Emergency officials are bracing for Hurricane Florence, which is anticipated to bring strong winds and torrential rainfall to Nash County. Forecasters are comparing the hurricane to Hurricane Hazel, which hit North Carolina in 1954 as a Category 4 storm. It is the only Category 4 storm on record to hit the Carolinas. Hurricane Florence is threatening to change that.
As of presstime, two shelters had opened in preparation for the storm, one at Nash Central High School and one at Southern Nash High School. Information going around social media listing numerous Nash County schools as shelters was not accurate. For up-to-date information on shelters, Nash County recommends downloading ReadyNC App.
A volunteer firefighter with the Castalia Fire Department has been charged with 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretense. The fire department reported inaccuracies in their fuel transactions on Wednesday, August 29 and the department's president, A.C. Daniels, requested the Nash County Sheriff's Office investigate the inaccuracies.
A project on Nashville's wish list for many years is finally happening. Work recently began on the Cross Street Extension project, which will align Cross Street with Western Avenue. Bobby Liverman, District Engineer for the NC Department of Transportation (DOT), said utilities are currently being moved.
A long-time hardware store that was being operated as a restaurant burned down early Sunday morning. The building on Benvenue Road operated and was well-known as Wells General Merchandise for many years. It was currently a Mexican restaurant, El Rinconcito, said Red Oak Fire Chief Bob Brown.
The Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Leadership Team has set three town hall meetings to discuss potential sites to build a new elementary school. The meetings will be held at the schools that will be affected if the new school were to be built: Swift Creek Elementary School, Cedar Grove Elementary School and Red Oak Elementary School.
A Nashville woman will spend three and a half years in prison for conspiring to sell crack cocaine. Chief United States District Judge James C Dever III sentenced Sade Shana Holland, also known as Sharde Richardson, 27, of Nashville to 42 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The sentencing was last Thursday in federal court.
The Nash-Rocky Mount School System remains a low-performing district, according to data released last week by the State Board of Education. This is the fourth year the school system has been on the list. Of the 24 reporting schools in the Nash-Rocky Mount School System, 14 schools are considered low performing, including 10 elementary schools and four middle schools.