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Students will have to pay for driver's ed

The Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education agreed on Monday to begin charging students for taking driver's education.
The decision was made in expectation of the North Carolina General Assembly changing funding for the driver's education program in the state.
The General Assembly is considering cutting funding to the program or possibly providing no funding to the program, leaving school systems to fully fund the program.

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Dirt moves, business still a mystery

Nashville town officials are excited to see dirt being moved around on the 50 acres of land across from McDonalds, now known as Nash Crossing Subdivision.
The property is owned by Stallings Oil Company. Very little activity has been seen on the property since Nashville's Town Council approved a rezoning of the entire property in 2013 to B-1 General Business.
The property consists of three parcels of land across from Evans Drive, where the McDonalds is located. The plat shows nine lots on the property.

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Bob Simpson, member of Nashville's American Legion Post 110, places an American Flag upon the grave of Jesse Lee Smith. Smith was drafted into the US Army in 1952 and served two years of active duty in Fairbanks, Alaska during the Korean War. He served eight years in the NC National Guard and was a member of Post 110. The Legion will hold a Memorial Day Service Sunday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Nashville honoring deceased veterans.

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Local woman charged with animal abuse
One of reportedly 21 dogs at a home on Old Carriage Road is shown above. The dog is one of three reportedly taken by animal control on Friday but later returned.
Local woman charged with animal abuse

Numerous complaints about the condition of dogs at a home off of Old Carriage Road have led to animal cruelty charges against a Rocky Mount woman.
Angelyna Marie Card, 25, was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals on Friday, May 15.
The charges stem from numerous complaints made by one person, said Environmental Health Supervisor Robert Hunt.
Card's address is listed as 5177 Sapony Creek Drive however she allegedly has 21 dogs at property at 5252 S. Old Carriage Road.

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Castalia shoots down tax increase

A motion to increase the property tax rate failed at a budget meeting in Castalia Thursday night. Commissioners met for a preliminary budget workshop reviewing several items including taxes, the Waste Industries contract and employee benefits.
Angie Elliot, the Town Clerk, emphasized that the meeting was a "work session only," and that the committee would have to have another workshop to complete and finalize the budget.

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National Night Out set for August 4 in Nashville
National Night Out set for August 4 in Nashville

Nashville's Police Department is making plans for its third annual National Night Out.
This year's event is set for August 4 and will include several changes, according to Nashville Community Services Officer Jennifer Bull.
One change is the location. This year's event will be held at Glover Park instead of the Stoney Creek Environmental Park.
Bull said the change in location was due to the event growing so much.
"We need a bigger area," she said.

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Nash budget projects no tax increase
Nash budget projects no tax increase

Nash County Commissioners will meet on Wednesday, May 27 for final budget talks before holding a public hearing on the proposed budget at their June 8 regular meeting.
Nash County Manager Zee Lamb officially presented the $92 million budget at the board's regular meeting on May 4. Lamb said the budget represented a 2.8 percent increase over the current year's budget and a 3.8 percent decrease from the current year's revised budget.

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Red Oak Fire Dept. holds benefit for fireman

Members of the Red Oak Fire Department are coming together to raise money for one of their own.
A benefit pork chop dinner is planned for next Friday, May 29 to benefit Ty Tharrington, who is battling Leukemia for the second time.
Tharrington grew up in the Red Oak Fire Department, along with his two brothers, watching their father serve. As soon as he was old enough, Tharrington also joined, said Bob Brown, Red Oak's Fire Chief.

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