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Nashville mulls Gateway partnership

Nashville's Town Council agreed to continue its funding of the Carolina Gateway Partnership in the upcoming budget year.
The topic was brought up during a budget meeting on Tuesday.
Past conversations have suggested the possibility of discontinuing the relationship with the economic development company but a decision was never made.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Suspect nabbed for armed robbery

A Rocky Mount man was quickly apprehended last week after attempting to rob a woman in the Food Lion parking lot.
According to Nashville Police, the suspect, 21-year-old John Joyner, of 4450 Davis Road, Rocky Mount, got into a woman's car in the Food Lion parking lot around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday, May 7, pointed a gun and demanded money.

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Wendy Perry displays cards received at the Senior Center from local youth. The cards are included with the Meals on Wheels Delivery.
Senior Center staff deliver meals

Staff at the Nash County Senior Center are having to be creative in providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March, senior center staff have had to take over the meal delivery program, delivering meals for up to 50 residents throughout the county.
Wendy Perry, Senior Services Coordinator, said the meals aren't delivered every day anymore.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nashville tax rate to remain steady

A representative from Waste Industries provided insight to Nashville's Town Council last Tuesday night on rate increases.
Pat Luce, Government Contracts Manager for Waste Industries, told council members that the price to process recycling had skyrocketed due to China no longer taking recyclables.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Nash County Health Department continues to see an increase in positive COVID-19 cases.
As of Wednesday morning, May 13, there were 140 positive cases reported.
Nash County Health Director Bill Hill reported on Wednesday morning that there was a surge in positive cases over the first two days of this week.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nash County mulls budget during uncertain times

Nash County Commissioners will likely be presented with a flat budget to prepare for fiscal impacts related to COVID-19.
Commissioners met last Tuesday, May 5 for a budget workshop and to hear budget requests from Nash Community College and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.
A draft recommended budget of $95,575,924 was presented to commissioners. The draft budget presented is $2,555 less than the current year's original approved budget.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Veteran NCSO law enforcement officer retires

Major David Brake has hung up his hat with the Nash County Sheriff's Office to take on another important role: grandfather.
Brake officially retired on April 30, ending a 30-year career in law enforcement.
Brake is a Nash County native. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1987 and served until 1991.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

Grading policies affected by COVID-19

Due to challenges caused by COVID-19, students in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System will see some changes to the grading policy.
Elementary and middle school students in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System will not receive traditional grades for the year, the school system announced during last week's Board of Education Meeting.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Accidents claim three in Nash

Two separate accidents claimed the lives of three Nash County residents recently.
The first accident occurred on Thursday, May 7 around 2 a.m. on I-95, 10.5 miles west of Sharpsburg.
According to the NC Highway Patrol, Jennifer Marie Hinnant, 42, of Nashville, was traveling south on I-95 when she collided with a tractor trailer who was also traveling southbound on I-95. Hinnant's vehicle reportedly went under the tractor trailer and became pinned.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

NFD to host blood drive

The Town of Nashville Fire Department will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Town of Nashville Council Chambers located at 114 Church St Nashville.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code NashvilleFire.

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Red Oak pays homage to former council woman

Red Oak's Town Council recognized the life and service of Myrtle King Bass during their regular meeting on Monday.
Bass served the Town of Red Oak as a councilwoman from 1992 through 2003 and again from 2004 to 2005 as an elected and appointed member.
Bass passed away on Sunday, May 30 at 90 years old.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Search warrant nets drug bust in Nashville

A search warrant on Circle Drive in Nashville resulted in the arrest of a resident of the home.
The Nashville Police Department, with help from the Rocky Mount Police Department, Nash County Sheriff's Office and Spring Hope Police Department, served a search warrant on Tuesday morning, May 12 at 105 Circle Drive. Alcindor Wardrick, 49, lives at the residence.

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NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A simple possession was reported on 5/4/20 on S Alston Street
A sell/deliver a schedule VI controlled substance was reported on 5/4/20 at 802 S First Street

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A warrant service was reported on 5/7/20
A possession of heroin and felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance was reported on 5/8/20 at 1200 Benvenue Road, Rocky Mount
A larceny of a credit card was reported on 5/8/20 at 12140 E NC 97, Rocky Mount

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS MAY 4-8

Building Permits (Residential) Annie Cooper; 7524 Edwards Road; detached accessory; $6,800
Yoni Josue Martinez; 9236 Driver Road; new single family; $150,000

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Birthday wishes

Birthdays are being celebrated in unique ways due to social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dorothy "Dot" Smith of Nashville enjoyed her 88th birthday recently sitting outside with family and friends driving by to send her birthday wishes.

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Nash, Edgecombe awarded national emergency food and shelter funding

United Way Tar River Region has announced the continuation of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in the Twin-Counties. For Phase 37, Congress has appropriated $3,750,088 for North Carolina to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. Of this amount, Nash and Edgecombe Counties have been awarded $70,508 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in our area.

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Nash UNC Heath Care resumes some surgeries

In March, Nash UNC Health Care discontinued all elective, non-urgent surgeries and services, under the guidance of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in an effort to prepare for a surge of COVID cases, conserve Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and minimize unnecessary interactions of community members to reduce the spread of the virus.

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Jason Letchworth
Wesleyan welcomes two new admission counselors

North Carolina Wesleyan College is pleased to welcome two new Counselors to its Admissions Team-- Jason Letchworth and Stephanie Stallings.
Jason Letchworth received his Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology from Pitt Community College in 2012. In 2016, he finished his BS in Business Administration at North Carolina Wesleyan, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Jason is a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a North Carolina certified Firefighter and EMT. In his new role, he will be responsible for working with incoming transfer students.

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American Legion Post 110

American Legion Post 110 of Nashville held its annual raffle Saturday. Normally the winning ticket would have been drawn during the Nashville Blooming Festival. Members invited Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett to draw winning raffle ticket at the Nashville community building.
Proceeds from the raffle support a rising senior or a senior to NC Trooper School where he or she will learn police skills, including drug detection, firearms safety and precision driving, just to name a few.

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COVID-19 bill offers 5-month DMV extensions in North Carolina

To assist N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle customers and partners in dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a provision included in the COVID-19 bill signed into law Monday by Governor Cooper grants a five-month extension of the expiration date on more than two dozen DMV credentials.
The bill also allows the DMV to waive any penalties for a late registration renewal during the extension period.

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Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook

MISSING PETS? BEWARE of the COYOTE! It is NOT safe to allow your pet to go outside by itself, especially at night. Some time back, we heard of a suspected coyote attack on a 30 pound dog in Nashville NC area, when the owner let it out to potty. Her leg was badly hurt. Many people report being tracked by them when walking their pets or hearing their howling. Leaving pet food outside, for example, encourages them, as they are scavengers.

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CAROL VIERELA

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It's okay for Christians to have doubts about their faith

There isn't a Christian who doesn't have doubts about his or her faith. However, many of us are too proud to admit it. A lot of Christians would have those of us who do admit we occasionally succumb to doubt that we have some spiritual problem that needs to be fixed. The next time they try to punish you for your honesty, think about the above verse and ask them when the last time was they threw a mountain into the sea.

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MIKE RUFFIN

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Luke's Word for the Week

You and I were made for relationships. Introverts were made for relationships. Extroverts were made for relationships. Everyone on the Myers Briggs or Enneagram spectrum was made for relationships. Yes, those relationships play out in unique ways depending on the God-given personalities we have, but all of us are in need of relationships. Like "Wilson", Chuck Nolan's trusty volleyball sidekick from the movie Castaway, we all just need someone to talk to. We all need relationships.

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LUKE WHITEHEAD

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

A message from Pastor Gene Whitehouse of Peachtree Baptist Church.
Mother's Day 2020 sure looked a lot different this year due to COVID-19. Some family gatherings were not held, travel to see distant mothers was curtailed, the "take Mom out to dinner" was either take-out or order in. Things have really changed in the last few months for all of us.

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FRAN BUNN

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SANDY CROSS NEWS

Cooper's Elementary School staff recently worked on a beautification project for the school grounds. Thank you to Mrs. Godwin, Mrs. Worrell, Mrs. Gosselin, Mrs. Joyner, Mrs. Gibson, and Mrs. Williams for their hard work. Thank you to Allen's Nursery for donating the mulch needed for the project. CES also held a drive-through "Cinco De Mayo Party" for Teacher's Appreciation Day last week.

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EMILY SILLS

Middlesex Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Middlesex Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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MB Hubbard Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at M.B. Hubbard Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Spring Hope Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Spring Hope Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Bailey Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Bailey Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nash Central Middle School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Nash Central Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Swift Creek Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.The following students at Swift Creek Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nashville Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.The following students at Nashville Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Red Oak Middle School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at the Red Oak Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Northern Nash High School honor rolls

Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Northern Nash High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nash Central High School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Nash Central High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nash-Rocky Mount Early College honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Coopers Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at Coopers Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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CITI High School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
The following students at CITI High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Cedar Grove Elementary School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the third semester of the 2019-2020 school year.The following students at Cedar Grove Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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 Editorials

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When will it be perfectly safe? Never

One of my sons says this quarantine is something he's been waiting and training for all his life. He likes to stay in his room -- The Bunker -- with his computer, PS4 and snacks.
He and his brother are still having school, but that ends this week.
I just finished exams and have meetings left. My daughter finished her college exams. My wife is working remotely all day, every day.

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Mike Brantley

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Saluting the real "world's best teachers"

Last week was teacher appreciation week.
While out picking up some "essentials" one day recently, I picked up some teacher appreciation trinkets to give my kid's teachers. I was hopeful that maybe I could take them to school and give them to the boy's teachers.
One of the trinkets is sitting on my makeshift desk at home, where I work remotely and my kids also learn remotely.

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Amanda Clark

Please don't give up on graduation! Be the hero for the Class of 2020

Dear Editor, In last week's school board meeting, it was announced that the graduations for this year's senior class will take place in the gym with the administration, student and 2 guests along with a videographer. The student will be videoed walking across the stage, picking up their diploma and exiting the stage. This will be dubbed together with all of the other students' video clips and this will then be live-streamed on what would have been the students' actual graduation date.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Backward Glances

This photo was found in The Nashville Graphic's 1954-1956 archives. There was no information with the photo and we're not sure if it indeed published sometime during those years. The photo does seem to have been taken in the Washington Street area of Nashville.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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NORTHERN NASH HEAD FOOTBALL COACH ANDREW FARRISS
YEAR IN REVIEW: Football Sparked NN's Success

RED OAK -- Northern Nash High School's athletic season began with a renaissance football campaign -- and just kept chugging toward more success from there.
According to NNHS Athletic Director Joey Keefe, the Fighting Knights' gridiron excellence served as an effective springboard for the rest of the year.
"We came out in football with a 4-0 start to the season,'' Keefe said. "That in itself set the tone for our school. It was just different. All of the kids were excited to be going to the games.''

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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NEXT STOP -- WINSTON-SALEM. Southern Nash High School football star Quinton Cooley will continue his gridiron career at Wake Forest University, which is located in Winston-Salem.
YEAR IN REVIEW: MAKING MEMORIES

STANHOPE -- A trip to the state football finals was the most memorable part of Southern Nash High School's athletic years -- and provided memories that will last a lifetime for the loyal Firebirds' faithful.
But there were also plenty of other sporting highlights at Southern Nash during the 2019-20 school year -- at least until it was postponed in March due to COVID-19 concerns -- and later cancelled.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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YEAR IN REVIEW: NCHS' FAB FIVE

ROCKY MOUNT -- Winning the Eastern Plains Conference's Wells Fargo Cup has become a custom for Nash Central High School since the Bulldogs joined the EPC three years ago.
Central has claimed the WFC crown in the league for the past two seasons, and appeared well on its way to a three-peat during the 2019-20 school year.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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SN center inks with Wesleyan

STANHOPE -- Every successful play that the Southern Nash High School offense experienced in 2019 -- and there were plenty of them -- began in the capable hands of senior standout Luke Watson.
Watson served as the center for the Firebirds' prolific offense and snapped the ball each time to quarterback Matt Foster -- and the rest was an impressive dose of Southern Nash gridiron history.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

E-W rosters are finalized

GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been selected for the annual North Carolina Coaches Association's East-West All Star Basketball Games.
The girls-boys doubleheader is scheduled for July 20 at the historic Greensboro Coliseum.
Festivities will begin with the girls outing before the boys event closes out the evening. Tickets will be available at the gate.

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Staff Reports

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SIMPLY THE BEST

Southern Nash High School senior veteran Elisabeth Collie was the Big East Conference Girls Golf Champion during the Fall of 2019 campaign under Coach Todd Brewer.

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THREE MUSKETEERS

Nash County is extremely fortunate to have a trio of quality athletic directors in (l to r) Joey Keefe (Northern Nash), Robbie Kennedy (Southern Nash) and Kyle Bain (Nash Central).

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TWO MORE YEARS TO GO

Northern Nash High School sophomore star Chloe Harrington was the Big East Conference Girls Tennis Player of the Year. She also reached the Round of 16 at the annual Class 3-A State Girls Tennis Championships in Alamance County.

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