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WHOPPER!-- Danny Vester stands with his World Record breaking 65.9 pound cantaloupe.
WORLD RECORD

In Spring Hope, Danny Vester is known for his larger-than-life pumpkins.
Vester has spent the past four years breaking records with his large pumpkins, including growing a 1,296 pound pumpkin in 2014, which was considered a record-breaking pumpkin for the Southeastern United States. Soon after that, Vester broke his own record with a 1,404-pound pumpkin.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nash sells Home Health Care Agency

Nash County Commissioners approved the sale of the county's home health agency at a meeting on Monday.
Nash County will sell the agency for $2 million to HealthView Home Health and Hospice. The company is a part of HealthView Capital Partners and was recently incorporated in North Carolina.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Health Sciences teacher Danna Banning paints motivational messages on bathroom doors at Northern Nash High School.
Teachers offer students positive graffiti

A little motivation can go a long way and at Northern Nash High School, can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Teachers recently spent some of their planning time painting encouraging messages on the bathroom doors of every bathroom in the school. In addition, messages are also on the bathroom mirrors.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

HOPE Day is Sept. 1st

The new owners of the L&L Food Stores are holding a fund-raiser to benefit Nashville's HOPE Initiative.
The L&L for HOPE Day will be held on Saturday, September 1 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the L&L in Nashville, at 479 W Washington Street.
Michelle Parrish, Volunteer Coordinator for HOPE, said someone from the new L&L reached out to Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashore about doing something for the HOPE Initiative while also helping advertise their new ownership.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Traffic stop nets drug bust

Over 100 grams of cocaine was seized during a traffic stop last Thursday.
According to the Nash County Sheriff's Office, the patrol division made a traffic stop on a vehicle at NC 43 and East Castalia Road in Red Oak around 10:30 p.m.
Upon contact with the driver, Marguvis Pulley, of Hollister, the odor of marijuana was present.

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~ IN MEMORIAM ~

The Joint Veterans Committee of Nash and Edgecombe Counties hosted its monthly flag raising ceremony on Saturday.
Samuel McClain, Sr., of Rocky Mount, was this month's honoree.
McClain was born in Savannah, Georgia on February 5, 1921.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

D.S. Johnson Honor Rolls

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

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Williford Elementary Honor Rolls

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

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Rocky Mount Middle Honor Rolls

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

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Rocky Mount City Council updated on event center

Rocky Mount Event Center Consultant Charles Penny and John McDonald, vice president and account executive for Sports Facilities Management, updated the Rocky Mount City Council on the progress happening at the center.
The update, provided during the council's Committee of the Whole meeting held Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, noted that the center's final completion date will be Oct. 22, 2018.

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A misdemeanor larceny was reported on 8/12/18 at 7518 S NC 581
An inform FBR report was reported on 8/12/18 at 10992 Rock Quarry Road
A breaking and entering was reported on 8/12/18 at 10992 Rock Quarry Road

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Woman, child electrocuted at Gold Rock hotel

A faulty air conditioner at a Gold Rock hotel electrocuted a woman and her child on Monday morning, killing them both.
The Rocky Mount Fire Department responded to the call Monday morning regarding two females who were possibly electrocuted at the Economy Inn and Suites in Gold Rock.
Four people were reportedly living in the hotel room and three of the four were in the room at the time of the incident.

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS AUGUST 13-17

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

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
An identity theft was reported on 8/13/18 at 404 Ward Street
A larceny was reported on 8/15/18 at 208 Vernon Street in the front yard

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NCSO highway team intercepts drug traffickers

The Nash County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Team has been busy the past few months, intercepting drug traffickers that travel into and through Nash County on a daily basis.
Last week, members of the team arrested two out-of-state men on I-95 after discovering cocaine in their vehicle.

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Parks and rec to hold public forum

The Town of Nashville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is encouraging the public to attend its next Advisory Council Meeting.
Director Marguerite Bishop said at the meeting, which is set for September 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a public forum will be held to hear what the community wants to see from the parks, recreation and cultural resources department.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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LEMONADE STAND

Blanton and Braxton Cochrane (L-R) were selling lemonade at their home on Church Street last week. The brothers, who will soon be going to fifth grade at Nashville Elementary School, are working to earn money to build a tree house.

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Kyokushin Karate and Japanese Culture camp

Christian Buffaloe, at left, holds a pad for Trinity Drake, at right, to kick during a Kyokushin Karate and Japanese Culture camp at Nash Arts last month. The camp focused not only on basic Kyokushin Karate but also Japanese language and culture, origami and featured several video presentations.

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Southern Nash Middle Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth 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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Swift Creek Elementary Honor Rolls

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

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Finch graduates Command College

The Nash County Sheriff's Office recently celebrated the accomplishments of one of their own.
Lieutenant Greg Finch graduated from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Command College. Finch was one of 16 participants in the program.
The Command College was created in 2016 in response to an internal evaluation which identified the need to develop additional professional training for command and executive level personnel at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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Tar River Academy Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth 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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Library wraps up Summer Reading

Patrons at Nashville's H.D. Cooley Library read over 1,000 hours this summer.
The library's summer reading program wrapped up last month with its final event on July 28. The finale included bounce houses, crafts, food and a marionette puppet show.

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Spring Hope Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth 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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Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook

As I sit here surrounded by four dogs and two cats, I realize how lonely I would be without them. As they are getting older, I think about how short their lives are, but how they love unconditionally. All they want to do is to please their person. While getting the photos for posting, I couldn't help but notice, that even though they are in the Shelter, they look for approval from the handler. You can literally see their soul in their eyes. Don't let their light go out too soon, adopt!!!

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CAROL VIERELA NASH, COUNTY ANIMAL FRIENDS

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Racism a part of everyday news: what does the Bible say?

President Trump's famous reality star and former highest ranking African-American aide in the White House is claiming he is a racist. I'm really not surprised that what has plagued our nation for years may be showing up again in the White House. Billy Graham said for years that the greatest problem facing America was racism.

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MIKE RUFFIN

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

Sunday morning dawned with beautiful sunshine, after a stormy night. Sanctuary flowers were given by Tanya Winstead Pitts, in memory of her husband, Harry Nelson Pitts, and her parents Willard and Mary Winstead. The adult Choir sang, "He's as Close as the Mention of His Name", under the direction of the pastor.
Pastor Whitehouse chose as his sermon title, "The God of Second Chances --2".

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BARBARA HARDISON

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Luke's Word for the Week

August Greetings, fellow followers of the Way! I want us to continue looking at what it means to worship. Therefore, today I've included some thoughts that I shared with the body of Christ from our "Night of Worship" at NUMC. It is my prayer that this continues to nudge you into a life of holiness that is filled with prayer, Scripture, good works, worship and more!

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LUKE WHITEHEAD

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RED OAK NEWS

The Baptist Men of Red Oak Baptist Church had their monthly breakfast meeting on Sunday, August 19.
Red Oak United Methodist Church just completed their summer ministry, "No Hunger During Summer". Through this ministry 20 children received 7 breakfasts, lunches, and snacks along with 3 family meals a week for 11 weeks!

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SUZY PEARCE

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Spaulding Alumni to celebrate 44th reunion

Labor Day Weekend is quickly approaching, which means the coming together of the C.C. Spaulding Alumni Association's 44th annual Reunion.
The reunion will begin on Friday, August 31 with a membership meeting at 4:30 p.m. at the teacher's home followed by a fish fry at the Spring Hope Community Building, 104 Community Street in Spring Hope at 7 p.m.

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GUEST SPEAKER

Matt Smith, Principal Edgecombe Early College High School, gave a presentation to Mu Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators. Students have had 100 percent graduation for the past seven years.

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 Editorials

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Back to school and the nest is less one!

It's that time again.
Some kids headed back to school a week ago, some this week and some will go next week. Teachers and administrators have been back for some time.
It's no different at my house.
Actually, it is quite different.

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Mike Brantley

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Our kindergarten kid isn't going to let anything stop him!

It's hard to believe how fast my three little boys are growing!
School starts for two of my boys next week. I'll have a second grader and a kindergartner! My youngest will start after Labor Day and he'll be in a three-year-old preschool class.
Devin is my little guy that will be in kindergarten.

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Amanda Clark

Reflections on our Anthem

Dear Editor: We often become inattentive or intellectually lame when performing the same tasks and rituals frequently. Sadly, I found that true with myself when Pledging Allegiance to the Flag or standing for the National Anthem, just going through the motions. Not anymore. Thanks to the NFL, the players kneeling for the Anthem have given me cause for reflection and subsequently a renewed appreciation and understanding of America and why we honor it by standing.

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LETTERS

The law should apply to all citizens

Dear Editor: The North Carolina Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans wishes to express our disgust and outrage regarding the celebration of anarchy that the world witnessed in Chapel Hill this evening.
Despite our warnings to the UNC administration and requests for police protection of state property, an unruly gang of activists took the law into its own hands.

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LETTERS

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Backward Glances

This photo originally published in The Nashville Graphic on April 6, 1972. Congressman L.H. Fountain (right) brought his campaign to Nashville talking with citizens and acquaintances. Pictured with the congressman are Ms. Rachel Joyner of Nashville, Nash County Clerk of Superior Court, and Fountain's Nash County Campaign Manager, Frank Adams of Nashville.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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OFFENSIVE FACTOR. Vinsa Phillips and the Nash Central Bulldogs will host the Southern Nash Firebirds in prep football action this Friday night at The Dawg Pound.
Bulldogs Open With A Victory

LEGGETT -- Nash Central took care of business last Friday -- and now awaits a huge test this Friday at The Dawg Pound.
Central opened its campaign last Friday by rolling to a strong 40-6 victory on the road against the North Edgecombe Warriors.
It was a taking-care-of-business type of game for the Bulldogs, who were expected to win -- and delivered on that expectation.

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Staff Reports

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RELEASE POINT. Southern Nash's Matt Foster (left) unleashes a pass attempt for the Firebirds during last Friday night's home football victory against the Green Hope Falcons at historic Firebird Stadium.
SN's SUPER START

STANHOPE -- So much for the theory that Southern Nash's offense might take a step back after the graduation of all but one starter from last year's record-setting gridiron crew.
Southern picked up right where it left off in 2017 by opening last Friday with a 49-28 home decision over the Green Hope Falcons at historic Firebird Stadium on the SNHS campus.

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Staff Reports

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NOWHERE TO GO. Middle Creek QB Sean Brown (with ball) tries to escape the RM defense. (Photo Submitted)
BIG STATEMENT

ROCKY MOUNT -- With so many talented starters returning, it was considered a given that the Rocky Mount Gryphons would far exceed last year's disappointing, uncharacteristic four-victory campaign.
But just in case everyone didn't get the memo, Rocky Mount delivered an emphatic early-season message last Friday at the RM Football Field.

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Staff Reports

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Mudcats edged by Nationals

ZEBULON -- Carolina's Bowden Francis pitched through a quality start and Ryan Aguilar had a RBI triple, but the Potomac Nationals homered twice in the fifth while taking the rubber game of a three-game series 4-2 over the host Mudcats at Five County Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a Class A Carolina League baseball meeting.

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Staff Reports

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Knights win road opener

HILLSBOROUGH -- "Thank the Lord that we have a Jay Johnson."
Northern Nash first-year head Ccoach Andrew Farriss was saying what everyone else was thinking last Friday night after the Knights' 33-24 win over the Orange Panthers in the 2018 prep football season opener for both clubs.

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CHANCE PUCKETT, Correspondent

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Ladybirds claim spike victory

WILSON -- Southern Nash's ever-improving volleyball squad came up with another key victory Monday as the Ladybirds registered a sweep at non-conference opponent Wilson Beddingfield.
The Ladybirds, coached by Melanie Davis, were winners by a 25-19, 25-15 and 25-21 total.

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Staff Reports

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REC HOOPS CHAMPIONS, 1

DUNSTON BAIL BONDING
NASH CO. PARKS AND REC
9-12 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS

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REC HOOPS CHAMPIONS, 2

PROVIDENCE BANK BULLS
NASH CO. PARKS AND REC
9-12 SUMMER LEAGUE CHAMPS

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GOT IT!

Southern Nash's Darius Edmundson (right) reels in a reception for the Firebirds during last Friday's season-opening football triumph at home against the Green Hope Falcons.

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 Entertainment

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"Seven Bridges Road"

Marilynn Barner Anselmi has never been one to shy away from writing about difficult topics.
Her most recent writing, "Seven Bridges Road," is fiction but is inspired by the real-life murders of local women and the social injustices Anselmi said followed the murders.
Anselmi's story will come to life soon at Nash Arts in a performance of "Seven Bridges Road, which is directed by Greg Spence and Dionne Luckett Spence.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER


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