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Moral Monday rally stresses importance of voting

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ROCKINGHAM — “What the hell is goin’ on in North Carolina?”That’s a question the Rev. William J. Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, said he was asked recently in Mississippi.Barber was in town for a Moral Monday-Get Out the Vote rally in Cole Plaza, the first in Richmond County.The weekly demonstrations started in 2013 in response to what Barber called “wrong policies inflicted upon the state by extremist legislators.”Although starting in North Carolina, Moral Monday has spread to 15 other states, Barber said.


PHOTOS: Rockingham rallies on Moral Monday

William R. Toler | Daily JournalWinford Ingram holds a “Moral March to the Polls” sign while singing along to “We Shall Not be Moved.”William R. Toler | Daily JournalSarah Rhodes, a friend of an NAACP employee, helps pass out signs for attendees to hold.William R. Toler | Daily JournalBinah Mohammed Beyah drove from Fayetteville to attend the rally in Rockingham.William R. Toler | Daily Journal...

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Richmond, Lumberton to battle in semifinal

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior soccer team will open the Southeastern Conference tournament against Lumberton 7 p.m. today at Raider Stadium.Richmond finished tied for first in the conference with Pinecrest with a 9-1 record, but the Patriots won the coin toss to earn the No. 1 in the SEC tournament.The Raiders (15-1 overall) swept the season series with the Pirates, winning 5-0 in the first matchup in Lumberton and 4-1 on Senior Night in Rockingham.Lu...

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Scoreboard-watching season is in full bloom

The march toward the showdown on Nov. 7 in Raider Stadium continues as both Richmond Senior and Scotland are undefeated in the Southeastern Conference though two weeks.Richmond proved why it is the top-ranked 4A team in the state with a 51-0 win over Purnell Swett Friday night. Scotland needed some late-game heroics from freshman running back Zamir White to slip past Pinecrest 29-22.Even though fans are quick to dismiss Pinecrest and its relatively weak non-conference sc...

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Hillenburg: Rockingham Speedway can ‘survive and prosper’

ROCKINGHAM — The green flag may drop once again on racing at Rockingham Speedway.Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, have agreed to sell or auction off the speedway in order to avoid foreclosure for default on a $4.2 million loan used to buy the property, according to court filings.Superior Court Judge David Lee signed a consent order between the speedway’s owners and Salisbury-based Farmers & Merchants Bank, which holds the loan ...

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Scots edge Pats; Bucks shock Pirates

ROCKINGHAM — After two league games, there are only two teams left controlling their own destiny — Richmond Senior and Scotland — in the race for the Southeastern Conference title.Richmond, the top-ranked 4A team in the state, improved to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC with its 51-0 win over Purnell Swett.It didn’t come easy for Scotland, but it also moved to 2-0 in league play and 7-1 overall with a hard-fought 29-22 road victory at Pinecre...

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‘Enough is enough’: Vigil, march target domestic violence

ROCKINGHAM — Purple-clad residents filled the area outside of the former Richmond County’s Courthouse Monday evening in solidarity against domestic violence.The event began at 5:30 p.m. as those in attendance marched from Harrington Square in downtown Rockingham, down past the former R.W. Goodman Co. storefront and across the street to the old courthouse where candles were lit and purple balloons were flying in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month — ...

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Forever a daughter: DAR honors former member

ROCKINGHAM — Monday was a proud occasion for friends and relatives of the late Hannah Covington McGee, a Rockingham native and devoted member of Daughters of the American Revolution.Regents from three chapters of the volunteer service organization gathered with members at McGee’s gravesite for the dedication of a grave marker for one of their own.McGee died in February 1999 at age 55 and is buried in the Dockery Cemetery adjacent to the Dockery Plantation Hou...

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Men accused of groping woman, girl

ROCKINGHAM — Two men face criminal charges after a woman and 13-year-old girl say the defendants groped them on Saturday.Dustin Keith Bittle, 32, of Mill Street, is accused of grabbing a Locust Street woman’s buttocks, breasts and groin. A warrant for his arrest states that Bittle told the woman he would kill her if she told the police.Richard Paul Vuncannon, 35, of 109 Sleepy Hollow Drive, allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old’s buttocks on the same day, acc...

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Man arrested on kidnapping charges

A Richmond County man is accused of breaking into an estranged girlfriend’s home and kidnapping her.Sheriff’s deputies arrested 20-year-old Jacquale Jermaine Isaac of 117 Coble Road, Rockingham, after he allegedly broke into an occupied Crestway Drive on Friday.Three people were inside the home when Isaac forced his way in, according to warrants for his arrest. Isaac restrained the woman and moved her without her consent, a warrant states.Charging ...

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Cole Auditorium prepared for new DeWitt series

HAMLET — The staff of the Cole Auditorium at Richmond Community College spent Monday preparing for Tuesday night’s kickoff of the 2014-15 DeWitt Performing Arts Series, which begins with the Broadway musical revue “Smokey Joe’s Café.”“There is a whole lot that goes on behind the scenes to make these events a success,” said Cole Auditorium Director Joey Bennett.Along with scheduling performances for the series, Bennett is cha...

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Compassion, motivation keep principal grounded

ELLERBE — Words like hyper and energetic are sometimes used to describe Melvin Ingram’s leadership style at Ellerbe Middle School. According to the nine-year principal, it’s just a part of his personality.“I like to get into what the students are doing,” he said. “I like to be up and down the hallways, to have a relationship with them. I consider myself a compassionate person and I just want to serve the kids.”The second-generati...

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What happened to chivalry, modesty and purity?

“Back in the day when loving one another was OK. When love was simply love without the games. Oh, can we just go back to yesterday? Yesterday, remember when girls used to make men wait? But now it’s like they’re giving it away, and men they only come around and take. It’s a shame. If you close your eyes a second you will see what I see, ‘cause if we see the way it was, we could repeat history. Just wanna go back to how it used to be.”...

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Hamlet councilman wins transportation committee award

HAMLET — Town Councilman Tony Clewis has been named Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee member of the year, the Lumbee River Council of Governments announced.The council of governments celebrated 42 years of service Oct. 16 and recognized individuals who have given their time and energy toward the group’s work. The event took place at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center in Lumberton. James Leach, LRCOG Board of Directors ...

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LETTER: Thanks to volunteers, sponsors for a successful Norman Fest

To the editor:Norman Fest weekend was a big success. There were lot of new faces, which we like — some had never been to the town — along with the diehards.The car show had more than 30 participants, thanks to Stacey Allen and friends, bigger than last year.We had more people,this year and we know more would have showed up, but the heat and chance of rain kept them away. The Rock Star magic show was well-received, Chris and Neal put on a fant...

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LETTER: On Election Day, right answer sometimes none of the above

To the editor:With elections coming up, we are able to voice our opinions on public officials and policy by voting. We are reminded often that voting is a sacred right in this country, but we quickly forget that we also have the right not to vote. Additionally, we are misled into believing that it is, somehow, our civic duty. We are not, in any way obligated to cast a vote. There are many reasons for this.

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LETTER: Homeless shelter within reach for Richmond County

To the editor:Nothing is better after a long day at work or school than going home, walking through the door, kicking your shoes off, putting on your comfy clothes, getting a snack from the fridge, flopping down in your favorite chair, kicking your feet up and grabbing the remote. Ahhh, life is good!Even with all the craziness in the world, it’s relaxing just to get home and feel safe, to feel secure, protected — to “let your hair down,...

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We can do more to prevent Ebola’s spread

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second health care worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason ...

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