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NASHVILLE CHIEF

Nashville's new police chief is now official.
Mayor Donald Street swore in Chief Anthony Puckett last Tuesday night prior to the start of the town council's regular meeting.
Puckett has been serving with the town since June 18 but was unable to be officially sworn in because the town was waiting on paperwork to come through.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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TAYLOR
Nashville incumbents file to keep seats

Nineteen people filed for various seats on local boards the first day filing opened.
Filing for Nash County Municipal Elections opened on Friday, July 5 at 12 noon.
In addition to those who filed on the first day, many others have come forward during the first few days of filing to toss their hats in the ring.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Pictured above, Tim Bunn performs during a special Veterans Service at Small Town USA at Castalia July 4th celebration last week.
Castalia celebrates Fourth

Castalia celebrated America's birthday last Thursday by hosting its usual festivities, however, the evening fireworks were postponed due to storms.
Veterans were honored at 12 p.m. at Small Town USA during a special ceremony. Castalia Commissioner James Alston said having Small Town USA as a partner has been a great asset to the July 4th festivities.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Lt. Keith Corbett receives the Old North State Award upon retirement from the Nash County Sheriff's Office.
Corbett retires from NCSO

Lieutenant Keith Corbett issued his final 10-42 to dispatchers on June 28, after over 20 years of service to the Nash County Sheriff's Office.
10-42 is the call signal for ending duty. The Nash County Sheriff's Office were able to capture an emotional Corbett on video as he prepared to issue his final call. The video was posted to social media.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Couple pens book featuring Country Doctor Museum

The Country Doctor Museum is featured in a book recently published by a Bailey couple.
"The Country Doctor Museum: Early Medical Practices, Treatments and Medicines" was researched and written by Margaret and Jim Bailey after the couple began to volunteer at the museum.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

 Local News

"Charters of Freedom" hopeful for Nash

An educational, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the United States is hoping Nash County will agree to placing the "Charters of Freedom" on the grounds of the Nash County Courthouse.
Nashville Mayor Donald Street, along with Town Manager Randy Lansing and local U.S. History Teacher Renny Taylor brought the idea before commissioners on Monday during the board's regular meeting.

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AMANDA CLARK, GRAPHIC STAFF WRITER

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Spring Hope swears in new police chief

The newly hired Spring Hope Police Chief has been officially sworn in.
Nathan Gant took the oath of office for the position during the town's July meeting.
He has been a part of the Spring Hope Police Department since 2015, serving as a sergeant.

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KENDRA JONES, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

Board of Elections offers voter ID seminars

The State Board of Elections will hold two educational seminars about voter photo identification requirements at the Nash County Board of Elections Office on Wednesday, July 17th. The seminars will be held in the Auditorium of the Nash County Agriculture Center, 1006 Eastern Ave, Nashville.
The first seminar will begin at 2PM and the second at 6PM. The seminars are free and open to the public.

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Castalia board appoints new planning board member

Castalia's regular meeting of the town board only last twenty minutes last week.
At the meeting, the board voted to add Mildred Costen as a member of the planning board.
A Plus Disposal, the town's current trash collection and disposal company, will replace all the trash and recycling bins belonging to their Castalia customers.

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JESSICA A. SMITH, GRAPHIC CORRESPONDENT

Rocky Mount Police investigates homicide

The Rocky Mount Police Department is investigating a July 7 homicide on Cokey Road.
Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Cokey Road. Responding officers located a single victim in the parking lot of 1108 Cokey Road. The victim, Daniel Steven Pierce, 22, of Rocky Mount, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

Found property was reported on 6/30/19 at 2453 S Old Franklin Road
An injury to personal property was reported on 6/30/19 at 9070 Issette Lane
An injury to personal property was reported on 6/30/19 at 222 W Washington Street

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
An uttering a forged instrument was reported on 7/1/19 at 233 Kandemor Lane, Rocky Mount
An involuntary commitment was reported on 7/2/19

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS JULY 1-6

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from July 1 through 6.

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Northern Nash High School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the final 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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Nashville Elementary School Honor Rolls

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

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Red Oak Middle School Honor Rolls

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

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COTTON BLOOM

Nichole Philips Denny holds the first cotton bloom, along with her two-month-old son Benjamin Stewart Denny. Pictured with Nichole is her parents Carolyn and Stewart Phillips. The cotton bloom was found on Benjamin's great uncle Burt Philip's farm in the Battleboro community. They brought the bloom to the newspaper office on June 27.

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Nashville to host free historic preservation tax credit seminar

Nashville's Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Nashville are hosting a free seminar presented by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office on Tuesday, July 16 at the Nashville Town Council Chambers. The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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Middlesex Elementary School Honor Rolls

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

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Constitution doesn't mean separation of church and state

"Then I said to them: 'You see the trouble we are in...Come, let us rebuild..., and we will no longer be in disgrace'." (Nehemiah 2:17)
One of the newspapers in which my column appears featured a letter to the editor recently in which the writer quipped, "Separation of church and state is guaranteed in the Constitution...Even the Bible supports the separation of church and state when it says, 'Give unto Caesar what it Caesar's, and give unto God what is God's.'"

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MIKE RUFFIN

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Word for the Week

Summertime in the Bible Belt undoubtedly means one thing: Vacation Bible School. As a child growing up in the 80s, VBS was synonymous with butter ring cookies and cherry Kool-Aid. I can vaguely remember wearing fancy sundresses and vying for one of three coveted spots to march in either the Bible, the Christian Flag, or the American Flag to hold during opening nightly ceremonies.

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NICHOLE HUFF

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Intersections: God and Life

I heard about a gallery owner who called one of his featured artists and said, "I have some good news and some bad news."
The artist said, "Well, what's the good news?"
"The good news is that a man came in here the other day and was looking at your paintings. He asked whether the value of the paintings would go up if the artist were to die. I told him they would, of course. So he bought every one of your paintings."

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CARLYLE HALL

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RED OAK NEWS

"ROAR!" Vacation Bible School was a huge success at Red Oak Baptist Church! During the week of June 23-28 children and adults had fun with the theme while also learning that "Life is wild...God is Good. Everyone enjoyed the theme which was emphasized through Sing & Play, Spotlight Videos, KidVid Cinema, Stampede Sports, Imagination Station, Wild Bible Adventures, and Hungry Herd Cafe.

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SUZY PEARCE

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

I must apologize for not having Peachtree Community News in last week. We were on vacation and I couldn't get it to the papers on time.
This past Sunday Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family, and friends had a number of visitors to our church.
The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Fran Bunn in honor of her husband, Mr. Robert W. (Bobby) Bunn's 77th birthday.

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FRAN BUNN

Coopers Elementary School Honor Rolls

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

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NRMS Early College Honor Rolls

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

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Benvenue Elementary School Honor Rolls

Nash-Rocky Mount Schools has released its Honor Roll lists for the final 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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MB Hubbard Elementary School Honor Rolls

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

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SCHOLARSHIP

The Momeyer Ruritan Club recently awarded scholarships to Tristen Edwards and Connor Vick at their meeting on Monday, June 17. Stuart Parker, President of the Momeyer Ruritan Club's Scholarship Committee presented the scholarships. Vick was unable to attend the meeting due to orientation at East Carolina University so his father, Art Vick, accepted on his behalf. Pictured above (L-R) is Art Vick, Tristen Edwards and Stuart Parker. Edwards plans to attend NC Wesleyan while Vick will attend East Carolina.

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Castalia 4th, pics 1

It was a hot day but that didn't stop Castalia from celebrating America's birthday with its annual July 4 festivities. Pictured above, Mayor Ellen Leonard (at back), Nash County Commissioner Lou Richardson and Castalia Commissioner Patsy Fisher (far right) ride in the parade, with their patriotic wear.

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Graphic photos by Amanda Clark

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Castalia 4th, pics 2

Pictured above, attendees salute during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veterans Service.

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 Editorials

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Catering to unreasonable whims helps no one

By now, you've probably heard or read the story about the six police officers who were asked to leave a Tempe, Arizona, coffee shop.
The reason they were asked to leave is that they were being policemen, and that made one customer uncomfortable.
My first reaction upon seeing this story was that it had to be one of those Fifteen Minutes of Fame stories.

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Mike Brantley

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We should respect the freedom our flag represents

I try really hard to not follow much of state and national news. But, my head isn't buried in the sand so I'm not completely in the dark.
Lately, I've been hearing snippets of talk about our country and its flag and how famous people, especially athletes, are using their "platforms" to show how they disagree with certain things going on in the world.

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Amanda Clark

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Backward Glances

This photo was originally published July 3, 1969. These four Nash County boys won awards during the Louisburg College Basketball Camp.

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A PICTORIAL LOOK INTO THE PAST

 Sports

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AND THE WINNER IS. Nash Rec's Joel Morgan speeds toward a first-place finish in the Boys IM during last Tuesday evening's road swim meet against Nash-Halifax Swim League opponent Roanoke Valley.
A RETURN TO FORM

ROANOKE RAPIDS -- The wait proved to be worth it last Tuesday for the Nash Rec Sharks.
Nash Rec's scheduled swim meet at Roanoke Valley was supposed to be held three weeks ago, but was called off due to poor weather.
Throw in a bye week, and Nash Rec had not been in action since June 13 -- the Sharks' regular season opener in the Nash-Halifax Swim League.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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NASH CENTRAL'S CANA SHROCK
The State Showcase

ROCKY MOUNT -- Cana Shrock has built an impressive resume' during her softball career at Nash Central High School -- but she showcased her game at a statewide level during last month's Powerade North Carolina State Games.
Shrock, who is entering her senior campaign at Nash Central, was part of the Region 1 Team that won the championship at the annual event, which was staged in Charlotte.

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GEOFF NEVILLE, Graphic Sportswriter

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Bulldogs begin vs. Southeast

ROCKY MOUNT -- Nash Central High School will kick off its 2019 football schedule on Aug. 23 with a home game against the Southeast Halifax Trojans.
Nash Central's slate in the Eastern Plains Conference will begin Oct. 11 at home versus Farmville Central.
Central's complete worksheet is as follows, with home matchups listed in CAPS:

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Staff Reports

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Mudcats get past Hillcats

ZEBULON -- Mario Feliciano went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI, Wes Rogers scored four runs while going 2-for-3, Ryan Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the eighth and Noah Zavolas earned the win the as Carolina Mudcats held on to win their fifth straight game 6-5 on Monday night versus Lynchburg in a Class A Carolina League baseball showdown.

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Staff Reports

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MORE SWIM SENSATIONS, 1

NASH REC'S ANNA KING

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MORE SWIM SENSATIONS, 2

NASH REC'S BLANTON COCHRANE

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MORE SWIM SENSATIONS, 3

NASH REC'S GABE WINHAM

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REC SOCCER CHAMPIONS, 1

SAN JOSE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC
13-15 TOURNEY CHAMPS

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REC SOCCER CHAMPIONS, 2

EAGLES
NASH COUNTY PARKS AND REC
13-15 REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS

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