Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
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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

HAMLET — Firsthand experiences are an important part of education, and organizers of Hamlet Middle School's annual Ramfest want students to walk away from the annual event seeing and hearing things they never have before.
Ramfest, in its seventh year, brought several live performances to its gymnasium on Monday and Tuesday with everything fr

Ramfest brings global culture to Hamlet Middle

HAMLET — Firsthand experiences are an important part of education, and organizers of Hamlet Middle School's annual Ramfest want students to walk away from the annual event seeing and hearing things they never have before. Ramfest, in its seventh year, brought several live performances to its gymnasium on Monday and Tuesday with everything fr

ROCKINGHAM — “I'm a mess, ain't I?”
Not exactly the words you'd expect to hear from someone who just turned 100, but Beatrice Williams said just that.
Williams turned 100 on Monday surrounded by family and friends as she celebrated hitting the century mark at her home in Rockingham. She has a lot of energy and personality. For a

Age just a number for spry 100-year-old

ROCKINGHAM — “I'm a mess, ain't I?” Not exactly the words you'd expect to hear from someone who just turned 100, but Beatrice Williams said just that. Williams turned 100 on Monday surrounded by family and friends as she celebrated hitting the century mark at her home in Rockingham. She has a lot of energy and personality. For a

HAMLET — In his 23 years at the Hamlet Police Department, Capt. Scott Waters has investigated violent crimes, patrolled the city, worked in the schools and supervised officers and detectives.
There's only one rank he hasn't held, and that changes next week when the veteran lawman takes the reins as Hamlet police chief.
City Manager Marcus A

Hamlet names veteran lawman as police chief

HAMLET — In his 23 years at the Hamlet Police Department, Capt. Scott Waters has investigated violent crimes, patrolled the city, worked in the schools and supervised officers and detectives. There's only one rank he hasn't held, and that changes next week when the veteran lawman takes the reins as Hamlet police chief. City Manager Marcus A

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School has released its distinguished lists for the first nine-week grading period.
10TH GRADEFirst row: Hailey Bass, Kristin Surgeon, Maggi Chambers, Charlaja Brown
Second row: Alyson Taylor, Bayleigh Varner, Timothy Newton
Third row: Kallie Hammond, Jenna Carraway , Hanna Kreinbrink
Fourth row: Pashil T

Richmond Senior names distinguished students

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School has released its distinguished lists for the first nine-week grading period. 10TH GRADEFirst row: Hailey Bass, Kristin Surgeon, Maggi Chambers, Charlaja Brown Second row: Alyson Taylor, Bayleigh Varner, Timothy Newton Third row: Kallie Hammond, Jenna Carraway , Hanna Kreinbrink Fourth row: Pashil T

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond County Democratic Party went back to the drawing board during Tuesday's monthly meeting.
Those in attendance took time during the meeting for a brainstorming session which Chairman Lee Quick titled “Lessons Learned.”
“Some of the counties that did well were very organized,” Quick

Dems discuss election setback, hone strategy

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond County Democratic Party went back to the drawing board during Tuesday's monthly meeting. Those in attendance took time during the meeting for a brainstorming session which Chairman Lee Quick titled “Lessons Learned.” “Some of the counties that did well were very organized,” Quick

ROCKINGHAM — Business boosters are seeking sponsors for the Rockingham Downtown Corp.'s annual meeting scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Liberty Place.
The RDC, a nonprofit group formed to preserve the economic health and vitality of downtown Rockingham, is working to plan a gala event for its annual business meeting. Downtown develop

Downtown group seeks gala sponsors

ROCKINGHAM — Business boosters are seeking sponsors for the Rockingham Downtown Corp.'s annual meeting scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Liberty Place. The RDC, a nonprofit group formed to preserve the economic health and vitality of downtown Rockingham, is working to plan a gala event for its annual business meeting. Downtown develop

ELLERBE — Culture and agriculture will meet here Saturday as Farm-City Week kicks off, bringing those in the city and those in the country closer together.
This year's theme is “Who's Your Farmer?” and Susan Kelly of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office believes it's a way for those unfamiliar with farming to become a

'Who's your farmer?'

ELLERBE — Culture and agriculture will meet here Saturday as Farm-City Week kicks off, bringing those in the city and those in the country closer together. This year's theme is “Who's Your Farmer?” and Susan Kelly of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office believes it's a way for those unfamiliar with farming to become a

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to mharrelson@civitasmedia.com, with the subject line of Church News.
SATURDAYPLEASANT HILL A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, Rockingham, will host the Rockingham District Men's Booster Club's monthly praye

Church briefs

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to mharrelson@civitasmedia.com, with the subject line of Church News. SATURDAYPLEASANT HILL A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, Rockingham, will host the Rockingham District Men's Booster Club's monthly praye

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.
Nov. 15
COUNTRY BREAKFAST from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at Pee Dee United Methodist

Community Calendar

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. Nov. 15 COUNTRY BREAKFAST from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at Pee Dee United Methodist

ROCKINGHAM — A wreck on a winding country road flipped a car upside down Tuesday, but the young woman driving it escaped with only bruises and scratches.
Jessica Hope McDuffie, 16, of Hamlet, was driving on Old Cheraw Highway in the Cordova community when she went around a curve, ran off the road and flipped her 2007 Ford Mustang twice befor

Car flips twice, driver shaken in county crash

ROCKINGHAM — A wreck on a winding country road flipped a car upside down Tuesday, but the young woman driving it escaped with only bruises and scratches. Jessica Hope McDuffie, 16, of Hamlet, was driving on Old Cheraw Highway in the Cordova community when she went around a curve, ran off the road and flipped her 2007 Ford Mustang twice befor

HAMLET — Junior ROTC cadets showed their patriotism and poise to Richmond County school board members this week.
Richmond Senior High School's JROTC Raider Battalion was invited to the county Board of Education's monthly meeting held Monday evening. Lt. Col. Jon Ring introduced the JROTC instructors, including a new addition, as well as a fe

STUDENT SOLDIERS

HAMLET — Junior ROTC cadets showed their patriotism and poise to Richmond County school board members this week. Richmond Senior High School's JROTC Raider Battalion was invited to the county Board of Education's monthly meeting held Monday evening. Lt. Col. Jon Ring introduced the JROTC instructors, including a new addition, as well as a fe

HAMLET — A controversial new grading system for North Carolina public schools sparked debate and discussion Monday night during the Richmond County Board of Education's November meeting.
Testing and Accountability Coordinator Cynthia Magee presented the board with an update of the new system via PowerPoint presentation. The grading scale, ac

State to tighten schools' grading scales

HAMLET — A controversial new grading system for North Carolina public schools sparked debate and discussion Monday night during the Richmond County Board of Education's November meeting. Testing and Accountability Coordinator Cynthia Magee presented the board with an update of the new system via PowerPoint presentation. The grading scale, ac

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.
Nov. 11
RICHMOND COUNTY NAACP will meet at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Holiness

Community Calendar

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. Nov. 11 RICHMOND COUNTY NAACP will meet at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Holiness

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to mharrelson@civitasmedia.com, with the subject line of Church News.
SATURDAYNEW DIGGS CHAPEL A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, 494 Mizpah Road, Rockingham, will have its annual pre-Thanksgiving prayer bre

Church briefs

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to mharrelson@civitasmedia.com, with the subject line of Church News. SATURDAYNEW DIGGS CHAPEL A.M.E. ZION CHURCH, 494 Mizpah Road, Rockingham, will have its annual pre-Thanksgiving prayer bre

ROCKINGHAM — The Friends of the Library called all artists from the surrounding area to bring their favorite works to be displayed in the Calvin Little Exhibit Room in Leath Memorial Library, and the artists answered.
Those who wished to have their artwork displayed were asked to bring their paintings to the library between 3 and 5 p.m. Thur

Local artists' work on display in library

ROCKINGHAM — The Friends of the Library called all artists from the surrounding area to bring their favorite works to be displayed in the Calvin Little Exhibit Room in Leath Memorial Library, and the artists answered. Those who wished to have their artwork displayed were asked to bring their paintings to the library between 3 and 5 p.m. Thur

ROCKINGHAM — Four-year-old Ryan Kinsey has campaigning down to a science.
As voters approached the Leath Memorial Library on Tuesday, Ryan trotted over with a glint in his eye and thrust a small card in each person's hand.
“Vote for Popeye!” Ryan said.
His “Popeye” is Richmond County Commissioner Don Bryant, a Democ

Polls see steady stream of voters

ROCKINGHAM — Four-year-old Ryan Kinsey has campaigning down to a science. As voters approached the Leath Memorial Library on Tuesday, Ryan trotted over with a glint in his eye and thrust a small card in each person's hand. “Vote for Popeye!” Ryan said. His “Popeye” is Richmond County Commissioner Don Bryant, a Democ

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County resident Scott Emerson saw his big-league dreams come true last week when he was promoted to bullpen coach of the Oakland Athletics.
“I've been in this game since 1992, and that's something that as a kid you dream of,” Emerson said. “I'm a true example of a guy that started from the bottom and m

New A's bullpen coach hails from Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County resident Scott Emerson saw his big-league dreams come true last week when he was promoted to bullpen coach of the Oakland Athletics. “I've been in this game since 1992, and that's something that as a kid you dream of,” Emerson said. “I'm a true example of a guy that started from the bottom and m

PINEHURST — Since April, FirstHealth of the Carolinas has partnered with the University of North Carolina's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to offer a part-time maternal-fetal medicine program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
In November, with the addition of Dr. Julie Markworth Johnson to the MFM staff, the program will becom

FirstHealth to expand maternal-fetal medicine program

PINEHURST — Since April, FirstHealth of the Carolinas has partnered with the University of North Carolina's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to offer a part-time maternal-fetal medicine program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. In November, with the addition of Dr. Julie Markworth Johnson to the MFM staff, the program will becom

ROCKINGHAM — Rounding out the North Carolina Court of Appeals elections, the residents of Richmond County will have the opportunity to choose between Bill Southern or Lucy Inman for the Hunter seat and either Paul Holcombe or incumbent Mark Davis for another seat on the bench. Donna Stroud is running unopposed.
The N.C. Court of Appeals hear

Hunter, Davis seats on Court of Appeals up for grabs

ROCKINGHAM — Rounding out the North Carolina Court of Appeals elections, the residents of Richmond County will have the opportunity to choose between Bill Southern or Lucy Inman for the Hunter seat and either Paul Holcombe or incumbent Mark Davis for another seat on the bench. Donna Stroud is running unopposed. The N.C. Court of Appeals hear

ROCKINGHAM — Voters will see 19 names on the ballot for retired N.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Martin's seat.
Because the vacancy occurred after the filing period ended for May's primary election, all 19 candidates will appear on the general election ballot next Tuesday. The candidate who receives the most votes — no matter how

Crowded field for retired judge's appellate seat

ROCKINGHAM — Voters will see 19 names on the ballot for retired N.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Martin's seat. Because the vacancy occurred after the filing period ended for May's primary election, all 19 candidates will appear on the general election ballot next Tuesday. The candidate who receives the most votes — no matter how





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