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Band director earns award of excellence
Band director earns award of excellence

The Director of Bands at Nash Central High School was surprised recently to learn he was the recipient of a coveted award in the music educator world.
Leo Nieves was recently awarded the Eastern District Award of Excellence at an All District Clinic he attended.
The award is a big honor for Nieves, as only one band director is chosen each year out of over 200 middle and high schools. The award is voted on by peers, which Nieves said makes it even more special.

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Nashville's crime rate decreases
Nashville's crime rate decreases

Though crime in Nashville has never been high, Police Chief Thomas Bashore said it has experienced a decrease.
Bashore said figures from 2015 to 2016 show a decrease for several crimes in town.
Burglaries experienced a 30 percent drop while larcenies went down 40 percent.
Bashore said for Part 1 crimes, which include serious crimes such as homicide, assault, robbery and breaking and entering, those crimes also decreased by 28 percent.

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Pictured above, Bryony Whitley, 5, (center) gets a photo opportunity with McGruff and Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone. Bryony also got a chance to check out several vehicles the Sheriff's Office brought out and try out the sirens on a few of the cars.

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Coopers-West Mount Park project moves forward

Nash County Commissioners approved an agreement for professional services for a park project in the Coopers and West Mount area on Monday.
The Nash County Regional All-Inclusive Park is a part of the county's Master Plan for the recreation department, which includes a park in the Coopers and West Mount areas. Nash County officials have been working with the Coopers Community Development Corporation for several years to help make the park a reality.
Patsy McGhee, Grants and Intergovernmental Relations Administrator, presented the project to commissioners on Monday, during their second regular meeting of the month.

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<i>Red Oak donates historic teacharage for preservation</i>
Red Oak donates historic teacharage for preservation

The historic teacherage building in Red Oak has new owners, as Red Oak's Board of Commissioners agreed on Monday to donate the property to a group that wants to preserve it.
Commissioners agreed to donate the building and also provide $25,000 in matching funds to the Red Oak Area Historic Preservation Society during a special called meeting on Monday.

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Lemus named director of My Sister's House
My Sister's House Executive Director Emily Lemus, at right, stands with the new Children's Advocate Kristal Howell, of Red Oak.
Lemus named director of My Sister's House

Emily Lemus has been volunteering with My Sister's House since she was 15 years old. On February 9, she became an employee of the organization, as she began in a new role of overseeing the organization as the executive director.
Lemus, who is originally from the Sandy Cross area, came to the organization as a teenager to work on service projects for her school. Lemus said she chose My Sister's House because her grandmother, Joyce Ann Pope, was a victim of domestic violence.

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