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Nash County farmer Marvin Winstead, an outspoken opponent of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington during February oral arguments in a case between builders and environmental advocates on whether the pipeline should pass through the Appalachian Trail.

Pipeline opponent wants appraisers off his property

NASHVILLE — A farmer living along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route is asking Nash County officials to halt appraisers from entering his home during a statewide stay-at-home order meant to …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Nash County sees 1st coronavirus death

NASHVILLE — The Nash County Health Department is reporting the first COVID-19-associated death in Nash County. The male patient, in his late 70s with underlying conditions, died Tuesday from …

County board chairman defends jail plans

NASHVILLE — Nash County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robbie Davis has come out swinging against an architect firm that recently questioned plans for the aging county jail. Pennsylvania-based …
Nash County Detention Officer D. Whitaker locks up the detention center's westside cells in August. The oldest part of the jail, built in the 1970s, contains open-bar cell blocks.

County hires architect for jail expansion

NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners on Monday selected the same architectural firm that recommended the renovations and expansion of the Nash County Detention Center to actually design and …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

COVID-19 spreading in Nash County

NASHVILLE — With new cases of COVID-19 announced nearly every day in the last week, the number of infected people in Nash County has risen into double digits. Nash County Health Director Bill …
Cafeteria workers Cherie Jackson, Pam Jones and Mariela Estrada, from left, prepare meals in the Southern Nash High School kitchen to be distributed to students Friday.

Schools still feeding students

Southern Nash High School’s cafeteria workers miss seeing students — even though they’re still feeding many of them every day. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Nash County native, closed schools for two …
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Spring Hope sets business social distancing rules

SPRING HOPE — The Spring Hope Board of Commissioners has approved social distancing rules for stores in town to slow the spread of COVID-19. “Establishments selling groceries and items usually …

State probation absconder sought

Spring Hope residents told to boil water

County leaders: Nash helping to flatten coronavirus curve

Online agricultural assistance available

Crime down during stay-at-home order


Duke Energy offers coronavirus tips

Missing man not involved in drugs

Sheriff’s office open for gun permits

Curfew declared in Franklin County

Straw mascots encourage coronavirus precautions

Weathercast: Midweek highs to reach the mid-80s

Weathercast: Comfortable weekend, then upper 70s Monday and Tuesday

Nash school district to receive $582,000 in coronavirus funds

Rocky Mount sailor works aboard USS Carney

Church holds drive-in service

License plate office adds fish, wildlife licenses

County asks residents to use online services

United Way partners with FamilyWize to offer medicine savings, deliveries

Crash knocks out power

Person of interest named in Travis Lynch's disappearance

Nash charts 11th coronavirus case

Architects question Nash jail plan

Textile company making masks to fight coronavirus

Food pantry seeks equipment, donors and volunteers

Victim charged in Walmart shooting

I-95 traffic stop leads to Nash’s largest meth bust

Hospital seeks donations of protective medical supplies

Insurance payments deferred during coronavirus outbreak

Nash UNC Health Care tightens visitor restrictions

Authorities seek probation absconder

Transportation investment input sought

Service lists free meal sites by text message

Nash joins state in home isolation

Peachtree News: Churches have role to play in coronavirus response

Midweek rain will usher in milder daytime highs

Nash UNC Health Care tightens visitor restrictions

Hospital seeks donations of protective medical supplies

COVID-19: When you're on your own, we are there with you

Weathercast: Warm, sunny weekend, then cold front brings mild temps


Missing man not involved in drugs

NASHVILLE — Authorities say a missing Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County 16 years ago wasn’t involved in the local drug scene. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve …

Person of interest named in Travis Lynch's disappearance

BAILEY — A locked up drug ringleader is the main person of interest in the disappearance of a Wilson man more than a decade ago. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve 2003. He was …
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Missing man’s uncle thinks someone will step forward

The uncle of a missing Wilson man said he believes someone will come forward with the key information needed to solve the case. Travis Lynch disappeared 16 years ago. He spent time with his …

Missing man seen at notorious nightclub before vanishing

BAILEY — A now shuttered nightclub with a long history of law enforcement troubles is the last place anyone outside his girlfriend’s family saw a Wilson man who’s been missing for 16 …

Family believes race may have hindered missing person investigation

Authorities may have been slow to investigate Travis Lynch’s disappearance because he was a young black man, according to family members still grappling with their loss 16 years later. “The …

Being kind more important than home turf advantage

The Southern Nash logo is displayed on the Nash Central baseball field in a true act of kindess and sportsmanship by the host team. Both teams had their seniors honored in a “dual” Senior Night. Mark Cone | SouthernNashNews.com .
People say that when times are dark, when the menacing stare of the unknown looks you directly in the face, one’s true self is shown. Usually this is through kindness and charity in giving to …

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Weathercast: Midweek highs to reach the mid-80s

The audio portion of the Weathercast continues to have technical problems, but hopefully by what should be a sunny, pleasant Saturday, the technical glitches will resolve. A stalled front is …


Donna Crowe

American Christians in hiding?

I was taken aback when I saw no list of church happenings in my newspaper this week. Of course, I know about the requirements for staying in and for social distancing, but still seeing no …

Jan Mills

Why wasn’t our nation prepared?

Are there others reading this who find themselves absolutely wondering when the world will return to some degree of normalcy? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to once again walk into a restaurant and …

Top sports stories
Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game
ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams … Read More
Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win
FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 … Read More
Peppers to join NC Sports Hall of Fame
Southern Nash High graduate Julius Peppers is one of the headliners in the North Carolina Sport Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction class … Read More
Firebirds’ Cooley named to AP all-state team
RALEIGH — Seniors Quinton Cooley of Southern Nash and Jaquaez Powell of SouthWest Edgecombe were among the 30 high school football … Read More
Southern Nash’s Cooley injured in NC’s Shrine Bowl loss
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Quinton Cooley’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas experience lasted exactly two plays from scrimmage Saturday at … Read More
Hidden changes taint COVID-19 response plans

One thing politicians soon learn is to never waste a good crisis. Quite frequently, when responding to the urgency of the moment in drafting emergency legislation, lawmakers will find ways to …

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Community Calendar: Pancake supper supports Firebirds band

BAILEY — A pancake supper fundraiser for the Southern Nash High School band is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Bailey United Methodist …

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