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Easterling seeks re-election to BOE

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.Pam Easterling wants to continue using her experience to benefit students in the county.Easterling, 56, of Rockingham, is seeking re-election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Four seats will be coming open this year.Easterling will be going up against incumbents Joe Richardson and Irene Aiken as well as challengers T.K. Thrower, Bobbie Sue Ormsby, Dewey Brower and Don Greene.

 

Authorities bust cock fighting ring

Nearly 50 people of all descriptions, young and old, male and female, were arrested or given citations for participating in a cock fight this past weekend near McBee, said Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Briana Davis.Officers seized 148 roosters and $12,000 in cash, said Davis.Many of the people participating in the event were from North Carolina. Davis said she asked one of the men why he would drive all the way down here “way back in the w...

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Judge to Parker: ‘No one is above the law’

Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sanford Marion “Sam” Parker Jr. will spend two years behind bars after being found guilty on each of the eight charges of public corruption against him. His sentence, handed down by Judge Lee S. Alford, includes three years probation.Parker was found guilty on one count of embezzlement, two counts of furnishing contraband to inmates, and five counts of misconduct in office. Alford sentenced Parker to five years in prison, suspended on ...

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Here’s lookin’ at you!

Here’s your chance to show off your selfie!The Daily Journal is accepting selfies for a special project to be published next month. We are inviting readers to send us their best selfie photograph. One lucky selfie will be chosen as the main art to be published in the newspaper. Other selfies will be posted on our Facebook wall and website for our readers to enjoy.Please email your selfie by May 2 to mflomer@civitasmedia.com with the word ‘selfie’ in the...

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Rockingham woman charged with meth

On Monday, Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested Valerie Dawn Veach, 39, for selling methamphetamine at her residence.The Rockingham resident was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, selling methamphetamine, selling and delivering methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance.Veach was arrested and placed in Richmond County Jail under a $15,000 secure bond.

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Raiders take down Trojans for title

SHALLOTTE — The trip to the beach was exactly what Richmond coach Ricky Young wanted for his team.Have fun, play good baseball and win the Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament.The Raiders fulfilled all of their coach’s desires.Richmond knocked out 12 hits and turned back a seventh-inning rally by West Brunswick to claim a 9-5 victory in the championship game Wednesday night.“We came out swinging the bats better than we ha...

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Richmond rallies to capture crown, stay undefeated

SHALLOTTE — For the first time all season, Richmond Senior went into its final at-bat trailing its opponent.With their 20-game winning streak on the line, the Raiders responded to the challenge.Summer Jacobs lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Mackenzie Barnes with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to send Richmond to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Whiteville in the championship game of the Beach Diamond Invitational Softball Tournament. It was ...

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Cities fight to maintain control from state

We’ve been alarmed at many threads coursing through the General Assembly, but one of the more ironic has been the Republican majority’s efforts to circumscribe and undermine city governments.The legislative leaders make no secret of their intent to shift the balance of power in many areas more forcibly toward Raleigh - the capital, that is. The city of Raleigh is just as much in the crosshairs as Durham, Asheville, High Point — name pretty much any mid- to major c...

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Whose line is it?

Submitted photoRaynard House, Anitra Ingram, Bruce Stanback, Daniel Wall and Melvin Ingram work on memorizing lines during a recent rehearsal of “Fences” at the Richmond Community Theatre in downtown Rockingham. In the cast but not pictured are Ashlyn Davis and Tyrese Clark along with understudy Ishmael Terry. The play begins May 15. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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Aiken seeks re-election to BOE

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.Irene Aiken said her experience in unique areas of education will be useful to the students and teachers in Richmond County.Aiken, 48, of Rockingham, is seeking re-election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Fo...

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Managing my garden

Come spring I always like to plant myself several gardens. Since I’ve moved, the only place I have to plant my garden is on the sides of two steep hills behind my house.In a dry spring my garden wouldn’t produce much because I didn’t have enough water pressure to reach up the hill. I have a friend who lives up in the mountains who always has the prettiest garden. I called and told him about the problems I was having with my garden and did he have any suggestions....

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Milking public education

The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be.I looked around as I dug my hands into my pockets, struggling to retain heat. Across the street was a public housing development that appeared to be shut down: broken doors, smashed windows, an overall sense of abandonment. To the left was a park, buried under feet of snow.Looking the other direction, I could see Chicago’s skyline, be...

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Early voting begins Thursday

The Richmond County Board of Elections has coordinated a schedule for early voting that will exceed the state minimum of 113 hours by 30 minutes.Complying with new state law that eliminated a week of early voting but still required offering 113 hours to the public wasn’t easy. Connie Kelly, elections director, said three sites throughout Richmond County will help voters have convenient access to cast their ballots prior to the May 6 primary election.Board o...

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Vote early, vote often

We do not, of course, condone or endorse illegal voting but by use of that headline — well, we had to get your attention somehow.Now that we have it, let’s get serious for a moment. Early voting begins Thursday and lasts through 1 p.m. on May 3. Primary election day is May 6.Locally, there are two contests of interest. There are seven members vying for four seats on the Richmond County Board of Education.Candidates include incumbents Joe Richardson, Irene Aik...

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Rush helps Raiders into title game

SHALLOTTE — For the second straight contest, Mike Rush stepped up for Richmond Senior in crunch time.After recording the game-winning single in Monday’s win over South Stanly, Rush lofted a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the sixth to lift Richmond to a 4-3 victory against North Brunswick Tuesday in the Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament.Richmond will battle the host school in today’s championship game. West Brunswick advanced ...

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‘Taking back our race’

BOSTON (AP) — With security tight along the 26.2-mile course, nearly 36,000 runners set out from the Boston Marathon starting line Monday in a “Boston Strong” show of resilience a year after the bombing that turned the race into a scene of carnage.“I showed up, I’m back, and I am going to finish what I didn’t finish last year,” said Mary Cunningham, 50, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who was stopped a mile short of the finish line by the explosio...

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Live webstream of meetings supports idea of open government

The idea of Richmond County Board of Commissioners meetings being streamed live online is a good one, and worth the investment at a reasonable price.Add to the value of that investment a video-on-demand service of meetings stored online and accessible by anyone, anywhere at any time, and there is an idea that we can wholeheartedly support. You should, too.

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Brower brings ‘different perspective’ to BOE race

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.Dewey Brower is aiming to represent the average resident and help improve the lives of students in Richmond County.Brower, 59, of Hamlet, is seeking election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Four seats will ...

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