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Drought sparks fed aid request
Drought sparks fed aid request

Current drought conditions across the state of North Carolina, and its damaging current and future effects on farmers and consumers, were spotlighted in a July 2 news conference by Don Davis, U.S. Congressman, and Bob Etheridge, State Executive Director for the North Carolina Farm Service Agency.
Last week, Davis said he was moving to have an emergency declaration called by the governor and the USDA to begin the process of assisting farmers.

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Nashville revises land use regulations

NASHVILLE - Nashville leaders are working to revise and update land use regulations ahead of any future townhouse applications coming in.
A two-hour June 26 special town council meeting, labelled as a joint work session with the town planning board, involved a presentation by Michael Harvey of N-Focus Consultants, a Planning, Zoning and Subdivision Administrator from Kannapolis.
N-Focus was hired by the town March 25, 2024, to do the job for $5,950.

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Jerry Sherrod

NASHVILLE - A well-loved volunteer fireman who has put his life on the line with three local companies - Nashville, West Mount and Red Oak - was celebrated at the Elks Lodge at Birchwood July 8 in an NFD retirement ceremony attended by friends, family and other firefighters.
Jerry Sherrod received a 50-year helmet from the Nashville Fire Department and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Officials break ground for new shell building in Nashville
Officials break ground for new shell building in Nashville

NASHVILLE - A partnership between the town of Nashville and Nash County looks due to hit paydirt, as town and county officials took to shoveling at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Nashville Business Center Shell Building.
The 10 a.m. July 9 ceremony, while well-attended, was apparently planned short and sweet to get people out of the heat, taking just 20 minutes to complete.

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Vaping, tobacco use rise in local schools
Vaping, tobacco use rise in local schools

NASHVILLE - The number of office referrals for students caught vaping, smoking, or possessing a controlled substance in Nash County schools is increasing, and a new program is being developed to address the needs of students with vaping and substance abuse.
Christy Grant, Executive Director of EC & Student Support Services, recently informed the Board of Education that the district had received a $675,000 grant to be used over three years for that purpose, with plans to hire two behavioral support specialists: one to work schools in the southern end of the county and one to work schools in Rocky Mount.

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Water line break interupts downtown business

Twelve to fourteen commercial water users in downtown on lower Washington Street in Nashville, including Hardees, Dos Hermanos and A Slice of Italy, had to close their doors from approximately 9 a.m. to Noon Tuesday while repairs were effected on a water main.
Randy Lansing, Town Manager, said the problem began Monday afternoon when Reedy Ready Contractors, hired to work on old lead and galvanized water lines, clipped a line with a backhoe in front of Dos Hermanos, causing a drop in water pressure on Washington Street from Stoney Creek to Barnes Street.

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Elks honor Coopers Firefighter on Flag Day
Elks honor Coopers Firefighter on Flag Day

NASHVILLE - A much-lauded Coopers volunteer fireman has been honored by Elks Lodge #1038 at Birchwood as the recipient of an American flag for Elks Flag Day 2024.
Aaron Becerra of Sandy Cross was celebrated Thursday, June 27, in a ceremony at the Elks Lodge, with several of his fellow fire and rescue mates nearby. About forty people were in attendance.

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Cost estimates increase for proposed church property purchase

"There are still a lot of unknowns," summarized Larry Taylor, Nashville town councilman, about the proposed purchase of the Fellowship Church property during a July 10 special meeting. The 10 a.m. meeting, with one active agenda item, was planned to receive and discuss a follow-up report from Dawson Construction Services on the condition and remodeling costs.

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Pet Connection Center evacuated after HVAC, plumbing issues
Animals return to shelter after repairs, none euthanized

Unexpected issues with both the HVAC and septic system at the Pet Connection Center Monday led to a temporary relocation of fifty to fifty-two dogs, who were all back at the facility by Friday morning.
According to William Hill, Nash Health Director, the first sign of trouble was detected over the weekend when a worker found the kennel area "a little warm," but thought little of it because of the very warm temperatures outside.

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