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Business, government laud industry leaders

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HAMLET — Business leaders and government officials mingled Tuesday night at the 17th annual Business and Industry Appreciation dinner.The event, held each fall, is put on by the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Richmond County Economic Development.“It’s our way of saying thank you for their investment that they make in our community,” said chamber President Emily Tucker.The first hour consisted of casual conversation with attendees drifting through the lobby of Cole Auditorium, snacking on hors d’oeuvres with water, beer and wine from Little River Vineyards before the main course.


Pinecrest wins SEC match

ROCKINGHAM — Pinecrest found itself once again atop the conference leaderboard.The Patriots posted the best team score for the third time in four Southeastern Conference matches Tuesday afternoon at Richmond Pines.Pinecrest had a 342, besting Richmond by 28 shots. Purnell Swett was third at 390 just edging Hoke by six strokes. Scotland was fifth at 413 and Lumberton had a team score of 441.Cassie McFayden led the way for the Raiders, firing an 88. Cassie...

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Richmond sweeps Purnell Swett

ROCKINGHAM — Bre McKinnon and her teammates know where they stand in the conference.And they don’t have any plan on slipping out of contention for one of the automatic berths into the 4A state playoffs.Richmond Senior took another step toward its postseason dreams with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-14 victory over Purnell Swett Tuesday night. The Raiders improve to 9-9 overall and 5-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rams fall to 1-6 in league play.“...

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Raiders moving up the AP poll

ROCKINGHAM — Despite the two teams ranked ahead of it last week were victorious, Richmond Senior climbed two spots in the Associated Press Top 10 poll.The Raiders (6-0) jumped to third this week and once again grabbed five first-place votes. Butler, which was ranked third, dropped to fourth. Dudley slid from fourth to fifth.New Bern displaced Mallard Creek from the top spot, garnering six first-place ballots. The Mavericks received four first-place votes....

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Senate race complicates school visit

ROCKINGHAM — When a state lawmaker’s opponent happens to be on the school board, something as routine as an annual class visit takes on political undertones.Sen. Gene McLaurin spoke to a group of students at Rockingham Middle School for the America’s Legislators Back to School Program on Tuesday, but Principal Julian Carter said McLaurin couldn’t be photographed at the school due to campaign concerns.Carter cited a conflict with Richmond County Bo...

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New assistant district attorney sworn in

ROCKINGHAM — The Honorable Lisa Thacker swore Patrick McCrary in as an assistant district attorney Monday at the Richmond County Judicial Center.District Attorney Reece Saunders welcomed McCrary as the latest addition to prosecutorial district 20A, which serves Anson, Richmond and Stanly counties.The district attorney’s office said its mission is to “seek justice by ensuring that victims’ rights and the public’s safety are our No. 1 priority...

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Wreck victims suffered severe injuries

HAMLET — Two South Carolina women remain hospitalized following a Monday morning wreck.According to Trooper Lee Sampson of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Johneisha Ellerbe of Cheraw is in the intensive care unit at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.Sampson said he does not yet know the extent of her injuries.The other driver, Linda Faye Leach of Wallace, broke both ankles and has a cracked sternum, Sampson said Leach’s stepdaughter told him.Sampson...

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Compost can help Sandhills’ sandy soil

For people interested in gardening in the Sandhills, one of the most important practices is adding organic matter to your soil by using compost and cover crops. Organic matter is created with decomposed plant and animal manure residues. Compost is made of decomposed plant and/or animal manures; cover crops are plants grown just for soil building purposes, and include plants like crimson clover, annual rye or sorghum Sudan grass.

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Sports briefs

All-Chevy show set for ‘The Rock’The Super Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway is scheduled for Friday through Sunday. The event will feature all GM drag races, a car show and a swap meet. The show will feature jet-powered 1941 Willys, the world’s fastest wheel-stander and pro mods. Daily admission is $20 for adults and children under 12 are $5. Daily activities begin at the track at 10 a.m. For information, contact the dragway at 910-582-3400 or visit www.rockingham...

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Cooking for a cause: Barbecue plate sale planned Friday

ROCKINGHAM — Volunteer firefighters are cooking up a ton and a half of barbecue to raise money for community service projects.The East Rockingham Volunteer Fire Department will sell barbecue and barbecue chicken plates for $7 each beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. Plates include hushpuppies and cole slaw. Barbecue is also being sold by the pound for $7.Slow-cooking the meat takes about three days. Firefighters and members of the Sandhill Boys Barbecue Cooking Team start...

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Gentle mare becomes bucking bronco

Last week, I talked about wheeling and dealing with small animals. This week we’re moving on up to horses. You see, buying and selling horses has been going on just about ever since man rode or worked the first horses. Why, it seems like people get the fever to get in or out of the horse business real quick, although everybody ought to experience owning a horse sometime in their life.

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Former POW knows how to handle tough times

Lee Ellis was an Air Force pilot, 24 years old, flying his 53rd combat mission over North Vietnam on Nov. 7, 1967. He rolled his F-4C Phantom jet into a dive-bomb pass and dropped a heavy payload toward the enemy’s guns below. Suddenly, an explosion rocked the jet as it lurched upward. The plane had been hit and was ripping apart.Ellis parachuted into an unfriendly world, and his whole life changed. He was swept up by the enemy, thrown into a tiny cell, sometimes tortured, al...

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Raiders post another shutout

ROCKINGHAM — While he and Cory Smith will receive most of the credit, Richmond Senior goalkeeper Joseph Griffith is quick to give praise to his teammates.“Our defense is playing great,” Griffith said. “Those four played travel ball together and they have some chemistry. Cory and I have it easy back there. The shots that do get through aren’t some crazy shots.”Griffith didn’t have to make any spectacular saves to post the teamR...

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SEC goes undefeated in Week 6

ROCKINGHAM — It was a undefeated week for the Southeastern Conference football teams.The four conference teams in action last week pulled out victories. Richmond Senior and Pinecrest kept their perfect records intact, while Purnell Swett improved its mark to .500. And Lumberton moved two games above .500.Those four schools will be off this weekend before opening league play Oct. 10.Hoke and Scotland enjoyed their open dates and will return to action Frid...

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7 sent to hospitals after 4 wrecks

ROCKINGHAM — Four adults and three children were rushed to hospitals Monday following a day of wrecks that kept emergency crews busy.Two people were airlifted to Chapel Hill after a Monday morning wreck.Trooper L. E. Sampson of the N.C. Highway Patrol said a driver in a Pontiac Sunfire was driving northbound near Hamlet on N.C. 177 — between Old Wix Road and the U.S. 74 bypass — when the driver ran off the road, overcorrected turning sideways and was st...

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Law and gospel: Court clerk plans to record 4th album

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s clerk of superior court is also a gospel singer with three studio CDs under her belt and plans for a new album early next year.The two careers don’t seem compatible at first glance, but Vickie Daniel said her path is guided by a higher authority and she’s learned not to question the twists and turns in the road.“I was raised to sing in the choir and to participate in church,” Daniel said. “That̵...

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HAMLET — Concerned friends and relatives held a fundraiser Saturday for Jada Thomas, an 11-year-old who was born prematurely and now lives with cerebral palsy.Organizers held a Jada’s Helping Hands celebration at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests purchased hot dog plates with chips and cake, and proceeds went toward Jada’s medical treatment. Door prizes were also awarded to attendees.“God spoke to me about starting t...

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At Zaxby’s, early birds get the wings

ROCKINGHAM — Patience paid off for Chris LoCascio.The hungry Hamlet man became Zaxby’s first Richmond County customer Monday after arriving outside the restaurant at 6:30 a.m. — four hours ahead of the scheduled 10:30 grand opening.“It feels great,” LoCascio said. “Twenty years from now, I’m gonna tell someone I was the first to get a chicken wing.”The brand-new Zaxby’s on the corner of U.S. 74 Business and...

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