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Construction zone: Richmond County projects under way

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ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business.In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham.Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in May that the bank has outgrown the downtown location. Davie Construction of Clemmons is currently on-site building the new bank.FastMed, an urgent-care clinic, will soon be a part of a small retail center in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Broad Street. Developers have not yet announced a completion date.

 

Deputies: Purse stolen from car

ROCKINGHAM — A woman is accused of stealing a purse out of someone’s car, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.Deputies say Hazel McAuley Ethridge, 59, of Bear Branch Road in Rockingham, broke into a car and stole the victim’s purse.Ethridge was arrested Monday and charged with a felony count of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. She was released on a written promise to appear in court.She has no other pending charges ...

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Labor Day changes trash pickup

ROCKINGHAM — Trash collection for the city will have an altered schedule next week due to the observance of Labor Day.Garbage on the Monday and Tuesday route will be collected on Tuesday and Thursday.Trash on the Tuesday and Friday route will be collected Wednesday and Friday.The department says that, as with any short week, street trash — leaves, limbs and other yard waste — is not guaranteed for pickup.All city offices will be cl...

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Sen. McLaurin, challenger McInnis lining up supporters

ROCKINGHAM — Candidates for Richmond County’s state Senate seat are lining up endorsements from policy powerhouses and political heavyweights ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin said Tuesday he’s earned the support of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. League of Conservation Voters. His Republican opponent, school board member Tom McInnis, has gathered GOP support from Capitol Hill.“I’m proud t...

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OUR VIEW Keeping the peace

“Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”When President Barack Obama uttered those words on Feb. 4, 2013, he was referring to taking measures toward gun control.But since then, civil libertarians have thrown those words back at the government, pointing out the weapons of war used by domestic police departments every day.Less than three months after the president’s speech, we saw weapons of war rolling down the streets of Watertown, Massa...

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Senate candidates lining up support, key endorsements

ROCKINGHAM — Candidates for Richmond County’s state Senate seat are lining up endorsements from policy powerhouses and political heavyweights ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin said Tuesday he’s earned the support of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. League of Conservation Voters. His Republican opponent, school board member Tom McInnis, has gathered GOP support from Capitol Hill.“I’m proud t...

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Vacancies fail to derail depot museum

HAMLET — The city has no city manager or museum director and downtown coordinator, but that’s not keeping the tourists off of Main Street or out of the Hamlet Depot and Museums and its many popular attractions.There’s a building across the street from the roundhouse, a short skip and a jump from the Main Street Park, and it’s called the Tornado Building. And no, it’s not what people tend to think it is.Interim city manager Tammy Kirkley said...

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Raiders edge Bearcats, move above .500

ROCKINGHAM — When the ball hit the floor for the final kill of the game, there was a sense of relief from the Richmond Senior sideline.Less than a week from being swept by Anson, Richmond used strong serving and timely kills to pull out a five-game victory Tuesday afternoon at Raider Gymnasium.The 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 14-25, 15-10 win pushed the Raiders above the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 15, 2012. Richmond defeated Lumberton in five games in the firs...

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Ice bucket challenge issued

There was a time when I believed Richmond Senior athletic trainers Mike Brown and Mitch Hadinger liked me.They probably still do, but it was hard to tell last Friday.To be fair to those two, I did ask for it. Well, sort of.Let’s start at the beginning. Last week, two of my friends called me out on Facebook as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.I had some thoughts on how I could do it, but needed some assistance to pull things together. That ...

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El Niño making summer’s dog days mild

ROCKINGHAM — Cooler temperatures throughout the month in Richmond County have made some days feel more like early fall than mid-summer.The Sandhills region has experienced 11 days of below normal temperatures, according to National Weather Service data. The first four days of the month ranged from four to 11 degrees cooler than usual.“I think a lot of it has to do with the El Niño pattern that set up,” said Ryan Ellis, meteorologist with the NWS of...

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Countywide fitness challenge kicks off Sept. 22

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County businesses will once again enter a friendly competition to see whose employees can get fit in the RichmondFit – Ready, Set, Walk! challenge.All Richmond County employers are invited to join in the challenge aimed at improving the community’s health. The Richmond County First-in-Health 2020 Task Force is organizing the competition.

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Man dies in county line ATV crash

CANDOR — Twenty-one-year-old Zachary Dale Goforth was hanging out with his brother and friend on Sunday when their early morning four-wheeler ride turned deadly.The young men were riding all-terrain vehicles on County Line Road near the Montgomery-Richmond county line when Goforth sustained severe injuries.According to State Highway Patrolman N.J. Talley, the crash occurred at 3:57 a.m. on the dirt portion of County Line Road. Talley said dust from the other four-w...

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Take the sting out of Sandhills sandspurs

Every year at the end of the summer, I get calls from homeowners asking how to get rid of sandspurs in their yard. Sandspur is an annual warm-season weed that masquerades as grass until the end of the summer when it flowers and sets seed, which is a prickly spur. The spurs are extremely painful to step on, and can even be a problem for pets when they get spurs in their fur or paw.

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Rep. Hudson stumps for Tillis in GOP visit

LAURINBURG — Running for a second congressional term in November, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson spoke with little concern for his own elected office as he addressed the Scotland County Republican Party on Monday night.In his two years in the House of Representatives, Hudson has introduced two bills that have been passed by the House, including the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, which Hudson says would require the TSA to implement a technology acquisition plan and ...

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Woman accused of child support card fraud

ROCKINGHAM — A woman is accused of using someone else’s child support card to go shopping, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies say Kamia Lachelle Sloan, 36, of Tillman Road, Rockingham, used a child support card issued to another person without the victim’s permission.Sloan was arrested Monday and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses. She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.Court records show Slo...

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A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supreme Court from her experience as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR.But she is not a lawyer, and you have to be a lawyer to be on the court.Don’t you?No. The Constitution sets forth no such requirement. Article Two provides sim...

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Deputies: Man killed friend in spray of gunfire

ROCKINGHAM — Sheriff’s deputies have charged a man with murder in the Monday shooting death of a 49-year-old Richmond County man.Robert David Erby II, 40, of 103 Jayson St. outside Rockingham, is accused of killing Michael Gene Cain early Monday morning in a spray of gunfire inside Erby’s home.Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. said the men were acquaintances and had been hanging out at Erby’s home since Sunday evening. Deputies said they got in an arg...

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Hospital safety concerns prompt Medicare review

HAMLET — Medicare and Medicaid recipients might not be able to get treatment at Sandhills Regional Medical Center after Sept. 5.The private, for-profit hospital is in “immediate jeopardy” status with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health care facilities placed in this category are in danger of losing their certification for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement unless a plan of correction is filed ...

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