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County manager requests residents use online services

In the interest of safety for residents and county employees, Nash County Manager Zee Lamb is asking citizens to use the county's online services before considering an in-person visit to any of the Nash County facilities.
"We are requesting that residents do business with the county through our services online, over the phone, or by email whenever possible.

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Due to the COVID-19 concerns, all parks under the Nash County's supervision: WB Ennis Memorial Park, Spring Hope Community Park, Bailey/Middlesex Community Park, JW Glover Memorial Park, and Castalia Community Park are closed until at least April 30th.
This includes all playground equipment, restrooms, athletic fields, picnic shelters, basketball courts, and tennis courts.

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NRMS breakfast and lunch pick-up locations

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has added additional locations providing free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under.

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Man charged in RM shooting

Eugene Jenkins, 31, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting incident on March 18, 2020, at the intersection of Lynn Ave and Carlton Ave.
Jenkins was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. He received a $100,000 secured bond and was transported to the Edgecombe County Jail.

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Father, son charged with multiple break-ins
Thomas Ray Edmondson
Father, son charged with multiple break-ins

A Rocky Mount father and son were arrested and charged with multiple breaking and enterings on East NC Highway 97 in Nash County.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office responded to eight calls for service on March 15 and 16. The calls ranged from breaking into storage buildings, residences and vehicles, which also allowed the suspects to commit several larcenies. The suspects were reportedly targeting lawn equipment, appliances and tools.

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NC 2-1-1 provides assistance for COVID-19

Statewide service can refer people to organizations in their community that are helping with health and human service resources
Governor Roy Cooper announced NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community.

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Down East Senior Games postponed

The Down East Senior Games Committee is closely monitoring the situation at hand regarding the growing concern due to the COVID-19. Organziers state, "As always, your safety and health are our first priority."
"Unfortunately, we will have to postpone our games. At this time, North Carolina Senior Games (NCSG) has stated that we have additional time to reschedule events for State Finals qualification."

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The Down East Partnership for Children has compiled a list of resources for food and child care as well as other local and online learning resources. We will keep this updated throughout this pandemic.
The Family First line is still open for parents who have a question or need more information about available resources.

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Tax deadline extended to July 15

The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) announced that they will extend the April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15 for individual, corporate, and franchise taxes to mirror the announced deadline change from the Internal Revenue Service.
"Taxpayers need relief during this difficult time and my administration is bringing it," Governor Roy Cooper said.

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Nash UNC Health Care to perform only priority, urgent and emergent procedures and surgical cases

As part of a nationwide effort to reduce the use of medical supplies, Nash UNC Health Care will begin performing only priority, urgent and emergent procedures and surgical cases. Nash UNC Health Care joins other major healthcare systems in the state and nation in making this very difficult decision.

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U.S. Small Business Administration grants Governor Cooper's request for disaster declaration to support small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration granted Governor Roy Cooper's request for a disaster declaration for small businesses that are suffering economic losses due to the new Coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Nash UNC Health Care Foundation's Blue Jeans & BBQ is rescheduled

Nash UNC Health Care Foundation's Blue Jeans & BBQ scheduled for Friday, April 24th is rescheduled to Friday, September 11th at the Power House, Rocky Mount Mills.
The announcement states, "We have so much planned for our new fundraising event and we look forward to seeing you in September."

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We don't have all the answers
We don't have all the answers

We live in a world that teaches us that we are at the center of whatever success or failure we experience. You know the old saying, "There's nothing you can't accomplish, if you put your mind to it".
That all sounds real good, but it's not true. Actually, it's a form of humanism and we are peppered with it every day. So it's no wonder we often face problems in our own lives with the notion that we can find the solutions.

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Mrs. Johnson, the Librarian of Coopers Elementary School, has been recording book readings on You Tube. If you have a child at home and would like to tune in, the readings are called "Books For Bulldogs" and can be found on Mrs. Johnson's You Tube page at this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0UF_V3MacDNgqEPaaqYpAQ

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Luke's Word for the Week
Luke's Word for the Week

Anytime a natural disaster or pandemic occurs, the same question inevitably comes up, "Is Jesus coming back?"
My response is usually the same, "yes, yes he is coming back". Until Jesus comes back, he is always coming back. We must always be ready, whether conditions look like it or not. Remember what the one who is coming back said concerning his coming back (Acts 1:7).

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"So much has happened in our world in just one week. We are further restricted from social contact and our community fellowship of the church has been severely interrupted; all of which I condone and feel is absolutely necessary to contain this insidious virus. We indeed live in very different and strange times.
As I studied this week, my thoughts were drawn over and over to verse 14 from 2 Chronicles 7:

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Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook
Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook

Everyone should be responsible for the stray dogs that are in your area, especially if you take pity on it and start feeding it. At that point, you are starting to become the owner. Now remember, please, that a stray dog may have an owner. They may have taken off on an adventure. There are several things you must/should do.

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