Dr. Shelton Jefferies, superintendent of Nash County Schools from January 4, 2016 to August 2, 2019, "violated his contract and multiple policies and procedures," according to the final investigative report issued this week from State Auditor Beth Wood's office. His violations resulted "in $45,690 in unallowed and questionable expenses." Jefferies has 60 days to fully reimburse the system before the case will be handed to the district attorney for review.
A proposed development for the former Birchwood Golf Course was denied by Nashville's Town Council on Tuesday night. Council members voted 3-1 to deny a special use permit for a residential planned unit development, or PUD, on the 110-acre tract. The request, by RBD Investments, Inc., was first heard on May 4 and a quasi-judicial hearing was held.
A second assessment of trees on Washington Street in downtown Nashville offers a less grim outlook for 15 trees that were initially slated for removal last month. Nashville's Town Council agreed to hire Historic Tree Care out of Durham to offer a second opinion of the health and risk of 21 trees. The service was commissioned at the rate of $135 per hour.
Nash County author Michael Brantley will hold a reading and book signing at The Nashville Exchange in downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. He will read from his second book, Galvanized: The Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate, which was published last year by the University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books.
Jeanne Soltis, who turned 100 recently, attributes all of her accomplishments and long life to her strong faith. Jeanne was born on June 2, 1921 in Canada. Her family moved to Vermont in 1929. She attended high school in New Hampshire and her graduating class consisted of eight members.
Nash County Health Department Director Bill Hill reported Tuesday afternoon active cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in Nash County. Hill said only 14 new cases were reported between June 8th and June 14th, 27 were reported the previous week. Total hospitalizations as of Tuesday at Nash UNC Hospital were 8, while the total number of deaths in Nash County increased by one for a total of 193.