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As you know, last week President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech to lay out his agenda for the year ahead. I was honored to have Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley as my guest to represent all of North Carolina's law enforcement officers who serve to protect our freedoms.
As I sat on the House floor and listened

Obama out of touch with middle class

As you know, last week President Obama addressed the nation in his annual State of the Union speech to lay out his agenda for the year ahead. I was honored to have Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley as my guest to represent all of North Carolina's law enforcement officers who serve to protect our freedoms. As I sat on the House floor and listened

ROCKINGHAM — An attentive consumer says some Richmond County convenience stores are charging too much sales tax for grocery items like milk and bread.
Rockingham resident Jack Hines wrote to state Rep. Ken Goodman on Friday to ask why gas station stores were charging the 6.75-percent county sales tax on items that would only be subject to th

Stores may be charging too much tax

ROCKINGHAM — An attentive consumer says some Richmond County convenience stores are charging too much sales tax for grocery items like milk and bread. Rockingham resident Jack Hines wrote to state Rep. Ken Goodman on Friday to ask why gas station stores were charging the 6.75-percent county sales tax on items that would only be subject to th

SOUTHERN PINES — Police have charged a man and a teenager with stealing prescription drugs, purses and valuables in a string of car break-ins.
Thomas Anthony Wright, 31, of 1057 W. Iowa Ave., Southern Pines, was arrested Friday after police caught him hiding in the bushes on Broad Street, Capt. Charles Campbell said in a Saturday release.
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Car break-in suspect caught in bushes

SOUTHERN PINES — Police have charged a man and a teenager with stealing prescription drugs, purses and valuables in a string of car break-ins. Thomas Anthony Wright, 31, of 1057 W. Iowa Ave., Southern Pines, was arrested Friday after police caught him hiding in the bushes on Broad Street, Capt. Charles Campbell said in a Saturday release. O

29 county students earn UNC-Pembroke honors

PEMBROKE — More than two-dozen Richmond County students were named to the chancellor's and honors lists at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the fall 2014 semester. CHANCELLOR'S LISTStudents are eligible for the Chancellor's List if they achieve a minimum semester quality point average of 3.7 while passing at least 12 semester

The Lady Dark Horses hosted the Pender Patriots on Friday night in a Four County Conference game. Clinton jumped on the Patirots early and never looked back in their 63-43 win over the Patriots.
The Lady Horses stormed to a 17-6 lead by the end of the first quarter with Zoey Harris pumping in 9 points during the opening frame. “Zoey is reall

Clinton girls drop Pender

The Lady Dark Horses hosted the Pender Patriots on Friday night in a Four County Conference game. Clinton jumped on the Patirots early and never looked back in their 63-43 win over the Patriots. The Lady Horses stormed to a 17-6 lead by the end of the first quarter with Zoey Harris pumping in 9 points during the opening frame. “Zoey is reall

One the state's top girls' basketball teams came to Midway Friday to play the Lady Raiders. East Bladen took an early big lead and defeated the home team 62-33.
The Lady Eagles' press dominated Midway early, helping East Bladen to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Raiders put 14 points on the board in the 2nd period and trailed 38-18 a

Lady Raiders bow out to top ranked East Bladen

One the state's top girls' basketball teams came to Midway Friday to play the Lady Raiders. East Bladen took an early big lead and defeated the home team 62-33. The Lady Eagles' press dominated Midway early, helping East Bladen to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Raiders put 14 points on the board in the 2nd period and trailed 38-18 a

The Clinton Dark Horses returned to their home court for the first time in over two weeks to host the Pender Patriots in a Four County Conference match up on Friday night. The two teams played evenly for two and a half quarters before the Dark Horses, aided by improving defense, finally pulled away from the visiting Patriots to take their sixth con

Dark Horses pull away from Patriots

The Clinton Dark Horses returned to their home court for the first time in over two weeks to host the Pender Patriots in a Four County Conference match up on Friday night. The two teams played evenly for two and a half quarters before the Dark Horses, aided by improving defense, finally pulled away from the visiting Patriots to take their sixth con

Knights blitz Spartans

The varsity boys of Union and West Bladen faced off in a conference battle Friday night. Although on their home court, the Spartans just couldn't handle the Knights. West Bladen walked away with the road victory over Union, 69-36. The Spartans struggle offensively throughout the first half, scoring only 8 in the first quarter and 10 in the second.

Last month, Midway traveled to East Bladen and defeated the Eagles on their home court. Friday night, East Bladen returned the favor. The Eagles pulled away in the final moments to defeat Midway 73-62.
The Raiders led 11-10 after 1 quarter, but trailed 29-27 at intermission. Midway's free throws kept them in the game in the opening half. After 2 e

Raiders fall to East Bladen

Last month, Midway traveled to East Bladen and defeated the Eagles on their home court. Friday night, East Bladen returned the favor. The Eagles pulled away in the final moments to defeat Midway 73-62. The Raiders led 11-10 after 1 quarter, but trailed 29-27 at intermission. Midway's free throws kept them in the game in the opening half. After 2 e

HOFFMAN — The U.S. Army Special Forces Command, working out of the Col. James “Nick” Rowe Training Compound at Camp Mackall, launched the 41st Robin Sage graduation exercise Friday for ambitious paratroopers who want to win the right to be a Green Beret soldier.
With tactical operations in unconventional warfare spread over 15 Ta

Author to present Camp Mackall's history

HOFFMAN — The U.S. Army Special Forces Command, working out of the Col. James “Nick” Rowe Training Compound at Camp Mackall, launched the 41st Robin Sage graduation exercise Friday for ambitious paratroopers who want to win the right to be a Green Beret soldier. With tactical operations in unconventional warfare spread over 15 Ta

ROCKINGHAM — It was just like water torture.
Pinecrest slowly kept adding to its lead until eventually the floodgates opened.
Pinecrest pulled away for a 63-37 victory over Richmond Friday night at Raider Gymnasium. The Patriots improved to 9-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Raiders dropped their sixth-straight co

Pinecrest pulls away from Richmond

ROCKINGHAM — It was just like water torture. Pinecrest slowly kept adding to its lead until eventually the floodgates opened. Pinecrest pulled away for a 63-37 victory over Richmond Friday night at Raider Gymnasium. The Patriots improved to 9-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Raiders dropped their sixth-straight co

ROCKINGHAM — To say Richmond Senior was motivated to avenge its earlier loss to Pinecrest would be an understatement.
To a person, all of the members of the Richmond boys basketball team had this contest circled on the schedule. They wanted to get a little payback for the 60-57 last-second loss to Pinecrest in the finals of the Holiday in th

Raiders rout Patriots

ROCKINGHAM — To say Richmond Senior was motivated to avenge its earlier loss to Pinecrest would be an understatement. To a person, all of the members of the Richmond boys basketball team had this contest circled on the schedule. They wanted to get a little payback for the 60-57 last-second loss to Pinecrest in the finals of the Holiday in th

TROY — A second person has been charged in connection with a Tuesday armed robbery at Fidelity Bank.
Rudy Clegg Bruton Jr. of Troy was charged on Thursday in connection to the robbery. Anthony Drake of Rockingham was charged earlier in the day on Thursday.
According to Troy Police Chief Kenny Allen, Bruton and Drake planned the Tuesday morn

2nd suspect charged in Fidelity Bank robbery

TROY — A second person has been charged in connection with a Tuesday armed robbery at Fidelity Bank. Rudy Clegg Bruton Jr. of Troy was charged on Thursday in connection to the robbery. Anthony Drake of Rockingham was charged earlier in the day on Thursday. According to Troy Police Chief Kenny Allen, Bruton and Drake planned the Tuesday morn

WALLACE — Sheriff's deputies have charged three people in connection with the Jan. 21 killing of Daniel Quantin Grooms in a gunfight at a woman's home.
Marlboro County deputies arrested 35-year-old Robert Lamont Allen, aka “Snapper,” of Bennettsville on Jan. 21. He is accused of fatally shooting Grooms at 29-year-old Heather Chri

3 charged after fatal gunfight

WALLACE — Sheriff's deputies have charged three people in connection with the Jan. 21 killing of Daniel Quantin Grooms in a gunfight at a woman's home. Marlboro County deputies arrested 35-year-old Robert Lamont Allen, aka “Snapper,” of Bennettsville on Jan. 21. He is accused of fatally shooting Grooms at 29-year-old Heather Chri

Lakewood's basketball team dropped a close game to Spring Creek on Friday night as the visiting Gators won 60-53. Lakewood had trouble executing in the first and third quarters, but played at a high level to give the conference leaders all they wanted.
Lakewood trailed 16-9 at halftime before coming back to tie the game at 27 at halftime. The seco

Gators beat Lakewood

Lakewood's basketball team dropped a close game to Spring Creek on Friday night as the visiting Gators won 60-53. Lakewood had trouble executing in the first and third quarters, but played at a high level to give the conference leaders all they wanted. Lakewood trailed 16-9 at halftime before coming back to tie the game at 27 at halftime. The seco

Last week, the Legal Corner discussed the basics of Chapter 13 bankruptcy and some of the benefits it may provide to individuals who may consider filing. This week, we will cover the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process and some of the advantages and disadvantages to filing.
Generally there are two methods of bankruptcy — liquidation and repayment.

Pros, cons of Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Last week, the Legal Corner discussed the basics of Chapter 13 bankruptcy and some of the benefits it may provide to individuals who may consider filing. This week, we will cover the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process and some of the advantages and disadvantages to filing. Generally there are two methods of bankruptcy — liquidation and repayment.

ABERDEEN — A Moore County man is on the short list of candidates to lead the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Tommy Davis of Aberdeen is one of six people vying to become party Chairman Randy Voller's successor. Davis, 66, is a previous state Senate candidate who sought to tighten restrictions on commercial dog breeders by re-introducing a p

Aberdeen man seeks top N.C. Democrats' post

ABERDEEN — A Moore County man is on the short list of candidates to lead the North Carolina Democratic Party. Tommy Davis of Aberdeen is one of six people vying to become party Chairman Randy Voller's successor. Davis, 66, is a previous state Senate candidate who sought to tighten restrictions on commercial dog breeders by re-introducing a p

Union girls fall to West Bladen

The Lady Spartans hosted West Bladen Friday night for a conference game. Union battled diligently throughout the night, but the Lady Knights claimed the victory, 38-29. West Bladen jumped to an early lead, scoring 16 points in the first. Union's girls struggled offensively, limiting them to only 6 points. In the second, the Spartans tallied 8 poin

Sounds of laughter and the aroma of hickory-cooked pork barbecue and barbecue chicken filled the dining room of the First Baptist Church on Jan. 22 for the Anson Crisis Ministry Annual Appreciation Banquet. The event was held to specifically express appreciation to the volunteers and local businesses which supported the Crisis Ministry in 2014. New

Anson Crisis Ministry honors volunteers at annual banquet

Sounds of laughter and the aroma of hickory-cooked pork barbecue and barbecue chicken filled the dining room of the First Baptist Church on Jan. 22 for the Anson Crisis Ministry Annual Appreciation Banquet. The event was held to specifically express appreciation to the volunteers and local businesses which supported the Crisis Ministry in 2014. New

ROCKINGHAM — The man behind the plan to turn Rockingham Speedway into a rehabilitation community for veterans says this isn't his first attempt to integrate the need for speed with recovery.
Craig Northacker, executive director of Vets-Help, said he started with a group in Florida, considering the use of competitive speedboats and other naut

Online tip led likely buyer to speedway

ROCKINGHAM — The man behind the plan to turn Rockingham Speedway into a rehabilitation community for veterans says this isn't his first attempt to integrate the need for speed with recovery. Craig Northacker, executive director of Vets-Help, said he started with a group in Florida, considering the use of competitive speedboats and other naut





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