Melonie Flomer

Position: Reporter - Education, social services
E-Mail Address: mflomer@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-997-3111


About Melonie Flomer

Richmond County Schools, Richmond Community College, social services and helping agencies, city of Hamlet, towns of Dobbins Heights and Ellerbe

Latest Stories by Melonie Flomer

ROCKINGHAM — Ferguson was the talk of the town Tuesday as locals went about their daily actives in the shadow of Monday night's grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teen more than 800 miles from here.
Marva Ellerbe of Ellerbe was shopping when she paused to share her concerns over the handling o

Ferguson hits close to home for many here

ROCKINGHAM — Ferguson was the talk of the town Tuesday as locals went about their daily actives in the shadow of Monday night's grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teen more than 800 miles from here. Marva Ellerbe of Ellerbe was shopping when she paused to share her concerns over the handling o

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Rescue Mission and the Place of Grace have joined forces in a merger of the county's two largest homeless advocacy agencies.
The newly named Place of Grace Rescue Mission made an official announcement during its board meeting Monday at the Place of Grace building on Airport Road.
The Rev. Gary Richardson, pastor

Homeless advocates join forces

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Rescue Mission and the Place of Grace have joined forces in a merger of the county's two largest homeless advocacy agencies. The newly named Place of Grace Rescue Mission made an official announcement during its board meeting Monday at the Place of Grace building on Airport Road. The Rev. Gary Richardson, pastor

HAMLET — Scott Waters became chief of the Hamlet Police Department during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Monday and immediately began work on short-range objectives while planning for “great, new things in the future.”
City Clerk Tammy Kirkley administered the oath of office before a larger-than-expected turnout of reside

Hamlet chief plans to focus on community

HAMLET — Scott Waters became chief of the Hamlet Police Department during a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall on Monday and immediately began work on short-range objectives while planning for “great, new things in the future.” City Clerk Tammy Kirkley administered the oath of office before a larger-than-expected turnout of reside

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond Senior High School Fellowship of Christian Students delivered 24 boxes of canned goods, toiletries and clothes they gathered to donate to the Place of Grace after school Thursday.
Six members of the 50-student-strong club dropped off the goods, including Christmas decorations, with Karen McLean of the hig

Student club helps homeless

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Richmond Senior High School Fellowship of Christian Students delivered 24 boxes of canned goods, toiletries and clothes they gathered to donate to the Place of Grace after school Thursday. Six members of the 50-student-strong club dropped off the goods, including Christmas decorations, with Karen McLean of the hig

HAMLET — Dr. Luiz Nascimento, a renal and internal medicine specialist with Sandhills Regional Medical Center, is inspiring his co-workers and friends with his dedication to self-esteem and physical fitness.
Nearly 70 years old, Nascimento has run four 5K footraces since October, proving that fitness is not only for the young.
Kim Puckett,

Local doctor a fitness inspiration

HAMLET — Dr. Luiz Nascimento, a renal and internal medicine specialist with Sandhills Regional Medical Center, is inspiring his co-workers and friends with his dedication to self-esteem and physical fitness. Nearly 70 years old, Nascimento has run four 5K footraces since October, proving that fitness is not only for the young. Kim Puckett,

ROCKINGHAM — Merle Norman and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the cosmetic studio's grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at 1305 E. Broad Ave.
Merle Norman Cosmetics is a full-service makeup studio, salon and gift shop. The store offers free makeovers, skin care lessons and has a “try before you buy&#

Merle Norman Cosmetics opens

ROCKINGHAM — Merle Norman and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the cosmetic studio's grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at 1305 E. Broad Ave. Merle Norman Cosmetics is a full-service makeup studio, salon and gift shop. The store offers free makeovers, skin care lessons and has a “try before you buy&#

ROCKINGHAM — Local health officials presented reports on two programs for providing at-home care to qualifying adults and children in Richmond County and discussed state regulations that have kept some people on waiting lists for as long as two years.
According to the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance, the Community Alternatives

Home health care in high demand

ROCKINGHAM — Local health officials presented reports on two programs for providing at-home care to qualifying adults and children in Richmond County and discussed state regulations that have kept some people on waiting lists for as long as two years. According to the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance, the Community Alternatives

ROCKINGHAM — Christmas arrived early at First Baptist Church on North Randolph Street Wednesday as donated gifts poured into the Rockingham collection center.
Nov. 14 —21 is national collection week for Operation Christmas Child, the “shoebox” ministry of Samaritan's Purse, the international organization now headed by Frank

Shoeboxes to brighten kids' Christmas

ROCKINGHAM — Christmas arrived early at First Baptist Church on North Randolph Street Wednesday as donated gifts poured into the Rockingham collection center. Nov. 14 —21 is national collection week for Operation Christmas Child, the “shoebox” ministry of Samaritan's Purse, the international organization now headed by Frank

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal welcomed a new member to its advertising sales team Monday when Josh Bowers joined the paper as a business development consultant.
Bowers, 28, moved to Rockingham from Randolph County with his wife, Holly Littlefield-Bowers, who returned to her hometown to open Bold Moves Dance Company.
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Bowers joins Daily Journal advertising staff

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal welcomed a new member to its advertising sales team Monday when Josh Bowers joined the paper as a business development consultant. Bowers, 28, moved to Rockingham from Randolph County with his wife, Holly Littlefield-Bowers, who returned to her hometown to open Bold Moves Dance Company. “

ROCKINGHAM — This week's adoptable pets are ready and waiting for adoption into a loving home just in time for a cold blast of cold arctic air.
The Richmond County Animal Shelter has more homeless pets than it can keep indefinitely, so if you are considering a furry addition to your family, shelter staff and rescue groups urge you to conside

Adoptable pets of the week

ROCKINGHAM — This week's adoptable pets are ready and waiting for adoption into a loving home just in time for a cold blast of cold arctic air. The Richmond County Animal Shelter has more homeless pets than it can keep indefinitely, so if you are considering a furry addition to your family, shelter staff and rescue groups urge you to conside

Shakespeare too racy for 7th-graders?

ROCKINGHAM — Rockingham Middle School students walked out of a theatre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Friday after teachers determined a production of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” to be a bit too saucy for seventh grade. The show put on by Playmakers Repertory Company of the UNC Department of Dram

ROCKINGHAM — As Little Caesars prepares for its Dec. 9 grand opening in the Tri-City Shopping Center, competitor Papa John's Pizza has moved from the same plaza to a location farther down the road.
Residents have noticed the “Now Hiring” banner above the pizza shop's doors for weeks, and Pierre Boursse of Restaurant Management Gr

Little Caesars to open next month

ROCKINGHAM — As Little Caesars prepares for its Dec. 9 grand opening in the Tri-City Shopping Center, competitor Papa John's Pizza has moved from the same plaza to a location farther down the road. Residents have noticed the “Now Hiring” banner above the pizza shop's doors for weeks, and Pierre Boursse of Restaurant Management Gr

ROCKINGHAM — Washington Street School has announced its honor roll students for the first nine weeks.
ALL-A HONOR ROLLThird grade: Karlee Butler, Ashley Canas, Davis Faw, Riley Hart, Rad Kennedy, Hunter Wood, Nathaniel Wright
Fourth grade: Angelina Hammonds, Cameron Hinson, Naaman Perakis, Kyla Sampson, Tanaji Saunders, Savannah Shepard, Gr

Washington Street names high achievers

ROCKINGHAM — Washington Street School has announced its honor roll students for the first nine weeks. ALL-A HONOR ROLLThird grade: Karlee Butler, Ashley Canas, Davis Faw, Riley Hart, Rad Kennedy, Hunter Wood, Nathaniel Wright Fourth grade: Angelina Hammonds, Cameron Hinson, Naaman Perakis, Kyla Sampson, Tanaji Saunders, Savannah Shepard, Gr

ELLERBE — Ellerbe Middle School has named its honor roll for the first nine-week grading period.
ALL-A HONOR ROLLSixth grade: Zayla Brewington, Johan Chavez, Roderick Hudgen, Sandra Lopez, Hailie Lyerly, River Meacham, Diana Recinos-Gonzalez.
Seventh grade: Gabrielle Bellanger, Dymond McNeal, Michaela Turner.
Eighth grade: McKinnley Gardne

Ellerbe Middle announces honor roll

ELLERBE — Ellerbe Middle School has named its honor roll for the first nine-week grading period. ALL-A HONOR ROLLSixth grade: Zayla Brewington, Johan Chavez, Roderick Hudgen, Sandra Lopez, Hailie Lyerly, River Meacham, Diana Recinos-Gonzalez. Seventh grade: Gabrielle Bellanger, Dymond McNeal, Michaela Turner. Eighth grade: McKinnley Gardne

HAMLET — Interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker will be the two-dozenth officer to leave the Hamlet Police Department in the last two years.
City Manager Marcus Abernethy confirmed Tucker's resignation Friday, saying Tucker put in his notice a week ago. The department, which currently employs 21 officers, has lost 23 officers since 2012 —

Hamlet police chief accepts new post

HAMLET — Interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker will be the two-dozenth officer to leave the Hamlet Police Department in the last two years. City Manager Marcus Abernethy confirmed Tucker's resignation Friday, saying Tucker put in his notice a week ago. The department, which currently employs 21 officers, has lost 23 officers since 2012 —

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Animal Shelter bundled up 15 kittens and nine puppies early Friday morning and loaded them into an SUV bound for Raleigh.
Hanna Marks, 17, is a full-time student at Richmond Early College High School who also serves as rescue coordinator for the Humane Society of Richmond County. She arranged for the animals

24 pound pets transferred to no-kill shelter o-kill shelter takes 24 pets from Richmond

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Animal Shelter bundled up 15 kittens and nine puppies early Friday morning and loaded them into an SUV bound for Raleigh. Hanna Marks, 17, is a full-time student at Richmond Early College High School who also serves as rescue coordinator for the Humane Society of Richmond County. She arranged for the animals

HAMLET — Sandhills Regional Medical Center has been named a 2013 top performer on key quality measures by the Joint Commission, which bills itself as the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations.
The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the commission's stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is th

Hamlet hospital receives national honor

HAMLET — Sandhills Regional Medical Center has been named a 2013 top performer on key quality measures by the Joint Commission, which bills itself as the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the commission's stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is th

ROCKINGHAM — A volunteer emergency responder says he was suspended Tuesday for sharing a story on his Facebook page.
Adrian Robson, a volunteer member of the Richmond County Rescue Squad, said he was suspended “until further notice” after sharing an online story about Tuesday's fatal shooting.
Along with the link, Robson posted:

Suspension challenged

ROCKINGHAM — A volunteer emergency responder says he was suspended Tuesday for sharing a story on his Facebook page. Adrian Robson, a volunteer member of the Richmond County Rescue Squad, said he was suspended “until further notice” after sharing an online story about Tuesday's fatal shooting. Along with the link, Robson posted:

ROCKINGHAM — Charles Lewis, 78, is a retired fitness instructor who enjoys growing things. But he never expected to unearth a 10-pound sweet potato from his yard.
“I bought the vines at Lowe's,” Lewis said. “They had the purple and the yellow. I just set them out by the road under the mailbox and set 'em out and let 'em gro

Gargantuan sweet potato unearthed

ROCKINGHAM — Charles Lewis, 78, is a retired fitness instructor who enjoys growing things. But he never expected to unearth a 10-pound sweet potato from his yard. “I bought the vines at Lowe's,” Lewis said. “They had the purple and the yellow. I just set them out by the road under the mailbox and set 'em out and let 'em gro

HAMLET — An “unusual bookstore” and coffee shop will soon open in the Patrick Building — the former site of the Ice Cream Shop on Main Street, beside Cafe on Main.
Walt James, current owner of the building, enlisted the expertise of carpenters John D. Lewis and Bryan Medlin to begin renovations in October 2013. Hamlet resid

'Unusual bookstore' to open

HAMLET — An “unusual bookstore” and coffee shop will soon open in the Patrick Building — the former site of the Ice Cream Shop on Main Street, beside Cafe on Main. Walt James, current owner of the building, enlisted the expertise of carpenters John D. Lewis and Bryan Medlin to begin renovations in October 2013. Hamlet resid





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