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Band director earns award of excellence

The Director of Bands at Nash Central High School was surprised recently to learn he was the recipient of a coveted award in the music educator world.
Leo Nieves was recently awarded the Eastern District Award of Excellence at an All District Clinic he attended.
The award is a big honor for Nieves, as only one band director is chosen each year out of over 200 middle and high schools. The award is voted on by peers, which Nieves said makes it even more special.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Nashville's crime rate decreases

Though crime in Nashville has never been high, Police Chief Thomas Bashore said it has experienced a decrease.
Bashore said figures from 2015 to 2016 show a decrease for several crimes in town.
Burglaries experienced a 30 percent drop while larcenies went down 40 percent.
Bashore said for Part 1 crimes, which include serious crimes such as homicide, assault, robbery and breaking and entering, those crimes also decreased by 28 percent.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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FUN NIGHT OUT

Pictured above, Bryony Whitley, 5, (center) gets a photo opportunity with McGruff and Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone. Bryony also got a chance to check out several vehicles the Sheriff's Office brought out and try out the sirens on a few of the cars.

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Coopers-West Mount Park project moves forward

Nash County Commissioners approved an agreement for professional services for a park project in the Coopers and West Mount area on Monday.
The Nash County Regional All-Inclusive Park is a part of the county's Master Plan for the recreation department, which includes a park in the Coopers and West Mount areas. Nash County officials have been working with the Coopers Community Development Corporation for several years to help make the park a reality.
Patsy McGhee, Grants and Intergovernmental Relations Administrator, presented the project to commissioners on Monday, during their second regular meeting of the month.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Red Oak donates historic teacharage for preservation

The historic teacherage building in Red Oak has new owners, as Red Oak's Board of Commissioners agreed on Monday to donate the property to a group that wants to preserve it.
Commissioners agreed to donate the building and also provide $25,000 in matching funds to the Red Oak Area Historic Preservation Society during a special called meeting on Monday.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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My Sister's House Executive Director Emily Lemus, at right, stands with the new Children's Advocate Kristal Howell, of Red Oak.
Lemus named director of My Sister's House

Emily Lemus has been volunteering with My Sister's House since she was 15 years old. On February 9, she became an employee of the organization, as she began in a new role of overseeing the organization as the executive director.
Lemus, who is originally from the Sandy Cross area, came to the organization as a teenager to work on service projects for her school. Lemus said she chose My Sister's House because her grandmother, Joyce Ann Pope, was a victim of domestic violence.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Nashville Fire Auxiliary president passes away

Mary Lee Bass, the backbone of the Nashville Fire Department Auxiliary, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017. She was 73 years of age.
Bass was born and raised in Red Oak. She attended Beulah Church of Christ and served as the church's organist.
In Nashville, Bass was known for her role in the Nashville Fire Department Auxiliary, where she served as president.
Stanley Edwards a member of the organization, said Bass was a person who got things done.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Longtime volunteer, business owner passes

Dorothy "Dot" McLawhorn Joyner, who owned Joyner's Supermarket in Nashville and was a long-time volunteer in the Nashville community, passed away last Wednesday, February 15, 2017. She was 88 years old.
Joyner's list of volunteer activities is lengthy. She was a long-time active member of Nashville United Methodist Church. She also served as a Cub Scout Den Mother when her children were younger.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Castalia FD charter member, WWII vet dies

Linwood "Pee Wee" Harper passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017, leaving behind a legacy in his hometown of Castalia. He was 93 years old.
Harper was the last surviving World War II veteran in Castalia. He served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945. Pearl Harbor was bombed on the same day Harper left Nash County for duty, on December 7, 1941.
On December 21, 1944, Harper was injured when a German land mine exploded.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Video of Nash deputy dancing with Nashville boy goes viral

A video posted on social media by the Nash County Sheriff's Office has gone viral and put a Nashville boy and a deputy in the spotlight.
Captain Eddie Moore posted the video last Monday, February 13. Moore said he and Deputy Cody Williams were outside of the Nash County Sheriff's Office working on the camera in Williams' car when a young boy named Jason came up to talk to the officers.
Moore said Jason lives near the Sheriff's Office and started talking to Williams about dancing.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A larceny was reported on 2/16/17 at 115 Arrowood Drive
A driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and driving while impaired was reported on 2/17/17 on E US 64 A
A fighting (affray) was reported on 2/17/17 on Sixth Street

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S 'OFFICE REPORTS

A felony larceny was reported on 2/13/17 at 6844 US 264A
A misdemeanor larceny was reported on 2/13/17 at 6529 S NC 581
A possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was reported on 2/13/17 at Food Lion on Highway 97 East
A simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and IV controlled substance was reported on 2/14/17 at 821 Mount Zion Road

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS FEB. 13-17

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from February 13 through 17.

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Nashville Chapter #332

The Nashville Chapter #332, Order of the Eastern Star, recently collected items on the needs list at the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill and delivered them to the house. The Nashville Chapter #332 and other chapters across the State of North Carolina support the mission of the Ronald McDonald House.

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Indian Tribal members to have work featured at Maria V. Howard Center

Two North Carolina Indian tribal members are exhibiting their paintings at The Maria V. Howard Arts Center, located in The Imperial Centre, at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount. The exhibit will remain open until May 14.
On First Friday March 3, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m., Dreamweaver will be giving tours of the Woodland Indian Journey exhibit and Lotus Blossom will be demonstrating scaling techniques.

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Nashville man elected as Assistant Rabban

Noble Carl Wayne Smith, of Nashville and a member of the Rocky Mount Shrine Club, was elected as the Assistant Rabban at the Sudan Shriners annual meeting and election of officers on January 28, 2017 in New Bern. The term Assistant Rabban is a ceremonial title given within Shriners International to one of the seven elected officers of a temple and as such is a voting member of the Divan (Board of Directors). Carl is the owner of Eastern Environmental Management LLC, a full service environmental cleanup business.

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Partner named

The Valentine Law Firm of Nashville recently announced that Stephen Webb has been named a partner in the firm. Webb is a Nash County native raised in Momeyer. He graduated from Southern Nash Senior High School in 1999 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a B.A. in Political Science. He also attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 2010. He and his wife, Jennie, have two daughters.

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Film shown

As part of the Diversity Month events at Nash Community College, Earl Ijames, Curator for North Carolina Museum of History presented "Colored Confederates" for NCC students, faculty and staff. The film is a culmination of Ijames' research project documenting the roles of enslaved and free people of color who served in various capacities in the Confederacy and the Confederate Army. Using primary and genealogical sources, the presentation conveys the significance of Confederates of Color before the Emancipation Proclamation and after the creation of the United States Colored Troops.

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North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation

The Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation was held December 4-6 at the Sheraton Four Seasons and Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Nash County Farm Bureau President Mr. Greg Bunn was recognized among his peers at the Presidents' and Agents' Luncheon. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten presented each winning County President with a limited edition Case knife. Each county's agency force worked hard to qualify their County President for this recognition. Special plaques were also presented to the agents and agencies whose production was superior during the contest period.

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AWS Triangle Section meeting

Nash Community College recently hosted its first AWS Triangle Section meeting of 2017. Stewart Harris, District 4 Director of the American Welding Society was present to explain the many welding scholarships available through AWS and the benefits of student membership. Jay Manning, AWS Section Chairman and NCC Instructor gave a tour and overview of NCC's award-winning welding program.

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New members welcomed

Members of the Nashville Business and Professional Women's (BPW) organization welcomed new members to its regular meeting on Monday, February 20. Pictured (L-R) is: new member Samantha Andelin, Director of Operations at My Sister's House, BPW President Barbara Tyre and new member Emily Lemus, Executive Director of My Sister's House. BPW meets the third Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at the Nashville Diner.

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SPELLING BEE CHAMPS

Nashville Elementary School held its school-wide Spelling Bee on January 13. Carson Roughton (at right) won first place in the competition and Zane Tippette (at left) won second place.

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NCC hosts school counselors at annual breakfast event

Nash Community College hosted area school counselors at the annual Counselors' Breakfast held Tuesday, February 7. The event provides an opportunity for college officials to share updates with school staff and to thank counselors for the role they play in helping students plan for a successful future. NCC President Dr. Bill Carver and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies both spoke of the strong partnership between the college and the school system.

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Winter meeting

Nash Community College hosted the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents winter meeting in January. Pictured from left: Dr. William S. Carver, II, NCC President; Dr. J. Reid Parrott, Jr., NCC President Emeritus and Dr. James "Jimmie" Williamson, NC Community College System President. Dr. Parrott shared inspiring words and experiences with over 45 visiting presidents and system office personnel.

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

On a beautiful morning, Peachtree folks gathered for worship at the church. Sanctuary flowers were given by Robert Sykes to honor his wife, Amy, for her upcoming birthday. The Adult Choir sang, "I've Been to Calvary" under the direction of the Pastor. The offertory played by Jane May, was a beautiful arrangement of "Change my Heart, Oh God."
Pastor Whitehouse chose as his sermon topic, "The Bible Never Flatters Its Heroes."

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BARBARA HARDISON

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Luke's Word for the Week

God is always redeeming, always working for good, and beckoning his children to come back home. The enemy is always ruining, working for evil, and wooing God's children away from God, resulting in a destination that was not their destiny. Our lives are a constant battle, a spiritual one that usually plays out in the physical realm that we rarely truly notice. One of the ways the battle of our lives wages is through two aspects of life - that of clarity and that of chaos. One is a gift from the Creator and the other is a tool of the enemy.

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LUKE WHITEHEAD

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RED OAK NEWS

A lot has been happening at Red Oak United Methodist Church this winter. Cub Scout Pack 16 visited for the annual Scout Sunday on February 5.
Nearly 35 gathered for the Jacob's Friends Valentine Pizza Party at ROUMC on Saturday, February 11. After pizza, participants painted their own Valentine's picture they could take home with them. Jacob's Friends is a ministry of ROUMC that seeks to provide activities and social interaction for children and young adults of special needs, as well as offer support to their parents and caregivers. In March they will have a cook out and go kite flying.

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SUZY PEARCE

Nash County Blood Drives

Monday, March 6 from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. at 209 East Washington Street, Nashville
Monday, March 6 from 2:30 until 7 p.m. at Northside Community Church, 1660 Beaver Pond Drive, Rocky Mount
Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Nashville Fire Department, 501 S. Barnes Street
Monday, March 13 from 2 until 6 p.m. at the Frederick E. Turnage Chapter of the American Red Cross, 326 S. Franklin Street, Rocky Mount

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NCC partners with local company to offer work partnership program

Nash Community College and New Standard Corporation are partnering to offer an Intern/Community College Work Partnership Program.
The goal of the program is to encourage individuals to enter Advanced Manufacturing programs at Nash Community College including Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems, Welding Technology and Industrial Systems Technology​,​ and to prepare them for real-world careers. The partnership promotes completion of associate degree programs in preparation for a technologically oriented workforce and provides incentives for college students pursuing these programs such as paid work experiences.

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NRMS Public Information Dept. earns 11 awards

School public relations professionals across the state were honored on Friday, January 27, 2017 for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association's (NCSPRA) annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications. The event was held at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro and 37 school districts were recognized for outstanding work with a total of 237 awards in eight categories.
The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Public Information Department, under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Hollingsworth, won 11 awards at the event.

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 Editorials

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Weird happenings that will make you wonder

It's time to clean out the notebook of odds and ends:
•There is a janitor in San Francisco who is literally cleaning up.
Liang Zhao Zhang, who cleans stations for the Bay Area Rapid Transit, cleared more than $250,000 in 2015.
Oakland's KTVU recently did an investigation and found that in addition to his $58,000 base pay, Zhang made $162,000 in overtime, which together with additional benefits ran his compensation north of $271,000.

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Mike Brantley

BPW hosts annual Opry

Dear Editor: As we finalize plans for the 2017 Nashville Opry, I feel a great pride in being a part of Nash County and the legacy of which I am privileged to be a part.
On March 3, 2017 the Nashville Business and Professional Women in conjunction with the Nash Arts Center will host the Nashville Opry. Proceeds will go towards the Hazel Vantine Scholarship which is awarded annually to graduating high school seniors and working women returning to school to further their education

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Letters

Reader shares opinions on recent national politics

Dear Editor: Recalling when in school and having religious courses we ran into where Jesus said that when it came to God's support, we should separate from what a political culture deems and what a God fearing (worshipping ) society practices. Something along the lines of ...."Render (act) unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's (domain) and to God what is God's."

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Letters

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Nash County has lost three very special people

What a sad week it was for Nash County.
Three very special people passed away, leaving voids in the lives of their family, friends and the community.
Ms. Dot Joyner, Mary Lee Bass, both of Nashville, and Pee Wee Harper, of Castalia, will certainly be missed in their respective communities.
All three were well known faces because of their giving spirits.

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Amanda Clark

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Backward Glances

ILLEGAL WEED BUST -- This photo originally published in The Nashville Graphic on April 25, 1974. ABC Officer Glenn Driver (left), Deputy Sheriff Warren Green (center) and Deputy Sheriff W.F. Perry Jr. examine what the officers believed to be a large patch of marijuana discovered between Spring Hope and Samaria. The plants were destroyed.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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UP AND OVER. Nash Central High School's Wrayshon Battle scores in the paint during last Wednesday's tournament victory against Wilson Fike.
LEAGUE SWEEP

STANHOPE -- Nash Central High School achieved a bit of history during last Friday night's championship round of the Big East Conference Basketball Tournament.
For one night, the Southern Nash Gymnasium was transformed into The Dawg Pound as Nash Central swept the boys and girls crowns for the first time in the 15-year existence of the school.
It was certainly an evening to remember for Central, which finished off another first -- a four-game season sweep of rival Rocky Mount -- to take the boys title for veteran head coach Renny Taylor.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Nash Central senior Haley Baker
BAKER'S PLANS

ROCKY MOUNT -- When going through her list of school finalists to continue her softball career, Nash Central's Haley Baker offered only one name -- Methodist University.
"It's a great campus -- I really like it,'' Baker said. "It's beautiful and I really like the programs and the small classes.
"(Methodist) just stood out to me. After I visited there, I knew I wanted to go there.''

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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READY TO GO. Veteran guard Demonte Williams and the Northern Nash Knights earned a No. 1 seed for the Class 3-A Boys Basketball State Playoffs.
Knights look to playoffs

STANHOPE -- This much was evident from Northern Nash's brief appearance at the Big East Conference Boys Basketball Tournament -- the Knights are a different team when senior point guard Darius Spragley is not in the lineup.
With Spragley sitting out due to a toe injury, the top-seeded Knights were upset by a 72-65 margin by Rocky Mount in overtime in a hard-fought semifinal contest last Wednesday.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

NC's Nelms is honored

CHAPEL HILL -- Michaela Nelms from Nash Central High School and Jordan Whitfield from Millbrook High School have been named recipients of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week Awards.
Each week, two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.

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Staff Reports

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NC State nabs road matchup

HONOLULU -- Five different North Carolina State University pitchers combined to allow just one hit against host Hawai'i in the Wolfpack's 8-1 win Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium to claim the series.
The Pack plated two runs each in the second, sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
NC State moves to 2-1 on the season, while Hawai'i falls to 1-2.

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Staff Reports

NCWC earns wins at home

ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball team christened its new John Alden Scoreboard at Bauer Field on Monday afternoon by securing a series sweep of the University of Maine-Presque Isle.
The state-of-the-art scoreboard came to life during the Bishops' 20-1 victory over the Owls.

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Staff Reports

STATE PLAYOFFS HOOPS BRACKETS

NASH COUNTY -- Here are the first-round pairings for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-A Boys and Girls State Playoffs, which began Tuesday night across the state:

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Staff Reports

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Clifton Keeps Faith

ROCKY MOUNT -- The tone for Faith Christian School's 2017 season was actually set last May -- moments after the Patriots lost in tough fashion in the semifinals of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association.
It was at that point that Faith set a lofty ambition for this year -- and that goal included making a run at a possible state championship on the NCISAA 2-A level.
"You kind of make that goal every season, but you have to have some things go your way,'' said FCS veteran head coach Greg Clifton.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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McCarthy selects roster for East All-Stars

RED OAK -- Legendary Northern Nash High School soccer coach Joe McCarthy will receive one of the state's most prestigious coaching honors in July.
That's when McCarthy will serve as the head coach for the East Team at the annual North Carolina Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Boys Soccer Game.
The contest will be held July 18 at MacPherson Stadium near Greensboro. Tickets for the showdown will be available at the gate.
The selection process for players was difficult, but McCarthy has chosen his roster, and it was recently released (along with the West side) by the NCCA.

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Staff Reports

NCWC wraps up seasons

ROCKY MOUNT -- Sophomore Justin Tankelewicz broke the program record for three-pointers made in a season on Sunday afternoon in Everett Gymnasium, draining his 80th and 81st of the season in North Carolina Wesleyan College's 94-76 win over Huntingdon in USA South Conference men's basketball action.
The 15-year old record of 79 treys was previously set by former Bishop Bobby Jenkins during the 2001-2002 season.
NCWC led from the tip on Sunday as freshman A.J. Frye gave his team a quick 4-0 lead with back-to-back buckets.

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Staff Reports

NASH COUNTY REC REPORT

NASH COUNTY -- Here are updated results from the Nash County Parks and Recreation Department's Futsal and Basketball Youth Leagues:

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Staff Reports

Town of Nashville hosting signups

NASHVILLE -- The Town of Nashville is currently accepting regisrations for its spring T-Ball, Softball and Baseball Leagues.
Ages for the leagues are as follows:

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Staff Reports

Nash teams to play in Brittany

WILSON -- Once again, Nash County will be well-represented at the annual The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase, which will be held March 10-11 at the Gillette Soccer Complex in Wilson County.
The event, which will be in its 13th season, is considered one of the top girls soccer showcases in Eastern North Carolina.
Nash County's entrants will be Northern Nash, Southern Nash, Rocky Mount Academy, Nash Central, Rocky Mount and Faith Christian.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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CASH IN THE CLUTCH

Montre' Cash came up big for the Nash Central Bulldogs during last Friday's Big East Conference Tournament championship victory over the Rocky Mount Gryphons.

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CENTRAL SLUGGER

Haley Baker prepares to plaster a pitch for the Nash Central High School Lady Bulldogs during a 2016 softball contest.

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CHERRY PICKING

Northern Nash's Undray Cherry (right) speeds toward two points during last Wednesday's matchup against the Rocky Mount Gryphons in the semifinals of the Big East Conference Boys Basketball Tournament at Southern Nash HS.

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FIELDING HER POSITION

Senior veteran Haley Baker has been an exceptional performer at several positions for the Nash Central High School fast-pitch softball squad.

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TREMENDOUS TANDEM

(L to R) Veteran player Myia Spivey and Coach Terri Cash helped the Nash Central Lady Bulldogs win the Big East Conference Girls Basketball Tournament last Friday versus Rocky Mount.

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 Entertainment

BPW Opry is set for March 3

Nash Arts will once again host the annual Elsie Clark Memorial Nashville Opry on Friday, March 3.
The Opry is sponsored by Nashville's Business and Professional Women organization and is in its 39th year. The event is a fund raiser for the group and all funds raised go towards scholarships for area youth.
The event is named after former member Elsie Clark, who was one of the main organizers of the Opry, which started in 1977.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Dancing with the Arts is Friday

Six local couples will dance to raise money for Nash Arts, as part of the fourth annual Dancing with the Arts.
The event is slated for Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
This year's celebrity couples include Nashville's Police Chief Tom Bashore and his daughter, Melanie, Nashville Fire Battalion Chief Jason Edwards and his wife, Ashley, former Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins and his daughter-in-law Kelly, Trevor and Tiffany Delano, Mark and Lisa Carpenter and Casey and Brittany Pierce.

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