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Nashville Chamber offers scholarship

Nashville's Chamber of Commerce is looking to help fund a local youth's education.
The Chamber recently announced its Education Scholarship, which will officially begin in the Fall.
But applications are being accepted now.
The scholarship was the idea of Chamber President Dylan Bunch.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nashville denies beehive ordinance

Nashville's Town Council decided not to allow residents to have beehives on their property during their regular meeting on Tuesday night.
The issue of beehives was brought to the board's attention last month by Charles Vester, a resident of the Birchwood Subdivision. Vester requested the board consider changing their ordinances to allow citizens the opportunity to have beehives at their residences.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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OPENING DAY

SEASON STARTS -- Nashville Parks and Rec celebrated its Spring Sports Opening Day Saturday. The event kicked off with a visit from Muddy the Mudcat and the first pitch was tossed out by Nashville Town Manager Hank Raper.
Pictured above, Acme Cleaners T-Ball player Bryson Lewis gets a few pointers from Coach Bo Brown.

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Davis receives Long Leaf Pine Award

Nash County Commissioners took a moment to recognize Chairman Robbie Davis before getting down to business on Monday.
Davis was recognized with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award at Monday's regular business meeting.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Governor of North Carolina. The award is given to those with exemplary service to the State of North Carolina as well as to their communities.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nash mulls budget suggestions

Nash County Commissioners spent part of the first day of a two-day retreat with department heads discussing ideas that stemmed from a department head retreat.
Several committees were formed during the department head retreat and those committees presented reports to the board last Thursday afternoon.
The first committee was Building Employee Morale.
Patsy McGhee, Grants & Intergovernmental Relations Administrator for Nash County, gave some ideas and suggestions that came from the committee.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nashville Council reviews annual budget

Nashville's Town Council met on Friday for an all-day retreat, highlighting revenues and expenditures for the current year as well as for the upcoming fiscal year.
The retreat was held for council members to offer additional input for the upcoming 2017-2018 budget. The board held its first retreat in February.
Town Manager Henry Raper went over revenues with the council, providing figures for the current fiscal year as well as a budgeted figure for the upcoming fiscal year, a projected figure for the upcoming fiscal year and a forecasted figure for 2018.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Red Oak transfers teacherage ownership to Preservation Society

The town board of Red Oak voted Monday at its regular monthly meeting to adopt a resolution that would officially transfer ownership of the dormitory from the town to the Red Oak Area Historic Preservation Society.
Also, at Monday's meeting the board heard a couple presentations. The first was by Andrew Clements, who presented an update on his Eagle Scout project to redo the "Welcome to Red Oak" signs. The project will cost around $6000 to complete. The signs will possibly somehow incorporate the Town's seal.

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JESSICA SMITH, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

Castalia awards trash collection contract to A Plus Disposal

As soon as the town board of Castalia's regular monthly meeting was called to order, there were disagreements. Town Commissioner Patsy Fisher would not accept the minutes of the previous regular meeting and two special meetings before changes were made. Fisher stated that she had asked about setting fees for the rental of the park in a previous meeting and had been told that the Park Committee was taking care of it.
"There's nothing in there [the minutes] about it, and before I go any further - the Park Committee cannot set fees for the park," Fisher explained.

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JESSICA SMITH, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

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Nash County Commissioners visit Goldrock

Nash County Commissioners made a special trip to the Gold Rock area on Monday afternoon, following their regularly scheduled board meeting.
Commissioners were driven to Gold Rock by Chief Deputy Brandon Medina, of the Nash County Sheriff's Office, and were later joined by Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.
The Gold Rock area has been a topic of conversation among commissioners, who have expressed concern about the amount of crime and the appearance of the area.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

Nash County okays rezoning request

A rezoning request that was denied last month by Nash County Commissioners was approved on Monday, after the owner brought a revised request back to the board.
The request, by William Brian Colbert and Kimberly Colbert, was to rezone 89.5 acres of land on the west side of S NC Highway 58 on Cabin Path Lane from R-40 Single Family Residential to A-1 Agricultural (Conditional Use).

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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Easter events planned for area

Easter is quickly approaching and several events are planned across the county for youth to take part in.
The Town of Nashville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Monday, April 17 at Glover park.
The first hunt will begin at 10 a.m., said Marguerite Bishop, Director for the Town of Nashville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
Elementary aged youth and younger are encouraged to participate. Participants will be broken up into three age categories.

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Chase on Hwy 64 leads to crash, arrest of fugitive

A fugitive from Virginia was captured in Nashville last week following a vehicle chase.
Nash County Sheriff's Office Sergeant C. Boyd, who is assigned to the Highway Interdiction Team, attempted to conduct a stop on a black SUV last Wednesday. According to the Sheriff's Office, the distance of the black SUV to the other vehicle was around 1/2 to one car lengths behind the other vehicle.
The SUV exited off I-95 and traveled onto US 64 Westbound.

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A possession of drug paraphernalia was reported on 3/27/17 at Murphy Express, 1151 Eastern Avenue
A larceny was reported on 3/27/17 at Murphy Express, 1151 Eastern Avenue
An obtaining money/property by false pretense and larceny was reported on 3/28/17 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A harassment was reported on 3/19/17 at 7097 Hunter Ridge Road
A fraud was reported on 3/19/17 at 1702 Timberlane Drive
A possession of marijuana and simple possession was reported on 3/19/17 at Old Bailey Highway and Pine Drive
A larceny of a firearm was reported on 3/19/17 at 16606 Watson Seed Farm Road

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS MARCH 13-17

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from March 27 through 31.

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Spring Hope Chamber solicts DMV office

The Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce plans to possibly add a license plate agency for the town.
Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce President Mary Penny Kelley said the chamber is applying to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to run the license plate agency.
"We've heard a lot of feedback from our citizens that they would use that and they thought it would bring a lot of people in from out of town to come to Spring Hope," she said.

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KENDRA JONES, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

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Nash County Ruritans hold annual meeting

Nash County Ruritans met last month at the Momeyer Ruritan Club for their 58th annual meeting.
The meeting included election of officers for 2018, a presentation of Rudy Bears, recognition of special guests, and a moment of silence for Ruritans who have passed away.
Bob Alford led the "In Memoriam" service at the start of the meeting. Nine Ruritans have passed away over the past year, including one from the Coopers Ruritan Club, four from the West Mount Ruritan Club and four from the Oak Level Ruritan Club.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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58th annual meeting

Yvonne Jones and Elizabeth Craft (front row, left to right) stand with Nash County Ruritan Club Presidents at the Nash County Ruritan's 58th annual meeting. The Ruritans are big supporters of Relay for Life, which Jones and Craft are event leaders of.

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Scholarship established in honor of Millie S. Morris

The Millie S. Morris Scholarship was established in March in memory of Mildred "Millie" Shields Morris of Red Oak. Morris was a long-time educator in Edgecombe County and Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools who passed away in June 2016. The scholarship is administered through Peacemakers of Rocky Mount.
Morris was a devoted Christian who possessed a great passion for educating young children and was known for her heart of compassion for the students and families she served, particularly those from economically-disadvantaged households.

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Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook

LITTER BOX PROBLEMS?
They aren't doing it to get back at you and punishment only increases the stress that they may have, that may be causing it. Before sticking your cat outside (where they aren't safe from the roads and other creatures) or surrendering to the Shelter (where they are at risk of euthanasia), please consider why there is a problem.

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BY CAROL VIERELA, NASH COUNTY ANIMAL FRIENDS

Nash Central Middle School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Spring Hope Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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MB Hubbard Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Swift Creek Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Baskerville Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Williford Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Edwards Middle School Honor Rolls

The following students at GR Edwards Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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DS Johnson Elementary Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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PTO Co-President Daniel Moss preparing to serve plates at last year's Sizzlin' Showdown.
Southern Nash to host 5th annual Sizzlin' Showdown

Southern Nash High School will host its 5th Annual Southern Sizzlin' Showdown from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.
There are several activities planned for the day of adventure, including a yard sale, a market for local vendors, a 5K Color Run, a play area for children with inflatables and games, a Barbecue Cookoff, and a little game of Cow Chip Bingo.
"It is a very neat day for our entire school community," said Dr. Mark Cockrell.

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CONTRIBUTED BY STEPHANIE ATKINSON

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Luke's Word for the Week

Ever been confused of what Maundy Thursday is all about? Well, be confused no more my dear friend, you're in good company. Many people have come to believe Maundy Thursday is simply a high church celebration where we gather to remember the passion events of Jesus life. While this is true, it goes much deeper than merely remembering.
You see "maundy" is an old English word that came from a Latin word that meant, "mandate."

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LUKE WHITEHEAD

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

Peachtree folks gathered for worship on a beautiful spring morning. Sanctuary flowers were given by Jerry and Melba Hobgood in memory of Patricia Wood and Lillie Belle Griffin. They were two beloved church members who recently passed away. The Adult Choir sang "He Hideth My Soul" under the direction of the pastor. The offertory by Jane May was "Jehu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
Beverly Wilson's sermon to the children was about 'crying.' She said that it's okay to cry when we are sad.

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BARBARA HARDISON

Nash County Blood Drives April 2017

Friday, April 7 from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Englewood Presbyterian Church, 100 South Englewood Drive, Rocky Mount.
Friday, April 14 from 1 until 5 p.m. at Golden East Crossing Mall, 1100 N. Wesleyan Blvd, Rocky Mount
Thursday, April 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Nash Health Care Systems, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount
Thursday, April 25 from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Environmental Services Building, 1221 Thorpe Road, Rocky Mount.

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NC Supreme Court Justice to speak at Democratic convention

NC Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, April 8th at 10 a.m. at the Nash County Courthouse in Nashville, as County Democrats gather and call their Convention to order.
Public service is the essence of Judge Mike Morgan. He has been a judge for over 27 years spanning three different judgeships:
2005-present: Superior Court Judge, elected in Wake County

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RIDING FOR A CURE

Union Hill Baptist Church held a "Ride for the Cure" fundraising event on Saturday, April 1. The event was held in memory of Wiley Neal and was a fundraiser for the Nash County Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Pictured above is Neal's wife, Brenda, who takes the lead prior to the ride.

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Middlesex Elementary honor lists

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

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MILITARY NEWS

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class David B. Watts Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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 Editorials

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How to be 12 years old, from the horse's mouth

I was SO ready to write this column this week. Daddy only lets me do this once a year, and if you know me, you know I have a lot to say. All the time.
I finally got access to a computer this year, at school and at home, and honestly, my head just about exploded. Technology is everything: with the exception of soccer and basketball, if it doesn't happen on a Mac, I'm not that interested.
Speaking of which, I'm hoping to go to a coding camp this summer at the College where Daddy teaches. The class is how to make video games.

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Mike Brantley

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New and exciting things are happening at Nashville Parks and Recreation!

I spent a majority of my Saturday at Nashville's Glover Park.
It was opening day for baseball and t-ball!
I was doing double duty that day. Half of me was covering the event and the other half was being a cheerleader for two of my boys, who are playing on one of the t-ball teams.

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Amanda Clark

Like it or not, partisanship is part of decision making for judge races

Dear Editor: I recently read editorial opinions from a newspaper based in the Piedmont TRIAD and one based on the coast dealing with partisanship in the races for District and Superior Court judges. As I read the opinions the main thought that came to mind was just how naïve are the members of these newspaper's editorial boards.

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LETTERS

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Backward Glances

ENTERTAINING LIONS -- This photo was originally published in The Graphic on July 9, 1974. The Essence, a musical group composed of students from Southern Nash Senior High School, performed for the Nashville Lions Club at the Nashville United Methodist Church. Pictured, left to right, are Phyllis Taybron, Rosita Williams, Linda Pridgen, Danny Hedgepeth, Wayne Cooper, James Wilkins and Meg James.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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SAFE-TY FIRST. Nash Central Middle School's Carson King slides safely into home plate during her club's home softball decision Monday afternoon versus the Parker Lady Pirates.
Trojans Take To The Diamond

NASHVILLE -- With several of her former players now shining as freshmen on the high school level, Nash Central Middle softball coach Laura Thompson wasn't quite sure how competitive her club would be during the 2017 campaign in the always-tough Tri-County Conference.
But what Thompson has found out is that when her Trojans put things together in all phases of the game -- pitching, defense and offense -- they can be pretty tough to beat.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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LAYING IT DOWN. Southern Nash's Elisabeth Collie excecutes a bunt during her club's home softball matchup last Wednesday afternoon against non-conference foe Bunn High School at Ladybird Field.
SN BUILDING PLANS

STANHOPE -- Even though the rivalry is of the non-conference variety, the Southern Nash-Bunn softball showdown always brings energy and intensity.
That was once again the case last Wednesday as Southern entertained Bunn for the first meeting of the season between the long-time backyard foes.
This year's renewal is featuring a different plot twist as both clubs are relying on freshman pitchers -- Southern Nash with Carrigan Ewers and Bunn with Caroline White.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Nash Central coach Mark Wooten
NC ON THE MARK

NASHVILLE -- With a combined 26 victories over the past two years, success has been nothing new on the baseball diamond for Nash Central Middle School.
The Trojans won the Tri-County Conference crown with an unbeaten mark in 2015 before coming within one win of a playoff berth last spring.
But Central is in a bit of a rebuilding mode this time around as veteran coach Mark Wooten has a young team with two sixth-grade and two seventh-grade starters.
Still, the Trojans continued to pile up the conquests, including a 17-2 home decision Monday afternoon against conference opponent Parker Middle.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Mudcats ready for campaign

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the new Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, have unveiled their initial, prospect-rich roster for the 2017 season.
Carolina's first roster of the Milwaukee era features eight players ranked on MLB.com's list of top 30 Brewers prospects; with three of the eight ranked in the top 10.

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Staff Reports

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Seniors star for Bishops

ROCKY MOUNT -- Head Coach John Brackett and his North Carolina Wesleyan College softball team honored their 2017 senior class last Sunday afternoon before wrapping up regular season play versus USA South foe Greensboro.
The Bishops and Pride proceeded to split their doubleheader, with GC taking the opener 4-3 and NCWC running away with a 10-4 win in game two.

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Staff Reports

East Carolina swept by UConn

GREENVILLE -- Mason Feole allowed one run over seven innings with six strikeouts, while Willy Yahn tallied a pair of hits helping Connecticut to a 5-1 win and an American Athletic Conference baseball series sweep over No. 16 East Carolina University on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the win, the Huskies improve to 16-9 on the season and 3-0 in league play, while the Pirates dropped to 18-11 overall and 0-3 in conference action.
Feole (4-0) picked up the win scattering five hits over his seven frames surrendering one run (unearned) with a walk.

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Staff Reports

COUNTY LINE RACE RESULTS

ELM CITY -- Listed are last Saturday's results from the Car Show First Points Race at County Line Raceway:

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Staff Reports

Wesleyan Bound

BUNN -- It may have been the final signing ceremony for David Howle during his illustrious career as Bunn High School's head football coach.
For that reason alone, it was a day to remember.
But add in the fact that two high-profile, captain-worthy Wildcats signed letters-of-intent, and it was even more special.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

Fike wins another match

WILSON -- Wilson Fike's Bryson Boyette lit up the Willow Springs Country Club with a sterling 68 to earn medalist honors at the most recent Big East Conference boys golf match.
The 18-hole event was held Monday afternoon in Wilson, and Fike, thanks in part to Boyette's heroics, took first place in the team standings at 323.
Nash Central was second, followed by Northern Nash, Wilson Hunt and Southern Nash. Rocky Mount did not have enough competitors to qualify for the team statistics.

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Staff Reports

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It's Opening Day!

NASHVILLE -- The Town of Nashville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department held its Spring Sports Opening Day last Saturday.
Glover Park was bustling with excitement and anticipation.
Teams had been practicing for two weeks prior to Opening Day.
The day kicked off with an appearance by Muddy the Mudcat and an opening pitch to Muddy from Hank Raper, Town Manager.

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Staff Reports

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AND THE WINNER IS

Tyler Reid was the winning pitcher on the mound Monday for the Nash Central Trojans.

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HEAT WAVE

Nash Central Middle School's Skyler Walker delivers a fastball during her club's home softball victory Monday afternoon against the Parker Pirates.

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HERE IS HOW IT IS DONE

Coach Jason Edwards helps Carter Jenkins with his batting form during T-Ball action last Saturday as part of the Town of Nashville's Opening Day.

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MANDATORY TEAM MEETING

Southern Nash coach Scott Collie addresses his team near the pitcher's mound during last Wednesday's home softball meeting against non-league rival bunn.

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MUDDY MAKES AN APPEARANCE

Muddy the Mudcat gives the ball to Alex Garris last Saturday as part of the Town of Nashville's Opening Day Festivities at Glover Park.

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ON TARGET

Southern Nash's Olivia Lamm makes contact for the Ladybirds during last Wednesday's softball game against rival Bunn on the SNHS campus.

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SECOND SACKER

Nash Central Middle School second baseman Carson King delivers a throw to first base as part of her team's home softball victory Monday against rival Parker.

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 Entertainment

Northern Nash High presents Sound of Music this weekend

Northern Nash High School will be presenting The Sound of Music with Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, April 7 and 8, 2017 in the theatre at the Imperial 107 E. Gay Street, Rocky Mount.
Set in 1938, the story follows some events from the real life of Maria Augusta Trapp who wrote about her experiences as a nun turned governess, turned mother, turned immigrant in pre-WWII Austria. Interlaced with Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's beautiful script are the unforgettable songs known to so many.

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