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Sharpton signs autographs after the event.
Reverend Al Sharpton visited Rocky Mount on Saturday, stopping at the OIC Center for a special service, "The Future Is In Our Hands."
Sharpton was invited to Rocky Mount by Wallace Cherry, who organized the event.
Several speakers were on hand for the event, including Reverend Nehemiah Smith and Rosita Wiggins.
Smith spoke on the condition of Rocky Mount today. Smith said he had been away for 22 years and when he came back, he didn't recognize the city.
Nash County Planning and Inspections issued the following building permits from August 17 through August 21.
A damage to property (vandalism) was reported on 8/17/15 at 105 Wheeless Circle
A damage to property (vandalism) was reported on 8/17/15 on US 64 West bound
A hit and run was reported on 8/18/15 on Washington Street, near US 64
A possession of weapon of mass destruction was reported on 8/17/15 at 1613 S. Grace Street
A domestic was reported on 8/17/15 on Browntown Road
A breaking and entering and damaging computers was reported on 8/17/15 at 2345 WIley Road
Found property was reported on 8/17/15 at 185 S White Street
The Nash County Agriculture Center will be one of five sites hosting regional meetings to inform backyard poultry owners about avian flu.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) will put on the meetings, which will provide information about the highly pathogenic avian influenza that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall.
David Porter and his mom, Terry, get familiar with David's first grade classroom during an open house last Wednesday at Nashville Elementary School.
Kindergarten teacher Ms. Cherri Pickett reads a book to her students on Monday during the first day of class at Cedar Grove Elementary School.
Micahla Dawes shows her drawing to Cedar Grove Elementary School kindergarten teacher assistant Ms. Susan Corbett on Monday, the first day of school for most Nash-Rocky Mount School students.
After many years as a pre-K teacher, Katherine McClenny (center) will be teaching first grade this school year. McClenny said she was excited for the new opportunity. Pictured is McClenny with Matthew Marshall (far right), who will be in her first grade class this year, and his mom, Janet Earp (far left).
Benjamin Colby Griffin and Amanda Carpenter Griffin of Nashville announce the birth of their son, Hudson Vanhook Griffin, who was born August 4, 2015 at Nash General Hospital in Rocky Mount. He weighed 8lbs, 10 oz. and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Mary Carpenter of New Bern. Maternal great-grandparents are Everette and Maxine Carpenter of New Bern and Alexander and Rose Linko of New Bern.
Members of the Board of Directors and staff of the Pregnancy Care Center of Rocky Mount, Inc. have unanimously approved a name change for the Center. The Center will now be doing business as (DBA) Your Choice Resource Center. The Center, who serves approximately 500 clients annually, is listed on the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services resource approved list of agencies for information on fetal development, alternatives to abortion and abortion procedures and possible risks.
On Saturday, September 19th, hundreds of supporters will gather at Englewood Park for the Rocky Mount Pregnancy Care Center's (now doing business as Your Choice Resource Center) 25th annual Walk for Life. Registration for the Walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. and the two-mile Walk will start at 10:15 a.m. There will be family fun before and after the Walk with music, balloon art, face painting and food provided by Griffin's Stop & Shop, Boddie Noell Enterprises, Don Bulluck Chevrolet, and Anne's Dounuts. Chick-fil-A coupons will be available for sponsored walkers.
Business, industry and Nash County area leaders and officials celebrated new additions to Rocky Mount Middle and Southern Nash Middle schools on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 that will help students deepen their understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools (NRMPS) administrators, along with representatives from the Golden LEAF Foundation and other major area businesses, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the new STEM labs at Rocky Mount Middle and Southern Nash Middle schools on Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
This week begins a new school year for all the children. Please pray for our children, teachers, schools and bus drivers. May God keep our schools safe. Also remember to drive safely and watch out for children who may be excited and run out into the streets when getting on or off the busses.
On Wednesday night this week, we had a prayer vigil at the Beulah Church of Christ fellowship hall. There are many members and friends on our prayer list.
As Peachtree folks gathered for worship on Sunday morning, a feeling of joy and thanksgiving prevailed. David Griffin had received better news from his doctors on Thursday. Many prayers have been offered for him and this was welcomed news.
Dr. Bill Wakefield brought the morning sermon. It was based on scripture passages Romans 3:19- 23 and II Corinthians 5:21. He reiterated that eternal life is by grace, a gift from God, when one puts his faith in God's Son, Jesus Christ.
Nate James, Associate Pastor and Minister of Youth and Children at Red Oak Baptist Church, gave the Book Bag Blessing to the youth and children on Sunday, August 23. Prayer was also offered for the teachers and other school workers.
Remember your Christmas in August gifts! North American missionaries, Michael and Hope Waldrop of Utah, will be the recipients of the gifts this year. Gifts are being collected in the 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School classroom at Red Oak Baptist Church.
I do believe by the time our Aventon news hits the newsstands and mailboxes, all little Aventonians will be back in school; another summer gone and another school year here. Where does time go? It was just yesterday we were sending our kids off to school, now we are sending our grandchildren. My, my, my....I do believe this makes us old LOL!
After leading worship services in the church for many years, I love to pronounce the Benediction. I do so slowly and deliberately. I look at people in the congregation. I often see faces aglow with wonder and amazement. What's this guy think he's doing?
Benediction means good talk. It is a compound word. Diction refers to speech. The prefix, "bene," means "good." A benediction is good speech. It is a blessing.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Director for North Carolina Bob Etheridge announced that the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program, which provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities, further benefits producers by including dairy, flowers and meats as eligible commodities.