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The town of Spring Hope changed the settings on its Facebook page to no longer accept comments from the general public. Legal experts say that’s a safer route than blocking users or deleting individual comments, which may violate residents’ First Amendment rights.

Law professor: Town allowed to disable Facebook comments

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 14, 2021

SPRING HOPE -— Town officials who recently shut down social media comments may have riled up residen...

Arrest made in Rocky Mount’s 2nd killing in 4 days

From staff reports
| June 14, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — City police are investigating a homicide from late last week. Around 10 p.m. Friday, o...

The family of E.G. Braswell, first-generation owner of the feed and farming business now known as Braswell Family Farms in Nashville, is shown in a 1952 photograph.

FATHER'S DAY

4 generations lead family business

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 15, 2021

NASHVILLE — Three-quarters of a century of hard work, good fortune, tragedy and enduring Christian f...

Pritchard

Spring Hope newcomer to run for mayor

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 13, 2021

SPRING HOPE — A new resident who made a splash about recent water woes during last week’s town board...

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Mother accused of killing baby

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 12, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — City police have accused a woman of killing her young child after investigating the 20...

Sheriffs question bill limiting mug shots’ release

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 12, 2021

North Carolina sheriffs are balking at state legislation that would ban them from releasing mug shot...

The Spring Hope Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday.

Spring Hope sets meeting on infrastructure funding

From staff reports
| June 11, 2021

SPRING HOPE — Town commissioners have called a special meeting for Monday to consider a request for ...

Pritchard

Spring Hope water woes spark political interest

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 13, 2021

SPRING HOPE — Folks packed town hall on Monday to question officials about recent water outages, wit...

Newly named Southern Nash High School varsity football coach Brian Batchelor talks to one of his Firebirds on the field. Batchelor takes the reins from longtime coach Brian Foster, who's led the team since 1998 and served as an assistant from 1990-97.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD

Southern Nash taps Batchelor as new head football coach

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 7, 2021

Southern Nash High School has named Brian Batchelor as its new head varsity football coach. Batchelo...

Teen shot dead at graduation party

From staff reports
| June 7, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — City police are investigating a weekend shooting at a high school graduation party tha...

Sgt. Stan Ricks of the Nash County Sheriff's Office is shown during Saturday's Cover the Cruiser fundraiser at Smith's Red & White in Dortches to benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina. Deputies also recently participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run.

Donors help deputies ‘Cover the Cruiser’ for Special Olympics

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 7, 2021

DORTCHES — Nash County deputies raised $1,000 for the Special Olympics during a four-hour fundraiser...

Southern Nash High School graduates file into Firebird Stadium for Saturday’s commencement exercises.

Southern Nash grads turn tassels

From staff reports
| June 7, 2021

Nash County Public Schools held graduation ceremonies for the district's four traditional high schoo...

Brandon Lynch and Howard Hill are shown in a composite image of their pictures from a missing person poster.

Missing Nash men found dead in crashed car

By Lindell J. Kay
| June 4, 2021

NASHVILLE — Two men reported missing late last month have been found dead. Brandon Lynch and Howard ...

The Spring Hope Downtown Development Board heard public input about the future of Depot Park, seen in this May 24 photo, during a meeting last week.

Ideas pour in for new Spring Hope Depot Park

By Mark Cone
| May 31, 2021

SPRING HOPE — Around 30 Spring Hope leaders, residents and business owners attended a May 25 public ...

The Claude Mayo Jr. Administration Building is shown in a Nash County government photo.

No tax, fee hikes in $115 million Nash County budget

By Ken Ripley
| May 29, 2021

NASHVILLE — County Manager Zee Lamb revealed his recommended budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year on M...

Children play catch at the town of Middlesex’s public swimming pool, which opens for the summer season on Saturday.

Middlesex swimming pool opens for summer

By Mark Cone
| May 29, 2021

MIDDLESEX — The town’s public swimming pool on the corner of North Walnut and Stewart streets opens ...

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Vaccines slowing new COVID-19 cases in Nash

From staff reports
| May 24, 2021

NASHVILLE — With a third of the Nash County population vaccinated, new COVID-19 cases and deaths hav...

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson, left, welcomes new Rocky Mount Police Chief Robert Hassell during a Friday reception after Hassell's swearing-in ceremony.

Rocky Mount welcomes new police chief

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 24, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT — The city’s new chief of police is officially on the job. Police Chief Robert Hassell s...

This forensic image shows what an unknown Hispanic woman found stabbed to death in Sampson County in 1999 may have looked like.

UNIDENTIFIED

Unknown woman stabbed to death

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 24, 2021

NEWTON GROVE — Someone stabbed her in the neck and left her to die alone outside a migrant labor cam...

Heather Louise Finch, pictured at the family farm in Bailey with her uncle, leukemia patient Nate Strickland Jr., is a nominee for the  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2021 Woman of the Year honor.

Bailey woman nominated for cancer charity honor

By Lindell J. Kay
| May 26, 2021

BAILEY — A local woman is in the running to be the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2021 Woman of the Y...


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