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‘I couldn’t believe it happened again’

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RED SPRINGS — When Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood earlier this month, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, it was news around the world.For Flora Macdonald Academy volunteer and Richmond County native Alonzo Lunsford, the April 2 shooting was more than a headline — it was tragic reminder of what he endured during the first massacre at the same Army base more than four years ago.“I couldn’t believe it happened again,” said the 47-year-old retired staff sergeant, who was shot seven times during the 2009 Ft. Hood attack that killed 13 people and injured 32 people. The incident left him blind in one eye.

 

First impression: Pa. teacher-recruits travel Hitchcock Creek

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County sure knows how to make a good first impression.Rockingham Middle School Principal Julian Carter coordinated approximately two dozen fellow educators and administrators in kayaks, canoes and on bellyaks down the 3.67-mile stretch of Hitchcock Creek, from Roberdel to the Steele Street access point. Among the paddlers were two Shippensburg (Pa.) University students who, next month, will be newly credentialed teachers looking for jobs.Carte...

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Fractured

ROCKINGHAM — Every small southern town with a little bit of history has its ghosts.In many cases the towns themselves are what haunt people with their abandoned buildings and crumbling facades. Memories of better times and long gone places brush the edges of the mind like an early autumn wind announcing the cold to come before retreating like waves into the greater body of fluid consciousness where they are lost.

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Easter Egg dash

Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalSam Thompson, 7, of Ellerbe, dashes out of the fellowship hall Wednesday as the annual Easter egg hunt begins at Pee Dee United Methodist Church. Sam is the son of Karen and Kenny Thompson.

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Women rule

RICHMOND COUNTY — March is designated as Women’s History Month. Instead of looking at the past, however, we’ve decided to take a snapshot of some of the movers and shakers of today that are creating tomorrow’s history.This is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive list of women who are impacting business, education and nonprofit sectors in Richmond County. Instead, it’s meant to be a symbolic but substantial insight to the challenges women in busi...

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Spring is here

Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalEmployee Miguel Cruz inspects hanging baskets at David’s Produce on opening day Friday, eight days after the official start of Spring. The popular produce stand in Ellerbe is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalRipe tomatoes from the greenhouses at David’s Produce in Ellerbe are ready for picking. David’s Produce opened Friday for the season....

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Students plant trees for Arbor Day

By Amanda Mossamoss@civitasmedia.comHAMLET — Eight students took the time on Monday to get dirty and give back to the environment.The Hamlet Tree and Beautification Group and Monroe Avenue Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day during the cool morning hours on Monday. The day is one that encourages groups as well as individuals to go out and plant trees.The theme for Hamlet this year was “Young and Old.” Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless a...

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Bees are all the buzz

By Melonie Flomermflomer@civitasmedia.comROCKINGHAM — Saturday morning’s Beekeeping 101 class at the Richmond County Cooperative Extension was buzzing with fun facts, activities and instructional lectures for people hoping learn more about bees or to begin hives of their own this year.The instructional series began with a lecture on the history of beekeeping, presented by David Stewart, followed by basic beekeeping tips from Marvin Powell, vice pre...

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