs don’t have a performer who has been on the mat for more than three years -- and not just on the high school level. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Leonard Leans To Louisburg
ROCKY MOUNT -- Some college coaches might shy away from a prospective high school football player if that performer suffers a serious injury during his senior season.
But it was the way Rashad Leonard came back -- and not the injury itself -- that impressed Louisburg College gridiron skipper John Sala. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Central’s Bass wins at states
FAYETTEVILLE -- Thanks to a strong performance from distance ace Will Bass, the Nash Central Bulldogs closed in third place overall in the boys team standings of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Class 1/2/3-A Winter State Track and Field Meet.
The event was held last Saturday at Reid Ross Sports Complex in Fayetteville. More ...
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BASELINE DRIVE. Northern Nash High School’s Deshawn Freeman (with ball) heads to the basket for the Knights during their road boys basketball setback last Friday night against Rocky Mount.
Court Action Heats Up
ROCKY MOUNT -- Northern Nash’s girls basketball team had Rocky Mount on thin ice the first time they met in Big East Conference play, but the Lady Gryphons managed to survive and win.
Last Friday night, the Lady Knights saw Rocky Mount fall into the water.
In an emotional effort at Rocky Mount, Northern grabbed a share of the Big East regular season title with a 52-39 defeat of the Lady Gryphons in the regular season finale for both squads. More ...
CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Correspondent / Submitted photos by David Hahula

NASH COUNTY -- Here are last weekend’s results from the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department’s Basketball League: More ...
Staff Reports

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Plans finalized for Brind’Amour night
RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes have announced details for Rod Brind’Amour Night, which will be held this Friday as the Hurricanes host the Philadelphia Flyers.
The RBC Center doors will open at 6 p.m. on Friday night, and all fans in attendance will receive a replica mini No. 17 banner as they enter. More ...
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Battlin’ Bishops add to hardwood streak
ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College men’s basketball team continued its winning ways last Saturday, defeating Methodist, 93-84, to claim the Bishops‘ 11th win in their last 12 contests and the squad’s fourth consecutive victory.
Along with the conquest, though, came another tough decision NCWC had to earn down the stretch. More ...
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School marks shattered at Class 3-A State Meet
CARY -- Nash Central’s hope to make a big splash at the Class 3-A State Swim Meet came to fruition last weekend at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
A whopping five school records were shattered by the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs as part of the festivities.
Central also boasted a Top-10 finisher as Gavin Johnson took ninth in the Boys 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:03.95. More ...
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Nash Central High School’s participants at last weekend’s Class 3-A State Swim Meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary were (back, l to r) Rush Sherard, Randi Price, Kaitlyn Beal, Gavin Johnson, Lindsey Sharpe, Neill Bunn and Coach Margaret Godwin; (front, l to r) Olsen Bunn, Kaila Billups and Andrew Stocks.
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Rocky Mount High School’s participants at last weekend’s Class 3-A State Swim Meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary were (back, l to r) Zachary Vestal, Patrick Boone, Derek Mott, Samuel Haynes and Clark Covolo; (front, l to r) Coach Julie Baggett, Lauren Campbell and Coach Shira Parrish.
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COMPETITION EXCELLENCE .The Stricklands are shown at far right as part of the ‘Final Four’ from the competition.
Trudy tracks ‘em down at tourney
MIDDLESEX -- A Middlesex man had one of the top scoring dogs at the 45th Annual UKC Grand American Coonhunt, which was  held in January in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Hundreds of hunters participated in the event, but only a few took home top prizes. Adrian Strickland was one of the lucky few, with his dog, Trudy, winning fourth place overall in the competition. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Action begins at Big East Tournament
ROCKY MOUNT --  The boys teams from Nash Central and Northern Nash both advanced at the Big East Conference Basketball Tournament at Rocky Mount High School on Monday evening with victories over their lower-seeded opponents.
The Bulldogs, seeded third, sent No. 6 seed Wilson Fike to its 20th straight loss with a 68-47 triumph over the Golden Demons. More ...
CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Sports Writer

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Members of the Nash Central High School wrestling team, including head coach Lee Culpepper (center), look on during the Bulldogs’ match against McMichael last Thursday night as part of the Class 3-A State Dual Playoffs.
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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

ROCKY MOUNT – Charles A. “Pete” Tripp, 92, died Saturday, February 12, 2011. More ...

Robert C. Bobbitt, Sr., 83, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2011. Robert was born December 10, 1927 in Nash County, son of the late Willie N. and Madelyn Bobbitt.
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CASTALIA - Roger Allen Parker, Sr., passed away Monday, February 14, 2011. He was born January 8, 1939 in Nash County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Onslow B. Parker, Jr. and Annie Mae Burgess Parker and his brother Bobby Ray Parker. More ...

Tara Lynn Stewart, 38, passed away Monday, February 7, 2011. She was born December 11, 1972 in Norfolk, Virginia, daughter of Carroll F. and Bruce Ann Griffin Stewart. More ...

Albert Bizzell Parker, age 77, of Rocky Mount died Thursday, February 10, 2011. More ...

Lessie Louise Lancaster passed away on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Lessie was born October 14, 1919 the daughter of the late Thad Lancaster and Nora Williams Lancaster. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Lawrence Lancaster Sr. More ...

BRONX, NY -  James Rudolph Rogers McLean, 75, of the Bronx, NY, and formerly of Rocky Mount, died on Thursday, February 3, 2011. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT -  Donald Ray Hunter, 64, of Rocky Mount, died on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Rocky Mount location of H.D. Pope Funeral Home.
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ROCKY MOUNT -  Sidney Howard Daniel, 71, of Rocky Mount, died on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT - Clarence Edward Burstion, 59, of Rocky Mount, died on Thursday, February 3, 2011.
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TARBORO -  Hattie Mae Battle, 60, of Tarboro, died on Monday, February 7, 2011.
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ROCKY MOUNT - Master D’Marion Jacquez Cooper, age 5, of Rocky Mount, died on Sunday, February 6, 2011. More ...

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