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Ledbetter Lake owners need $2.3 million to repair dam

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ROCKINGHAM — Property owners adjacent to Ledbetter Lake would have to borrow $2.3 million over the next 30 years to get the dam repaired and the lake — well, back to a lake again.In the board room on Tuesday at Richmond County Airport, County Manager Rick Sago told the Richmond County Board of Commissioners that interested alone would amount to $1.7 million, or more than half the original loan amount.“There’s one property owner out there who will have to pay $119,000 over the next 30 years for that dam,” said Sago. “They need to find a way to do this cheaper.”


McLaurin hosts Young Leaders Advisory Council

WADESBORO — Sen. Gene McLaurin wants to hear from its younger movers and shakers.McLaurin called on the young people of District 25, comprised of Anson, Richmond, Rowan, Scotland and Stanly counties, to convene at an informal meeting on Tuesday night at Southern Medley Wine Cellar in Wadesboro.The first meeting of the Young Leaders Advisory Council was held in a trendy downtown wine bar — the kind of place one would imagine 20-and-30-somethings gathering to m...

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Rankin Museum impresses at business expo

HAMLET — The Rankin Museum in Ellerbe made a huge first impression on Wednesday at the 2014 Buy Local Business Expo.The expo has been held every year for eight years to promote the importance of shopping local and to offer an avenue for the public to interact with businesses that they might not have known existed in Richmond County. This was the first year that the museum participated in the expo, but it was way ahead of the game as it had one of the more eye-catching exhibit...

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Breaking ground

Matt Harrelson | Richmond County Daily JournalTim Hawks, left, Carlos Zamora and Evan Hawks, on the front loader, begin construction of new restrooms at the Steele Street access to Hitchcock Creek. The men’s and women’s restrooms will both be under one roof with a porch on the front. Hawks Builders, contracted through the city of Rockingham, hope to have the project finished by the end of May.

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Saying thanks is not enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans.They can be forgiven if they think “Thanks for your service” is an incomplete thank you, an insincere and hollow expression, showing a lack of understanding and real appreciation of what these men and women had been through.So how can we appreciate what they have done, if we have no idea about their real experiences?There is help. In 12 b...

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America’s clandestine war in Africa continues

The Washington Post reported in late March 2014, “a sharp increase in U.S. Special forces deployed to Uganda.”President Barack Obama “sent U.S. military aircraft there for the first time in the ongoing effort to hunt down warlord Joseph Kony across a broad swath of central Africa. At least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft will arrive in Uganda by midweek, along with refueling aircraft and about 150 Special Operations airmen to fly and maintain the planes.” Such is...

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Sweet Sixteen

PEMBROKE — Early in the season, the Richmond Senior softball team set its sights big.The first part of the goal came to fruition Wednesday with a 12-0 win in six innings at Purnell Swett that clinched a share of the Southeastern Conference championship for the Raiders (15-0, 7-0 SEC) and guaranteed a playoff spot in the process.“We came in with our goals set to win the conference, win the conference tournament, make a run through the playoffs and hopefully ta...

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Raiders seize 1-game lead in SEC

PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett was inches away from heading into its dugout leading by three going into the bottom of the fourth.Instead, the Rams found themselves trailing by four after committing several miscues and errors in the top of the inning.“Our balloon got deflated,” Purnell Swett coach Bryan McDonald said. “We never recovered. It’s been a struggle lately and tonight typified our season.”Richmond took advantage and cruis...

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Hoggard, McKenzie seek $50,000 from commissioners

ROCKINGHAM — Everyone knows high school football is a big deal in Richmond County, but Raiders football coach Paul Hoggard wants to make sure kids are exposed to it at an earlier age.Hoggard and Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie spoke about creating a youth football program before the Richmond County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday in the Richmond County Airport conference room.McKenzie and Hoggard proposed a plan to create a flag football leag...

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Officials recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

HAMLET — Sexual violence is more common in Richmond County and across the nation than many people realize.Its effects can be devastating to victims for years after an incident, sometimes leading to post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and depression.Victims are women, men and children of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds. Perpetrators can be strangers or people considered to be friends. They can be relatives. They can be dates. Domestic assa...

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Mission: Messy

Photo by Sarah Ferguson | Creative Eye PhotographyRyan Ferguson, 2, takes full advantage of a hands-on art activity at The Hive Recreation Center on Mill Road in East Rockingham. Messy Art is offered at 10:30 a.m. each Monday, and children can stay and play in the gym afterward. The cost is $4 per child. The picture is of Ryan Ferguson, he is 2yrs old. Photo by Sarah Ferguson (Creative Eye Photography) Thank you!! Let me know if you need any more info! Sarah Ferguson The Hive Recre...

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Rockingham man charged with cooking meth

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested Corey William Byrd, 29, on April 3 for being in possession of materials used to cook meth and having possession of meth.The Rockingham resident was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession precursor, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Byrd was arrested at his residence and placed in Richmond County Jail under a $50,000 secure bond. Byrd was also arrested fo...

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Just another day of fishing (continued)

Last week I had just retrieved my nine inch Rebel plug with its three sets of treble hooks from a large stump in Smith’s lake. Now, I was on my quest to catch that trophy large mouth bass.Being careful not to spook the fish, my friend and I rowed over to the opposite side of the lake. There just happened to be some rather large Willow trees lining the bank on the other side of the lake and their branches were hanging over the lake. It didn’t take long to catch several e...

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Raiders look to inch closer to title

ROCKINGHAM — Over the last three years, Richmond Senior has posted records of 9-5-1, 14-1 and 11-4 in its first 15 games.The biggest difference is where the Raiders were in the Southeastern Conference standings at that point in the season.Richmond was in first with a 4-0 mark last year. In 2011, Richmond was 3-2 and sitting in third behind Scotland and Pinecrest.And now Richmond is 5-1 and sitting atop the SEC with both Lumberton and Pinecrest trailing b...

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Strength in their power

ROCKINGHAM — Before the season started, Richmond softball coach Wendy Wallace believed her team could hit.She just didn’t realize the power surge that would come along with all the offense. The Raiders have launched 14 home runs this season, a record for a Wallace-coached team.Junior Chelsea Davis leads the squad with six homers and senior Hunter Parks has four. Seniors Ashton Davenport, Jennifer Steen and Jessica Steen as well as junior Jordan Richardson eac...

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Defying terrorists with a new limb, renewed hope

I first saw fear in a mother’s face in Belfast. Her daughter’s school was next door to a building that had just been fire-bombed by terrorists. The children had been evacuated just in the nick of time, but the mother’s voice, even her hands, still quivered as she recounted the close call to me.But I saw strength in another mother’s face when she was interviewed in Boston in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing last year. When I recently talked to that mothe...

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‘I couldn’t believe it happened again’

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,&...

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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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