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 FRONT PAGE

Reams to leave elections post
Tracy Reams is leaving her position as Nash County’s Elections Director for a similiar position in Orange County.
Reams has been the director of Nash County Elections for nine years. Her last day will be January 4.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Sammy Drake, an officer with Nashville’s Police Department, was named the Nashville Volunteer Firefighter of the Year at the department’s annual Christmas party. (Graphic photo by Amanda Clark)
Drake named Nashville Firefighter of the Year
A Nashville Police Officer was named the 2007 Firefighter of the Year at Nashville’s annual Christmas Banquet and Awards Ceremony last Saturday night.
Sammy Drake was selected by members of Nashville’s Fire Department as the 2007 Firefighter of the Year. Drake is a former member of the Nashville, Battleboro and Castalia Fire Department. He was voted back in as a volunteer new recruit for Nashville in October 2005 and in December 2006, was promoted to a volunteer firefighter.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nashville Fire receives grant
Nashville’s Fire Department has been approved to receive over $40,000 in grant money from the 2007 State Rescue Grant. The money will be used to complete the department’s equipment requirements of state rescue provider, confined space rescue provider and trench rescue provider.
The $40,160.17 grant is a matching grant. The state will put up $20,080.09, the Town of Nashville will put up $12,500 and the Nashville Fire Auxiliary will contribute the remaining $7,580.08.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Last of focus group meetings are held
The last of Nashville’s focus group meetings were held this month and the results will be presented to Nashville’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force in the coming months.
Three focus group meetings were held in November and four were held in the first two weeks of December. The meetings were held to give Nashville business owners, citizens and other stakeholders the opportunity to voice concerns and opinions on Nashville’s future. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

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Nash Arts receives grant from Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes contributed $4,000 to Nash Arts for a jazz saxophonist to perform for local students.
Gary Smulyan will perform for Spring Hope Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary, Bailey Elementary, Swift Creek Elementary and Middlesex Elementary Schools April 1 through 3. He will also work with Nash Central High School’s Jazz Band and instruct an improvisational class on April 2. On April 3, Smulyan will perform with the Jazz Band. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Nashville woman is kidnapped
A Nashville woman is home after her ex boyfriend kidnapped her and fled to the coast.
According to Sgt. Jeremy Worrell, of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, James Revelle, 38, went to the Woodridge home of Lynn Wright, 43 and kidnapped her at gunpoint.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

ABC store robbed at gunpoint
The ABC Store in Bailey was robbed again on December 18 and the suspect is still on the loose. The store was also robbed on December 7 and police suspect the same person is reponsible for both robberies.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Police investigate murders
Police discovered the bodies of two Rocky Mount women after responding to a breaking and entering Friday morning. A third victim was found and is in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
Rocky Mount Police Officers responded to a possible residential break-in at 1247 Compass Creek Drive. Upon arrival, officers found the bodies of 50-year-old Leona L. Johnson and 44-year-old Deborah M. Scriven. Scriven’s son, Devin, 21, was also found and he was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

 Local News

Creekmore receives Tom Downing Award
Carl Creekmore has been a member of Momeyer’s Ruritan Club since 1964. In the past 22 years, he hasn’t missed a single meeting. Last week during the club’s annual Ladies Night Banquet, Creekmore was honored for his perfect attendance but also for his dedication to the organization by being the recipient of the Tom Downing Award.  More ...
By Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Red Oak MIddle School announces honor rolls
Red Oak Middle School has announced is second six weeks honor roll. More ...

Lynch completes basic training
Air Force Airman Marquiece J. Lynch has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. More ...

Local students make Pitt Community College honor list
The following Rocky Mount residents were named to Pitt Community College’s honor roll for the Fall 2007 semester:  More ...

Mt. Zion FWB Church News
Today is Dec. 19 and I must get my article ready for next week. Everything at the paper works early on the holidays and Christmas. I consider Christmas more than a holiday. It is our savior’s birthday. Do you celebrate it like his birthday or some worldly holiday? Start this year by celebrating it right, a day of praise and thanksgiving to God and his son and our savior. More ...
By ROSALENE BASS

Beulah Community News
This week we have the greatest news that was ever written! It was written and came to pass a long time ago. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and gave him some great news! In Matthew 1:20-21, we read, “Behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” More ...
By WILMA ENROUGHTY

Peachtree Community News
Christmas with all of its hustle and bustle has arrived. Though all of our expectations may not have been fulfilled, the joy that the Christ Child came to bring, is free to all. May you find that Peace. More ...
By BARBARA HARDISON

Ephesus Community News
The Ephesus Women on Missions met in the fellowship hall at Ephesus Church for their annual celebration of Jesus’ birth. The spouses were invited to attend. We all enjoyed dinner together, played games and sang Christmas carols. When we were finished, we had a bag to take home with us. Pam Peele and her committee got us in the right spirit for Christmas. More ...
By LOTTIE LOU DICKENS

 Editorials

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My anti-resolutions for the upcoming year
It’s hard to believe it’s time to flip the calendar again, this time to welcome in 2008.
That can only mean two things — your spray can of cheese from 1992 that is still in your cabinet is finally past its “Best If Used By” date and it’s time for the annual Soapbox Anti-Resolutions.  More ...
Mike Brantley

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Christmas memories of Santa Claus and my dad
As many of you read this, I’m sitting at home waiting for Santa Claus. However, for those of you reading this after Christmas, I’m probably sitting at home playing with all my new toys.  More ...
Amanda Clark

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Thanks for wanting more of the Graphic
It’s hard to believe I’m headed into my 19th year of working in the newspaper business. Over the years, I have experienced numerous events that have been quite humbling, such as back in 1999 during Hurricane Floyd watching rescue workers and local citizens put their lives on the line working diligently to save lives of others who were stranded by the flood waters. And that same day, standing on an overhead bridge, watching flood waters sweep a truck into a deep creek, knowing I couldn’t do anything to help that person. More ...
Jo Anne Cooper

 Sports

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SN IS IN THE HUNT
STANHOPE - Southern Nash trapped Wilson Hunt into a false sense of security during Thursday’s non-conference girls basketball matchup Thursday.
After squandering an opportunity to put the game away in the first quarter, SN head coach Scott Collie began the second frame with a furious 1-3-1 half-court trap that helped the Ladybirds take charge for good.  More ...
By Geoff Neville, Graphic Sportswriter

Tourney time for Nash Co.
ROCKY MOUNT -- In Nash County, it’s the one holiday sports treat most area fans cannot resist -- a taste of NEW 6 Conference basketball in a two-day portion.
That’s what you’ll get beginning Thursday as the annual Nash County Christmas Tournament gets under way at Rocky Mount High School’s Gymnasium.  More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Sportswriter

Knights hire a baseball coach
RED OAK -- Almost one year to the day after Northern Nash signed head football coach Chad Smith, it inked its new baseball coach.
Before schools closed down for the Christmas break, Eddie Loesner signed all the necessary papers last Thursday to become the Knights’ new diamond guru, according to Northern athletic director Dan Richwalski.  More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Sportswriter

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Bulldogs will open Feb. 26
ROCKY MOUNT -- The Nash Central High School Bulldogs will open their 2008 varsity baseball season with a road game on Feb. 26 at Harnett Central in Lillington. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
NCHS’ home opener will be Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. against the Wilson Hunt Warriors.  More ...
From Staff Reports

Mabry powers Gryphons to victory over Hertford
AHOSKIE -- Everyone has been waiting for Rocky Mount star sophomore forward Tashawn Mabry to have that one breakout game.
It came Thursday night, but Gryphon fans would have had to have driven 60 miles or so to have seen it.  More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Sportswriter

NEW-6 schools seek Wachovia honors
CHAPEL HILL -- Since the creation of the NEW 6 3-A Conference, Rocky Mount and Wilson Fike have been fighting it out for overall sports supremacy -- with Fike coming away the winner the first two years of the league’s existence. The Wachovia Cup was the Golden Demons’ reward.  More ...
By Charles Alston, Graphic Sportswriter

 Entertainment

Will Kimbrough to perform at Nash Arts Center January 17
In January one of pop music’s most under appreciated songwriter/artists Will Kimbrough will make a special solo appearance on Thursday, January 17 at the Nash Arts Center, 100 E. Washington St. For tickets to the 8 p.m. show, call 252-459-4734. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members. Amy Loftus will open and Kimbrough will be performing songs from his just released EP and last year’s pop manifesto Americanitis.  More ...
CONTRIBUTED

 Deaths (Updated Daily)

ROGER BANKS KENNEDY
Roger Banks Kennedy, 51, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. He is preceded in death by his parents, Billie Gerald Kennedy and Frances English Kennedy; grandparents, Perry Davis English and Nellie Cooper English, John Banks Kennedy and Mattie Rose Kennedy. More ...

ALLEN RADFORD
Allen Radford, 87, passed away December 19th, 2007. He was born August 23, 1920. He is preceded in death by his wife, Annie Florence Radford. More ...


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