Richmond County, founded in 1779, had its beginning with cotton and indigo plantations. The rich, clay soil along the Pee Dee River supported and built some of North Carolina's most successful antebellum plantations. Many historic homes of yesteryear have been preserved, giving the area great character and charm.
For the outdoor and wildlife enthusiast, Richmond County offers unending opportunities. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge has more than 3,000 acres of migratory bird feeding grounds. Rockingham Dragway makes Richmond County a tourist destination with more than 100,000 people annually attending events at the fabled quarter-mile. NASCAR returns to Rockingham Speedway for the first time since 2004 with the Camping World Truck Series in April of 2012.
For more than 80 years, The Richmond County Daily Journal has served the people of Richmond County as their primary source of news, as well as a guide to satisfy the community's appetite for goods and services through advertising of local merchants. The Daily Journal traces its heritage back to 1931, when Scott M. Thomas began the Richmond County Journal. The first issue was dated September 8, 1931.
In 1937 he sold the paper to J. Neal Cadieu for $1,400. At that time there were three weekly newspapers in Rockingham.
In 1989 Cadieu sold the paper to Park Newspapers, Inc., headquartered in Ithaca, NY. After Mr. ParkÔ?Ts death the paper was sold to Community Newspapers, Inc. in 1995. The paper was purchased by Heartland Publications, LLC on Sept. 1, 2006.
Our goal of giving readers a balanced and fair account of what goes on in this community and elsewhere in the world will never change, while the means through which we deliver your community news and information has expanded rapidly. Today, our community members can take their news in print five times a week, through e-mail daily, online and using their mobile devices anytime, as well as through live streaming broadcasts from locations around town. Currently we reach more than 19.331 readers in print and 39,557 viewers online.
The Richmond County Daily Journal seeks to provide the news the community needs, reported faithfully and fully, with respect for all and favor to none. We strive to be authoritative and insightful, to inform and to delight.
To accomplish this mission, we set for ourselves the following goals:
Our news and information products have our name on it, however we want you to think of it as yours, too. Use it, enjoy it, and let us know how we can make it better. We are always eager to hear from you.
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