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Dominion proceeds with pipeline

Dominion Energy has agreed to reroute a natural gas pipeline in the Red Oak area but has decided against a request to reroute in Nashville.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline filed an initial draft of Resource Reports last month. The reports detail the project and include information about numerous route variations that were included and either incorporated or not incorporated.
Dominion announced in September a partnership with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources to build and own a natural gas pipeline.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nash now ranked as tier one county

Nash County is among nine counties whose tier rankings will change in the New Year.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce recenlty released the county tier designations for 2015. The designations are mandated by state law and determine a variety of funding opportunities to assist in economic development.
“No matter where you live in North Carolina our goal is to spark economic development and enhance job opportunities all across the state,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.

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CHRISTMAS FUN

Nashville Elementary students perform, under the direction of Mandy Lamm, to “William Tell Overture” using parachutes during the school’s holiday event just prior to Christmas.

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Sheriff’s Dept. extends hours

The Nash County Sheriff’s Office will be open one Saturday a month, starting January 17, 2015.
According to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone, the Sheriff’s Office will open on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.
The expanded hours are an effort to provide a better quality of service to the citizens of Nash County.

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NPD SPOTLIGHT

Officer Name: Derek S. Soyka
Number of years in law enforcement: I was just sworn for the first time on December 19th 2014.
Where are you from: I was originally born in Texas, my family moved early on to Michigan were they are originally from, and when I was about 9 years old we moved to Colorado, there I stayed until August 2013 when I moved to North Carolina with my fiancé and son.

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COURTHOUSE HEALING

Church on the Rise recently hosted a healing event, titled “A New View,” on the Nash County Courthouse steps last Tuesday. Though the day was cold and misty, members of the church’s new choir, the Selah! Community Choir and dance team, Undignified, came out to perform songs and dance to offer healing to the community, specifically Downtown Nashville, following a shooting on the courthouse steps in October.

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 Local News

NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A larceny was reported on 12/22/14 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue
A fraud - credit card/ATM - was reported on 12/23/14 at 6730 N NC Highway 58
A simple assault was reported on 12/26/14 at 815 S Alston Street

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS

A breaking, entering and larceny was reported on 12/23/14 at 4222 Irwin Isle
An assault on a female was reported on 12/23/14 at 2855 Highway 561
A robbery with a dangerous weapon was reported on 12/23/14 at 10067 Main Street
A possession of drug paraphernalia and heroin was reported on 12/24/14 at 10601 E NC 97

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from December 22 through 26
Building Permit (Residential)
Jimmy Womble; 3805 N Browntown Road; detached accessory; $10,000

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A “Cardinal” Christmas!, 1

Nashville Elementary students perform Christmas songs from around the world while directed by Mandy Lamm. The event took place just before the Christmas holiday and was entitled “Your Boarding Pass to a Trip Around the World Courtesy of Cardinal Airlines” featuring several holiday songs and presentations.

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Graphic photos by Jo Anne Cooper

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A “Cardinal” Christmas!, 2

Nashville Elementary students perform Christmas songs from around the world while directed by Mandy Lamm. The event took place just before the Christmas holiday and was entitled “Your Boarding Pass to a Trip Around the World Courtesy of Cardinal Airlines” featuring several holiday songs and presentations.

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A “Cardinal” Christmas!, 3

Nashville Elementary students perform Christmas songs from around the world while directed by Mandy Lamm. The event took place just before the Christmas holiday and was entitled “Your Boarding Pass to a Trip Around the World Courtesy of Cardinal Airlines” featuring several holiday songs and presentations.

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National Shop Small Day

Nashville’s downtown merchants held an open house on Saturday, November 29th, which was also National Shop Small Day.  Pictured above is Jill Boone, Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board Member and business owner, and Charles Taylor, Nashville Town Council Member.

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SHOPPING LOCALLY PAYS OFF!

Nashville’s downtown merchants held an open house on Saturday, November 29th, which was also National Shop Small Day. Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce sponsored a drawing giving away two shopping sprees to Nashville businesses. Winners of the certificates were Louise Wilson and Joyce Williams (pictured above).

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FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE

Nashville’s Chamber of Commerce hosts its First Friday Coffee each month at The Nashville Exchange in downtown Nashville. Autumn Care of Nashville sponsored the December event. Pictured above, left to right, Nancy Cantu and Karen Sparrow of Autumn Care chat with Lynn Walker of Faith Christian Ministries. The next First Friday Coffee  will take place on Friday, February 6.

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Swift Creek Elementary School announces honor students

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System has released its Honor Roll and Principal’s List recipients.

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Nash Health Care operating room nurses recently spent their Saturday offering local students a unique educational experience by taking them behind the scenes and showing them how operating room nurses prepare for patients.
NHCS provides “behind the scene” experience for local students

PeriOperative nurses and health care professionals at Nash Health Care provided a unique, behind-the-scenes educational experience for local health science students, inviting them to go “Behind the Red Line” to examine the various duties and responsibilities of health care professionals who work in the operating room.

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Honor Lists announced at Southern Nash High School

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System has released its Honor Roll and Principal’s List recipients.

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SNMS releases honor lists

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System has released its Honor Roll and Principal’s List recipients.

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Nash and Franklin County 4-H

The combined team members from Nash and Franklin County 4-H recently represented North Carolina at the National 4-H Poultry Judging competition in Louisville, Kentucky.  The team placed fifth overall in the national contest.  Nash County’s Michaela Vick placed as the second high individual in Production Hens leading the team to place third overall in the Production Hens division.

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Tar River Academy honor lists

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System has released its Honor Roll and Principal’s List recipients.

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Spring Hope Elementary releases honor lists for first six weeks

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System has released its Honor Roll and Principal’s List recipients.

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

Christmas has come and gone.  It was a wonderful season.  Many families were able to be together and share memories.  The joy of families being together is one of the great gifts of Christmas.
On Sunday morning Peachtree folks gathered for worship.  In the absence of Pastor Whitehouse the sermon was delivered by the Rev. Tom Eldridge.  His sermon was titled, “He Knows Your name”.

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BARBARA HARDISON

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Word for the week

Big changes were in store for God’s people. Moses, their faithful leader for forty years, came to the end of his term of service. Changes like this promote fear. We dislike the unknown. What would the people do without Moses?
At the change of command ceremony, God gave Joshua and the people a promise to remember. “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you.

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DENNIS PRUTOW

Nash County Blood Drives for January 2015

Friday, January 2 from 12 until 4 p.m. at Parkwood Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Hill Road, Rocky Mount
Friday, January 2 from 2 until 7 p.m. at Petsmart, 1462 Jeffries Road, Rocky Mount
Tuesday January 6 from 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church Street, Rocky Mount
Tuesday January 6 from 3 until 7 p.m. at the Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, 7951 Red Oak Boulevard, Red Oak

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Nash County residents named to ECU honor list

East Carolina University recently recognized students named to its Honors Lists, including Nash County residents.

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Rocky Mount High announces honor lists for first semester

The Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System has released its Honor Roll and Principal’s List recipients.

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Locals graduate from East Carolina University

Nash County residents are among those who graduated from East Carolina University during the Fall 2014 semester.

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Sharpsburg Finance Officer recognized

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) recently recognized Lenessa Hawkins, Finance Officer, Town of Sharpsburg who completed the Leading for Results course as an LGFCU Fellow at the University of North Carolina, School of Government.
A select group of individuals were chosen to represent future leadership in North Carolina local government.

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 Editorials

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It’s time for 2015 New Year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year of renewal, revamping, and excitement. That’s right, with the end of the year upon us, it’s time for the television series “Justified” to return soon.
I’ll admit a soft spot, a vice even, for Elmore Leonard short stories, especially “Fire in the Hole,” upon which “Justified” is based. It is also a Southern series without the cornpone accents and stereotypes.

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Mike Brantley - 1 opinion posted

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I’m anxiously looking forward to a new year!

It’s really hard to believe that 2015 is here. Even though I’m more than ready to say goodbye to 2014, it was a super fast year.
Most people are probably working on their New Year’s resolutions right about now.
I admit, I am planning on making a few resolutions this year. But, I will also admit that making New Year’s resolutions doesn’t typically go well for me. So, I’m taking it slow and if I don’t start on my resolutions in the New Year, then that’s okay.

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Amanda Clark

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Looking back as we move ahead into 2015

I have looked at the calendar numerous times trying to figure out just how this year got away from me so fast! I really do believe there were more hours in a day twenty years ago!
Nonetheless, 2014 will fade out of sight and we’ll welcome in 2015 today. Even though it seems 2014 rushed by us, it brought some good times and sad times.

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Jo Anne Cooper

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Backward Glances

FOR THE BIRDS –– This photo was originally published in The Graphic on January 27, 1977. Members of Nashville Brownie Scout Troop 474 became concerned about the welfare of birds during the cold weather. So in order to make food gathering a bit easier for their feathered friends, the girls began a project preparing food for the birds.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

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WON’T BE DENIED. Nash Central’s Michaela Nelms (with ball) drives for a basket during the Lady Bulldogs’ last-second victory over Clayton last Saturday afternoon at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament in Johnston County.
NOISE CANCELED

CLEVELAND -- Maybe it was the noise-canceling abilities of an energetic crowd enjoying a furious finish to a hard-fought matchup.
Or maybe Terri Cash’s high-pitched pleas, however vocal, weren’t able to travel across the floor at the Cleveland High School Gymnasium.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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STICKY DEFENSE. Southern Nash High School’s Leah Ruffin (right) stays close to West Johnston point guard Nadia Blevins during last Saturday’s first-round contest at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament in Johnston County.
Southern Stopped By Wildcats

CLEVELAND -- Last Saturday’s first-round matchup between Southern Nash and West Johnston was destined to provide a feel-good moment at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament in Johnston County.
SN and West Johnston entered the contest with a combined one victory -- and that came earlier in the campaign for the Lady Wildcats.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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NOT JOSH-ING YOU. Nash Central’s Josh Mullins makes a strong move to the basket during last Saturday’s tournament matchup against the Clayton HS Comets.
Bulldogs bested at tourney

CLEVELAND -- For one half, Nash Central provided the proper blueprint for a potential victory against Clayton in the opening round of the Cleveland Classic Christmas Basketball Tournament.
The red-hot Bulldogs broke past the first line of defense in Clayton’s half-court trap and found open players spotting up for 3-pointers along the wing.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Wesleyan edged by NC A&T

GREENSBORO -- North Carolina Wesleyan College returned to men’s hoops action on Sunday with a tightly-contested matchup at Division I North Carolina A&T University.
The Bishops dropped the game by a 58-54 score and now stand at 6-4 overall. All four of Wesleyan’s losses have come by five points or less this season.

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Staff Reports

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READY TO POUNCE. Southern Nash’s Marquise Wright has his eyes on the ball during last Saturday afternoon’s decision over West Johnston at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament.
Birds Blast Wildcats

CLEVELAND -- Southern Nash is off to its best boys basketball start in recent memory -- and the Firebirds headed to Johnston County last Saturday to prove their strong record is no fluke.
Southern kept its momentum going by roaring past West Johnston in the opening round of the Cleveland Classic Christmas Basketball Tournament.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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COLORFUL DAY. Kim Sanford was doused with multi-colored corn starch as part of the Color Youth Feathers 5-K Turkey Trot. The event was held in November at the Red Oak Middle School Cross Country Course. Over 75 runners and walkers participated.
Truly A Fun Run

RED OAK -- The dreary fall landscape received a much-needed dash of color -- many of them, to be exact -- during the Color Your Feathers 5-K Turkey Trot in November at the Red Oak Middle School Cross Country Course.
The event was co-organized by Red Oak Middle/Northern Nash High School XC coach Jeff Dodrill and local distance running enthusiast Tracy Proctor.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

NCWC reaches out to community

ROCKY MOUNT -- The North Carolina Wesleyan College Department of Athletics exemplified the spirit of giving in the month of December by collecting over $400 to provide Christmas gifts for area needy families.
Battling Bishop student-athletes and staff members, who titled their project “One Dollar, One Present, One Merry Christmas,” adopted a pair of infant twins for the holidays, donating their own money to provide diapers, clothing and toys for the families.

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Staff Reports

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AARON ELEVATES

Nash Central’s Aaron Spivey (right) goes up for a jumper for the Bulldogs during last Saturday afternoon’s setback against the Clayton Comets at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament.

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DRAWING A CROWD

Clayton’s Auston Norton (middle) tries to escape a trio of Nash Central defenders during last Saturday’s action at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Basketball Tournament.

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GO BETWEEN

Southern Nash’s Destiny Burgess (middle) tries to work her way through a pair of West Johnston defenders to gain possession during last Saturday’s game at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament.

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LOOKING FOR A LANE

Southern Nash’s Destiny Burgess drives into the paint during last Saturday’s tournament loss against West Johnston High School.

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MULLINS ON A MISSION

Nash Central’s Josh Mullins (with ball) makes a strong move for a bucket during last Saturday’s loss to Clayton at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Tournament.

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TAHJ TERRIFIC

Southern Nash’s Tahj Deans scores in the paint for the Firebirds as part of last Satruday’s triumph over West Johnston in the opening round of the Cleveland Classic Christmas Basetball Tournament at Cleveland High School in Johnston County.

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TIME FOR TWO

Southern Nash’s Marquise Wright (right) delivers a basket during last Saturday afternoon’s tournament victory against West Johnston.

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VICTORY LANE

Michaela Nelms (right) and the Nash Central High School Lady Bulldogs came up with a key decision last Saturday over the Clayton Lady Comets at the Cleveland Classic Christmas Basketball Tournament, which is being held in Johnston County.

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WAYNE WOWS ‘EM

Nash Central’s Wayne Sanders drains a jumper during last Saturday’s setback against Clayton.

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 Deaths (Updated Daily)

CLEVELAND DENNIS HOWARD

ROCKY MOUNT - Cleveland Dennis Howard, 59, of Rocky Mount, died on December 27, 2014.

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CURDELL JOHNSON

ROCKY MOUNT - Curdell Johnson, 76, passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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CYNTHIA ANN JOHNSON

ROCKY MOUNT - Cynthia Ann Johnson, 61, of Rocky Mount, died on December 28, 2014.

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EULA “SU” DANCY

NASHVILLE - Eula “Su” Dancy, 86, passed away on Satudray, December 20, 2014.

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HERBERT HARRISON

ROCKY MOUNT - Herbert Harrison, age 67, of Rocky Mount, died on December 24, 2014.

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JANE BRASWELL WOOD

ROCKY MOUNT - Jane Braswell Wood, 91, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014. She was born September 20, 1923 in Nash County to the late Dana E. Sr. and Lillie Jones Braswell.

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JANIE L BATTLE

NASHVILLE - Janie L. Battle, 71, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014.

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PATTIE LOU FOBBS

ROCKY MOUNT - Pattie Lou Fobbs, 76, of Battleboro, died on December 26, 2014.

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RICKY HARRIS

Ricky Harris, age 60, passed away on December 26, 2014.

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SHAUNTA LANISE BYRD

ROCKY MOUNT - Shaunta Lanise Byrd, 39, of Rocky Mount, died on December 22, 2014.

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