Corey Friedman

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: cfriedman@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Corey Friedman

Sales tax hike raises gas bills

To the editor: Last weekend, my column “Our unaccountable, tax-and-spend government” touched on the unbelievable number of taxes that we pay. With that said, I would like to talk about the new tax that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed Piedmont Natural Gas to burden the people with. In all their wisdom, the Utilities

OUR VIEW A better Ledbetter

“Voluntary tax” sounds like as much of an oxymoron as “dry lake.” But in Richmond County, the first seemingly contradictory phrase could be the solution for the second. Ledbetter Lake property owners want the drained reservoir north of Rockingham replenished, and doing so requires repairs to cracks in an aging dam that coul

ELLERBE — Riding lawnmowers will dart around the dirt track once more, spinning tires, slinging clay and drawing crowds to Richmond County.
Five weeks after a dispute stalled lawnmower racing at the Ellerbe Lions Club's lawnmower track, organizers are reopening the facility and planning a seven-race schedule through year's end. The track wil

Lawnmower racing to return

ELLERBE — Riding lawnmowers will dart around the dirt track once more, spinning tires, slinging clay and drawing crowds to Richmond County. Five weeks after a dispute stalled lawnmower racing at the Ellerbe Lions Club's lawnmower track, organizers are reopening the facility and planning a seven-race schedule through year's end. The track wil

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of an attack with a case of sodas is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Tina Harrington, 42, of 1314 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday on the misdemeanor charge. Coletha Sharnae Battle of Cabel Boulevard accused Harrington of hitting her in the leg with the case of sodas earlier that day, according t

Warrant: Sodas used as 'deadly weapon' in assault

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of an attack with a case of sodas is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge. Tina Harrington, 42, of 1314 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday on the misdemeanor charge. Coletha Sharnae Battle of Cabel Boulevard accused Harrington of hitting her in the leg with the case of sodas earlier that day, according t

ROCKINGHAM — Homeowners' thirst for a Ledbetter Lake teeming with life is a step closer to being quenched.
State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow Richmond County commissioners to fix the lake's fractured dam and divide the cost between lakefront landowners. Repairs to the dam would give the lake, which state officials drained

Bill to fix dam could replenish drained lake

ROCKINGHAM — Homeowners' thirst for a Ledbetter Lake teeming with life is a step closer to being quenched. State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow Richmond County commissioners to fix the lake's fractured dam and divide the cost between lakefront landowners. Repairs to the dam would give the lake, which state officials drained

HAMLET — Nine months after his release from prison, a man is accused of stealing pickup truck accessories from the business where he worked.
Police say 46-year-old Rodney Eugene Odom of Rockingham broke in to Johnson's Carports at 103 E. Spring St. Officers identified identified Odom as the suspect after spotting what appeared to be one of t

Employee charged with business break-in

HAMLET — Nine months after his release from prison, a man is accused of stealing pickup truck accessories from the business where he worked. Police say 46-year-old Rodney Eugene Odom of Rockingham broke in to Johnson's Carports at 103 E. Spring St. Officers identified identified Odom as the suspect after spotting what appeared to be one of t

2 charged with breaking motel windows

ROCKINGHAM — A man and woman are accused of breaking two windows at the Sunset Motel on U.S. 74, according to court records. James Russell Wadsworth, 17, of 703 Richmond Road Extension northeast of Rockingham, and Ciara Webb, 20, of 128 Roslyn Road south of Rockingham, each face a misdemeanor charge of causing injury to real property. Arres

ROCKINGHAM — Common Core's days are numbered in North Carolina's public schools after a compromise bill to replace the curriculum standards passed in the state House over two local lawmakers' objections on Wednesday.
House Republicans advanced Senate Bill 812 on a 71-34 party-line vote, with just three of the chamber's Democrats crossing the

State to replace Common Core

ROCKINGHAM — Common Core's days are numbered in North Carolina's public schools after a compromise bill to replace the curriculum standards passed in the state House over two local lawmakers' objections on Wednesday. House Republicans advanced Senate Bill 812 on a 71-34 party-line vote, with just three of the chamber's Democrats crossing the

Police: Woman stole 10 purses, $3K in jewelry

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County woman is accused of stealing 10 purses, $3,000 in jewelry and a flat-screen television during a break-in at a city apartment. Rockingham police last week charged 31-year-old Toni Marie Everett of 129 Deanna Lane outside Rockingham with forcing her way into an Ann Street apartment on March 17. Everett stole pers

Court erases Richmond County woman's conviction

ROCKINGHAM — The N.C. Court of Appeals has overturned a Richmond County woman's conviction for stonewalling sheriff's deputies because prosecutors switched charging documents between her trials. A unanimous three-judge appellate panel on Tuesday set aside an October 2013 jury verdict finding Shaneequah Nicole Wall guilty of misdemeanor resis

No parallel between Obama, horrors of Holocaust

To the editor: In a July 8 letter to the editor, a writer referred to President Obama as a “dictator.” However the writer's meaning or context, his wording is totally wrong. The American political culture, which we celebrated only the week before on July Fourth, is in reality and principle a democracy. That is why, in our society of l

ROCKINGHAM — In this multiple-choice question, state Rep. Ken Goodman says the right answer is none of the above.
Three active bills seek to repeal or reform the Common Core state standards for public school curriculum in North Carolina. Goodman, D-Richmond, said none of them should pass because it's premature to give up on the set of educat

Rep. Goodman: Keep Common Core in place

ROCKINGHAM — In this multiple-choice question, state Rep. Ken Goodman says the right answer is none of the above. Three active bills seek to repeal or reform the Common Core state standards for public school curriculum in North Carolina. Goodman, D-Richmond, said none of them should pass because it's premature to give up on the set of educat

Driver arrested twice in 2 days

ROCKINGHAM — A habitual drunken driver is due in court Friday after police arrested him on traffic charges two days in a row. Travis Shertale Nelson, 29, of 242 Sparrow Lane in Bennetsville, South Carolina, was pulled over in Rockingham on July 7 and charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger and failing to wear a helm

HAMLET — Bill Miller was “a slick-sleeved private” when he met Marine Corps drill instructor Wayne McIntyre 48 years ago on Parris Island.
The now-retired Marines reconnected several years ago in Richmond County and have been friends since. They sipped stories and shared stories about the Corps on Saturday afternoon as local vete

100-plus gather at veterans' celebration

HAMLET — Bill Miller was “a slick-sleeved private” when he met Marine Corps drill instructor Wayne McIntyre 48 years ago on Parris Island. The now-retired Marines reconnected several years ago in Richmond County and have been friends since. They sipped stories and shared stories about the Corps on Saturday afternoon as local vete

The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page.
The stories and photographs your local paper selects and the way it presents them communicates their timeliness, relevance, interest and impact on people's lives. It's equal parts art and scienc

OUR VIEW Changes coming to your Daily Journal

The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page. The stories and photographs your local paper selects and the way it presents them communicates their timeliness, relevance, interest and impact on people's lives. It's equal parts art and scienc

ROCKINGHAM — Police arrested two men on marijuana charges in a Tuesday raid at a city home.
Cassan Chambers, 36, of 101 Safie Fifth St., Rockingham, and Rodney Rorie, 35, of Rockingham, were taken into custody after police executed a search warrant at 223 Eastside Drive, a Rockingham Police Department spokesman said.
Police said they seized

2 face marijuana charges in police raid

ROCKINGHAM — Police arrested two men on marijuana charges in a Tuesday raid at a city home. Cassan Chambers, 36, of 101 Safie Fifth St., Rockingham, and Rodney Rorie, 35, of Rockingham, were taken into custody after police executed a search warrant at 223 Eastside Drive, a Rockingham Police Department spokesman said. Police said they seized

If you're on Facebook and you aren't following the Richmond County Daily Journal, you're missing out.
The Daily Journal has more than 3,700 followers and shares stories, photos and breaking news updates each day. We also ask Facebook readers to weigh in on the day's big stories and seek feedback on how we're covering the news.
To join the communi

Readers sound off on sales tax, code enforcement

If you're on Facebook and you aren't following the Richmond County Daily Journal, you're missing out. The Daily Journal has more than 3,700 followers and shares stories, photos and breaking news updates each day. We also ask Facebook readers to weigh in on the day's big stories and seek feedback on how we're covering the news. To join the communi

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's state senator says he did his homework to help students and parents make sense of theirs.
Sen. Gene McLaurin crossed party lines to support a Common Core compromise bill that would let North Carolina modify the national school standards without having to start from scratch. The N.C. Senate passed the bill by a

Sen. McLaurin: Salvage seeds of Common Core

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's state senator says he did his homework to help students and parents make sense of theirs. Sen. Gene McLaurin crossed party lines to support a Common Core compromise bill that would let North Carolina modify the national school standards without having to start from scratch. The N.C. Senate passed the bill by a

HAMLET — Richmond Community College held a second registration session Tuesday to sign students up for fall-semester classes.
Registration includes an orientation session, meeting with an adviser to schedule classes, applying for financial aid and buying books. RCC will hold a late registration session on Aug. 12-15. Classes for fall semeste

College holds fall registration

HAMLET — Richmond Community College held a second registration session Tuesday to sign students up for fall-semester classes. Registration includes an orientation session, meeting with an adviser to schedule classes, applying for financial aid and buying books. RCC will hold a late registration session on Aug. 12-15. Classes for fall semeste

ROCKINGHAM — A rape defendant with a history of home break-ins has been accused of forcing his way into a Richmond County home and stealing $500 in cash and a .45-caliber shotgun.
Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday charged 18-year-old Marquis Jamaul Crowder of 525 Loch Haven Road with breaking into a home on the 100 block of Sandhill Road in the

Rape suspect jailed on break-in charge

ROCKINGHAM — A rape defendant with a history of home break-ins has been accused of forcing his way into a Richmond County home and stealing $500 in cash and a .45-caliber shotgun. Sheriff's deputies on Tuesday charged 18-year-old Marquis Jamaul Crowder of 525 Loch Haven Road with breaking into a home on the 100 block of Sandhill Road in the




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