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NRMPS continues to work on improvement plan

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools continues to make progress on its District Improvement Plan.
The Board of Education received updates on two of the plan's goals on Monday at the board's regular meeting.
The plan was put together in response to the school system being deemed a low-performing district.
Low performing districts are any district where the majority of schools are deemed low performing.

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Castalia native offers community development idea to town

Jenny Braswell of Braswell Writing and Development Services made a presentation to the town board of Castalia during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, offering her services to the town for 6 months at no cost.
A native of Castalia, Braswell has experience in economic, non-profit, and work-force development. She is launching a program called the NC Crossroads Initiative, an opportunity to "work with and represent and advocate for the town." As Braswell explained, "The beginning of this idea came when I was working at the NC Rural Center - in their Rural Economic Development Institute Program.

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Nashville woman killed in accident

A Nashville woman was killed last week after a head-on collission in the Sandy Cross area.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, 54-year-old Kim Eggers Page, of Nashville, was traveling north on NC 58, north of West Mount Drive near Nashville, when she crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle, driven by Cynthia Harrison Wilkins, 55, of Rocky Mount.
Page was killed in the accident.

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NRMPS announces make-up days

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools has announced its make-up plan for school days missed due to inclement weather on January 22 and January 25.
The make-up day for January 22 for traditional schools is March 7 while the make-up day for January 25 is June 8.
The make-up day for January 22 for the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College is May 20 while the make-up day for January 25 is May 23.
The primary goal of the make-up plan is to ensure all students recover critical instructional time lost during the inclement weather days.

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NASH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS

A breaking, entering and larceny was reported on 1/24/16 at 7589 North Frazier Road
A call for service was reported on 1/25/16 at 7771 US 264A
A larceny of a firearm was reported on 1/25/16 at 4628 Macedonia Road
A misdemeanor was reported on 1/26/16 at 463 Lee Lane

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NASHVILLE POLICE REPORTS

INCIDENTS
A larceny was reported on 1/25/16 at Wal-Mart, 1205 Eastern Avenue
A possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle and driving while impaired was reported on 1/26/16 in the parking lot of L&L #14, 479 W Washington Street

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NASH COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS JANUARY 25-29

Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from January 25 through 29.

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Nashville Chamber seeks Distinguished Citizen

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for this year's Distinguished Citizen.
Nominees do not have to be a chamber member nor does the nominating individual or group. The nominee should be a citizen or business person from the Nashville area and should be a person who strives to make our community a better place for all.
The winner of this award will be honored at the annual awards ceremony on March 3, 2015 at the Nash Arts Center in downtown Nashville.

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Battleboro man charged with embezzlement
Battleboro man charged with embezzlement

An employee at Boddie Noell Enterprises was arrested last week and charged with embezzlement.
Ted Polensky, 48, of Plantation Drive, Battleboro, was charged following an investigation that began in November. Polensky was the Director of Loss Prevention at Boddie Noell Enterprises. He had been employed at the company for nine years.
The Nash County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division charged Polensky with 15 counts of embezzling totalling over $1,000.

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Florida man charged in I-95 accident

A Florida man was charged in an accident that blocked lanes on I-95 on Sunday morning.
Nash County Troopers responded to an accident around 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, January 31 on I-95 Northbound, near the 132 mile-marker.
According to investigators, a tractor trailer driven by Kevin Eugene Ellis, 31, of Middleburg, Florida, was traveling north on I-95 when his vehicle veered into the grass median. Ellis overcorrected, which caused the tractor trailer to jackknife and overturn. As a result, both northbound lanes were blocked for around an hour.

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Johnson, Howell wed
Johnson, Howell wed

Dana Stewart Johnson and Brandon Yates Howell were united in marriage on October 10, 2015 during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony held at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. David L. Cook.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Luther Johnson of Rocky Mount.

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Owners donate Rocky Mount Inn to NC Wesleyan College
Owners donate Rocky Mount Inn to NC Wesleyan College

The Rocky Mount Inn, a landmark on Highway 301 just a little over two miles south of North Carolina Wesleyan College, was recently donated to the college by its long-time local owner, prominent businessman Dong Jin, and his family.
"The college is extremely grateful for this very generous gift," said Wesleyan President Dr. Dewey Clark. "We are pleased at how well-kept the facility is. It's in great condition and opens up some exciting possibilities for the college.

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Joyner receives certification
Joyner receives certification

Cliff Joyner of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Nashville has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification mark CFP®.
Joyner successfully completed CFP Board's initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination.

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Rocky Mount pastor to host 2016 Shark Tank
Mark Little
Rocky Mount pastor to host 2016 Shark Tank

SpringBoardNC, along with partner organization the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, has announced that James D. Gailliard, Sr., Pastor, Word Tabernacle Church has joined the program as the host of Shark Tank by SpringBoardNC 2016. Joan Siefert Rose, CEO, Council of Entrepreneurial Development, Sterrett Lloyd, President, Draka Elevator Products, Inc., and Mark Little, Director, NCGrowth have also agreed to serve as "sharks" (judges) for event.
"We are thrilled to have such an incredible mix of community and business leaders, entrepreneurial experts and CEOs joining our program" said Phil Dixon, President, SpringBoardNC. "With their expertise and guidance, we are in for a really fun, exciting competition"

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Nashville Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team holds fundraiser

Nashville Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind teams are preparing for an upcoming regional competition and are raising money to help with expenses.
Westridge Grill has agreed to donate a percentage of their profits on Monday, February 1 to the school's Odyssey of the Mind teams. Have a meal anytime during that day and help support Odyssey of the Mind.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.

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MILITARY BRIEF

U.S. Army Reserve Pvt. Tiaysha D. Thomas has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

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Spelling Bee Champions
Spelling Bee Champions

Anna Strickland (right) has been named the Southern Nash Middle School Spelling Bee Champion. Also pictured is Ashley Moore (left) who was named first runner-up. both girls are in the 7th grade and will be competing in the district-wide Advancement Spelling Bee on March 10 at 6:30 pm, at the Dunn Center on the campus of NC Wesleyan College. The Advancement Spelling Bee is sponsored by the Delta Center for Life Development, and the winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Daughtridge receives 2015 REALTOR of the Year Award
Daughtridge receives 2015 REALTOR of the Year Award

The Rocky Mount Area Association of REALTORS recently held their annual Installation of Officers and Awards Banquet at Birchwood Country Club in Nashville. Treasure Faircloth, 2016 President Elect of the North Carolina Association of REALTORS installed the officers. The 2016 officers for The Rocky Mount Area Association of REALTORS are Max Avent, President; Ken Sikes, President Elect; Kenny Bullard, Vice President; Judy Winstead, Secretary; Bill Soloman, Treasurer.

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Fifth Duke K.I.D.S. Golf Classic
Fifth Duke K.I.D.S. Golf Classic

Nash Community College is one of the beneficiaries of the Fifth Duke K.I.D.S. Golf Classic held recently at Belmont Lake Golf Club. The event raises money for Duke Children's Hospital to assist Kids In Desperate Situations (K.I.D.S.). The lobby on the first floor of the College's Continuing Education and Public Services Building was named this year in honor of contributions to the College by West Mount Ruritan Club and Duke K.I.D.S. Donations from the event to the College will aid in the education and training of current and future EMS and Nursing students.

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PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS
PEACHTREE COMMUNITY NEWS

On a beautiful, sunny morning, Peachtree Folks gathered for worship. [It was hard to realize that services were cancelled just last Sunday on account of ice and snow.]
Sanctuary flowers were given by Bob and Fran Bunn in honor of their son, Bobby, on the occasion of his birthday. The Adult Choir, under the direction of the pastor, sang "Thy Word."

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RED OAK NEWS
RED OAK NEWS

Baptist Men's Day was wonderful at Red Oak Baptist Church on Sunday, January 31! The day began with the Baptist Men's Breakfast and then the men led all parts of the morning worship service. The Men's Choir led the music and performed a special selection. Phil Davenport gave the welcome and announcements followed by prayer. Nate James, Associate Pastor, performed on guitar. Justin Carp shared a great message. Larry Camp gave the benediction. Thanks to everyone who worked to make this day special.

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Luke's Word for the Week
Luke's Word for the Week

It's hard to believe, but it's already February. Wasn't it just yesterday we were mourning the end of summer? Wasn't it just yesterday we were discussing whether the Carolina Panthers could actually make it to the Super Bowl? Wasn't it just yesterday we celebrated Christmas? My how time flies.
Time goes so quickly that we are now less than a week from Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of Lent. In the Christian tradition Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent (the 40 days prior to Easter).

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BEULAH COMMUNITY NEWS
BEULAH COMMUNITY NEWS

Hope everyone is doing great and were safe and warm during the snow and ice we had. If you have watched the news you will realize we, here, were blessed. Some other areas are much worse. Usually when we face individual problems we can always see others that have things much worse. Always be thankful for all your blessings! We have a really great blessing! Our little great grandchild, Autumn Fisher, whom we have asked you to pray for, had her heart surgery on January 28 and she is doing great.

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Donation
Donation

Marianne Matthews (at left), Mu Chapter Treasurer, received a donation from Dianne Day (at right), Mu Chapter member and Pampered Chef Consultant. Day organized a fundraiser for Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and donated her commission to the chapter. The funds will be used to continue to support beginning teachers, Schools in Africa, as well as a variety of professional development opportunities for members.

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Nash County Blood Drives for Feb 2016

Friday, February 5 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Parkwood Baptist Church, 1731 Hunter Hill Road, Rocky Mount
Wednesday, February 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Nash Community College in Building A, 522 N Old Carriage Road, Rocky Mount
Wednesday, February 10 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Nash Health Care Systems, 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive, Rocky Mount
Friday, February 12 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Braswell Memorial Library, 727 North Grace Street, Rocky Mount

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