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Long-time Castalia Town Clerk retires

The Castalia community celebrated long-time clerk Angelean Elliott last Saturday at a special retirement party.
Elliott, 59, will retire November 30 with 30 years and eight months of service to the Town of Castalia.
Elliott was just a few years out of college when she first started as the town's clerk. She said she saw the job opening and thought it would be a good opportunity to get some experience under her belt.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Nashville man sentenced for drug charge

A Nashville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distribution of cocaine.
United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Michael Lee Drake 52, last Wednesday to 120 months imprisonment followed by eight years of supervised release.

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Ebenezer Scrooge, at right, played by Jim Lee, reacts to the Ghost of Christmas Present, played by Shane McDonald during a dress rehearsal of "A Christmas Carol."
"A Christmas Carol" begins Friday night

The 17th production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will feature a brand new cast, new director and will focus on the theme of home and family.
Jim Lee wrote this year's script and music and will also play Scrooge and for the first time, direct the show.
Lee is no stranger to the production, which has been directed by Jim Singleton for the show's duration at Nash Arts. Lee has performed in the production and written a previous script and music for the show.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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105 YEARS

Bessie Bone is celebrating a monumental day this week. On Thursday, November 29, Bone celebrates her 105th birthday.
Bone was born and raised on a farm in the Westry area of Rocky Mount. She was one of seven children and helped her dad work on the farm.
Bone married Paul Bone in 1941. He served in the military for three years and when he returned, the couple moved into a home at Easonburg, where they lived for 50 years.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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ADDICTION RECOVERY

The faith-based community can play a big role in helping to combat the addiction problem, according to Pastor Mike Dixon.
Dixon is the pastor of Oakdale Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, which supports the L.I.F.E. ministry.
L.I.F.E. stands for Living in Freedom Everyday and is based on the words of Jesus in John 10:10, "I have come that they may have LIFE and have it more abundantly."

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Town launches lights contest

The Town of Nashville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is encouraging Nashville residents and business owners to get into the holiday spirit.
The town will host its first annual Christmas Lights Competition with a winner being selected on December 15.
Marguerite Bishop, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, said the idea came up last year while talking about Christmas.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

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Collie, center, with Renee Davis, at right, who used to own Madelyn's and Pam Green, at left, a long-time employee of the flower shop.
Longtime florist under new ownership

Nashville's Chamber of Commerce celebrated the newest chapter of Madelyn's Flowers and Gifts by hosting a ribbon cutting last week.
Kaylan Collie, of Nashville, purchased the business earlier this year from Renee Davis and hopes to grow the business while also maintaining the business's long-time legacy.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

Children's Parade is Saturday

Nashville will host its annual Children's Christmas Parade on December 1 starting at 4 p.m. with special music in front of the Nash County Courthouse.
Following the music, the children's parade will begin.
Youth 12 and under decorate their bikes, wagons, scooters and other non-motorized items and parade from the Nash County Courthouse to the Battleship area, where the town's Christmas Tree is lit. Prior to the tree lighting, the top four parade entries are awarded cash prizes.

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Red Oak's tree lighting is Saturday

Red Oak will host its tree lighting event on December 1. The community-wide event will feature a craft fair and food vendors from 3 until 6 p.m. Train rides around the park will also start at 3 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. The Red Oak Middle School Band will play a selection of Christmas songs at 3:30 and then Meredith Davis Johnson will perform at 4 for a Holiday Concert.

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DOZIER
RMPD make arrests in recent homicides

Rocky Mount Police have made arrests in two homicides that have happened in the city within the past few months.
Police arrested two men in connection with the September 21 homicide that occurred at the Tarrytown Beach Bingo.
Officers responded to an armed robbery and shooting at Tarrytown Beach Bingo around 11:44 p.m. When officers arrived, they located three victims who had been shot. One victim, Nesha Pitt, 33, was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Rocky Mount woman named Director of Juvenile Court Services

Officials with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice have named Maxine Evans-Armwood of Rocky Mount as Director of Juvenile Court Services. Evans-Armwood most recently served as central area administrator of Court Services.

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

Found property was reported on 11/12/18 at 8211 S Halifax Road
A possession of a schedule I controlled substance, possession of stolen goods and simple possession was reported on 11/13/18 at 11908 Straight Gate Road
A larceny by an employee was reported on 11/13/18 at 9475 Main Street

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS NOV. 19-23

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from November 19 through 23.

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A damage to property (vandalism) was reported on 11/13/18 at 704 S Bass Drive
A failure to appear was reported on 11/13/18 at S First Street and Old Wilson Road

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Nashville to serve as drop off for Santa letters

Nashville youth will have a place to drop off letters to Santa, thanks to Nashville's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
Starting Saturday, December 1, Nashville's Town Hall will be a drop-off point for Santa letters.
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Director Marguerite Bishop said those who include a return address will receive a response from Santa.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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K-9 joins force at Spring Hope PD

Spring Hope's Police Department recently announced its newest member of the force; K-9 Jax.
Jax was purchased with federal forfeiture and seizure funds from Southern Police Canine in Momeyer.
Jax is a 14-month old German Shepard imported from Hungary. He has been assigned to officer D. Radford. The pair recently completed the 240-hour canine handler course at Southern Police Canine.

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Red Oak Middle School Honor Roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Red Oak Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Northern Nash High School Honor Roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Northern Nash High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nash-Rocky Mount Early College honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Englewood Elementary School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Englewood Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Nash-Rocky Mount CITI High School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at CITI High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Rocky Mount Middle School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Rocky Mount Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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MB Hubbard Elementary School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at MB Hubbard Elementary made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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ANNIVERSARY

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Marie and Orville Wiggins of Nashville will celebrate 37 years of marriage on December 6, 2018. The couple was married at Galatia AME Church in Nashville. (Mallie Battle Wiggins, Orville's grandmother was a member there until her death). They have two children, Travis Lamar Wiggins and Natalie Nicole Wiggins.

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Donation

The West Mount Ruritan Club donated funds to the Nash County Foster Care Program for the "Santa Clause" Campaign. Wayne Outlaw, Co-Chair of the Social Development Committee, (pictured far left) presents funds to Stephanie Grischow (Foster Care Supervisor), Ashley Cousar (Foster Care Social Worker- Christmas Coordinator), Herb Tillery (Foster Care Social Worker, and Cindy Lewis (Foster Care Social Worker.)

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Local youth earn Eagle Scout rank

CONTRIBUTED - Troop 7 recently honored five new Eagle Scouts who earned their rank this past fall. Mac Lord, Chandler Gazaway, Ethan Everette, Paul Larimer and Edward Barnhill IV each passed their Eagle board requirements.
Edward Barnhill chose to help the Peacemakers after school program.

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Southern Nash High School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Southern Nash High School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Benvenue Elementary School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at Benvenue Elementary School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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GR Edwards Middle School honor roll

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.
The following students at GR Edwards Middle School made the A or A/B Honor Roll.

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Military News

Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Isaac Edge, from Rocky Mount, inspects a fuel sample aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) during the ship's brief stop for fuel in Augusta Bay, Italy, Oct. 16, 2018. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its fifth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

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Tucker joins NCC Board of Trustees

At the Nash Community College board meeting held Monday, November 19, 2018, Damian Tucker was sworn in by Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner as a new member of the NCC Board of Trustees. Tucker was appointed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to fill the seat of Keith Harris whose term expired. Harris began serving as a Board member in 2014.

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Nash County Animal Friends' Notebook

YOU are the SOLUTION - Fix Your Pets!
You are a pet owner and want to do the right thing by them. When you fix (spay/neuter) your pet many things good thing occur.
Female pets live longer, healthier lives. Helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Myth: one litter good for them.

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CAROL VIERELA, NASH COUNTY ANIMAL FRIENDS

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Young Adult Missionaries of Union Hill along with Leta Lacey (front row at left), a representative of the United Community Ministries, with supplies donated to the Bassett Center.
Young adult ministry at local church helps Bassett Center

The Young Adults Missionary Ministry of Union Hill Church, or YAMS as they are better known, recently spent some time at the Bassett Center in Rocky Mount, providing needed supplies.
Xavier Harrison, who works with the youth ministry along with Stephanie Brown and Pastor-Elect Rev. Sidney Dunston, said the group holds monthly meetings and from those discussions around the lessons, periodically finding service projects in the community to participate in.

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You can always count on God in times of trouble

I am writing most of this column from my hotel room in Washington, D.C. in 2000 where I spent the first weekend in March attending the Annual Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties. It's a story that I didn't want to go stale on me before I returned home to tell it. It's still fresh over eighteen years later.

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MIKE RUFFIN

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RED OAK NEWS

A Gift Wrap Fundraiser will be held at Red Oak Baptist Church on Saturdays, December 1 and 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and on Wednesday, December 19 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the fellowship hall in the main building. Monetary donations accepted. Fundraiser benefits the youth and children's summer camp.
The First Annual Red Oak Christmas Tree Lighting will be Saturday, December 1 with festivities beginning at 3:00 pm.

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SUZY PEARCE

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Luke's Word for the Week

The Second Coming of Christ is not something to figure out, but a truth to live into. Jesus said it, the angels confirmed it - He will return to this earth to fully establish the reign of God, where without question, God will reign, without rival. In short, Eden will be restored and the Kingdom will be established in fullness, as death will die and those in Christ shall walk in the cool of a garden with God.

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LUKE WHITEHEAD

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

On Sunday The Peachtree Baptist Church Congregation gathered to worship.
The Sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Fran and Bobby Bunn in loving memory of Bobby's parents, Claral and Chessie Bunn.
Fran Bunn, Sunday School Director, welcomed the Sunday school gathering. She led the gathering in the song, "Sweet Hour Of Prayer," accompanied by Mrs. Jane May on the piano.

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FRAN BUNN

 Editorials

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Planning for a new planner took a lot of planning

Getting organized has always been an issue for me.
The concept of being organized excites me greatly, and I have a very positive attitude towards it. However, as my forays into banjo playing and inventing (invisible fence for babies, shirt pit pads for overly sweaty gentlemen) have shown, good intentions will only get you so far.

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Mike Brantley

Elected official responds to political allegations

Dear Editor: For the past thirteen years I have had the privilege of pastoring Word Tabernacle Church where we believe that not everyone in the community will belong to our church but the church belongs to everyone in the community. It was my honor to run as a candidate for House District 25 to represent Rocky Mount and Nash County in the North Carolina General Assembly. I am excited to be sworn in as your Representative in January 2019.

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LETTER:

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Backward Glances

These photos were submitted by Linda Taylor. Pictured, the Taylor family won the Best Dressed Family Award in the 1967 Rocky Mount Centennial event. Linda made the dresses and her husband's vest and tie. A family friend from Valle Crusis near Boone made the bonnets. Pictured above, Rocky Mount's Mayor poses for a photo with Linda and her daughters while a man pretends to hold a rifle.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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A FANTASTIC FOUR SEASONS. By the time he graduates next June, Nash Central High School's Hunter Robinson will have been a four-year varsity standout for the Bulldogs on the baseball diamond under Coach Willie Langley.
Robinson Inks Deal With Barton

ROCKY MOUNT -- As part of its recent rebuilding phase, Barton College's baseball program has accentuated the fine art of local recruiting.
That quest as paid off as several area standouts have signed with the Bulldogs, including the likes of Nash Central's Payton Bass and Bunn's Davie Morgan.
Another name can be added to that burgeoning list as another Nash Central standout -- senior pitcher Hunter Robinson -- inked a deal last week to continue his diamond career at Barton, a Division II school located in Wilson.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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GRAPPLING. Nash Central's Brittain Marks (top) engages a Northern Nash wrestler during last Tuesday's action at the annual I-95 Duals Wrestling Tournament at the NNHS Gymnasium in Red Oak.
MAT SEASON BEGINS

RED OAK -- The annual Northern Nash I-95 Duals Wrestling Tournament had an all-inclusive Nash County flair this time around.
That's because Southern Nash made its first-ever appearance at the latest installment of the duals, which were held last Tuesday at the NNHS Gymnasium.
Long-time entrants Rocky Mount, Nash Central and host Northern Nash also participated, giving observers an early glimpse of how the 2018-19 mat campaign might go in Nash County.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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A BET PAID OFF

NASH COUNTY -- Back in the Fall of 2017, Nash Central High School Athletic Director Kyle Bain was all smiles when he made a trip to Rocky Mount HS to present a Bulldogs' T-shirt to RM AD Mike Gainey.
The shirt swap was part of a friendly wager made between the schools before the annual NC-RM football game, which was won that year by the Bulldogs.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Bishops honored in league

ROCKY MOUNT -- The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2018 All-Conference awards for football.
Methodist University's Vontre Howard was named Offensive Player of the Year while Brevard College's Dalton Cole earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
North Carolina Wesleyan College's Antonio Johnson collected Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

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Staff Reports

Nash clubs eliminated

NASH COUNTY -- Last Friday's action in the Class 3-A State Playoffs proved to be cruel for both the Southern Nash Firebirds and Rocky Mount Gryphons.
Nash County's prep football campaign came to an abrupt end in the second round as the Firebirds were stunned by a 57-56 margin at home against Eastern Alamance, while the Gryphons were defeated 30-0 on the road versus Fayetteville Terry Sanford.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

Brewers nab huge award

MILWAUKEE - Baseball America has named the Milwaukee Brewers as its 2018 Organization of the Year.
The announcement was made recently by Executive Editor of Baseball America J.J. Cooper.
"We honored the Brewers as our Organization of the Year not just because they had a very successful big league season," said Cooper.

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Staff Reports

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Mitchell, Bears make 3rd round

HICKORY -- A thrilling season of Lenoir-Rhyne Football continues this weekend with a road trip to top-seeded Valdosta State on Saturday in the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs.
The Valdosta State Blazers are ranked in the top five nationally and are coming off a 50-point win over Bowie St. in the Second Round of the NCAA Playoffs.

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Staff Reports

STATE FOOTBALL BRACKETS

CHAPEL HILL -- Listed are the brackets for the Class 3-A State Football Championships, which will enter the third round this week:

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Staff Reports

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2018 SWAC SOCCER TOURNAMENT SENSATIONS, 1

NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC
8-U BOYS ALL-STARS

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2018 SWAC SOCCER TOURNAMENT SENSATIONS, 2

NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC
10-U BOYS ALL-STARS

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2018 SWAC SOCCER TOURNAMENT SENSATIONS, 3

NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC
14-U CO-ED ALL-STARS

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BIG GAME THIS SATURDAY

Former Southern Nash star Jaquay Mitchell and the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears will play Saturday at Valdosta State in the third round of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs.

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I-95 DUALS HIGHLIGHTS, 1

SOUTHERN NASH'S LUKE COBLE

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I-95 DUALS HIGHLIGHTS, 2

NASH CENTRAL'S BRITTAIN MARKS

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