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Brunch Bill left open to citizen input

Nashville residents will have a chance to offer their thoughts on whether alcohol should be allowed to be sold before noon on Sundays.
Town Council members agreed last Wednesday to hold a public hearing on a new bill being dubbed the "Brunch Bill."
The bill, SB 155, would allow towns and counties to approve alcohol sales in restaurants and retail stores before noon on Sundays. Currently, those interested in purchasing alcohol must wait until after noon on Sundays.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Nashville hires library director

Nashville's Town Council were introduced to the town's new Library Director on Tuesday night at the board's regular meeting.
Emily Enderle began in her new position on Tuesday, August 1.
Enderle said she has been with libraries since 2010.
"I absolutely love public librarianship," she said.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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THERAPY DOGS -- Telecommunicator Abby Genaudeau gets doggy kisses from Lily, a registered therapy dog.
Therapy dogs assist Nash County 9-1-1 dispatchers

The simple gift of a dog's company can sometimes be the greatest benefit for someone going through a stressful situation.
Mark Reavis hopes using canines at the Nash County Telecommunications Center will help ease some of the stress dispatchers go through each and every day.
Reavis, a 9-1-1 Program Manager and Training Officer for Nash County, recently began an initiative called, "Therapy Dogs in 9-1-1, Making a Positive Difference."

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Nashville councilman resigns

Nashville Town Councilman Michael Coleman announced his resignation from the board on Tuesday night at the board's regular meeting.
Coleman's resignation came at the end of the meeting, during council comments.
"This is really hard to do," Coleman began.
Coleman then told council members he had recently accepted a position with Haywood Community College as the Vice President.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Winstead pens fifth book

Jimmy Winstead didn't want to just sit still after his retirement from law enforcement so he started writing books.
Winstead, of Spring Hope, published his first book, "The Wrong Colored Shirt" on Amazon in 2014.
Less than a year later, he published his second book, "A New Beginning," which was a sequel to his first book. Those books were about The Civil War, Winstead said.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Castalia town seat still open

The Town of Castalia still has an open seat on the Board of Commissioners that no one has filed for.
Filing was extended through July 28 at noon for three municipalities after no one had filed for the seats.
The open seats included a seat on the Castalia Board of Commissioners, a seat on the Momeyer Board of Commissioners and the Mayor's seat in the Town of Bailey.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Parker, Moore inducted into NC 4-H Hall of Fame

Two Nash County residents were among the nine recognized on Monday in Raleigh for the 2017 North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame.
Agnes Moore and Parker Phillips were each selected to be a part of the North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame after being nominated locally. In June, both were inducted into the Nash County 4-H Hall of Fame.
The North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame Award was established in 2009 as part of the Centennial Celebration.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Members of the Nash County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Keith Stone unload one of two air conditioner units from the van to install at the Nashville Boys and Girls Club.
NCSO donates AC to Nashville Boys and Girls Club

Youth at the Nashville Boys and Girls Club are able to better cool off on the hot days of summer, thanks to the Nash County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies with the Sheriff's Office stopped by the club on Friday afternoon to deliver two air conditioning units they were able to secure for the club.
Deputies visited the Nashville Club a few weeks ago to attend an end of school year celebration. Though activities began outside, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said deputies eventually came inside the club and quickly noticed it wasn't much cooler inside.

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Local man expands longtime garage business

Bobby's Garage has been in business for 48 years and recently opened its third location in the Sandy Cross area.
Bobby Land, who owns the auto repair shop at 6298 Land Road, opened another location on August 1 at 4891 S NC Highway 58.
Land also owns another garage, Land Automotive and Performance, at 1025 West Mount Drive. Land's son, Derl runs that location.
Land, who was born and raised just outside of Nashville on Land Road, said he's always loved working on cars.

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Amanda Clark, Graphic Staff Writer

Local police officer retires

A long-time police officer with the Town of Nashville has decided to retire.
Sergeant David Rose retired from part-time duty on August 1.
Though he has served in a part-time capacity since 2009, Rose's career started in Nashville in 1987 as a full-time officer.
Rose, who was born and raised in Nashville, said his desire to be in law enforcement came from his uncle.

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Authorities charge Castalia man with felony assault

Franklin County authorities took a man into custody on Friday, three days after they allege he assaulted an elderly handicapped man.
Kevin Lea James was taken into custody without incident on July 28. Authorities considered James armed and dangerous and were looking for him since July 25, when they allege he assaulted his 69-year-old stepfather inside his Fishing Rock Road home, a Franklin County address in the Castalia area of the county.
It was not immediately clear when James, 44, would next appear in Franklin County District Court.

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A trespassing, possession of heroin, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny by bypass of anti-theft device was reported on 7/24/17 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue
A possession of marijuana was reported on 7/24/17 at US 64 W and West Washington Street

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A simple assault was reported on 7/23/17 at 8655 Cedar Grove School Loop Road
A breaking, entering and larceny and damage to personal property was reported on 7/23/17 at 3458 Collie Road
An attempted suicide was reported on 7/23/17 on Becton Road
A misdemeanor larceny was reported on 7/23/17 at 10601 E NC Highway 97

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS JULY 24-28

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from July 24 through 28, 2017.

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Benvenue Ruritans celebrate 70 years of service

The Benvenue Ruritan Club is celebrating 70 years of service to the community.
The club held its official celebration on May 19, 70 years to the day the club first received its charter.
The Benvenue Ruritan Club was formally organized in February 1947. The club received its charter on May 19, 1947.
Town Downing, who was the co-founder of the Ruritan Organization, met with Nash and Edgecombe Agricultural Teachers at the Benvenue School.

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Donation

The Benvenue Ruritan Club presented a donation to the Stoney Creek Fire and Rescue Department at the club's 70th anniversary celebration. Pictured (L-R) is Club President Fran Bunn with Stoney Creek Chief Dennis Williams and Pete Bradshaw, President of Stoney Creek Fire and Rescue.

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Plaque of appreciation

Bevnenue Ruritan President Fran Bunn, at left, presented West Mount Ruritan President Buck Pittman, at right, with a plaque of appreciation for their support. The West Mount Club sponsored Benvenue's anniversary celebration.

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Scholarship

Past Ruritan National President Wayne Outlaw (far left) presented the Benvenue Ruritan Scholarship to Mary Hazel Mink (second from left). Pictured with Mink are her grandparents, Bob and Fran Bunn, who are members of the Benvenue Ruritan Club.

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Recognized

The Benvenue Ruritan Club was recognized for their 70 years of service to the community at a celebration in May. Pictured (L-R) is Ruritan National President Danny Privott, Benvenue Ruritan President Fran Bunn, Benvenue Ruritan Board of Directors Member Billy O'Keeffee, Benvenue Ruritan Secretary Donnie Perry, Benvenue Ruritan Treasurer Leon Huff and Benvenue Ruritan Board of Directors Member Howard Taylor.

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Hyde named member of financial network

Lincoln Financial Group recently announced that Al Hyde of the The Carolina's Financial Network in Raleigh has been named a member of its prestigious Lincoln Premier Partners® network. Al serves the needs of his clients in estate planning strategies, life, long term care, and disability insurance, as well as investment services.)

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North Carolina 4-H Scholarships

Nash County youth were among those recognized on Monday at the North Carolina 4-H Scholarship, Awards and Partnership Recognition ceremony. Pictured above, Lillie Medlin was recognized for receiving the Dr. Thomas Hobgood 4-H Scholarship for the Northeast District. Medlin is from Nash County and a member of Edgecombe County 4-H.

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Boys & Girls Club Rising Star

Vivi Delatorre is the Rising Star of the Month for the Nashville Area Unit for her outstanding positivity and willingness to make the club experience for her fellow club members great. Vivi is a rising forth grader who enjoys helping with the younger children as well as participating in numerous activities within the club. A few of her favorite club activities include swimming and the Healthy Habits program where she gets to learn nutritional information about some of her favorite foods. Vivi's bubbly personality brings a smile and energy to the club that is unlike any other. Club leaders say she is a great joy to have at the club.

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NCC Culinary Program joins farm-to-school effort

Nash Community College Culinary Arts and Working Landscapes of Warren County are working to build local food connections in Nash and Edgecombe counties through the "What's Growing On" program which includes farm-to-childcare and farm-to-education initiatives. The program is funded by CSX through the "On Track with Healthy Foods" grant and is part of the Healthy Places NC initiative.

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DAR and Braswell Library honor veterans at reception

Micajah Pettaway, Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution was asked to partner with Braswell Memorial Library in a reception for veterans in this area. Members Margaret Cobb, Virginia Hayden and Helen Sharpe represented the chapter. Veterans were given an American Flag along with a letter of appreciation from the chapter. Donna Boykin, member of the Bethel Heroes 636 chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy also assisted in the reception.

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Red Oak Middle School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
The following students at Red Oak Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Jabari Silver (at left) helps Kelly Keegan (at right), of ScienceTellers, with a flash paper demonstration on Saturday.
ScienceTellers visit Nashville's Cooley Library

Kelly Keegan, of ScienceTellers, visited Nashville's Harold D. Cooley Library on Saturday for a special program.
ScienceTellers conducts interactive experiments to help tell a story. On Saturday, the theme was "Pirates and Science."
Youth in attendance were able to help participate in a variety of experiements, which helped bring Keegan's pirate tale to life.
The visit was part of the library's Summer Reading Program, which ended on Monday, July 31.

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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark

Southern Nash High School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
The following students at Southern Nash High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Rocky Mount Middle School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
The following students at Rocky Mount Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Rocky Mount High School honor rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the fourth semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
The following students at Rocky Mount High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook

Dogs and cats died at the Shelter. Why? Too many people don't spay and neuter. Too many people don't check at the Shelter when their pet is missing. Too many people don't put a collar or ID on their pet or have them chipped. Too many people buy pets from backyard breeders that encourages them to breed more and the ones they don't sell end up at the Shelter. Too many people think pets are throw away items, if not perfect don't worry about them and get another.

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CAROL VIERELA NASH, COUNTY ANIMAL FRIENDS

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Word for the week

Have you ever seen family members at odds with one another? It can be heart wrenching. The divorce rate these days is a sad testimony to the fact that many family members have been so much at odds with one another that they refuse to live together any longer. We have come to call such situations incompatibility.
One way the dictionary defines incompatibility is with the word irreconcilable. In other words, two people who are incompatible have differences and they refuse to be reconciled.

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DENNIS PRUTOW

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

Peachtree folks gathered at the church for worship on a delightfully cool Sunday morning. Sanctuary flowers were given by Bob and Fran Bunn in memory of her mother, Hazel Robertson.
The adult choir sang, "Calvary Covers it All" under the direction of the pastor. Jane May, pianist, played a beautiful arrangement of "The Lord's Prayer" for the offertory.

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BARBARA HARDISON

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RED OAK NEWS

Merry Christmas in August! Red Oak Baptist Church is participating in Christmas in August again this year with a Christmas in August tree. Just pick an ornament(s) from the tree and purchase 1 or more of that item and bring back to the church and place under the tree. This year the featured North American Missionary is Samuel Rodriguez, Church Planting Catalyst in New Jersey. Samuel connects church planters with resources and provides tools for outreach.

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SUZY PEARCE

Rackley offers "A Layman's View"

Any Christian who continues to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will become more accustomed with time to the spiritual nuggets His Holy Spirit reveals.
Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, wrote to the troubled Corinthian Church that "we have receivd the spirit who is from God, that we might know that things that have been freely given to us by God." (I Cor. 2:12)

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TED RACKLEY, SPECIAL TO THE GRAPHIC

Nash County Blood Drives August 2017

Thursday, August 3 from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Shrine Club, 320 Airport Road, Rocky Mount
Sunday, August 6 from 1 until 5 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 215 Ring Road, Rocky Mount
Sunday, August 6 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Greater Joy Baptist Church, 820 Nashville, Road, Rocky Mount
Monday, August 7 from 2 until 6 p.m at Ephesus Baptist Church, 7300 West Old Spring Hope Road, Spring Hope

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NCC receives Workforce Development grant

Nash Community College (NCC) is the recipient of a $150,000 Workforce Development grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program driving simulator and the supplies necessary for implementation, including software.
"Attrition in the utility industry, resulting from retirement, has increased the urgency for NCC to train students in Electric Line Construction Technology. Federal Motor Carrier guidelines have recently been issued that could require all CDL holders to receive additional operation training.

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Summer Bridge prepares high school grads for college

Twenty-five recent high school graduates are getting a taste of college life during the Summer Bridge program at Nash Community College.
With classes held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Fridays​,​ the program gives incoming freshman the opportunity to make a successful transition to college while allowing students to earn four semester hours of college credit.

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 Editorials

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There truly is really only one mayo!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about tomato sandwiches, of the most perfect of Southern foods.
Included in the story was the obvious statement that a real tomato sandwich can include only one mayonnaise, and that's Duke's. Simple enough.
Right after that issue, a big story ran in the Chicago Tribune that ranked the creamy condiment's makers from sea to shining sea ... and beyond. As are most things Chicago-related, it was ridiculous and wrong.

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Mike Brantley

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It's time to start back to school shopping

A part of me can't believe August is already here but another part of me is glad because August means it's almost time for the kids to go back to school!
I'm not particularly excited about school starting back but I will have to admit, I do love back to school shopping!
I've always had a love of school supplies. It's an odd thing, I know, but there's something pretty special about pencils and paper and glue sticks and crayons. Maybe it's the writer in me.

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Amanda Clark

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Backward Glances

SUMMERTIME TREAT -- This photo originally published August 22, 1974. Charlotte Fulford (left) and Robin Perry beat the heat with a triple scoop of ice cream. The two are pictured standing in downtown Nashville.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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GRAND FINALE. Birchwood\'s Ashley Wollett was effective for the Barracudas during last Saturday\'s Nash-Halifax Swim League Championships at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount.
NRST's Dynasty Begins Again

ROCKY MOUNT -- After a brief one-year hiatus, Nash Rec has resumed its dynasty in the Nash-Halifax Swim League.
Last year, Nash Rec saw its long-time dominance of the league come to an end courtesy of Roanoke Valley, which also defeated the Sharks in the squads' first meeting of the 2017 campaign.
Nash Rec returned the favor two weeks ago and had plenty of momentum heading into last Saturday's championships at the Harrison Family YMCA in Rocky Mount.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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HEAT WAVE. Chandler Padgett delivers a pitch for the Nash County All-Stars during last Saturday's game.
GREAT REGION RUN

GREENVILLE -- Sometimes, the journey is more important -- and more rewarding -- than the destination.
That was the case for the Nash County All-Stars at the annual Babe Ruth 13-15 Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament, which was held last week at history Guy Smith Stadium in Pitt County.
The All-Stars roared through four overmatched opponents in dominant fashion to move into last Saturday's winner-take-all finale against Sarasota, which happened to be the defending tournament champion.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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RALEIGH BOUND

STANHOPE -- For the first time, Southern Nash will compete in the annual HighSchoolOT Football Jamboree in Raleigh.
The prestigious event will be held August 12 at 2 p.m. at the Cardinal Gibbons High School Football Stadium, which is located adjacent to the PNC Center off Edwards Mill Road.
Tickets are $5 per person, which is good for the entire day.

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Staff Reports

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RM's fall events are scheduled

ROCKY MOUNT -- Registration for fall sports is open with the city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department.
Sports for youth include tackle football, softball, baseball, soccer and cheerleading, and adult sports include sand volleyball and softball.
Deadlines for registration and cost for each sport vary.
Registration forms are available online at rockymountnc.gov/parks under the Athletics tab.

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Staff Reports

E-W coaches are selected

GREENSBORO -- Coaches have been selected for the 2018 North Carolina Coaches Association's East-West All-Star Games.
The contests will be held next July in football, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball and girls basketball at sites in Guilford County.
The complete list of coaches is as follows:

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Staff Reports

Mudcats take series from Blue Rocks

ZEBULON -- Kodi Medeiros set a new career high with nine strikeouts and pitched through a season-high seven innings while leading the Carolina Mudcats to a 3-2 series finale and series-clinching victory versus the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Sunday afternoon at Five County Stadium in a Class A Carolina League baseball matchup.
The Mudcats (54-51, 18-19) won the series three games to one after taking Sunday's series finale against the visiting Blue Rocks (57-50, 18-19).

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Staff Reports

NASH CO. PARK AND REC HOOPS

NASH COUNTY -- Listed are scores from Week Three of the Nash County Recreation and Senior Services Summer Basketball League:

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Staff Reports

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COUNTY SOFTBALL STARS

NASH COUNTY ALL-STARS
STATEWIDE ATHLETICS COMMITTEE
8-UNDER STATE TOURNAMENT
RUNNER-UP

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A CLOSE ONE

Loyalists were divided as to whether this Sarasota runner was safe or out on a close play at home plate during last Saturday's championship game of the Babe Ruth 13-15 Southeast Regional at Guy Smith Stadium in Greenville. The runner was called safe, and it proved to be a big play in the opening inning.

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BIG STRETCH

Nash County All-Star Andrew Page stretches to bring in a ball, but the Sarasota baserunner was safe at first after a line-drive out during last Saturday's finale of the Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball Southeast Regional Tournament at Guy Smith Stadium in Greenville.

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MORE SWIMMING STARS

WESTRIDGE'S LANDRY MILLER

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MORE SWIMMING STARS, 2

WESTRIDGE'S LUKE MARTINEZ

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NUMBERS GAME

Members of the Nash County All-Stars stand along the first-base line during pre-game introductions before last Saturday's regional championship contest.

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PADGETT PLASTERS ONE

Nash County's Drifton Padgett smokes a line drive during last Saturday's title contest of the Babe Ruth 13-15 Baseball Southeast Regional Finals at Guy Smith Stadium.

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