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Town applauds fire chief

Nashville Fire Chief Chris Joyner was recognized last Tuesday night at Nashville's Town Council meeting for recently being named the American Legion Department of North Carolina Firefighter of the Year.
In addition to being the North Carolina Firefighter of the Year, Joyner was also named the Southeast Regional Firefighter of the year.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nashville changes public policy

Nashville's Town Council approved a more citizen-friendly public comment policy at their regular meeting last Tuesday night.
The policy now allows the public to sign up to speak during the public comment period on the night of the meeting instead of having to sign up 10 days prior to the town's meeting. Those wishing to speak can now sign up just 20 minutes prior to the meeting.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nash funds $3.2 million radio project

Nash County Commissioners approved $3.2 million in funding that will pave the way for a new public safety radio project.
Commissioners agreed on the $3.2 million in funding on Monday during the board's regular meeting. The loan will come from Southern Bank over a five-year-period at a 2.6 percent interest rate

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Linda Boulden shows her patriotism while riding on the Castalia Baptist Church float during the Castalia July Fourth parade last Wednesday.
FOURTH OF JULY

Castalia celebrated America's 242nd birthday last Wednesday with its annual July Fourth celebration.
The festivities kicked off in the morning with vendors but really got started up at noon with a special tribute to veterans.
Smalltown USA has been partnering with the town to offer the space for the tribute over the past few years.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Filing begins for school board seats

Filing for five seats on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education began last Friday and two have since filed for the District 9 seat.
Incumbent LaShawnda Washington filed to run for the District 9 Seat she has held for the past four years. Robert Cordell also filed for the District 9 seat.
In addition to the District 9 seat, seats in District 2, 4, 6 and 8 are also up for grabs.

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Spring Hope hires new officer

The town of Spring Hope has hired a new full-time police officer.
Police Chief Anthony Puckett introduced Officer John Wilson to the Board of Commissioners and residents at the Monday night meeting.
Officer Wilson is originally from New York and has been a resident of North Carolina since 1991.

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KENDRA JONES, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

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BIRDHOUSE MAN

Building birdhouses has become therapeutic for Nashville resident Glen Rackley.
Rackley, 86, started building birdhouses around six years ago after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Rackley said he needed a hobby to keep his mind off things and had always had an interest in birds.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

RMPD investigates homicide

The Rocky Mount Police Department is investigating a July Fourth homicide.
Officers responded to the 400 block of S. Church Street around 6:15 a.m. last Wednesday, July 4 in reference to a suspicious event. When officers arrived, they found 58-year-old John Mack Caudle decased on the scene.

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NRMS launches new virtual academy

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System is launching a Virtual Academy in hopes of meeting the needs of non-traditional students.
The Virtual Academy is a district priority for high student achievement and was initially presented to the Board of Education in May. The academy will offer a large variety of courses for students enrolled in grades 9-12.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Rocky Mount woman is charged with felony fraud

A Rocky Mount woman was recently charged with felony insurance fraud.
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the arrest of Lashunda Bobbitt, 38, of Rocky Mount. Bobbitt was charged with felony insurance fraud and making a false report to police, which is a misdemeanor.

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Ten complete Basic Law Enforcement Training at ECC

Edgecombe Community College graduated ten cadets from its Fifth Basic Academy for Basic Law Enforcement Training on June 19.
The graduation ceremony featured comments by Angel Rodriguez Jr., platoon leader.
The cadets completed an intensive 20-week program and have passed the certification exam mandated by the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.

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Several roads slated to be resurfaced in Twin Counties

Sections of several highways in Edgecombe and Nash counties will be resurfaced over the next year.
The N.C. Department of Transportation last week approved a $4.6 million contract with Barnhill Contracting Co. of Rocky Mount to resurface almost 39 miles across the Twin Counties. The work includes:

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A larceny after a breaking and entering and breaking and entering a motor vehicle was reported on 7/2/18 at 1205 Eastern Avenue
A larceny after a breaking and entering and breaking and entering a residential was reported on 7/3/18 at 613 Indian Trail

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Confederate monument meeting for discussion slated for July 24

Building on positive momentum, the Human Relations Commission has scheduled an additional Community Conversations dates for the public to unite and discuss the confederate monument at Battle Park. The Booker T. Theater in downtown Rocky Mount will hold a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. WPR Consulting will once again facilitate the discussions.

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS JULY 2 - 6

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from July 2 through 6.

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A breaking, entering and larceny and breaking and entering a motor vehicle was reported on 7/1/18 at 5268 Waterfront Drive
An assault and battery was reported on 7/1/18 at 8097 E NC 97
A resisting a public officer was reported on 7/1/18 on Cedar Grove School Loop Road

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Governor Cooper announces local appointments

Governor Roy Cooper recently announced his nominations and appointments to 17 boards, commissions, and councils. The Governor nominated and appointed 33 well-qualified North Carolinians to these various positions.
"These committed North Carolinians will serve our state well," Gov. Cooper said.

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Castalia wraps up Family Fun Day plans

The town board of Castalia had a couple of visitors at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.
First, Rev. Victor Fenner of Castalia Missionary Baptist Church addressed the board. The Family Fun Day at the Castalia Park is in its final stages of planning/preparation. Fenner first approached the board about the idea in March.

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JESSICA A. SMITH, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

Spring Hope Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
The following students at Spring Hope Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Southern Nash High School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
The following students at Southern Nash High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Southern Nash Middle School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
The following students at Southern Nash Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Rocky Mount High School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
The following students at Rocky Mount High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Jesus lives through our successes and failures

And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased'." (Matthew 3:17)
If you're a parent or a grandparent, you've probably been out this spring and summer watching your child or grandchild play soccer, baseball, or some other sport. It's a real joy to watch them, isn't it?

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MIKE RUFFIN

Tar River Academy honor roll lists

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
The following students at Tar River Academy made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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J.W. Parker Middle honor roll lists

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2017-2018 school year.
The following students at J.W. Parker Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

On a lovely Sunday morning, Peachtree folks gathered at the church for worship. Sanctuary flowers were given by Fran Bunn in honor of her husband, Bob, to celebrate his birthday which was Friday. Special music was a vocal solo of "In the Garden" by Marta Whitehouse.
Pastor Whitehouse chose as his sermon title, "Allow God's Sovereign Hand to turn up the Heat".

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BARBARA HARDISON

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RED OAK NEWS

Red Oak Baptist Church and the community celebrated Independence Day on Sunday, July 1 with food, fun, and fellowship! Everyone enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers with the fixings along with other side dishes and of course, dessert. Children and adults tried their hand at the dunking booth trying to dunk pastors Chris Fowler and and Nate James.

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SUZY PEARCE

RMHS cadets participate in Officer Leadership School

Ten students from Rocky Mount High School's AFJROTC Detachment NC-933 joined nearly 250 more students from around the state (and one school from South Carolina) on Father's Day for the Cadet Officer Leadership School (COLS) ran by Air Force Junior ROTC and hosted at Fayetteville State University. The seven-day event is a challenging and fast-paced training program that seeks to be a part of each individual's opportunity to reach their full potential as a cadet, leader and citizen.

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Castalia Fourth of July celebration, pics 1

Joan Avent, Castalia's Patriotic Citizen of the Year, rides in the July Fourth parade in Castalia last Wednesday.

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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark

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Castalia Fourth of July celebration, pics 2

Tim Bunn performs patriotic music during a special tribute to veterans last Wednesday at Small Town USA in Castalia. The special tribute to veterans was held prior to the July Fourth parade.

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Castalia Fourth of July celebration, pics 3

A youngster with the Bertha S. Joyner Gleaner Branch #115 of Red Oak walks with a bucket of candy to hand out to parade watchers last week at the Castalia July Fourth parade.

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Castalia Fourth of July celebration, pics 4

"Uncle Sam" waves to parade goers at the Castalia July Fourth parade.

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Castalia Fourth of July celebration, pics 5

Charles Minton, Mike Pressley, William Blackman and Dave Sannes (L-R), members of the Cpl. Suzi Sannes Detachment 1262 of the Marine Corps League, carry the American flag at the start of the Castalia July Fourth parade.

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 Editorials

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There is plenty of good news and good people

Despite what the world and all the complainers in your life might have you think, there is plenty of good folks left in this world.
A collective, worldwide cheer went up on Tuesday morning when it was announced that all of the children trapped in a cave in Thailand had been rescued.
The story, which captivated so many of us, could easily have ended in tragedy, especially after the soccer team disappeared for nine days.

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Mike Brantley

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This is my zoo

Apparently, if you are raising more than one little boy, you are in a special club of exhausted moms just trying to survive.
I think I'm the leader of that club.
On several occassions recently, I've had people tell me things like, "I don't know how you do it," or "your boys are full of energy! No wonder you are tired."

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Amanda Clark

Protecting our service members from bad actors

As we celebrated our nation on the 4th of July, we must also remember those who work to keep us safe. July is Military Consumer Month, a good time to highlight the work my office does to protect our service members from scams and fraud.
Unfortunately, members of the armed forces are especially vulnerable to being victims of scams and frauds.

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Attorney General Josh Stein

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Backward Glances

HOW-DEE! -- This photo is from The Nashville Graphic January 31, 1978 archive. Elsie Clark, also known as Nashville's BPW Minnie Pearl, is shown reaching out to a youngster from the stage at the BPW's Grand Ole Opry, Jr. which was held at Nashville High School. The 1978 event raised more than $4,000 for the United Cerebral Palsy Campaign.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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NASH REC SWIMMER MILLIE CRUMLEY
Nash Rec Remains Undefeated

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Nash Rec is now just two team victories away from an undefeated regular season -- but the bigger prize will be when the Sharks defend their Nash-Halifax Swim League championship on July 28.
But first things first as the Sharks remained perfect for the summer campaign last Thursday while closing out a regular season sweep against rival Roanoke Valley.

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Staff Reports

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BIRCHWOOD SWIMMER PAYSEN BROWN
HOLIDAY FIREWORKS

ROCKY MOUNT -- Participation was a bit sparse for last Thursday's Nash-Halifax Swim League showdown between long-time rivals Birchwood and host Westridge -- mainly due to the fact that the event was behind held one day after the Fourth of July Holiday.
Still, there were plenty of heroics as Westridge was able to secure a 419-132 decision over the Barracudas at the Westridge Pool.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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STILL ON TRACK

ROCKY MOUNT -- One of the true signs of a quality high school track and field program is how it reloads in the face of mass graduation.
Nash Central proved its mettle this spring by winning the Eastern Plains Conference's boys and girls championships -- despite coming off a 2017 campaign that saw the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs boast its largest-ever college signee class.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Carolina wins vs. Pelicans

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Dallas Carroll hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth, Weston Wilson stretched his hitting streak to 10 straight games and Luke Barker picked up his 12th save of the season as the Carolina Mudcats held off the host Myrtle Beach Pelicans for a 3-1 road win on Monday night in Class A Carolina League baseball action.

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Staff Reports

Local excels in New York

NEW YORK -- Christian Buffaloe, local Kyokushin Karate fighter, recently entered the prestigious Japan-sponsored "2018 Kyokushin Karate AAAOC Full Contact Championships" in New York.
Buffaloe, a seven-time Kyokushin youth & teen champion, fought for the first time as an adult in this world-level event.

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Staff Reports

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Hornets holding signups

NASHVILLE -- Registration has started for the Nashville Hornets football and cheerleading season.
There is no charge for participation.
The season will start with a camp on July 23, 24 and 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Glover Park in Nashville.

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Staff Reports

Rose Hill set to host event

NASH COUNTY -- AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Carolina Farm Credit will be hosting the second annual Pull for Youth Sporting Clays events benefitting NC 4-H and FFA.
The festivities will feature a fun day of sporting clays shooting at one of three great courses in our state.

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Staff Reports

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EMMA ON HER WAY

Westridge's Emma League speeds toward the finish line during last Thursday evening's home swim meet against Nash-Halifax Swim League opponent Birchwood.

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FROM CENTRAL TO CENTRAL

Nash Central High School track and field star Kazelee Johnson signs a letter-of-intent to join the program at North Carolina Central University, which is located in Durham. Also pictured are (back, l to r) NC track and field coach Juan Jackson, NC Athletic Director Kyle Bain and NC Principal Victor Ward; (front, l to r) Vernesta Johnson (grandmother) and Sonya Randolph (mother).

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FROM THE BULLDOGS TO THE BULLDOGS

Nash Central High School track and field standout Quante Downey signs a letter-of-intent to join the program at Barton College in Wilson. Also pictured are (back, l to r) NC track and field coach Juan Jackson, NC Athletic Director Kyle Bain and NC Principal Victor Ward; (front, right) Charisse Moore (mother).

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MORE SWIM STANDOUTS, 1

BIRCHWOOD'S AVA BARNES

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MORE SWIM STANDOUTS, 2

WESTRIDGE'S CARTER SZABO AND DARCY TYNDALL

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 Entertainment

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Jazz pianist to perform at Cherry Hill Plantation

David Esleck of the David Esleck Trio will give a solo piano performance of jazz music at Cherry Hill on Sunday, July 15th. The program will begin at 3:00 PM, and admissions will be taken at the door. This is the third annual Edwina Rooker Endowed Concert, established in honor of the late Warrenton resident and long-time friend of the Cherry Hill Historical Foundation.

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Summer youth production starts July 20th

The Summer Youth Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take place July 20-22 at The Theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat tells the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, Imperial Centre Theatre Manager Brooke Edwards said.

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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

Royce Douglas Duke, Sr. More ...

MARIAN ALEXANDER ASBELL More ...

Tammy Hardison Holder More ...


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