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Task Force nabs 38 for drugs

Four Nashville residents were among the 38 arrested recently as part of Operation Groundhog.
The Tar River Regional Drug Task Force arrested the 38 individuals between February 1 and February 6 based on outstanding narcotics related warrants.
The warrants were the result of the task force's investigative efforts based on Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone's directive to address the drug problem in and around Nash County.

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High speed chase results in arrest

A vehicle pursuit that began in Castalia on Friday afternoon ended in Nashville.
Units from the Nash County Sheriff's Office were involved in a vehicle pursuit in relation to an ongoing narcotics investigation. The pursuit began in Castalia.
Just before reaching Nashville, stop sticks were deployed in the roadway and the suspect ran over them, which forced him to slow down as he came through Downtown Nashville. The suspect was only able to travel a short distance in Nashville before the vehicle could not go anymore.

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Christmas decorations still hot topic

Christmas decorations were once again a hot topic last week at Nashville's Town Council meeting.
Linda Wells, a Nashville resident, voiced her opinion on the decorations during public comment. Wells said she had lived in Nash County and Nashville her whole life.
She said Nashville has grown a lot since she was a little girl.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Cedar Grove holds annual Cardinal Ball

Cedar Grove Elementary School hosted its third annual Cardinal Ball on Friday night, with ZaKeyah Boone and Mason Moore once again beingnamed the Queen and King.
The Cardinal Ball started in 2016 as a fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
Students sell raffle tickets for various prizes and those who sell the most tickets are named the Queen and King

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Two caught breaking into Southern Nash

Two men were caught Saturday night breaking into Southern Nash High School.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office received a phone call around 6:45 p.m. about two individuals who had broke in the school and were trying to break into the cash register and vending machine.

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Filing begins for 2018

Filing for primary elections began on Monday at noon with six filing for various seats.
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone was first in line to file for a second term as sheriff. Stone was first elected to serve as sheriff in 2004.
Four Nash County Commissioner seats are up for grabs in the primary elections on May 8.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Software snag blamed for utility bill mishap

A glitch with the Town of Nashville's financial software caused some residents to receive as many as four water bills.
Town Manager Hank Raper told town council members last Tuesday that there were glitches with the software system on the Friday that water bills are typically printed and sent out. The system would start the process of printing bills and then lock up. Raper said staff would have to then call for help.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Tyson named 4-H Volunteer of the Year

Volunteers are essential to what Nash County 4-H is able to do.
The organization recognized those responsible for the success of 4-H on Monday night at the annual 4-H Awards Banquet.
The theme for this year's banquet was "Winterfest."

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

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ROYAL COURT

Pictured left to right are: Breanna Davis, Sanii Lynch, Princess Gyana Boone, Queen ZaKeyah Boone, King Mason Moore, Prince James Richardson, Jr., Michael Richardson, III and Cameron Bullock. The King and Queen are the top sellers in grades three through five while the Prince and Princess are the top sellers in grades pre-K through second. The Duke and Duchess are the second place winners in grades three through five and preK through second.

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TOP SELLERS

Pictured are top sellers, who were recognized and received certificates. Pictured on the front row (L-R) is: Kameron Richardson, Corbin Clark, Elijah Singletary, Ka'Ziah Battle, Reagan Waltz and Juan Evans, Jr. On the back row (L-R) is Brayden Leonard, Ayahnie Savage, Joseph Richardson, Jasmine Phipps, Zoey Rose and Jeremiah Godwin. Not pictured, due to having the flu, are Emma Sload and Zane Rose.

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A damage to property (vandalism) was reported on 2/5/18 at Circle K Kangaroo on Washington Street
A removal of the bar code (shoplifting) and conceal goods (shoplifting) was reported on 2/5/18 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A possession of marijuana was reported on 2/4/18 at 101 Rowe Drive
An assault and battery was reported on 2/4/18 at 222 W Washington Street
A simple assault was reported on 2/4/18 at 222 W Washington Street

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS JAN 29 - FEB. 8

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from January 29 through February 8.

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NC Wesleyan named Military Friendly School

For the fifth consecutive year, North Carolina Wesleyan College has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. This year, the college was awarded the Bronze Designation. Bronze Award winners have programs that scored within 40 percent of the 10th-ranked institution within a given category.
"At Wesleyan, we are committed to serving our active military, veterans, and their families," commented President Dewey Clark, "We want to do our part in helping make college affordable and attainable."

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4-H Award's Banquet, pics 1

Payton Whitley, at right, was named the 4-H'er of the year for the nine to 12 year olds. Pictured at left presenting the award is Amy Ormond, Nash County 4-H Program Assistant.

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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark

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4-H Award's Banquet, pics 2

Taylor Hall, at left, was presented the Agriculture Award by Kelsey Lichtenwalner, at right, Nash County Livestock Extension Agent.

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4-H Award's Banquet, pics 3

The Quad Pods 4-H Club was named the Club of the Year. Pictured on the front row (L-R) are club leaders Molly LaHay and Kelsey Lichtenwalner, Cullin Whitle, Seth LaHay, Olivia Daughtridge, Taylor Hall, Stacie Winner, Taryn Reams, Mikiahlah Specht, Payton Whitley and club leader Melissa Winner. On the back row is Grace LaHay and Caleb LaHay.

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4-H Award's Banquet, pics 4

The 2017 County Council Officers were recognized on Monday at the annual 4-H Award's Banquet. Pictured (L-R) is: Raven Colbert (Recreation Leader), Mikialah Specht (Reporter), Caleb LaHay (Treasurer), Grace LaHay (Secretary), Stacie Winner (Vice-President) and Taylor Hall (President).

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

On a warm, but drizzly February morning, Peachtree folks gathered at the church for worship. Jerry Hobgood, Sunday School Superintendent, welcomed all of those present for worship.
Sanctuary flowers were given by Lynn Griffin in honor of her husband, David, on the occasion of his birthday on the 7th.

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BARBARA HARDISON

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Intersections: God and Life

Uncommon! What do we think when we hear that word? Most folks that I know have no desire to be uncommon. We usually just want to fit in and be pretty much like everyone else. However, the Bible calls upon us to be just that, uncommon. I like what Paul's letter to the Romans says in chapter 12. And I especially like verses 1 and 2 from The Message version.

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CARLYLE HALL

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Luke's Word for the Week

There is a right way to live and there is a wrong way to live. I'd like for us to start there today. Let's hold on to that - a right way and a wrong way. No middle ground, no lukewarm way, no grey areas, no, "well this is right for this person." You see, as followers of the Way we believe there is a right way and His name is Jesus. On the flipside there is a wrong way and it's the way of sin and self which is pioneered by the "god of this world." (Oh and it's a fallen world).

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LUKE WHITEHEAD

Hospital creates flu clinic to manage flu surge

Since the beginning of the year, the Emergency Department at Nash UNC Health Care has treated 645 patients for flu, according to Kim Langston, director of Nash UNC Health Care's Emergency Department. Langston notes that the number of cases being seen daily is still on the rise, and that February is typically the month when the highest number of flu cases is reported.

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RASCOE
Nash-Rocky Mount announces new administrators

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) Board of Education approved three new administrative appointments during the January and February Board of Education meetings. During the January 11, 2018 Board Meeting, Angela Ward was named as the After-School Program Coordinator and Kimberly Rascoe was named as the Center for Industry, Technology and Innovation (CITI) High School Principal. During the February 5, 2018 Board Meeting, Michael Kennedy was named as the Principal of Benvenue Elementary School.

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Rudy G. Hoggard, (above) penned "A Place Called Grief" about the death of his 27-year-old son, Eben who was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Rocky Mount native pens book to cope with grief

Rudy G. Hoggard exposes his journey of grief through the book, 'A Place Called Grief', about the death of their 27-year-old son, Eben.
Eben was killed on his motorcycle in Virginia, Sept. 24, 2007 on the way to work when a vehicle turned left in front of him in the Newport News traffic.
Rudy is a former Rocky Mount resident, born and raised, before joining the Air Force and finally settled in Marion, N.C. His wife Margaret (Molly) Hoggard was a Nashville, N.C. resident. Her parents were Arthur and Bernice Holland.

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 Editorials

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Olympics leaves a lot to be desired

While many of you may be glued to your TV sets watching the 2018 Winter Olympics from Korea, my dad is not.
He got his fill of Korea back in the early 1950s and as we've covered before, the last time he had anything to do with that place, a million Chinese were trying to kill him.
It's just as well.

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Mike Brantley

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Changing exam schedule was a good choice

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education recently battled with approving calendars for the upcoming school years.
There was some concern, and has been concern for years, about the calendar requirements forcing exams to be after the Christmas break. Having exams after break makes it a lot harder on kids.

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Amanda Clark

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Backward Glances

COUNTY CHAMPS -- This photo originally published in The Graphic on February 16, 1978. The W.L. Greene Devils captured the Nash County championship among middle school teams.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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Tremendous Trio At Southern

STANHOPE -- A spectacular season is destined to be capped off by a spectacular signing day -- and that's exactly what happened last Wednesday for the Southern Nash High School football squad.
Three players from SNHS' history-making 2017 football team signed letters-of-intent to continue their careers at Division I schools.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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SECOND THOUGHTS

ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central's journey into the unknown became a bit clearer last week.
The Lady Bulldogs weren't sure what to expect when they joined the Class 2-A Eastern Plains Conference this season -- a league that is strong top-to-bottom with both quality programs and successful coaches.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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FUTURE BUC. Central\'s Anna Shaye Thompson will join the soccer team at Charleston Southern University.
NEVER A DOUBT

ROCKY MOUNT -- Over one year has passed since Nash Central's Anna Shaye Thompson made a verbal commitment to join the women's soccer program at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina.
And there was absolutely not one ounce of suspense after that.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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NASH CENTRAL'S DESTINY ANSTEAD
NCMS in first place of league

ROCKY MOUNT -- Fitting that Nash Central and Parker Middle would meet last Wednesday with first place at stake in the Tri-County Conference girls basketball standings.
But the saga between the clubs is far from finished, even after NC clinched the regular season title in the Tri-County's North Division with a 35-34 victory at the Parker Gymnasium.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

SNHS stuns Lady Rams

STANHOPE -- Southern Nash shocked the Big East Conference world -- and the girls basketball standings -- last Friday as part of a home contest against a previously surging Franklinton squad. Southern, coached by Jordan Bass, had yet to win a game this season, though the Ladybirds have lost a few heartbreakers that could have gone either way.

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Staff Reports

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IN THE MIDDLE. Northern Nash's Shamiya Mercer (middle) tries to escape the Rocky Mount defense during last Friday night's showdown at the NN Gymnasium.
Northern splits with Gryphons

RED OAK -- When one walked into the Northern Nash High School Gymnasium last Friday night, something felt different.
While Northern is known for hosting electric atmospheres rather consistently during basketball season, Friday's contest against arch rival Rocky Mount was unlike anything that had ever been seen on Green Hills Road.

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CHANCE PUCKETT, Correspondent

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Night Of Champions

RED OAK -- Seasons ending in the number '8' have been memorable in the basketball history of Northern Nash High School.
In just the second year of the school's existence, Northern Nash claimed the Class 2-A Boys Hoops State Championship back in 1968.
Northern's girls repeated that feat on the Class 4-A level 30 years later, meaning both of those clubs were celebrating milestone anniversaries during the 2017-18 season.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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SOUTHERN NASH CHEERLEADER KASIE WEBB
SN's Webb to cheer at NC Wesleyan

STANHOPE -- Kasie Webb has been an impact performer from the first time she donned a cheer uniform at Southern Nash High School four years ago.
Webb has been a team leader for the successful Ladybirds' program -- and she has opted to continue to cheer at the next level.
Webb, now a senior, finalized her plans last Wednesday by signing a letter-of-intent to join the cheer squad at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Fantastic Finish

ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central High School could not have asked for a better finish to the regular season of its 2017-18 boys basketball schedule.
With second place in the Eastern Plains Conference still up for grabs, the Bulldogs closed with three consecutive victories to collect the runner-up position behind Farmville Central.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

RM hosting youth registrations

ROCKY MOUNT -- Registration for spring sports with the city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department is currently open.
Sports include baseball, softball and soccer. Soccer and baseball/T-ball are offered for children as young as ages 3 to 6.
All sports are available for children ages 7 to 12. The deadline for registration is this Friday.

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Staff Reports

COUNTY REC REPORT

NASH COUNTY -- Here are updated Nash County Recreation & Senior Services Youth Futsal and Basketball League Scores:

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Staff Reports

NCWC wraps up division crown

ROCKY MOUNT -- With its 11th straight conference win on Sunday, the North Carolina Wesleyan College men's basketball team has clinched the USA South Conference East Division, finishing league play with a 13-3 record.
The Bishops wrapped up conference play with a 91-87 win at LaGrange last Saturday and an 84-69 victory at Huntingdon on Sunday.

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Staff Reports

Bishops kick off baseball campaign

ROCKY MOUNT -- North Carolina Wesleyan College's baseball team opened its 2018 season last Thursday and Friday, taking two of three from Eastern Mennonite University to claim the home series win at Bauer Field.
Junior Nate Gardner provided a spark in both victories, allowing just one hit over seven shutout innings in Thursday's opener and driving in a pair of runs in Friday's rubber game.

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Staff Reports

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Strong At State

RED OAK -- Northern Nash's Brandon Richardson exceeded all expectations at the annual Class 3-A State Indoor Track and Field Championships, which were held last weekend.
Richardson, a senior, offered a distance of 21-3.5 in the Boys Long Jump -- and that was good enough for a second-place state finish at the event at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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A TEAM OF DESTINY

Destiny Anstead (with ball) and the Nash Central Lady Trojans will play for the Tri-County Conference Championship today at home against rival Parker Middle School.

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BLACKSBURG BOUND

Southern Nash High School's Nadir Thompson has signed to join the football program at Virginia Tech University, which is located in Blacksburg, Va.

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DAE'ONE WILKINS

Southern Nash High School's Dae'One Wilkins (front, center) will continue his football career at Furman University in South Carolina. Also pictured are (back, l to r) SN Principal Hugh Scott, Bobby Richardson (grandfather), SN assistant coach Kwamaine Battle, Douglas Pridgen (brother), SN head coach Brian Foster and SN Athletic Director Robbie Kennedy; (front, l to r) Audrey Richardson (grandmother) and Sylvia Richardson (mother).

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GREAT IN 68

Five members of the Northern Nash 1968 boys state title club returned to the NNHS Gymnasium last Friday night for a reunion ceremony. Pictured are (l to r) Tommy Moore, Brad Rose, FD Martin, Roger Reges and Sandy Frazier.

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KENDRICK BELL

Southern Nash High School's Kendrick Bell (front, center) will continue his football career at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. Also pictured are (back, l to r) SN Principal Hugh Scott, Brittany Battle (sister), SN head coach Brian Foster, Brian Battle (brother) and SN Athletic Director Robbie Kennedy; (front, l to r) Charlie Grant (stepfather) and Chiqueta Grant (mother).

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NADIR THOMPSON

Southern Nash High School's Nadir Thompson (front, center) will continue his football career at Virginia Tech University. Also pictured are (back, l to r) SN Principal Hugh Scott, SN head coach Brian Foster, Shayqwan Murphy (brother) and SN Athletic Director Robbie Kennedy; (front, l to r) Tunisha Lane (mother), Aytala Thompson (sister) and her baby, Amere Battle.

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SENIOR MOMENT

Among the key performers this past season for the Southern Nash High School football team were (l to r) Nadir Thompson, Kendrick Bell, Dae'One Wilkins and Hunter Perry. Also pictured in the center is SNHS head gridiron coach Brian Foster.

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