Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
E-Mail Address: mharrelson@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-997-3111


About Matt Harrelson

Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, new businesses, business trends, church news, civic groups, obituaries, towns of Hoffman and Norman

Latest Stories by Matt Harrelson

ROCKINGHAM — Wanted: More white Democrats involved in their local party, more African-American candidates for office and more young Democrats of all races.
Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lee Quick wrapped up the group's monthly meeting Tuesday night by expressing his frustrations with lagging participation among young adults and p

County Democrats seek boost in participation

ROCKINGHAM — Wanted: More white Democrats involved in their local party, more African-American candidates for office and more young Democrats of all races. Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lee Quick wrapped up the group's monthly meeting Tuesday night by expressing his frustrations with lagging participation among young adults and p

ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business.
In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham.
Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in

Construction zone

ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business. In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham. Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in

HAMLET — For 12 years, Richmond County Schools' uniform dress code has sent parents and students to Teresa Hatcher's store.
The Golden Rule at 1805 Hylan Ave., Hamlet, sells school-approved uniforms for all Richmond and Anson County schools as well as middle schools in Cheraw and Pageland in South Carolina and a couple of schools in Montgome

Uniform shop sells approved school fashions

HAMLET — For 12 years, Richmond County Schools' uniform dress code has sent parents and students to Teresa Hatcher's store. The Golden Rule at 1805 Hylan Ave., Hamlet, sells school-approved uniforms for all Richmond and Anson County schools as well as middle schools in Cheraw and Pageland in South Carolina and a couple of schools in Montgome

Teachers all over Richmond County have been preparing their classrooms and their minds as students of all ages head back to school Monday.
A tour around the county schools this week found everyone from principals to teachers to cafeteria and maintenance workers getting ready for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
Incoming seniors at Richmond Senio

Teachers prep for school start

Teachers all over Richmond County have been preparing their classrooms and their minds as students of all ages head back to school Monday. A tour around the county schools this week found everyone from principals to teachers to cafeteria and maintenance workers getting ready for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Incoming seniors at Richmond Senio

ROCKINGHAM — Holly Littlefield-Bowers wanted to be a dance teacher since she was a child, and now she'll get to pass on her years of experience to girls in Richmond County.
After taking 15 years of dance under Rene Ward at Step 2 It Dance Studio, Littlefield-Bowers knew it was something she was very interested in, but didn't know if she'd ev

County native returns to start dance studio

ROCKINGHAM — Holly Littlefield-Bowers wanted to be a dance teacher since she was a child, and now she'll get to pass on her years of experience to girls in Richmond County. After taking 15 years of dance under Rene Ward at Step 2 It Dance Studio, Littlefield-Bowers knew it was something she was very interested in, but didn't know if she'd ev

HAMLET — Richmond County residents needn't go out of town to plan weddings, formal parties and other special events.
Local businesses will feature the goods and services they offer to help customers plan for their big day when the Celebrate! Events Showcase comes to Richmond Community College's Cole Auditorium on Sunday. The showcase is plan

Wedding, special event expo planned

HAMLET — Richmond County residents needn't go out of town to plan weddings, formal parties and other special events. Local businesses will feature the goods and services they offer to help customers plan for their big day when the Celebrate! Events Showcase comes to Richmond Community College's Cole Auditorium on Sunday. The showcase is plan

ELLERBE — Author and motivational speaker Tawana Williams didn't let disability slow her down. On Saturday, she'll tell her story in hopes of inspiring others to live without excuses and achieve their goals.
Williams, of Wilson, was born without arms and impaired use of her legs due to the drug thalidomide that was given to her mother during

'Unarmed' speaker to share success story

ELLERBE — Author and motivational speaker Tawana Williams didn't let disability slow her down. On Saturday, she'll tell her story in hopes of inspiring others to live without excuses and achieve their goals. Williams, of Wilson, was born without arms and impaired use of her legs due to the drug thalidomide that was given to her mother during

NORMAN — A fifth Family Dollar store is coming to Richmond County.
The newest addition was announced at Norman's town council meeting Monday night and will be situated on the corner of U.S. 220 Alternate and East Moore Street where the old Gulf gas station and the Norman Community Building are currently located.
Norman Mayor Kenneth Broadwa

Family Dollar coming to Norman

NORMAN — A fifth Family Dollar store is coming to Richmond County. The newest addition was announced at Norman's town council meeting Monday night and will be situated on the corner of U.S. 220 Alternate and East Moore Street where the old Gulf gas station and the Norman Community Building are currently located. Norman Mayor Kenneth Broadwa

HAMLET — Declining membership has forced Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7314 to shut down.
A letter dated July 16 hangs from the main entrance door to the Hamlet VFW post on Boyd Lake Road. It's addressed to all comrades of Hamlet Memorial Post 7314 and is signed by VFW North Carolina District 9 Commander John Blueher.
“By order of the

Hamlet VFW post shuttered

HAMLET — Declining membership has forced Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7314 to shut down. A letter dated July 16 hangs from the main entrance door to the Hamlet VFW post on Boyd Lake Road. It's addressed to all comrades of Hamlet Memorial Post 7314 and is signed by VFW North Carolina District 9 Commander John Blueher. “By order of the

ROCKINGHAM — The dog days of summer are in full swing, and the Humane Society of Richmond County is asking for help to find homes for more four-legged friends.
The second annual Bark and Bowl, a night of bowling fun to raise money for animals in the shelter, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at Strikers Bowling Center, 110 E. Broad Ave., Rock

Bark and Bowl fundraiser set for Monday

ROCKINGHAM — The dog days of summer are in full swing, and the Humane Society of Richmond County is asking for help to find homes for more four-legged friends. The second annual Bark and Bowl, a night of bowling fun to raise money for animals in the shelter, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at Strikers Bowling Center, 110 E. Broad Ave., Rock

ELLERBE — The roar of the engines will return to the Lions' Den this weekend.
The Ellerbe Lions Club lawnmower racing track reopens Saturday under new management for the first race since a U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association national event in May.
New Track Operations Manager Rex Crouch Jr. and Wayne Taylor II, who will officiate races, took

Lawnmower race set for Saturday

ELLERBE — The roar of the engines will return to the Lions' Den this weekend. The Ellerbe Lions Club lawnmower racing track reopens Saturday under new management for the first race since a U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association national event in May. New Track Operations Manager Rex Crouch Jr. and Wayne Taylor II, who will officiate races, took

HAMLET — “Good vibrations” are coming to Richmond County.
The Beach Boys will bring their signature sound to Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College Nov. 5 as part of the DeWitt Performing Arts series' 2014-15 season.
College officials unveiled the slate of musical acts during the RCC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday e

Beach Boys coming to Cole Auditorium

HAMLET — “Good vibrations” are coming to Richmond County. The Beach Boys will bring their signature sound to Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College Nov. 5 as part of the DeWitt Performing Arts series' 2014-15 season. College officials unveiled the slate of musical acts during the RCC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday e

ROCKINGHAM — Seniors who have been taking part in art classes at the East Rockingham and Ellerbe senior centers are now able to show off their work in public at Leath Memorial Library in downtown Rockingham.
Their artwork has been placed in the display case in the library lobby, and it will remain there throughout the month of August. Debora

Seniors' art on display at Leath library

ROCKINGHAM — Seniors who have been taking part in art classes at the East Rockingham and Ellerbe senior centers are now able to show off their work in public at Leath Memorial Library in downtown Rockingham. Their artwork has been placed in the display case in the library lobby, and it will remain there throughout the month of August. Debora

ROCKINGHAM — It's every little kid's fantasy to meet his or her favorite professional athlete.
Seven-year-old K'Mauri Morgan got his chance Saturday, when he got Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's autograph at the Redskins' Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virginia.
K'Mauri and his brother, A.J. McDonald, and their

Local 7-year-old meets Redskins star RGIII

ROCKINGHAM — It's every little kid's fantasy to meet his or her favorite professional athlete. Seven-year-old K'Mauri Morgan got his chance Saturday, when he got Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's autograph at the Redskins' Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond, Virginia. K'Mauri and his brother, A.J. McDonald, and their

ROCKINGHAM — Students celebrated five weeks of entertainment and enrichment Friday as the Summer Food and Fun program at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center held its closing ceremony.
From June 23-Aug. 1, the program supported by area food banks provided a summer feeding site, nourishing 100-125 kids five days a week. Children received

Center celebrates 5 weeks of summer fun

ROCKINGHAM — Students celebrated five weeks of entertainment and enrichment Friday as the Summer Food and Fun program at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center held its closing ceremony. From June 23-Aug. 1, the program supported by area food banks provided a summer feeding site, nourishing 100-125 kids five days a week. Children received

ROCKINGHAM — Raven Newton has talent, and with her determination and a little luck, she may soon be on the Disney Channel.
A youth fashion show fundraiser is planned for 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center to help support Newton as she auditions for Premiere Talent at Disney World later this year. Premiere Talent is

Fundraiser planned for youth singing sensation

ROCKINGHAM — Raven Newton has talent, and with her determination and a little luck, she may soon be on the Disney Channel. A youth fashion show fundraiser is planned for 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center to help support Newton as she auditions for Premiere Talent at Disney World later this year. Premiere Talent is

ROCKINGHAM — It looks like Zaxby's won't be the Aldi supermarket's only new neighbor on U.S. 74 Business.
Developers have begun work on Fountain Pointe, a 39-unit apartment complex off Clemmer Road located on 4.78 acres of land, said Rockingham City Planner John Massey. The five-building complex will include 19 two-bedroom units and 20 three

New apartment complex in the works

ROCKINGHAM — It looks like Zaxby's won't be the Aldi supermarket's only new neighbor on U.S. 74 Business. Developers have begun work on Fountain Pointe, a 39-unit apartment complex off Clemmer Road located on 4.78 acres of land, said Rockingham City Planner John Massey. The five-building complex will include 19 two-bedroom units and 20 three

ROCKINGHAM — The first Zaxby's restaurant in Richmond County plans to open its doors as summer fades into fall.
Zaxby's spokeswoman Jamey Ivey said company officials have set a tentative date of Sept. 22 for the eatery's grand opening. With construction still ongoing, the building on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket will soo

Zaxby's sets opening date, plans to hire up to 40

ROCKINGHAM — The first Zaxby's restaurant in Richmond County plans to open its doors as summer fades into fall. Zaxby's spokeswoman Jamey Ivey said company officials have set a tentative date of Sept. 22 for the eatery's grand opening. With construction still ongoing, the building on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket will soo

The deadline for all Community Calendar items is 4:30 p.m. the day prior to publishing. To list your event, email Matt Harrelson at mharrelson@civitasmedia.com or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather.
Aug. 28
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Community Calendar for Aug. 28

The deadline for all Community Calendar items is 4:30 p.m. the day prior to publishing. To list your event, email Matt Harrelson at mharrelson@civitasmedia.com or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather. Aug. 28 PEE DEE ARTISTS' GUILD, a weekly painting group, will meet from 1 t




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