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Rocky Mount man charged with kidnapping his child

A man was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping his three-month-old baby.
Rocky Mount Police responded to 760 Ravenwood Drive last Thursday, January 16 in reference to a breaking and entering in progress call. Upon arrival, officers made contact with Laquana Whitaker. Whitaker told officers that Jerry Mark Stevens II had taken their three-month-old baby.

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RMPD investigates shooting on Gold Rock/Greyson Roads

Rocky Mount Police are investigating a shooting that occurred at the intersection of Gold Rock Road and Greyson Road.
Police were called to a shooting with injury call around 4:50 p.m. last Thursday, January 16.
Responding officers located Keivon Bullock, 19, of Rocky Mount, at the location and rendered aid until Nash County EMS could arrive. Bullock was transported to Nash Health Care for further treatment.

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NC Wildlife Commission to hold public hearing tonight

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing in Rocky Mount on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. to accept comments on proposed changes to agency regulations related to wildlife management, inland fisheries and game lands for the 2020-2021 seasons. The public hearing will be held at Nash Community College at 522 N. Old Carriage Rd. in Rocky Mount.

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A Warrant served was reported on 1/17/20 at Jackson Way
A larceny was reported on 1/13/20 at 137 Nashville Commons Drive
A damage to property (Vandalism) was reported on 1/15/20 at 611 Cockrell Street

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORTS

Found property was reported on 1/12/20 at 1605 Wiley Road
A possession of heroin, maintaining a place for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia was reported on 1/12/20 at 12352 Oak Avenue
A flee to elude, resisting a public officer and carrying a concealed weapon was reported on 1/12/20 at Church Street and US 64

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS

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

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Southern Nash Senior Center hosts first recognition
Southern Nash Senior Center hosts first recognition

The Southern Nash Senior Center hosted its first recognition social last Wedesday, January 15.
Home delivered meals volunteers were recognized for their service of five years or more.
"This event celebrated our volunteers who serve on the Bailey, Middlesex and Samaria routes beginning at five years," said Wendy Perry, Senior Services Coordinator. "Many were recognized for serving several years, reaching up to 22 years and more."

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Science on Stage
Science on Stage

Carla Robinson, Science Program Educator for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, recently presented a program, "Science on Stage, to students at Cedar Grove Elementary School. The presentation included interactive experiments and demonstrations and concluded with an experiment that demonstrated an explosive chemical reaction of colorful foam.

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Rocky Mount business has record year for  annual Toys for Tots donations
Rocky Mount business has record year for annual Toys for Tots donations

AgCarolina Farm Credit announced a record donation of toys from members and employees for local needy children. Over 1,300 toys were collected in the fifth year of AgCarolina's participation in the toy drive.
The Toys for Tots campaign began in September 2019 in conjunction with member appreciation events held at AgCarolina Farm Credit's twelve branches in eastern North Carolina.

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ENGAGED
ENGAGED

Scott and Diana Langston, of Rocky Mount, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Katherine Langston, to Mason Nemar Smith, of Richfield. He is the son of Bryan and Michelle Smith, of Richfield. A June 13, 2020 wedding is planned at Sunset Avenue Baptist Church.

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Nash-Rocky Mount Junior Garden Club
Nash-Rocky Mount Junior Garden Club

Members of the Nash-Rocky Mount Junior Garden Club delivered homemade Christmas ornaments and sang Christmas carols at the Rocky Mount Covenant Homes prior to the holiday. Pictured, Mrs. May, a resident, welcomes the members.

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Mu Chapter, NC Delta Kappa Gamma
Mu Chapter, NC Delta Kappa Gamma

Rhiannon Rains Holloman (right), Mu Chapter, NC Delta Kappa Gamma Program Chairman, introduced Chad Thompson (left), NRMS Executive Director of Secondary Education and CTE. Mr. Thompson spoke to the Chapter about alternatives to traditional schools.

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Dunn Center for the Performing Arts receives gift
Dunn Center for the Performing Arts receives gift

The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts recently received a gift from the late John J. Ferebee, Sr. This gift will be held as an endowment fund to be used for the annual costs of maintenance and upkeep of The Dunn Center.
John J. Ferebee, Sr., who passed away on October 7, 2019, was the previous Board of Trustees Vice Chairman for North Carolina Wesleyan College and a recipient of the College's prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. His son, John "Jett" Ferebee is a current member of the College's Board of Trustees.

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Scholarships available

The Caswell Center Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of up to three $1,000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic school year. To qualify, applicants must be a rising college senior or working towards a graduate degree with an Allied Health, Education or Psychology major in one of the following areas:

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

Millions of dogs are stolen every year, with only about 10 percent recovered, according to one report. Why? Money usually. Some steal to resell as pets but also for fighting rings or medical research. There are also cases of theft for rewards, then if not seen/offered, they dump elsewhere or resell. That is why we must be proactive by not putting dogs outside to potty by themselves, especially in front yards. If you don't have a fence, safer to walk on a lead or at least be there with them. Accidents happen, some dogs escape their yards, but some things can be prevented. It is said that around 50% of theft occurs on your own property.

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A music lesson I will never forget
A music lesson I will never forget

"It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High." (Psalms 92:1)
My wife and I share a common love for Southern Gospel music. In fact, we loved it so much that we once worked with our church to bring Southern Gospel artists to Griffin years ago. Besides the cost of our devotions ministry, we also sponsored four Southern Gospel concerts a year.

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

What follows is Part 2 of an excerpt from a sermon I preached to the community of saints at Nashville UMC on December 22. Though the Christmas season is over, I would encourage us to always reflect on the characters of Christmas and in this case, Mary the mother of Jesus. Enjoy and may you be filled with the Spirit!

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RED OAK NEWS
RED OAK NEWS

Everyone had a great time Saturday, January 18 with Kathy Gould, missionary to Ukraine! Kathy led a Children's Ministry Workshop at the North Roanoke Baptist Association Office with over 30 in attendance. She leads workshops like this with children's leaders in Ukraine, especially with Sunday School leaders as that is her passion. Kathy shared a lot of exciting information and ideas to make learning exciting for children and to involve the children.

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SANDY CROSS NEWS
SANDY CROSS NEWS

The Southern Nash High School Band is having a raffle ticket fundraiser. Tickets are $1.00 each with the drawings for the following prizes: First prize - 50" LG4K UHD HDR Smart TV; Second prize - $150.00 cash; Third prize - 8 qt. Power Quick Pot Air Fryer. Drawing will be held at half-time of the final home basketball game. Winner does not have to be present to win. All proceeds go to the SNHS Band.

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS
PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

Peachtree members welcomed a new Sunday with excitement and praise to God. God is good.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Lynn and David Griffin in loving memory of Jonathan Kerby Griffin.

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After Care Ministry
After Care Ministry

Red Oak United Methodist Church's After Care Ministry adopted families for Christmas, providing over $5,259 in gifts to families in the Red Oak, Swift Creek and Cedar Grove communities.

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NEW MEMBER
NEW MEMBER

Bethel Heroes Chapter 636 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy welcomed new member Juanita Anderson (center) at a recent meeting. Presenting her certificate were Edith Whitby, (at left) President and Donna Boykin (at right), Registrar of Bethel Heroes.

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TAR RIVER COMPOSITE SQUADRON
Cadet Technical Sergeant Luke Wilfong focuses on working through a problem at the training session on 20 October 2019. Wilfong landed an internship at his high school in Rocky Mount through skills he learned in the program.
TAR RIVER COMPOSITE SQUADRON

ELM CITY - Cadets from Tar River Composite Squadron recently competed in CyberPatriot XII, the twelfth edition of the Air Force Association's annual cyber security competition, and currently the nation's largest cyber defense competition with nearly 7000 teams competing across the country.
According to the CyberPatriot website, "CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future."

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Nash Community College announces Nurse Aide grads
Nurse Aide 1 Graduates
Nash Community College announces Nurse Aide grads

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Nash Community College held a recognition ceremony honoring students completing Nurse Aide I and Nurse Aide II training. The event was held in Brown Auditorium.
Nurse Aide I students, upon graduation, are equipped with basic nursing skills to provide care for patients, residents, and clients in a health care setting.

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ECU awards scholarships
Emily Griffin of Nashville receives the Gayle Morgan Shearer Endowment Fund.
ECU awards scholarships

East Carolina University's College of Education awarded scholarships to more than 100 students, including two from Edgecombe County and five from Nash County, for the 2019-20 academic year.
Students from Tarboro and their awards are: Hannah Dixon, J. Worth Carter Scholarship and H. Frances Daniels Scholarship; and Mary Warren, Polly Mason Strickland Education Scholarship.

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