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County Heritage Books arrive
Nash County Heritage Books have arrived.
Barbara High Tyre, Co-Chair of the Nash County Heritage Book Committee, said the books have been a longer than expected process but added that, in the end, she thinks the books will be worth the wait.
Initially, the books were expected to come out in late 2010. However, the books were pushed back for several reasons. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Castalia Family Dollar robbed at gunpoint
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who robbed the Family Dollar in Castalia last week.
According to Sgt. Jeremy Worrell, of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, a man wearing a hoody and a bandana around his face entered the store around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13 brandishing a handgun. The man demanded money and after receiving an undisclosed amount, left the store. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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RURITAN OF THE YEAR –– Momeyer Ruritan President Bob Bunn (at right) was surprised with the Ruritan of the Year Award on Monday night by Jim Sears (at left), District Governor for the Rocky Mount-Durham District.
Bunn named Momeyer Ruritan of the Year
For the third straight year, Momeyer Ruritan President Bob Bunn was selected as the club’s Ruritan of the Year.
Bunn was honored on Monday night during the club’s annual Christmas Banquet.
Bunn has been a member of the Momeyer Ruritan Club for seven years. He became the club’s president in 2009 and served for three years. Bunn will serve as the club’s Vice President during the 2012 year. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING –– Nashville Police Investigator George Bottoms (at right) helps one-year-old Elijah Horton (at left) pick out a toy last Wednesday morning during Shop With a Cop at the Nashville Wal-Mart.
Kids Shop With a Cop in Nashville
Nashville Police Officers became Santa Claus for a few hours last Wednesday morning.
Officers took three families shopping at Wal-Mart to help provide clothing and toys for 10 children in the second annual Shop With a Cop program.
Nashville Police Chief Bill Creech said the program is the department’s way of giving back to the community. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

MILITARY NEWS
Navy Seaman Tyron Taylor, son of Ardis T. Goss of Whitakers and Michael L. Pittman, of Charlotte, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Taylor completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. More ...

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Locals participate in Special Olympics Bowling Tournament
Nash County residents were among those earning recognition at the 2011 Special Olympics North Carolina Bowling Tournament held on December 4.
The event for the eastern part of the state was held in Durham, the central part of the state in Greensboro and the event for the western part of the state was held in Newton. More ...

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Pledge of Allegiance
Molly Lahay (standing at far right), 4-H director of the Nash County 4-H Tiger Cubs,  explains the Pledge of the Allegiance to 4-Hers during a meeting in November. Also during the meeting, 4-H parent Diana Coffey (standing at far left) talked about first aid. Youth also created a fall craft. More ...

Rocky Mount Prep Headmaster to join NC Wesleyan College
North Carolina Wesleyan College has announced the appointment of Michael J. Pratt as Vice President of Advancement and Strategy.  Pratt, who is currently serving as the headmaster of Rocky Mount Preparatory School, will assume this position on July 1, 2012. More ...

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Fastline gives to Red Cross
Fastline, an international farm equipment marketer, has donated $6,700 to the American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region for disaster relief following Hurricane Irene. Maria Zone, marketing consultant for Fastline’s Mid-Atlantic Region, made the presentation to American Red Cross Regional Executive Lynwood Roberson at the office of N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler. More ...

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Mask, Robertson wed
Malia Mask and James Robertson were married Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 3:17 p.m. at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA. The officiant of the civil wedding was Michael Mask of Charlotte, brother of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Brenda Mask and step-daughter of Stone Mitchell of Knoxville TN.
The groom’s parents are Doug and Betsey Robertson of Nashville. More ...

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ENGAGED
Randy and Ginger Matthews of Rocky Mount announce the engagement of their daughter, Deanna Leigh Matthews of Raleigh, to Charles Austin Maynard, also of Raleigh. He is the son of Charles Maynard of Parkton and of Mary Maynard of Buffalo, New York. The wedding is planned for May 10, 2012 at the Outer Banks. More ...

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Holiday food drive
Nash Central High School and Northern Nash High School students threw down the gauntlet to see which school could collect the most food for the needy during their holiday food drive.  Principal Craig Harris announced to students Friday, December 16 that Nash Central High School was the proud winner of the friendly competition. More ...

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Cookies
The teens from the Christian Homeschool Association of Rocky Mount were busy making cookies on December 1.  They made enough cookies to take to ten area fire and police departments, and one to the emergency room at Nash General. They wanted to let the service folks know how much they appreciate all they do. More ...

Nash County Blood Drives December 2011
Wednesday, December 21 from 1:30 until 6 p.m. at Sunset Avenue Baptist Church in Rocky Mount
Thursday, December 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Chili’s Grill and Bar in Rocky Mount
Thursday, December 22 from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Outback Steakhouse in Rocky Mount More ...

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MOUNT ZION FWB CHURCH NEWS
Brother Bob Watkins welcomed everyone to Sunday school. There were 95 in attendance.  Prayers for Mozelle Batchelor, who is back in Nash General. Geraldine Nelms will be going back to Duke for treatment Tuesday. Atlee Matthews has a lung problem that is being tested for treatment. Prayer concerns for the sick and shut-ins in nursing homes and at home. More ...
ROSALENE BASS

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS
There was frost on the ground and a nip in the air as Peachtree folks gathered for worship on a bright Sunday morning.  It was the fourth Sunday of Advent.  Pastor Whitehouse read the Advent devotion and lit the candle of “LOVE”.  The offertory, “What Child is This?”, was played by Jane May on the piano as David Griffin whistled.
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BARBARA HARDISON

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RED OAK NEWS
Women in Action met Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the home of Mindy Dennis.  The group wrapped gifts for their adopted family from My Sister’s House and also gifts for North American missionary, Pam Mungo.
The Red Cross will have a Blood Drive at Red Oak Baptist Church at 2:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, Dec. 22. More ...
SUZY PEARCE

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Word for the week
Mary was pregnant. A distressed Joseph thought about severing the relationship. “But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 1:20). More ...
DENNIS PRUTOW

Thousands sign holiday greetings for military personnel
Two thousand area residents have signed greeting cards in appreciation of military personnel as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. Volunteers from the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter provided signing opportunities at events in Wilson, Rocky Mount, Tarboro and Roanoke Rapids, and the public responded in great numbers. More ...

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BEULAH COMMUNITY NEWS
A lot of activities have been happening at Beulah Church of Christ this past week. On Friday night some of our carol singers went to visit several shut-ins they sang Christmas carols, gave some gifts (received some gifts also) and brought smiles to may shut-ins. It also brought joy to those who were involved.
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WILMA ENROUGHTY

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The Links host White Rose Luncheon
The members of the Wilson –Rocky Mount-Tarboro Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, hosted their third biennial White Rose Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Rose Hill Conference Center in Nashville.  The theme for the occasion was “A Showcase of the Arts.”  
The Wilson-Rocky Mount-Tarboro Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was chartered in 1948. More ...

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Nashville Boys and Girls Club Christmas pics, 1
Marvon Richardson poses with Santa after getting his present on Friday night. More ...
Graphic photos by Amanda Clark

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Nashville Boys and Girls Club Christmas pics, 2
Amari Baker and Christian Everette tear into their presents on Friday night at the Fellowship Church Outreach Center in Nashville. More ...

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Nashville Boys and Girls Club Christmas pics, 3
Briston Manning and Robert Richardson show excitement after opening their gifts at the Fellowship Church Outreach Center in Nashville. The church donated about 60 gifts to Boys and Girls Club youth. More ...

Wesleyan inducts 22
North Carolina Wesleyan College inducted twenty-two students into the Teacher Education Program during the recent Fall Symposium sponsored by the Education Department and the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).
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CARE PACKAGES
Nurses in the Perianesthesia Unit of Nash Health Care’s Mayo Surgery Pavilion wrapped up a bit of extra Christmas cheer for U.S. soldiers this holiday. Nurse Kathy Wilson’s son-in-law, Nathan Bowers, is stationed with the 455th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Afghanistan. Wilson and her coworkers created care packages for Bowers and his fellow soldiers. More ...

 Editorials

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‘Twas the night –– after Christmas
With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore...
Twas the night after Christmas, when all through our place,
It looked like a tornado had hit our space..
The stockings were hanging from the ceiling fan without a care,
It was obvious that three children hepped up on sugar lived there. More ...
Mike Brantley

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Mr. Bass receives a well deserved honor at Momeyer Ruritan Club
Each year, I have the pleasure of attending several Ruritan club’s Christmas banquets. At these events, clubs name their Ruritan of the Year.
The Ruritan of the Year is a special award, because it’s voted on by fellow Ruritans. Each person who receives it is a person who is dedicated to their club and who goes above and beyond in their service. More ...
Amanda Clark

Ward Drug Co., and its people, have made Nashville a better place to live
Last week a large number of Nashville area residents experienced a change in whom they trust with their prescriptions.  Ward Drug Co. of Nashville stopped filling regular prescriptions but will continue to operate as Ward Specialty Pharmacy and provide compounding, consultations, diabetic supplies and medical equipment.  More ...
Letters to the Editor:

Ward Drug Co. thanks its community for more than 100 years of loyalty
It is with a twinge of sad nostalgia, laced with an enthusiasm for future opportunity that I compose this letter of thanks. December 14, 2011 closed the window on over 100 years of Ward Drug Company being an integral part of our Nashville community, and in many of your and your ancestor’s lives. More ...
Letters to the Editor:

Disruptive behavior in schools should be unacceptable
As I approach my 23rd year in the criminal justice field, I have noticed some disturbing changes in our society. Perhaps the most disturbing change is the crisis in our schools. There is an alarming increase in disruptive behavior, substance abuse and criminal activity among students. Students lack discipline and self control. More ...
Letters to the Editor:

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Nash County Animal Friends’ Notebook
Christmas Day is this Sunday and I wonder how many have lost family members this year.  Mind you, from seeing the pets in the Shelter, it is obvious that some don’t believe that pets are family.  I have an elderly dog that saw me through a terrible time in my life.  One of my regrets is that she doesn’t get the attention she deserves. More ...
Carol Vierela, Nash County Animal Friends

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Backward Glances
SANTA CLAUS – This photo was found in The Graphic’s December 19, 1963 archives. Looks like these youngsters were ready to give Santa their wish list. More ...
A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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ONE OF THE BEST. Christian Buffaloe, 12, is considered one of the top youth experts in the United States in the art of Kyokushin Karate. Christian trains under his father, former Nash County resident Kenny Buffaloe.
NATIONAL TREASURE
BETHLEHEM - Head out of Castalia on SR 58 and keep going through Centerville in Franklin County.
Go across a bridge into Warren County and make a few turns before encountering a small sign for a modest subdivision.
Follow a dirt road and turn left, and you’ve found him. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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SWIM SUCCESS. A Southern Nash High School swimmer competes in an event as part of Monday afternoon’s Big East Conference Swim Meet, which was staged at the Harrison Family YMCA Pool in Rocky Mount.
Nash Central strikes again in pool
ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central offered a resounding exclamation point to its successful first half of the swim season with another strong performance Monday.
The undefeated Lady Bulldogs rolled to yet another victory as part of the final Big East Conference Meet at the Harrison Family YMCA. More ...
Staff Reports

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Diamond schedule released
ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball squad, which features several performers from Nash County, will begin its 2012 season Feb. 11 with a home doubleheader against Eastern Mennonite.
The event will begin at noon. All of NCWC’s home games will be played on campus at Bauer Field. More ...
Staff Reports

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CRUNCH TIME. Southern Nash’s Miya Bryant (center) is fouled during second-half action of Nash Central’s overtime victory over the host Ladybirds in the first round of the Nash County Holiday Tournament.
NC Rallies For Victory
STANHOPE -- Nash Central waited until the final minute to continue its early-season success on the girls hardwood.
Trailing by seven points with time running out, the Lady Bulldogs used a furious late flurry to force overtime against host Southern Nash during Monday’s first-round game of the annual Nash County Girls Basketball Tournament at the SNHS Gymnasium. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE & CHARLES ALSTON, Graphic Sportswriters

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GATSON GOES TO THE BUCKET. Bunn’s Bri Gatson drives on Southern Nash’s Desiree Perry during last Wednesday’s game.
Bunn gets past Southern Nash
STANHOPE -- With leading scorer Whitney Bunn unavailable due to illness, Bunn High School girls basketball coach Chuck Mann relied on a long-time friend Wednesday.
Defense.
Bunn has been known for its intense defensive prowess during Mann’s tenure, and that would have to be a key during last Wednesday’s non-conference rematch against Southern Nash. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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MAKING A SPLASH
Nash Central High School’s Davis Johnson competes in the Boys 200 Freestyle as part of Monday afternoon’s Big East Conference Swim Meet at the Harrision Family YMCA Pool. More ...

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MORE SWIM HIGHLIGHTS, 1
Among the competitors at Monday’s Big East Conference Swim Meet at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount were Nash Central’s Neill Bunn. More ...

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MORE SWIM HIGHLIGHTS, 2
Among the competitors at Monday’s Big East Conference Swim Meet at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount were Northern Nash’s Lindsey Douglas. More ...

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ANOTHER BIG BUCK FOR MURRAY
Lori Murray of the Justice Community near Spring Hope harvested this impressive 8-point buck during a recent hunting expedition in Franklin County with her husband, Chuck. Lori now has a perfect 4-for-4 shooting record. More ...

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STYLES POINTS
Nash Central guard Niya Styles (with ball) came through in the clutch Monday night against Southern Nash. More ...

Central still solid in Big East action
ROCKY MOUNT -- Undefeated Nash Central continued to roar through the league standings with another convincing victory last Thursday in Big East Conference Swimming Action at the Harrison Family YMCA.
The Lady Bulldogs piled up 165 points to win going away. Wilson Fike was next at 124 points, followed by Wilson Hunt (96), Tarboro (85), Rocky Mount (67), Southern Nash (42), Northern Nash (29), SouthWest Edgecombe (1) and Wilson Beddingfield (0). More ...
Staff Reports

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LEARNING FROM A LEGEND
During a recent trip to Japan, Christian Buffaloe (front) and his father, Kenny, were able to learn from Japanese Muay-Thai (Kickboxing) legend Toshio Fujiwara (right) at his gym in Downtown Tokyo. Fujiwara is the leading professional Kickboxing trainer in Japan and a former world Muay-Thai lightweight champion. More ...

 Entertainment

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Letters to Santa
Dear Santa,
My name is Tristan Murray. I am 4 years old. For Christmas, I would be excited to get a Batman Cave, a drum set, a basketball goal, hunting stuff and Legos and building blocks. I love Santa Claus and your elves. I hope the elf will visit again this year. Oh yeah, I love Rudolf too! More ...

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

MARIE TAYLOR BOYKIN
Marie Taylor Boykin, 57, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2011.  She was born June 3, 1954 in Nash County, daughter of the late Albert and Betty Morgan Taylor.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Mae Barham and two grandchildren, Joshua and Madison Boykin. More ...

CATHERINE JONES BRYANT
ROCKY MOUNT – Catherine Jones Bryant, 62, of Rocky Mount, died on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. More ...

WILLIAM “BILL” MCLEOD, III
ROCKY MOUNT - William (Bill) McLeod III age 59 passed away in Pitt Memorial Hospital on December 13, 2011. More ...

PHILLIP GWAYNE HOUSE
Phillip Gwayne House, 53, passed away Thursday December 15, 2011. He was born May 9, 1958 in Nash County. He was preceded in death by his father Archibald Gwayne House. More ...

ROBERT ALLISON “BOB” MAXWELL
ROCKY MOUNT – Robert Allison “Bob” Maxwell, 72, died December 15, 2011. He was born on February 10, 1939, in Frederick, MD, to Howard N. and Leona G. Maxwell. He married Dorothy Ann Beckerman in 1964 in Seminole, FL; they were divorced in 1978. Robert married Patricia Kathleen Conyers, on June 21, 1980, in Rocky Mount. More ...

ELIZABETH JOHNSON MYERS (SUE)
Elizabeth Johnson Myers (Sue), died Sunday, December 11th at Nash General Hospital.  She was preceded in death by her husband Milton Myers, and survived by her sons Doug and Eric Batchelor, Erics’wife Lisa, son Steven Myers and wife Barbara and daughter Nancy Prater and husband Gary.  She had 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. More ...

AGERLINE COLEY HAWKINS
Agerline Coley Hawkins, age 84 passed away December 18, 2011 in the Kindred Health and Rehab. More ...

ETTA GRAY OTTO
Etta Gray Otto, age 74 passed away December 13, 2011 in the Nash General Hospital. More ...

RUSSELL LEE LANGLEY, JR.
Russell Lee Langley, Jr. born August 28, 1938 passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Lee Langley and Thelma Lindsey Langley and sister Naomi Langley. More ...

MARGARET FRANCES LANE JOYNER
Margaret Frances Lane Joyner, 88, died Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Pitt Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Robert David Lane and Channie Biggs Lane. More ...

REBA BLANCHE KEEL GAY
Reba Blanche Keel Gay, age 81, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011. She was born in Bertie County on August 12, 1930. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Wall Gay. More ...

DORIS BUNTING MANNING
Doris Bunting Manning, age 82, passed away Friday, December 16, 2011. Born in Wilson County on June 19, 1929, she was one of 10 children born to the late Grover Cleveland Bunting and Ella Long Bunting. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Carolyn Manning and son, Garland Ivan “Vann” Manning, Jr. More ...


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