The Historical Origins of the 1871 Nash-Edgecombe County Line – Digital Rocky Mount Mills

In the spring of 1871, state legislators voted to relocate the boundary line between Nash and Edgecombe counties from the Falls of the Tar River to the line of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad that ran through the middle of Rocky Mount, Battleboro, and Sharpsburg. The legislature’s new law stated that “all the portion of Edgecombe county west of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad and between the Halifax and Wilson [county] lines be, and the same is hereby annexed to and shall form a part of Nash County.”[1] This change in the boundary line was controversial in 1871, and it remains so to this day.  Uncovering the lost history of the county line change is therefore important for discussing the broader historical development of Nash and Edgecombe Counties, and it is also especially relevant for the CHW’s project on Rocky Mount Mills. The mill and many of the mill workers were directly affected by the change in the county line, and residents of both counties were politically divided on the issue.

The change in the Nash-Edgecombe county line disrupted political boundaries that had existed for nearly a century. Since the creation of Nash County out of Edgecombe County in 1777, the boundary between the two counties had been based on . . . (Read more)


Municipal Elections Filing Began In Edgecombe/Nash County This Day July 5, 2019 12 Noon (See Daily Updates Til Filing Period Ends)

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Today I witnessed the following candidates file for the following towns.


Leo Taylor for Council Ward 2 Re-Election

Deborah Jordan for Council Ward 6 Re-Election

Bryan Tate Mayo Jr. for Council Ward 8

Rocky Mount

Bronson Williams for Mayor

Richard Joyner Council Ward 3 Was appointed to fill unexpired term now Judge Lamont Wiggins seat

Gwen Wilkins for Council Ward 3

Nellene Richardson for Council Ward 3

Timothy J. Walker Jr. for Council Ward 4

Elaine Burnette Williams for Council Ward 4 Endorsed by outgoing Councilwoman Lois Watkins

Lige Daughtridge for Council Ward 5


Steve Burress for Mayor Re-Election

Dennis Sugg for Commissioner

Brenda Barnes for Commissioner Re-Election


Jesse Earl Pettaway for Commissioner Re-Election

Annie Pettaway for Commissioner


Don Patel for Commissioner

Linda Virgil for Commissioner


Esterine Pitt for Mayor Re-Election

Doris Howington for Commissioner Re-Election

John P. Ford for Commissioner

The Political Agitator support Jordan, Joyner, Walker, Williams.

Filing Day 2 Monday July 8, 2019

Rocky Mount

Robert Lee Alston for Mayor


Florence Pender for Commissioner Re-Election

Oscar Mabry for Commissioner


Nancy Jones Taylor for Commissioner


Aubrey Eugene Edmonds for Commissioner


Linda Joyner for Commissioner Ward 2 Re-Election

Filing Day 3 Tuesday July 9, 2019

Rocky Mount

Sandy Roberson for Mayor

Tarrick Pittman for Commissioner Ward 1


Wanda Williams Harrison for Commissioner

Joyce Bullock Ricks for Commissioner


C. B. Brown III For Commissioner

Filing Day 4 Wednesday July 10, 2019


Charles Lewis


Ricky Lynch

Filing Day 5 Thursday July 11, 2019


Kenneth Sanders For Commissioner Ward 4 Filled Unexpired Term of Glenda Knight


Mayetta McCloud For Commissioner


Milton Goff Jr. For Commissioner

Rocky Mount

Kevin Jones For Mayor

Filing Day 6 Friday July 12, 2019

Rocky Mount

Andre Knight For Commissioner Ward 1


Wanda M. Naylor

Johnny Repass


Mike Keel For Mayor Re-Election

Joyce Braxton For Commissioner


Kenneth Randolph

Filing Day 7 Monday July 15, 2019


Linda Ingram For Mayor Re-Election


Teresa Summerlin For Mayor

Will Barnes for Commissioner


Wilbert Harrison For Mayor Re-Election

Joe Willie Dickens III For Commissioner

Roberta Jones Mercer For Commissioner

Filing Day 8 Tuesday July 16, 2019


Brenda Harrell For Mayor


Alvin Jones For Commissioner Ward 4


Betty Jo Oneal Roberson For Commissioner


Al Braxton For Commissioner Ward 8

Filing Day 9 Wednesday July 17, 2019


Natarsha Davis For Commissioner


Milton Bullock For Commissioner Ward 1 Re-Election

Calvin Sherrod For Commissioner Ward 4


Mary Jackson For Commissioner

Filing Day 10 Thursday July 18, 2019


William Earl Johnson For Commissioner Ward 1


Becky Humphrey For Commissioner


Early Voting: Nash County leads state in first-day early voting

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Saturday, October 22, 2016

More votes were cast at the Nash County one-stop site than any other polling place in North Carolina on the first day of early voting Thursday, according to state election officials.

In all, 2,113 voters cast their ballots at the Nashville location. Only sites in urban areas of Wake and Mecklenburg counties came close.

The best news is there was little wait time for Nash County voters, said John Kearney, the county’s elections director.

When the line was at its longest Thursday in Nashville, voters only had to wait 20 minutes to get their ballots. That’s compared to a location in Charlotte where some people waited in line for more than two hours.

By Friday, the line was down to a steady stream with voters not having to wait more than a minute or so and many walking right up to get their ballots.

Critics said the higher turnout and longer lines across the state were due to the Republican-controlled state and county elections boards not extending early voting in Democratic-heavy areas.

There is one early voting site in Nash County this week. The remaining sites will open later in the month.

The open site is at the Nash County Agriculture Center on Eastern Avenue in Nashville, where times are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Beginning Oct. 27 and running through Nov. 5, three other sites will be open at Braswell Memorial Library on Grace Street in Rocky Mount, the Spring Hope Community Building and the Mt. Pleasant Community Building in Bailey. Hours for all three locations will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

No polls will operate on Sundays.

One-stop locations allow voters to register and vote at the same time. The deadline to vote on Election Day, Nov. 8, has passed. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Early Voting: Nash County – Early Voting Location Nash Agriculture Center

South Rocky Mount Community Center

October 19 at 11:15am ·

Nash County only has one EARLY voting location this election year at the Nash Agriculture Center in Nashville. Free rides will be giving to residents leaving South Rocky Mount Community Center at 8:00a, 10:00a, 12:00p, 2:00p, and 4:00p on Thursday October 20 and Friday, October 21. For more information please contact 352-255-5778

Some Nash Rocky Mount schools open Monday – Rocky Mount Telegram

By Amelia Harper
Staff Writer

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and Rocky Mount Preparatory School will re-open Monday after a week of closures, but Edgecombe County Schools may not re-open for awhile as one school is flooded and another is surrounded by floodwater. “Princeville Elementary School is flooded at this point and will have to be evaluated by FEMA before we can make any decisions as to when we can get back in,” said Susan Hoke, communications coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools.

“In the meantime, Superintendent (John) Farrelly is working on a plan for where to send Princeville Elementary students.” Hoke also said that W.A. Patillo Middle School is surrounded by floodwater. “As far as we know, the school is not flooded, but no one can get to it right now,” Hoke said. Hoke said that no school closures for Monday had been announced, but an announcement regarding school attendance would be issued this afternoon. The situation in Edgecombe County is further complicated by the fact that both Tarboro High School and Martin Millennium Academy still are being used as Red Cross emergency shelters for displaced residents.

The shelter at Martin Millennium Academy had been closed but was reopened Wednesday to help deal with overflow from other area shelters. The missing class time may not cause as many make-up days as it would have in the past. Vanessa Jeter, communications director for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, said schools have increased flexibility under the state’s new calendar law and should be able to deal with the additional school closure time without resorting to many make-up days. That decision is left to each school system.

“The new calendar law requires schools to meet 185 days or 1,025 hours during the academic year. Under this law, a school system could actually meet about 170 days for six hours each day and still fulfill the state requirements,” Jeter said. Jeter also said the N.C. General Assembly could have the option of waiving some of the required attendance days when it meets for its long session in January. “It is really too early for school systems to need extra days off at this point,” Jeter said. “We will have to see how the winter goes.”

Though Edgecombe County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, the school board will meet on Monday night at 6:30 at the Central Office location on Pearl Street. This meeting was rescheduled from October 10, when it originally was slated. North East Carolina Prep and Edgecombe Community College have not announced closures for Monday as of press time, though floodwaters linger through much of the area. For updated information on school closures, go to

Overall crime rates fall in Twin Counties, N.C. – Rocky Mount Telegram

Twin County law enforcement agencies largely reported crime reductions in 2013 when compared with 2012, according to statistics released this morning by the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to the 2013 Uniform Crime Report, overall crime in North Carolina decreased by 7 percent, which continues a six-year downward trend and marks the state’s lowest crime rate per 100,000 people since 1974. The violent crime rate per 100,000 North Carolinians decreased by 5.4 percent. Among those reductions is a 10.2 percent decline in rape, a 1.9 percent decline in robbery and a 3.8 percent decrease in murder. (Source: Read more)