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Utility rate increase letter to be mailed to Nashville customers

Utility customers in Nashville will soon receive a letter explaining rate and fee increases that will go into effect July 1.
Council members were not in agreement about everything that needed to be included in the letter, however.
A draft letter was brought before council members on Tuesday night. The draft letter informed customers of the changes in the town's fee schedule.

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NCPS breaks ground for new elementary school

On Wednesday morning last week, Nash County Public Schools (NCPS) held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Red Oak Elementary School. Situated behind the current Red Oak Elementary School, the new school will merge students from Cedar Grove, Swift Creek, and Red Oak elementary schools onto one large campus. The current 12,300-square-foot gymnasium will continue to serve the new school after a partial renovation and a 1,900-square-foot new addition.

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Town of Nashville applies for building reuse grant

The Town of Nashville is applying for a grant with hopes of helping a local business expand.
Council members approved submitting an application to the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Building Reuse Grant for "Project ANF Building Renovation."

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Rocky Mount gang member receives prison sentence

A Rocky Mount man was sentenced recently to 144 months in prison for possessing a firearm while on post-release supervision for a prior federal felony. This sentence is the result of a federal jury convicting Kalid Koron Ocean-Avent, 24, on a charge of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon on January 26, 2021.
According to court documents and other information presented in court, Ocean-Avent, a member of the 9-Trey Bloods in Rocky Mount, led Rocky Mount Police Officers on a high-speed car chase through a residential neighborhood on January 16, 2020.

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Arrest made in Rocky Mount homicide

On June 13, 2021, Anthony Horne, a 19-year-old male, was charged and arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery and first degree murder of Derrick Anthony Bryant, a 53-year-old male, who was fatally shot in the 600 block of Park Ave., Rocky Mount on June 11.

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Warrant for service (4) were reported on 6/7/21 at 100 N. Boddie St., Nashville
Felony larceny was reported on 6/11/21 at 10555 Christian Rd., Wilson
Obtain property by false pretense was reported on 6/11/21 at 11005 Walker Lane, Whitakers

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A larceny was reported on 6/1/21 at 800 E. Washington Street
A larceny was reported on 6/2/21 at 1022 Eastern Avenue

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Local students selected for Golden Leaf Foundation scholarships

The Golden LEAF Foundation has announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship, including four in Nash County.
Students will receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university.

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Expanded COVID-19 screening launched for K-12 schools

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching an expanded COVID-19 screening testing program to support public, charter and private K-12 schools in protecting students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. The program will launch in fall 2021 and schools can register to participate beginning in early July.

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NCPS names top 2021-2022 educators

Top educators, administrators, board of education members and community partners traditionally gather at Rose Hill Conference Center to honor various Nash County Public School educators, however for the last two years the annual event has taken on new twists.
As with many other traditional mass gatherings, the normal celebration over a meal and awards ceremony had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 related restrictions on such events.

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Donors needed now to address delays in patient care

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise - and deplete the nation's blood inventory. Donors of all blood types - especially type O and those giving platelets - are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.

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John-Paul Brown and Fahlon Brown to Ronald A. Gifford and Donna J. Gifford; 202 East Elm Street; $263,000
Mary Katherine Seawell, Latisha A. Warren and Tachianna Chebre Warren to Latisha A. Warren, Tachianna Chebre Warren and Mary Katherine Seawell; 4700 Periwinkle Place;

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6/16/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nashville Baptist Church, 512 E Washington St
6/21/2021: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sandy Cross United Methodist Church, 3725 Sandy Cross Road

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William N. Locke, 4328 Ryans Rd; addition (covered); $14,500
Randy Manning, 981 Breedlove Rd; new single family; $265,000

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Rocky Mount water customers asked to conserve water

As of Tuesday, June 1, Voluntary Water Conservation Stage I is now in effect. During this stage of voluntary water conservation, the City of Rocky Mount asks all water customers to be mindful of their water usage and to conserve when possible.
The North Carolina Department of Water Resources requires the city to release 80 cubic feet per second or approximately 52 million gallons of water per day from the Tar River Reservoir, which is the city's primary source of water.

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Turn to God's word for help
Turn to God's word for help

Several years ago, I had a meeting in Washington, D.C. and heard a surprisingly honest and sincere speech by then Ohio Congressman, John Kasich.
It's been a while so you may not remember Kasich when he was in Washington. He was a nine-term Congressman and became Chairman of the House Budget Committee when the Republicans gained control of Congress in 1994.

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Intersections: God and Life
Intersections: God and Life

What we believe about the Bible is absolutely crucial. Whether we've never read it or read it every day, each of us must make up our own mind regarding this amazing book. Some people think that since it was written by many different, imperfect men, it must, therefore, contain errors.
Others believe it's outdated and irrelevant because it was written so long ago.

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This past Sunday, Kingdom International Church honored graduates in the service. Children's Pastor Cindy Lamm and Assistant Brenda Braswell presented Pre-School, Pre-K and Kindergarten graduates with Bibles imprinted with their names. The group, with the help of other Children's Church Kids, performed a mime for the congregation. Well done! Youth Pastor Grant McGlothlin presented the High School and College graduates with journals, after which Pastor Daniel Moss gave the morning message.

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Holy and Whole: Patterns for Life Together
Holy and Whole: Patterns for Life Together

Each person has their own idea, or imagination, of what God is like.
For many people, whether they realize it or not, this idea comes from how we view our earthly fathers. Hence, the role of a father in a home is vital for cultivating a healthy view of God, and the lack of a godly father in a home can be detrimental to the well being of a child, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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Peachtree Baptist Church members came to church Sunday morning at 9:45am to start their second Sunday in a Sunday School Gathering. Jerry Hobgood led the service. His devotional was 1 John 2:17. At 10:00am Sunday School started. It is so wonderful to be back with everyone in Sunday School. Peachtree is getting back to their regular schedule.

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Congratulations to Eleanor and Elin Conner who were baptized at Red Oak Baptist Church on Sunday, June 13!
Ronnie Dickens has felt the call to serve God through preaching the Word for some time. Last Sunday, June 13, Ronnie was officially licensed to preach the gospel by Red Oak Baptist Church! The licensing ceremony took place during the morning worship service. May God continue to bless Ronnie through his ministry!

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Local student graduates from Princeton University
Local student graduates from Princeton University

Mr. Kenneth Willow Cheston and Mrs. Melissa Kaufman Cheston announce the graduation of their daughter, Emily Willow Cheston, from Princeton University. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in African American Studies.
Emily is a graduate of Rocky Mount Academy and a Turner W. Battle Scholar.

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Local educator named principal in Halifax County
Local educator named principal in Halifax County

The Halifax County Board of Education approved the superintendent's reccomendation of Linda Cooper for the position of Principal at Enfield Middle STEAM Academy.
A press release from Halifax County notes, "Cooper has 23 years of experience in education.

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North Carolina's egg prices were higher on large, lower on extra large and medium, steady on small when compared to last week. Supplies of extra large were heavy, large moderate, while medium were fairly light to meet a moderate demand. The North Carolina weighted average price quoted Thursday, June 10, for small lot sales of delivered, cartoned, grade "A" eggs was 105.07 for Extra Large, 102.34 for Large, 87.35 for Medium, and 82.00 for Small eggs.

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