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While sitting next to his colleagues on the Clinton City Board of Education, Superintendent Stuart Blount expressed how he enjoyed a warm Monday.
“On a personal note, it was really nice for it to be 60 degrees today,” Blount said, only half joking with the board.
But that was not the case during the previous two weeks when wintry weat

Clinton BOE forgives makeup day for students

While sitting next to his colleagues on the Clinton City Board of Education, Superintendent Stuart Blount expressed how he enjoyed a warm Monday. “On a personal note, it was really nice for it to be 60 degrees today,” Blount said, only half joking with the board. But that was not the case during the previous two weeks when wintry weat

5 bills seek to reform state FOIA

CHARLESTON — Leonard Riley Jr. knows his First Amendment rights, and his rights to public information, and he knows when they've been violated. Dissatisfied with the management policies at the Medical University of South Carolina, Riley and other activists organized a silent protest of the university's board of trustees meetings last fall. H

Dark Horses' season ends in loss at Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Clinton Dark Horses' very successful season came to an end Monday night in their second round playoff loss at Fairmont High School, 75-62. Fairmont started the game on an 11-2 run when Clinton was really struggling to run their offensive sets, and the Horses were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. It was a 19-8 Fairm

HAMLET — It's been nearly four years since Robbie Taylor traded in his Richmond County Sheriff's Office badge for a Richmond Community College ID badge, but he still carries the cool demeanor of a 13-year law enforcement veteran.
“Taylor,” the now-Dr. Robbie Taylor says flatly when answering the phone in his office in the Conder

RCC work force classes evolve to meet new needs

HAMLET — It's been nearly four years since Robbie Taylor traded in his Richmond County Sheriff's Office badge for a Richmond Community College ID badge, but he still carries the cool demeanor of a 13-year law enforcement veteran. “Taylor,” the now-Dr. Robbie Taylor says flatly when answering the phone in his office in the Conder

Looking back at my childhood it seems that a lot of my fondest memories involve time my family spent in and around water. When we lived in Lumberton, we started visiting White Lake on a regular basis. It wasn't that far from Lumberton and we could even go there after my father got off of work.
The first time we went there, we had a lot of fun swim

Water-skiing on the Pee Dee

Looking back at my childhood it seems that a lot of my fondest memories involve time my family spent in and around water. When we lived in Lumberton, we started visiting White Lake on a regular basis. It wasn't that far from Lumberton and we could even go there after my father got off of work. The first time we went there, we had a lot of fun swim

The only thing I wanted, thought I would die without, was a silver 10-speed English racer! So shiny and fragile-looking with the skinny tires and the curved handlebars. I imagined myself flying up and down hills, sitting up and riding it with no hands, passing everyone else on their puny lil' bikes with the banana seats.
The only problem was I cou

My 10-speed English racer

The only thing I wanted, thought I would die without, was a silver 10-speed English racer! So shiny and fragile-looking with the skinny tires and the curved handlebars. I imagined myself flying up and down hills, sitting up and riding it with no hands, passing everyone else on their puny lil' bikes with the banana seats. The only problem was I cou

4-H began as a way to improve the lives and fortunes of rural youth across the country and became the youth outreach arm of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H is a youth development organization with a national membership of more than 6 million youth in 2013.
4-H is dedicated to helping cultivate the next generation of leaders. According

With 4-H, giving goes a long way

4-H began as a way to improve the lives and fortunes of rural youth across the country and became the youth outreach arm of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H is a youth development organization with a national membership of more than 6 million youth in 2013. 4-H is dedicated to helping cultivate the next generation of leaders. According

WALLACE, S.C. — A driver died after veering into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer early Monday on U.S. 1, state troopers said.
The driver of a Nissan passenger car was traveling south on U.S. 1 when the car crossed the center line in front of a northbound Freightliner truck driven by 51-year-old David Lebeau around 5 a.m., according t

Driver dies in U.S. 1 tractor-trailer crash

WALLACE, S.C. — A driver died after veering into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer early Monday on U.S. 1, state troopers said. The driver of a Nissan passenger car was traveling south on U.S. 1 when the car crossed the center line in front of a northbound Freightliner truck driven by 51-year-old David Lebeau around 5 a.m., according t

ROCKINGHAM — Police have charged two men with stealing flat-screen TVs, jewelry and beer in a December break-in at a Rockingham woman's home.
Christopher Phillip Taylor, 20 of 722 Pickett St., and Marcus Taylor, 18, of 411 Bryan St., were arrested Feb. 25 on charges stemming from a Dec. 20 break-in at a Pickett Street home.
Police say the s

Police: 2 stole TVs, jewelry, beer

ROCKINGHAM — Police have charged two men with stealing flat-screen TVs, jewelry and beer in a December break-in at a Rockingham woman's home. Christopher Phillip Taylor, 20 of 722 Pickett St., and Marcus Taylor, 18, of 411 Bryan St., were arrested Feb. 25 on charges stemming from a Dec. 20 break-in at a Pickett Street home. Police say the s

ROCKINGHAM — A homeless man is accused of flying into a rage and causing a disturbance at a McDonald's playground on Saturday.
Eric Allen Taylor, 51, whose address is listed as the streets of Rockingham, faces a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct after the alleged incident at the restaurant.
Taylor threw children's coats and was seen

Police: Man caused ruckus at McDonald's playground

ROCKINGHAM — A homeless man is accused of flying into a rage and causing a disturbance at a McDonald's playground on Saturday. Eric Allen Taylor, 51, whose address is listed as the streets of Rockingham, faces a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct after the alleged incident at the restaurant. Taylor threw children's coats and was seen

ROCKINGHAM — Marshall Berry and Pat Britt of Pat's Kitchen will host another of their famous local fundraisers Saturday, and this time the proceeds will go to the Place of Grace homeless ministry to help fund new construction.
Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond, said he supports the community's efforts to keep the Place of Grace open with its life

Pat's Kitchen pitches in for Place of Grace

ROCKINGHAM — Marshall Berry and Pat Britt of Pat's Kitchen will host another of their famous local fundraisers Saturday, and this time the proceeds will go to the Place of Grace homeless ministry to help fund new construction. Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond, said he supports the community's efforts to keep the Place of Grace open with its life

County GOP convention set March 19

ELLERBE — The Richmond County Republican Party will hold its annual precinct meetings and county convention on Thursday, March 19, at the Ellerbe Springs Inn. State Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Richmond, is scheduled to speak during the convention. Precinct registration begins at 6 p.m. and the convention is set to start at 7. All registered Republi

Man dies in tractor-trailer crash

WALLACE, S.C. — A local man died after veering into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer early Monday on U.S. 1, state troopers said. Earl Hatcher, 42, was traveling south on U.S. 1 when his Nissan passenger car crossed the center line in front of a northbound Freightliner truck driven by 51-year-old David Lebeau around 5 a.m., according

Lady Leopards top Louisburg, roll into round three of playoffs

LOUISBURG — The Lakewood Lady Leopards are moving on to the third round of the NCHSAA 1A State Basketball Playoffs after a 51-44 road win over Louisburg High School. Lakewood was the 9 seed in the East Region and Louisburg was the 8, giving them the home-court advantage on Monday night. Lakewood jumped out to an early 18-7 lead patented by w

ROCKINGHAM — Fire Chief Harold Isler said a blaze that broke out in the garage of a 907 Walnut Lane home Tuesday afternoon could have been much worse.
The home of Thomas and Jonna Carter, their 16-year-old daughter Rachel and orange cat Tigger caught fire around 3 p.m. Isler said the call came through to the fire department around 3:15.


Fire rips through family's garage

ROCKINGHAM — Fire Chief Harold Isler said a blaze that broke out in the garage of a 907 Walnut Lane home Tuesday afternoon could have been much worse. The home of Thomas and Jonna Carter, their 16-year-old daughter Rachel and orange cat Tigger caught fire around 3 p.m. Isler said the call came through to the fire department around 3:15. 

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Officials are looking for someone to rescue Mogley. He is a 2-year-old Plott hound mix. Mogley is spunky, sweet, loves to cuddle and will make a great new best friend. Contact Chesterfield County Animal Services for more information by calling 843-623-3585 or emailing animalservices@shtc.net. For pictures of many more adoptable p

Contributed photo Officials are looking for someone to rescue Mogley. He is a 2-year-old Plott hound mix. Mogley is spunky, sweet, loves to cuddle and will make a great new best friend. Contact Chesterfield County Animal Services for more information by calling 843-623-3585 or emailing animalservices@shtc.net. For pictures of many more adoptable p

Regular readers of this space know that I have basically two articles of faith about South Carolina — and this week, they both came together in one joyous moment.
The first is, “If we don't fix education in South Carolina, nothing else really matters.” After the physical safety of our residents, nothing is more important than thi

Speaker issues a promising challenge

Regular readers of this space know that I have basically two articles of faith about South Carolina — and this week, they both came together in one joyous moment. The first is, “If we don't fix education in South Carolina, nothing else really matters.” After the physical safety of our residents, nothing is more important than thi

HAMLET — Two months after police say he sped away from a drunken-driving checkpoint and led officers on a 100 mph wrong-way chase, the law has caught up with Anthony Littles.
Littles, 27, of 1500 W. Market St. in Cheraw, South Carolina, was arrested Saturday. Hamlet police say Littles led them on a Dec. 3 chase after he drove away from Sgt.

100-mph chase suspect caught

HAMLET — Two months after police say he sped away from a drunken-driving checkpoint and led officers on a 100 mph wrong-way chase, the law has caught up with Anthony Littles. Littles, 27, of 1500 W. Market St. in Cheraw, South Carolina, was arrested Saturday. Hamlet police say Littles led them on a Dec. 3 chase after he drove away from Sgt.

JACKSONVILLE — Midway's stellar season came to a close at top seeded Northside in Jacksonville on Monday night. However, the Raiders gave the Monarchs all they wanted, leaving a worried home-crowd very relieved when their team finally pulled away in the closing seconds of the game to win 77-67.
The Raiders started the game off with a bang as

Raider season ends at number one Northside

JACKSONVILLE — Midway's stellar season came to a close at top seeded Northside in Jacksonville on Monday night. However, the Raiders gave the Monarchs all they wanted, leaving a worried home-crowd very relieved when their team finally pulled away in the closing seconds of the game to win 77-67. The Raiders started the game off with a bang as

Incentives toward attracting two industrial prospects that would combine to bring nearly $60 million in taxable investment and well over 200 jobs to Sampson County will be considered by local officials next month.
Two separate public hearings regarding grant-back incentives for Rheinfelden Americas LLC and Kansas City Sausage LLC were opened and c

Industry contracts eyed

Incentives toward attracting two industrial prospects that would combine to bring nearly $60 million in taxable investment and well over 200 jobs to Sampson County will be considered by local officials next month. Two separate public hearings regarding grant-back incentives for Rheinfelden Americas LLC and Kansas City Sausage LLC were opened and c





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