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State budget impacts local schools

Several decisions by the recent NC State Legislature have affected the Nash-Rocky Mount School System budget and teacher pay, some in negative ways and some in positive.
The biggest hit to the school system came in the form of $1,021,182 in cuts to teaching assistant positions for the school system. The cuts only affect regular classrooms and do not impact programs for children with special needs, which actually received a $481,744 increase in allocations above what was planned by the school system.

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Justice VFD firefighter dies in accident
Justice VFD firefighter dies in accident

Justice and the emergency responding community was in mourning this week after a firefighter was killed in the line of duty.
According to authorities, Justice Firefighters John Gupton and Kyle Horton were responding to a fire call at Lake Royale at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday when the tanker they were riding in rounded a curve on Sykes Road.

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ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
AWARDS –– Dr. Mark Cockrell, Principal of Southern Nash High School, (left) receives the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Principal of the Year Award. Pictured presenting the award is NRMPS Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson.
ACADEMIC ACCOLADES

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools honored teachers and principals on Tuesday night, naming its 2014-2015 Teacher and Principal of the Year.
Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said the night was about honoring the school system’s teachers.
“Tonight we are here to celebrate you, the best of the best, our bright and shining stars,” he said.

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County finance director retires
County finance director retires

Last Monday morning, Nash County Finance Director Lynne Hobbs attended her final County Commissioner meeting.
It was her 232nd meeting since joining Nash County’s Finance Department in 1994.
On September 30, Hobbs will retire.
Hobbs began as the Assistant Finance Director for Nash County in 1994.  In 1997, Hobbs was named the county’s Finance Director.

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Nashville is venue for Bark for Life event

Nashville’s Stoney Creek Environmental Park will play host to Nash County’s first ever Bark for Life event.
The event is a part of Relay for Life and like Relay, is a fund raising event for the American Cancer Society.
The event honors the contributions of canine caregivers. Canine caregivers include canine companions, guide dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, cancer survivor dogs and diagnostic dogs.

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