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State, students salute retired teacher

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ROCKINGHAM —Betty Yount was “still in shock” a day after receiving the state’s most prestigious service award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.Yount worked for Richmond County Schools for about 30 years before retiring in 1983. Four of those years were spent at the old Hoffman School.“It was my birthday yesterday,” Yount said on Thursday. “My two daughters told me they wanted to take me out to lunch at the National Clubhouse in Pinehurst. I got there and there was this one particular class there that I taught in Hoffman during the early years teaching in Richmond County. I was surprised to see them there. I remember them being students who really wanted to learn.”


Ravens have revenge on the mind

ROCKINGHAM — Rocky River coach Jason Fowler wants his team to make a better showing than it did last year against Richmond Senior.The Raiders rushed for 402 yards and passed for another 102 en route to a 37-13 victory over the Ravens. Richmond’s defense limited Rocky River to 249 total yards and shut out the visitors in three of the four quarters.“They are so hard to prepare for,” Fowler said about Richmond. “We don’t see it (the sprea...

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Raiders return tons of talent

ROCKINGHAM — As Richmond Senior coach Paul Hoggard scans his roster this season, he sees a lot of talent returning.But he also had a lot depart.Richmond finished 9-4 last season and finished third in the Southeastern Conference with a 3-2 mark. It was the worst finish for the team since the SEC reformed in 2009. Richmond downed Lake Norman 55-27 in the first round of the state 4AA playoffs before falling to Northwest Guilford 31-12 in the the next round....

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Raiders race past Ravens

ROCKINGHAM — Jayvon Boyer scored three touchdowns and Leon Zeigler threw for another two to pace the Richmond Senior junior varsity football team to a 47-12 home win over Rocky River Thursday night.Boyer scored the game’s first touchdown on an 85-yard run in the first quarter. At the start of the second half, he returned the kickoff 80 yards for his second score of the night. Boyer added a 60-yard run later in the third quarter.Zeigler hooked up with Malik Ba...

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Coal ash cleanup bill passes

ROCKINGHAM — A bill addressing the coal ash controversy following a spill into the Dan River earlier this year is on its way to the governor’s desk.Lawmakers passed the Coal Ash Management Act late Wednesday before the General Assembly adjourned for the rest of the year.The bipartisan legislation sets up a commission to oversee the management of coal combustion residuals, creates four priority sites across the state that have to be dealt with before any other...

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Uniform shop sells approved school fashions

HAMLET — For 12 years, Richmond County Schools’ uniform dress code has sent parents and students to Teresa Hatcher’s store.The Golden Rule at 1805 Hylan Ave., Hamlet, sells school-approved uniforms for all Richmond and Anson County schools as well as middle schools in Cheraw and Pageland in South Carolina and a couple of schools in Montgomery County.“We get customers from all over North Carolina,” Hatcher said. “Kids will be staying wi...

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Police: Men had meth in stolen truck

ROCKINGHAM — Police say they caught two men with meth and meth ingredients in a stolen pickup truck.Rockingham police say James Russell Hash, 33, and John Richard Patrick, 40, both of Rockingham, were seen at Walmart in a truck that had been stolen the previous week from Jacob’s Auto Sales.After the two men were taken into custody, police say they searched the vehicle and found methamphetamine in the passenger floorboard. Police say they also found pseudoephe...

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Richmond CC expands Scotland partnership

HAMLET — As students are returning to school this fall, Richmond Community College and Scotland County Schools celebrated an expanded partnership between the two institutions that paves the way for more students to take advantage of free college classes while still in high school.

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DSS director coming home to Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Robbie Hall will leave his job as Scotland County’s social services director this week to return to Richmond County, where he will lead the social services agency in his hometown.Hall’s last day at work in Scotland County will be today. He starts at the Richmond County Department of Social Services on Monday.“It’s an opportunity for me, both personally and professionally, and for my family,” he said. “We’re goi...

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Richmond cuts down Pine Forest

FAYETTEVILLE — Sergio Chaparro scored two goals as the Richmond Senior boys soccer team remained undefeated this season.Chaparro netted both of his goals in the first half as Richmond posted a 5-2 victory over Pine Forest Wednesday night. The game was originally scheduled for Raider Stadium, but preparations for the upcoming football season forced the change in venue.“We dominated the first half and led 4-2 at halftime,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard sai...

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Previewing the SEC: Scots try to stay on top without Ratliffe

LAURINBURG — After losing in the 4A championship game to Dudley last season, experts across the state pegged Scotland as the team to beat this year.Things changed days before the first official practice when starting quarterback and Georgia Tech verbal commitment Jaylend Ratliffe suffered a head injury while riding an ATV. Ratliffe has been recovering at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte since the accident.Scotland coach Richard Bailey said even though his team...

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New eatery to hire 10

ROCKINGHAM — Roughly six months before it serves its first sandwich, The Villager Deli is hiring.The multipurpose building that will house the new downtown restaurant is still under construction, but owner Koley Keel, who operates the original Villager Deli in Pinehurst, said there’s no time like the present to start staffing.“My goal is to hire local people,” Keel said. “I believe in investing in my team members and the success of the busin...

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OUR VIEW: Homelessness calls for grace

We say it before meals, sing about it in church and associate it with a ballerina’s bearing and poise. But what does grace really mean to us in Richmond County?Merriam-Webster’s defines grace as “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy or clemency.” It’s a word with spiritual and temporal connotations, and both are evident at The Place of Grace, a fledgling tent city for homeless Richmond County men and women.Mark Joplin, ...

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LETTER: Voters’ will on same-sex marriage ignored

To the editor:This letter is in reference to the article “Gay marriage ban on shaky ground,” which appeared in the paper on Tuesday, Aug. 12. What good is it for us to go to the polls and vote if our vote is going to be overturned by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia, which is the appellate court which has jurisdiction over North Carolina?Also. our state attorney general, Roy Cooper, has said he would not defend the constitution...

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LETTER: Less demand for meat means less pollution

To the editor:The drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was recently fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive.Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf...

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LETTER: Obama deserves credit, not blame, for health care

To the editor:I applaud the July 17 response letter by Douglas Smith titled “Boyhood stories shine, but Obama-bashing gets old” in response to a column written by Robert Lee. I will be residing here for the next eight to 10 months taking care of a business venture. I have been reading the Daily Journal each day, and 99 percent of the news and opinions about the president have been negative. What ever happened to fair and balanced?

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LETTER: When will Congress stop robbing retirees?

To the editor:Congress demonstrated its callous disregard for retirement security by supporting laws to fund highway projects on the backs of retirees through an accounting trick known as “pension smoothing” in July. Sen. Kay Hagan voted for Amendment 3583 to strip this smoothing out of HR 5021, but Rep. Virginia Foxx voted to keep it in.

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LETTER: Lawmen deserve gratitude for fugitive’s capture

To the editor:l would like to thank Sheriff James Clemmons and his department along with the law enforcement officers from the state, federal agencies and surrounding counties for a job well done in the July 24 capture of fugitive John Adam Rillo.Our town and the surrounding communities were on edge for several days. l know that his family and everyone else is relieved that it ended with no casualties.Kenneth Broadway...

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