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Melonie Flomer

Position: Reporter - Education, social services
E-Mail Address: mflomer@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-817-2673


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

HAMLET — Richmond County Schools 2015 Arts Alive! program will feature gallery tours and a Friday night concert at the Cole Auditorium adjacent to Richmond Community College.
Organizers say Arts Alive!, now in its 14th year, is expected to draw crowds and please audiences just as it has in past years.
The Arts Alive! program was started for

Student arts showcase begins

HAMLET — Richmond County Schools 2015 Arts Alive! program will feature gallery tours and a Friday night concert at the Cole Auditorium adjacent to Richmond Community College. Organizers say Arts Alive!, now in its 14th year, is expected to draw crowds and please audiences just as it has in past years. The Arts Alive! program was started for

HAMLET — Authorities say the Hamlet Senior Center's former director treated herself to more than $600 worth of personal purchases on her city-issued credit card.
Donna Gail McMillan-Aiken, 34, was arrested last week after an investigation by Richmond County sheriff's deputies. A warrant for her arrest says the improper charges were made betw

Former senior center director charged with embezzlement

HAMLET — Authorities say the Hamlet Senior Center's former director treated herself to more than $600 worth of personal purchases on her city-issued credit card. Donna Gail McMillan-Aiken, 34, was arrested last week after an investigation by Richmond County sheriff's deputies. A warrant for her arrest says the improper charges were made betw

ROCKINGHAM — An incident involving an L.J. Bell Elementary School bus driver spanking a student on a bus last week was not what it appeared to be, Richmond County Schools officials said Wednesday.
Last week, a Richmond County Schools bus driver self-reported disciplining a kindergartener who was also a relative, Superintendent Cindy Goodman

Child spanked on school bus

ROCKINGHAM — An incident involving an L.J. Bell Elementary School bus driver spanking a student on a bus last week was not what it appeared to be, Richmond County Schools officials said Wednesday. Last week, a Richmond County Schools bus driver self-reported disciplining a kindergartener who was also a relative, Superintendent Cindy Goodman

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Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel is pictured with colleagues while attending the Clerk of Superior Courts Conference Wednesday at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin called on lawmakers to increase funding for the state court system during his State of the Judiciary address. Pi

Contributed photo Richmond County Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel is pictured with colleagues while attending the Clerk of Superior Courts Conference Wednesday at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin called on lawmakers to increase funding for the state court system during his State of the Judiciary address. Pi

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. 

HAMLET — Jones on Main, the restaurant replacing Café on Main, will not keep hungry people waiting for much longer after weather delays caused it to postpone its original grand opening date.
“We're shooting for March 9,” said Yvette Jones, the restaurant's owner. “We'd planned on opening Feb. 19 but we had that bad sno

Jones on Main set to open March 9

HAMLET — Jones on Main, the restaurant replacing Café on Main, will not keep hungry people waiting for much longer after weather delays caused it to postpone its original grand opening date. “We're shooting for March 9,” said Yvette Jones, the restaurant's owner. “We'd planned on opening Feb. 19 but we had that bad sno

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

ROCKINGHAM — Rocking Trends Consignment Boutique is changing hands, but not much else. The new owner says she already has some exciting plans for the place but plans to keep things “business as usual” for customers.
Amber Marcengill opened the boutique two years ago to “great success,” but she'll soon be moving to the

Rocking Trends under new ownership

ROCKINGHAM — Rocking Trends Consignment Boutique is changing hands, but not much else. The new owner says she already has some exciting plans for the place but plans to keep things “business as usual” for customers. Amber Marcengill opened the boutique two years ago to “great success,” but she'll soon be moving to the

ROCKINGHAM — Students at Washington Street Elementary School celebrated the birthday of award-winning children's author Dr. Seuss on Monday with halls bedecked in colorful illustrations inspired by several of his books.
Principal Angela Watkins said the palpable excitement of the students in their classrooms, the halls and lunchroom was a re

Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss

ROCKINGHAM — Students at Washington Street Elementary School celebrated the birthday of award-winning children's author Dr. Seuss on Monday with halls bedecked in colorful illustrations inspired by several of his books. Principal Angela Watkins said the palpable excitement of the students in their classrooms, the halls and lunchroom was a re

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
Bobbie Sue Ormsby showed up at the Browder Park gymnasium Friday to help Richmond Thunder with its fifth annual barbecue fundraiser. Net proceeds cover the costs of tournaments for the two softball and two baseball teams formed by a group of dedicated parents in 2009 who wanted their children to have the opportunity

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal Bobbie Sue Ormsby showed up at the Browder Park gymnasium Friday to help Richmond Thunder with its fifth annual barbecue fundraiser. Net proceeds cover the costs of tournaments for the two softball and two baseball teams formed by a group of dedicated parents in 2009 who wanted their children to have the opportunity

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has received a half-dozen awards for reporting and news coverage in a pair of statewide journalism contests.
Reporter Melonie Flomer won the prestigious O. Henry Award and reporter William R. Toler earned an honorable mention for the Walter Spearman Award in The Associated Press' 2015 North Caro

Daily Journal staff wins 6 press awards

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has received a half-dozen awards for reporting and news coverage in a pair of statewide journalism contests. Reporter Melonie Flomer won the prestigious O. Henry Award and reporter William R. Toler earned an honorable mention for the Walter Spearman Award in The Associated Press' 2015 North Caro

ROCKINGHAM — Tuesday's snow barely had a chance to melt away before the second winter storm in a week took aim at the Sandhills, with forecasters predicting another round of snow and ice in Richmond County.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and hazardous weather outlook Wednesday for a wide swath of the Carolinas, wi

Snowstorm to slam Sandhills

ROCKINGHAM — Tuesday's snow barely had a chance to melt away before the second winter storm in a week took aim at the Sandhills, with forecasters predicting another round of snow and ice in Richmond County. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and hazardous weather outlook Wednesday for a wide swath of the Carolinas, wi

HAMLET — A woman was taken to the hospital after her SUV slammed into the back of a Fairview Heights Elementary School bus Wednesday morning, school officials said.
None of the roughly 62 students on bus No. 56 or the bus driver were injured in the crash.
Hamlet Fire and Rescue medics and the Hamlet Police Department responded to the 9:15 a

School bus rear-ended, students OK

HAMLET — A woman was taken to the hospital after her SUV slammed into the back of a Fairview Heights Elementary School bus Wednesday morning, school officials said. None of the roughly 62 students on bus No. 56 or the bus driver were injured in the crash. Hamlet Fire and Rescue medics and the Hamlet Police Department responded to the 9:15 a

For a lot of folks, snow means a holiday. Schools are out. Businesses shut down. Government paper-pushing comes to a halt.
Here, at least, many adults stay in, enjoy the view and plow through that supply of bread and milk purchased at a local grocer for just this occasion. It's safe, and if the power stays on, warm. For kids it's a bonanza of play

TAR HEEL VIEW Winter weather: A salute to those who are 'out in it'

For a lot of folks, snow means a holiday. Schools are out. Businesses shut down. Government paper-pushing comes to a halt. Here, at least, many adults stay in, enjoy the view and plow through that supply of bread and milk purchased at a local grocer for just this occasion. It's safe, and if the power stays on, warm. For kids it's a bonanza of play

ROCKINGHAM — City workers were out in full force Tuesday morning as snow blanketed downtown Rockingham, covering its streets in pure white cold as cars made dirty, slushy tracks across winter's canvass.
Scottie Gould and Bobby Ingram drove around Harrington Square to get a closer look at what they would soon be dealing with.
“We're ou

Snow closes schools, causes wrecks

ROCKINGHAM — City workers were out in full force Tuesday morning as snow blanketed downtown Rockingham, covering its streets in pure white cold as cars made dirty, slushy tracks across winter's canvass. Scottie Gould and Bobby Ingram drove around Harrington Square to get a closer look at what they would soon be dealing with. “We're ou

ROCKINGHAM — Seventeen-year-old Davon Robinson was on his way home from the store Tuesday morning when his car slid on a patch of ice, skidded off the road and slammed into a ditch before flipping onto its roof.
He sustained no injuries and said the entire incident happened so fast he had little time to think of what to do.
“I've been

WINTER WALLOP

ROCKINGHAM — Seventeen-year-old Davon Robinson was on his way home from the store Tuesday morning when his car slid on a patch of ice, skidded off the road and slammed into a ditch before flipping onto its roof. He sustained no injuries and said the entire incident happened so fast he had little time to think of what to do. “I've been

ROCKNGHAM — Conflicting forecast models predicting everything from flurries to 5 to 8 inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday have local weather watchers scratching their heads as “Winter Storm Quantum” takes aim at the Southeast.
The Weather Channel's website and mobile apps advised users early Tuesday that on Wednesday nig

Winter storm could bring light to heavy snow

ROCKNGHAM — Conflicting forecast models predicting everything from flurries to 5 to 8 inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday have local weather watchers scratching their heads as “Winter Storm Quantum” takes aim at the Southeast. The Weather Channel's website and mobile apps advised users early Tuesday that on Wednesday nig

ROCKINGHAM — A class of “superbugs” collectively known as CRE are beating the world's strongest antibiotics, giving rise to deadly infections able to kill at alarming rates in places where outbreaks occur.
The lethal germs, called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, are responsible for mortal infections among patients during

'Superbug' a top health threat

ROCKINGHAM — A class of “superbugs” collectively known as CRE are beating the world's strongest antibiotics, giving rise to deadly infections able to kill at alarming rates in places where outbreaks occur. The lethal germs, called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, are responsible for mortal infections among patients during

ROCKINGHAM — When Salon 360 owner Rebecca Bouldin announced plans to close up shop two days before Christmas, stylist Mindy Shaw sprang into action to keep the doors open.
“It actually just happened,” she said. “I thought it was a shame to close the whole place down, so I asked her to just let me take charge of it instead.

Halo Salon opens at former Salon 360 site

ROCKINGHAM — When Salon 360 owner Rebecca Bouldin announced plans to close up shop two days before Christmas, stylist Mindy Shaw sprang into action to keep the doors open. “It actually just happened,” she said. “I thought it was a shame to close the whole place down, so I asked her to just let me take charge of it instead.

HAMLET — Pete Patel's Starflite Convenience Store has minted its first millionaire.
Alex Walls of Laurinburg cashed in on a $1 million prize from a 50X The Cash scratch-off ticket he bought at Patel's East Hamlet Avenue store on Valentine's Day, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
“I am happy someone won at my store,

Hamlet store sells $1M winning lotto ticket

HAMLET — Pete Patel's Starflite Convenience Store has minted its first millionaire. Alex Walls of Laurinburg cashed in on a $1 million prize from a 50X The Cash scratch-off ticket he bought at Patel's East Hamlet Avenue store on Valentine's Day, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I am happy someone won at my store,





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