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NHC tops out new women's center
TOP OUT -- Janice Alford, an RN with Nash General's Special Care Nursery, signs the beam that is lifted to the top of the new Women's Center following a "topping out" ceremony last week.
NHC tops out new women's center

Nash Health Care Systems celebrated the construction of its third major project last week, with a "topping out" ceremony for the new women's center, scheduled to open later this year.
The Women's Center is the third project the hospital has completed since announcing a $75 million strategic plan in September 2010. The women's center, once completed, will join the newly constructed emergency department, which includes a separate pediatric emergency department, and a heart center.

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Pipeline meeting is Tuesday

Concerned citizens are sponsoring an educational meeting on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline next week.
The meeting is planned for Tuesday, June 30 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Nash County Agricultural Center in Nashville.
Attorney Charles "Chuck" Lollar, a Virginia attorney, will provide a presentation on the impact of the pipeline on property owners and the community.
Lollar has experience handling eminent domain cases involving natural gas line projects. Originally from North Carolina, Lollar is licensed in both North Carolina and Virginia. He's currently defending numerous property owners in Virginia who are being sued by the pipeline over being able to survey on their property.

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Nashville approves budget

Nashville's Town Council agreed on Monday night to hold off on appointing someone to fill the recently vacated seat of Councilwoman Patricia Rogers.
Mayor Donald Street told council members that the board had two options in filling the seat. One, the board could appoint someone to fill the seat for the remainder of Rogers' term. Street said three people had expressed interest in the seat so far.
The second option was to just wait until elections in November and let the election process decide who would fill the seat.

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Nash Arts Center offers summer youth camps
SUMMER CAMP -- Johnna Walton cleans her paint brush off while working on a painting during a Creative Painting Class at Nash Arts. The camp will be held all week and is taught by Melanie Statnick.
Nash Arts Center offers summer youth camps

Nash Arts is offering several camps this summer to help youth enhance their arts experience.
This week, the arts center is offering a creative painting camp for youth in kindergarten through fifth grade. The same camp will be held for youth in grades six through eight in July. Both camps are taught by Melanie Statnick.
Nash Arts Director Shelly Gray said the camps are just some of the new camps being offered this summer.

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Castalia okays budget

At a public hearing Monday, June 15, board members voted unanimously to approve Castalia's town budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year which begins July 1. The budget includes a $460,182 general fund, $69,209 for the water system, and $13,900 for recreation, which will be used to support the town's annual Fourth of July celebration. The motion to approve the budget was put forth by Town Commissioner James Alston. Angie Elliot, the town clerk, said in a phone interview that there were "no significant changes" to the budget compared to last year's.

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Nash asked to oppose farm bill

Nash County Commissioners were asked to approve a resolution opposing a bill that will allow for the expansion of deer farming in North Carolina.
Judy Gardner spoke to commissioners at their meeting on June 8 and said she was hoping to raise awareness of the concerns of the pending legislation.
Senate Bill 513, the Farm Act of 2015, has a long list of provisions but Gardner said one provision is concerning.
The Farm Bill calls for the expansion of the cervid farming industry by adding white-tailed deer as a new economic opportunity for North Carolina.

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NC poultry shows, public sales are suspended

North Carolina poultry shows and public sales will be suspended from August 15 to January 15 due to the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which means Nash County youth will be unable to show their poultry at the North Carolina State Fair.
State Veterinarian Doug Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced earlier this month that the shows and sales would be suspended, including the NC State Fair and Mountain State Fair poultry shows as well as bird shows at county fairs, live bird auctions and poultry swap meets.

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