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NFD now heavy rescue certified
Last week was a good week for the Nashville Fire Department as the department received good news on two separate occasions.
The department was recognized and certified as a Heavy Rescue Provider by the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services. According to Chief Tim Pope, the department has been working hard over the last few years to gain the certification.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Bailey man is killed in accident
A Bailey man was killed in an eight-vehicle accident on I-40 in Raleigh Friday afternoon.
Forty-three-year-old Nemeth Sanders, of Bailey, was in one of the eight vehicles involved in the accident on I-40, which sent five to the hospital. Sanders was killed instantly. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer - 1 opinion posted

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WASHING CARS FOR BOOKS
Nash County 4-H youth and volunteers held a car wash on Friday, July 27 at the former Joyner’s Grocery, which is in the process of being renovated to house the Harold D. Cooley Library. All proceeds from the car wash were donated to the Nashville Library. More ...

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Progress underway at Harold Cooley Library
Just a few more months to go and Nashville residents will be enjoying the town’s new Harold D. Cooley Library on Church Street.
Ann Collier, of Oakley Collier Architects, said the project is moving along nicely, with no major delays so far. “Everything is moving right along (and) on schedule,” Collier said. “Everything has actually moved very easily and very well so far.”  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

U.S. House passes 2007 Farm Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2007 Farm Bill last week and Nash County agriculture supporters say the bill is a plus for Nash County farmers.
“It’s better than I expected really,” said Charlie Tyson, County Extension Director. “It continues to provide stability for cotton production. That’s important in Nash County.”  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nashville man is robbed
A Nashville man’s throat was cut following a robbery on South Halifax Road last Tuesday morning. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer - 1 opinion posted

Stratton to leave Carolina Partnership
Jeremy Stratton, Vice President of the Carolina Gateway Partnership, will leave his position in August to take on a position with the City of Danville, Virginia.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Winner, Carpenter unite in marriage
MACCLESFIELD – Lisa Michelle Winner and Christopher Jason Carpenter were married at 6 p.m. June 16, 2007, in an outdoor ceremony at Strickland Farms. Rev. Steven Narron performed the ceremony. More ...

Teen’s essay honors grandfather, wins top honors
A Nash County native was honored by his granddaughter recently in a special essay that led to her laying a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. More ...

Matthews earns Masters at NCSU College of Managment
Ashley Adaire Matthews recently earned a Masters Accounting (MAC) from NCSU College of Management.  More ...

Local Cub Scout Pack seeks new members
Cub Scout Pack 76 is looking for new members for the upcoming Cub Scout year to “Do Your Best” to have fun and learn. The Cub Scout program is open to boys age 7-10. More ...

Avada opens office in Nashville
Avada Audiology & Hearing Care now has a Nashville location at 101 Triangle Court, Suite B. Jeff Hartney is the Hearing Instrument Specialist and Joyce House, the Patient Care Co-ordinator. More ...

 Editorials

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Dumb criminals - their fame without fortune
Ever wonder why so many publications, TV and radio shows and websites have “Dumb Criminal News”?
Mostly because it is the dumb criminals who get caught, as many in law enforcement like to say.
It has been awhile since the Soapbox published a good old collection of stories about folks who got their 15 minutes of fame without the fortune.  More ...
Mike Brantley

Donors Choose organization asks for tax-free savings to be sent to school of your choice
It’s almost August, and that means it’s time for North Carolina’s tax-free holiday weekend. This year, the 48-hour shop-a-thon event takes place from Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5. As in previous years, this means the state sales and use tax, and any applicable local sales and use tax, are not imposed on items such as clothing, accessories – and more importantly – school supplies. More ...
Letter to the Editor:

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Pit Bulls - don’t ban the breed, ban the deed
The sport of dog fighting disgusts me. It disgusts me to read about it in history books and it disgusts me now. My feelings on the latest headlines of quarterback Michael Vick are too harsh to even put in this article. More ...
Amanda Clark - 1 opinion posted

 Sports

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Birchwood edges Roanoke Valley in youth swim action
NASHVILLE - When Melissa and Mike Bradsher helped re-energize the Birchwood Country Club Swim Team in 2005, they had only 12 kids to work with.
Birchwood’s burgeoning program is now 65 swimmers strong, and the club racked up its first victory in over five years last Thursday against Roanoke Valley. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

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Nash Rec closes regular season at perfect 6-0
NASHVILLE -- Another year, another regular season championship for the Nash Rec Swim Team.
Nash Rec clinched its crown -- and finished off the campaign with an unbeaten record -- by defeating Westridge 511-359 last Thursday at the Nash Rec Pool.
Nash Rec will carry a 6-0 mark into this Saturday’s Nash-Halifax Swim League Tournament at the Roanoke Rapids Aquatic Center. Westridge is 4-2. More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

East-West coaches released
GREENSBORO -- Here is the complete list of coaches for the 2008 East-West All-Star Games. For more on Nash County’s Brian Foster, Pam Gainey and Mike Gainey, see the story on page 13. More ...
From Staff Reports

Carolina Mudcats lose a pitcher’s duel
ZEBULON -- A brilliant first start for Carolina Mudcats (17-20) pitcher Chris Volstad was spoiled in the eighth inning, amounting to a 3-1 Jacksonville Suns (26-11) victory at Five County Stadium Sunday in a Class AA Southern League baseball event. More ...
From Staff Reports

Northern’s Joyner committed to ECU
RED OAK -- Last year at this time, Northern Nash’s Tyler Joyner had his mind on football as the Knights kicked off their practice season. He played middle linebacker. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

Nash coaches nab honors
GREENSBORO -- Rocky Mount’s Pam Gainey and Mike Gainey, and Southern Nash’s Brian Foster have all been tapped by the N.C. Coaches Association to coach high school All-Star teams next year. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

Nash Babe Ruth All-Stars shine again
NASH COUNTY -- For the fourth straight year, Nash County is home to the Babe Ruth 14-year-old baseball state champion. More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Correspondent

Canes offer ticket plans
RALEIGH -- Kyle Prairie, director of ticket sales for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, has announced the team’s mini-season ticket plans for the 2007-08 season. Partial season ticket plan-holders can opt for a 24-game plan, or choose between three different 10-game plans. More ...
From Staff Reports

Godwin extended by ECU
GREENVILLE -- The East Carolina University Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract extension and a $10,000 annual raise for Billy Godwin, head coach of the ECU baseball team. More ...
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Nash Co. has strong summer
NASHVILLE -- The Nash County Parks and Recreation Department’s tennis team closed its regular season action with the following matches: More ...
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NC Wesleyan announces new HOF
ROCKY MOUNT -- Since 1999, North Carolina Wesleyan College has honored 33 former athletes, administrators, teams and coaches by enshrining them in its Hall of Fame.  More ...
From Staff Reports

 Entertainment

GUITARS & FRIENDS
The musical phenomena known as Guitars & Friends returns to Nash Arts on Saturday, August 11th at 7 p.m. Guitars & Friends is a group of local singer-songwriter-musicians who cover a wide variety of musical styles. More ...

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

WANDA LANDRUM
NASHVILLE – Wanda “Beckie” Landrum, 39, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Funeral services were held July 28 at Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Vernon Potter officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. More ...

J.D. WILLIAMS
J.D. “Jack” Williams, 75, died Monday, July 16, 2007. Funeral services were held July 19 at Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. More ...

JIMMY SESSOMS
NASHVILLE – Jimmy Elzo Sessoms, 69, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Funeral services were to be held today (Wednesday, Aug. 1) at 11 a.m. at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John Church cemetery. More ...

THADDEUS BROWN
NASHVILLE – Thaddeus E. “Spooky” Brown, 65, died Friday, July 27, 2007. Funeral services were held July 31 at the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas McCullers officiating. Burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery. More ...

JAMES ROSSER
HOLLISTER – James O. “J.B.” Rosser, 66, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Funeral services were held July 28 at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Richardson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. More ...

WILLIAM VINES
ROCKY MOUNT – William “Mig” Vines, 71, died Monday, July 23, 2007. Funeral services were held July 29 at the Richardson Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery. More ...

BRUCE BATTLE
NASHVILLE – Bruce Battle, 44, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Funeral services were held on July 28 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Percy Silver officiating. Burial followed in the Oakland Cemetery. More ...

IVA LEONARD HARRIS
NASHVILLE - Iva Leonard Harris, 88, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Iva was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.  More ...


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