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Jazz legend Coltrane’s Hamlet birthplace finds new life

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HAMLET — Jazz lovers and novices alike know the name John Coltrane. What most people don’t know about “Trane” is that he was born in Richmond County.Coltrane was born 88 years ago today — Sept. 23, 1926 — to parents John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane on the second floor of what used to be a two-story hotel on Hamlet Avenue. Although he and his family moved to High Point when Coltrane was only 6 months old, he remains a Richmond County native. And the site of his birth has taken on a new identity.

 

Holy Smoke festival combines barbecue, Christian music

ROCKINGHAM — Fun, food and fellowship are what make up the aptly named Holy Smoke BBQ & Music Festival due to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Rockingham.The outdoor event, which is in its 15th year, will feature several live bands on stage. Kicking off the musical portion of the day will be The Collisons Trio. This will be the Jacksonville-based group’s first appearance at Holy Smoke and music coordinator Tim Capel...

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Ellerbe class of 1950 celebrates reunion

ELLERBE — The Ellerbe High School class of 1950 celebrated its 64th class reunion on Sept. 13.Class members and guests enjoyed a lunch at Denise’s Diner in Ellerbe followed by a time of fellowship, picture taking and dessert at the home of class member Mary Vuncannon and husband Ed. There was also a time of remembering the many members who have passed away.

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Gingerich, McDonald to wed in spring

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Gingerich announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, to Michael Kent McDonald, son of Mrs. Linda McDonald and the late Mr. Mitchell L. McDonald.Miss Gingerich graduated from Pinecrest High and earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education at Appalachian State University and has taught in the Moore County school system for the past five years following a volunteer semester teaching in South Africa.Mr. McDonald graduated fr...

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Gibson childRosie Flores and James F. Gibson Jr., Rockingham, announce the birth of their child, LaKota Daniel Gibson, born Sept. 6, 2014

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King, Webb to wed in October

Heather Ann King of Rockingham and Christopher Wayne Webb of Rockingham announce their engagement.King is the daughter of Teresa and Brian Phillips of Rockingham and Laurie and John Holder of Bennettsville. Webb is the son of Susan and William Parsons of Ellerbe and Jonie and Bruce Webb of Rockingham.Ms. King, a graduate of Richmond Community College, is employed by Bryant’s Turf and Landscaping as an office manager. Mr. Webb, a graduate of Sandhills Community Coll...

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Newton, Heustess marry

Miss Kathryn McRae Newton and Mr. James Kyle Heustess were united in marriage on May 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at The Brooklyn Arts Center at Saint Andrews in Wilmington, North Carolina.The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Steuart Link, with harpist Elena Pohl and violinist Maura Kropke providing music. Vows were written and exchanged by the bride and groom along with traditional wedding vows. Guests were greeted by Doug and Rebecca Mudd. The bride’s parents hosted a cocktail ...

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En route to D.C., horseback rider trots through Rockingham

In the photo at left, Leslie Fender of Dublin, Texas, rides his quarter horse Angel through downtown Rockingham on Thursday in a journey from Texas to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness and financial support for the National Stroke Foundation.Fender suffered a stroke that resulted in paralysis about a decade ago and credits the nonprofit stroke foundation with helping to save his life. Fender has crisscrossed the country on horseback since at least 2012, according to media report...

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