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NRMS to hire back most teachers
As the state legislature lays out a planned $7.9 billion for North Carolina’s public schools in this year’s budget, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson told the board that the system will be able to hire back most of their teachers whose contracts ended in the 2012-13 school year.
“As of today,” he said at the board meeting Monday night, “we’ll be able to bring back 90 percent of our teachers who have end-date contracts and are eligible to return.” More ...
Michele A. Cruz, Graphic Correspondent

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Parts of movie filmed in Spring Hope
An abandoned home in Spring Hope became a movie set for a few days last week.
The independent film “Grass Stains” was shot at two locations in Spring Hope on Thursday and Friday. One location was at an empty home at the corner of Pine and Peacthree Streets.
A producer for the film, Matt Perniciaro, grew up in Spring Hope and said in looking for locations to film, Spring Hope came to mind. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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The Nashville Unit of the Boys and Girls Club held a bittersweet party last Wednesday afternoon for Unit Director Marisa Harley. Wednesday was Harley’s last day with the Boys and Girls Club.
Harley is following her dream and becoming a teacher. She will teach social studies and language arts for third and fourth graders at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in Hollister. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

State changes impact NHC
Several recent key decisions by the NC State Legislature are likely to affect funding for the Nash Health Care System, Nash Health Care CEO Larry Chewning said last Thursday during the monthly board meeting. “We had to pay close attention this year, because there were a lot of controversial decisions,” Chewning said.
Some of the measures will reduce income to the health care system, Chewning explained. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

Nash says no to NCC funding
Nash Community College President Bill Carver came before Nash County Commissioners on Monday asking for additional funding to cover moving utilities underground near the school’s new connector road.
Carver requested an additional $45,365 to cover Duke Energy’s work. The work has already been completed. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Momeyer citizens file for seats, unopposed
Since Momeyer was incorporated in 1991, Eloise Bass and Ronnie Pace have served on the town board. Pace is planning to serve another term. Bass is not.
Pace filed for re-election to his seat and is not facing competition.
Pace said he wants to serve to help take care of the place he calls home. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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NPD forms bike team
Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashore hopes that having a bike team will make officers more accessible to the community.
The Police Department currently has two officers outfitted for the department’s bike team, which just recently started up. However, five other officers have expressed interest in joining the team. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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SEARCHING FOR MAGGIE –– (L-R) Donna Ritterpusch and Richard Rewalt freshen up food for a trap set for Maggie, Rewalt’s dog that went missing in mid-May. Ritterpusch has been helping Rewalt search for Maggie.
Local woman aids dog search
Since mid-May Richard Rewalt has made numerous trips to Nashville in search of his dog, Maggie.
Maggie disappeared from the Nash County Animal Shelter after slipping from her collar. Animal Control Officers brought Maggie in after Rewalt was taken to the hospital after becoming sick while on his way back home to Maryland from Florida. Rewalt, 77,  had stopped at a rest area off of I-95 in Nash County when he experienced his first spell of vertigo and fell down. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

An obtaining money/property by false pretense was reported on 7/29/13 at 105 Nashville Commons Drive
A larceny was reported on 7/30/13 at Dollar General, 800 W Washington Street
A larceny (shoplifting) was reported on 7/30/13 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue More ...

A found property was reported on 7/29/13 at Old Bailey Highway and NC 97
A breaking, entering and larceny of a residence was reported on 7/30/13 at 4230 Bullstone Road
A larceny from an outbuilding was reported on 7/31/13 at 4273 Frazier Road
A larceny of a wallet was reported on 7/31/13 at Nash Community College More ...

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Placed first
Stacie Winner recently placed first in two classes at the State 4-H Horse Show. Winner also placed second and sixth. More ...

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Grand prize
Traci Thompson (at left), Braswell Memorial Library’s  Genealogy/History Librarian, presented Helen Sharpe (at right) with a grand prize in the Genealogy/History Summer Reading Program.   Helen is a member of the UDC Bethel Heroes Chapter 636.  She read books  and articles on the history of the War Between the States.  Traci is also a member of Bethel Heroes. More ...

Spring Hope resident complains to board about junky neighbor
A Spring Hope resident came before commissioners on Monday night pleading with them to do something about a messy neighbor.
Johnny Kennedy, who lives on Azalea Lane, said there is a junk yard on his street and no one wants to do anything about it. More ...
Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Auxiliary to hold pancake breakfast
The Nashville American Legion Auxiliary Post 110 is selling tickets for a pancake and sausage breakfast at Andy’s on August 17th from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 each. Contact Mary Lee Bass at 252-904-7923 to purchase tickets or for more information. More ...

Locals named to UNC Dean’s List
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently recognized 8,547 Carolina students for outstanding academic achievement through their selection for the Dean’s List for Spring 2013.
Dean’s list recognition requires full-time students who enter the University as new first-year students starting in fall 2010 or thereafter to earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale with no grade lower than a “C” for 12 hours of letter-grade credit. More ...

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Dr. Jackson named CCRESA Regional Superintendent of Year
Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education gathered with school administrators and community supporters July 29 at Rocky Mount High School to learn that Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, had been named the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance (CCRESA) 2013-14 Superintendent of the Year. More ...

NRMS releases annual report
The Nash-Rocky Mount School System unveiled the preliminary copy of its 2012-2013 annual report at its annual retreat in late July. The final report is slated to be released later this month and will be posted on the Nash-Rocky Mount School Board website. It will also be printed for distribution to some businesses and to individuals considering a move to this area. More ...
Amelia Harper, Graphic Correspondent

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Worsinger appointed to national board
Rocky Mount Utilities Director Rich Worsinger has been appointed to second vice chair of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) Board of Directors. Worsinger began his one-year term when he was appointed during the APGA Annual Meeting in Boston. More ...

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Tiffiny Longstratt
Local students receive scholarship funds
The board of directors of the Kitty Powell Scholarship Fund recently presented $2,300 in scholarships to members of the bowling community.
Since 1989, the Kitty Powell Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $67,000 to 110 scholarship recipients to further their education.  More ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert William (Billy) Edwards of Spring Hope announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Dawn Edwards, to Scott Jeffrey Polner, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Lewis Polner of Norcross, Ga.
The wedding will take place Nov. 2, 2013 on the beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area at Kure Beach, NC. More ...

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Ray and Beth Massengale of Whitakers announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Louise Massengale, to Carson Hackney Pressley, the son of Mark and Susan Pressley of Chapel Hill. The wedding will take place Nov. 2, 2013, at The Barn at Woodlake Meadows in Bear Creek, NC. More ...

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First Annual National Night Out
Nashville’s Police Department sponsored its first National Night Out on Tuesday night, August 6 at the new Stoney Creek Environmental Park on Washington Street.
National Night Out is a national event, in its 30th year, but this is the first time Nashville has hosted the event. More ...

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Night Out Coloring Contest Winners
The Nashville Police Department sponsored a National Night Out Coloring Contest which included four local daycares: Precious Moments, Precious Angels, Kidz Place 2 Bee, and A Place to Grow.
Winners received a backpack filled with goodies, an award and a gift card donated by Wal-Mart. More ...

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(L-R) Robert Evans, District Attorney for the Seventh Prosecutorial District, and Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore attended the NCBEMO Summer Conference, that was held in Rocky Mount.
Rocky Mount hosts NC Black Elected Officials Conference
The North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials’ (NCBEMO) 2013 Summer Conference was held from Thursday, July 25 to Sunday, July 28 at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The City of Rocky Mount hosted the event. More ...
Graphic photos by Amanda Clark and Chuck Lewis

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Edgecombe Community College to raffle off Taylor Swift guitar
Forbes recently named Taylor Swift to its list of most influential celebrities, ranking her just behind Madonna, Beyonce, and Steven Spielberg. She’s a six-time Grammy winner, and she’s the youngest ever to win a Grammy for Album of the Year.
But just six years ago, Swift was booking small venues for concerts in places like Allentown, Pa., Bethel, N.Y., and Tarboro, still hawking her songs to radio stations throughout the country. More ...

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Students graduate from NCC BLET academy
Students from Nash Community College’s Thirty-Seventh Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy graduated on July 25. The program includes physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction. More ...

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Recruit Firefighter graduation
Nash Community College held its Recruit Firefighter graduation on Tuesday, July 16th. Five graduates were recognized for completing the program, which is designed to provide individuals and firefighters the information and skills needed for modern firefighting through a variety of learning experiences and training scenarios. More ...

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Pictured above are volunteer servers for the event. They are (from L-R): Glenn Jarvis, Morgan Cobb, Ali Clary, Faith Jarvis, Holly Long, Lauren Dugas and Brittany Miller.
Tea party raises money for Girl Scout project
Ladies and gentlemen donned elegant hats at a fundraising tea for Project V.I.P.P. held at Battleboro Methodist Church on Saturday, July 13. Musical entertainment was provided by vocalists Morgan Cobb and Holly Long as well as pianist Haley Cobb. Principal organizers of the tea included Faith Jarvis of Red Oak, Connie Cobb of Battleboro and Thelma Jarvis of High Point. More ...

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The Nash County Senior and Junior Livestock Judging Teams recently participated in the State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. The Senior Team finished fifth while the Junior Team finished third. Pictured on the back row (L-R) is: Emmitt LaHay, Luke LaHay, Joey Moore and Gracie LaHay. On the front row (L-R) is: Caleb LaHay, Stacie Winner and Julia Williams. More ...

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Margaret Sink, (at left) UDC Bethel Heroes Chapter 636 Registrar, presented Dottie Barrett (at right) with a Supplemental Certificate at the July meeting.  A supplemental certificate is awarded when a UDC member proves her relationship to an ancestor who served as a Confederate soldier in the War Between the States. More ...

Tea party raises money for Girl Scout project
Ladies and gentlemen donned elegant hats at a fundraising tea for Project V.I.P.P. held at Battleboro Methodist Church on Saturday, July 13. Musical entertainment was provided by vocalists Morgan Cobb and Holly Long as well as pianist Haley Cobb. Principal organizers of the tea included Faith Jarvis of Red Oak, Connie Cobb of Battleboro and Thelma Jarvis of High Point. More ...

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For the call to worship, our choir sang “Surely The Presence.” Pastor Aycock welcomed everyone and prayed the prayer of invocation. Hymns of worship were “Set My Soul Afire” and “Deeper,” led by Algie Jones Jr. Prayer concerns were shared; sick, shut-ins, those in nursing homes and assisted living homes, soldiers, missionaries and the lost. More ...

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On a beautiful August morning Peachtree folks gathered for worship.  Pastor Whitehouse greeted those present.  Sanctuary flowers were given by Linwood and Della May.  Linwood grew them and Della arranged them.  It was a beautiful arrangement of zinnias. More ...

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Last Wednesday, July 31, several youth along with chaperones from Red Oak United Methodist Church travelled to Kings Dominion, an amusement and water park in Virginia. This was part of their Wonderful Wednesdays. The trip was enjoyed by all. More ...

Nash County Blood Drives for August 2013
Thurday, August 8 from 12 until 6 p.m. at Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 South Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount
Friday, August 9 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 100 South Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount More ...


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Santa Claus principle has left the building
Maybe you’ve noticed a lot of complaining on TV lately.
In North Carolina, Democrats are complaining about elected Republicans. In Washington, Republicans are complaining about elected Democrats.
The economy stinks. Taxes are going up. A healthcare plan that no one seems to want is going to be a mess. More ...
Mike Brantley

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Thank goodness for folks like Donna Ritterpusch
I can’t imagine coming home from work and my girls not being there.
If you read this column, you may know who my girls are. If not, then my girls are my dogs, Abby and Sheba.
I haven’t talked about my girls in a while. But don’t worry, they are still around. Poor things have had to adjust to life with two small ones just as we have. More ...
Amanda Clark

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Meet your neighborhood merchants
Be sure to check out the special edition tucked inside your paper today. On the cover you’ll notice a lot of local faces.
This publication, “Shop the Neighborhood” highlights some of our local Nashville and Nash County merchants and businesses. We plan to publish more of these in the near future featuring additional businesses. More ...
Jo Anne Cooper

Rural Center funds helped a lot of worthwhile projects
To the editor:
I do not recuse myself.  I choose to testify, with bias, on behalf of the N. C. Rural Center Economic Development Center.  It has done much, much good work. More ...
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Backward Glances
This photo was originally published in The Graphic November 12, 1970. Nashville Cub Scout Pack 76, Dens four and five, won a blue ribbon for their science exhibit at teh Scout-O-Rama held at Peoples Warehouse in Rocky Mount. More ...


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JUST A SATURDAY STROLL. Nash Central High School football players, including (l to r) Emmanuel Shell and Aaron Spivey, were put through a series of wind sprints as part of the Bulldogs’ practice last Saturday on the NCHS campus.
ROCKY MOUNT -- Due to a mandatory days limit in order to be able to participate in a jamboree or scrimmage, most area high school football clubs suited up for practice last Saturday.
The idea was to get another day in in order to scrimmage twice before regular season action starts on Aug. 23. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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FIELD GENERAL. Southern Nash’s Brian Foster will serve as the head coach for the East Team at the annual East-West All-Star Football Game next July in Greensboro.
SN coach to guide the East
GREENSBORO -- Southern Nash has become a roster fixture at the annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Games -- with both players and coaches representing the Firebirds through the years.
Since 2005, Southern Nash has placed nine performers on the East Team -- and SN head coach Brian Foster was an assistant skipper in 2009. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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LET’S GET IT RIGHT. Southern Nash High School assistant football coach Robbie Kennedy (right) makes sure the Firebirds are in the right formation during last Thursday morning’s practice session at the SNHS campus in Stanhope.
Astounding Numbers For SN
STANHOPE -- Southern Nash High School welcomed 130 prospective players to the first day of football practice last Thursday morning.
An official estimate isn’t clear, but it’s safe to say that number is probably around the number of residents who reside in the small community of Stanhope that SNHS calls home. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Northern set to host jamboree
RED OAK -- Northern Nash High School will host its 2013 Boys Soccer Preseason Jamboree on Aug. 15 at the NNHS Soccer Complex.
Other participating teams will be Southern Nash, D.H. Conley and Corinth Holders.
Admission is $5 per person, and concessions will be available. More ...
Staff Reports

NASH COUNTY -- Listed are the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department’s All-Star Teams from recent Statewide Athletics Committee Tournament action: More ...
Staff Reports

GREENSBORO -- The North Carolina Coaches Association has released its coaching list for the upcoming East-West All-Star Games in July of 2014. More ...
Staff Reports

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ROCKY MOUNT -- Listed are the results from last week’s Nash-Halifax Swim League Championships, which were held at the Harrison Family YMCA. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

Northern to take part in Franklinton event
FRANKLINTON -- The first annual Franklinton High School Football Jamboree is scheduled for this Saturday on the FHS campus.
In addition to the Red Rams, the competitive field will include Burlington Cummings, North Pitt, East Wake, Princeton and Northern Nash. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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The Ultimate Prize
RED OAK -- Athletic success runs in the McKenney Family -- and its a tradition that is being continued by Jenna McKenney, a rising seventh-grader at Red Oak Middle School.
Last month, Jenna helped the Louisburg All-Stars win the championship at the Tar Heel 12-Under State Softball Tournament in Shelby. More ...
GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

County Line back following a rainout
ELM CITY -- After a rainout last week, everyone was ready to go back racing at County Line Raceway during last Saturday’s action.
 With all of the classes locked in with the exception of the PL Woodard Pure Stock V8, track staff gave each class a round of hot laps to get ready for their feature events for the night. More ...
Staff Reports

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Mudcats blanked versus Frederick Keys
ZEBULON -- Pitcher Brady Wager tossed a complete-game as the visiting Frederick Keys blanked the Carolina Mudcats 2-0 last Saturday evening in a Class A Carolina League baseball contest at Five County Stadium.
The Mudcats (22-18, 44-66) dropped their first series since losing two of three at Salem June 28-30. More ...
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Nash Central’s Dexter Richardson works on his tackling technique as part of last Saturday morning’s football practice session on the NCHS campus. More ...


Eastern NC Arts Councils seek grant applications
The Nash County Arts Council is seeking applications for the 2013–2014 Regional Artist Project Grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. There will be a grant writing workshops for the RAP Grants at Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, located at 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC, on Thursday, August 8th at 6:00PM. More ...

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Carolina Grass
Nash Arts offers bluegrass and country
Nash Arts continues its summer season which includes Carolina Grass (Bluegrass) Saturday, August 10 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Eric Strickland & the B Sides (Country) will perfomr Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. More ...

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

ROCKY MOUNT –– Amy Rea Gray, 75, of Rocky Mount, died on Monday, August 5, 2013 at Nash General Hospital. More ...

Mark Todd Strum, 47, passed away, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. He was born July 24, 1966 in Hampton, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his father, Thaxton Earl Strum. More ...

William Arthur Haney, Jr., age 73, passed away August 1, 2013. More ...

Richard Earl Bottoms, 70, passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013. He was born in Edgecombe County on August 12, 1942 to the late Norman and Dolly Jackson Bottoms. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his son, Andrew Wade Bottoms. More ...

Linda Faye Parker Squires Mills, age 67, passed away  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Vidant Medical Center. Born in Nash County on September 27, 1945, she was the daughter of the late John Parker and Gladys Bullock Parker. More ...

Mary Faircloth Simmons, age 75, passed away in the Nash General Hospital on August 1, 2013. More ...

Susan E Smith, 70, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013. More ...

Margie Jeanette Kelley Mayo, age 61 of Rocky Mount, passed away on  Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Cary Health & Rehabilitation Center of Cary. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Pilot Missionary Baptist Church. Interment, Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon. More ...

Bernard Dunston, age 71 formerly of Nash County, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Taylorsville, NC. More ...

ROCKY MOUNT -Daniel “Coon” Johnson, Jr., 62, died July 27, 2013.  More ...


JULY 22, 1921 - AUGUST 1, 2013
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