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Historian: Southern belles fought secession in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — Eloquent as they were elegant, Civil War-era women of Richmond County took part in impassioned public debates, and many argued against North Carolina seceding from the Union.“Their willingness to take a potentially unpopular stand goes against the stereotype of the genteel, decorative Southern belle,” Dr. Mary Wayne Watson said at a Richmond County Historical Society lecture Monday evening.


Raiders keep streak alive with shutout win

PEMBROKE — It was a slower start than Bennie Howard would have liked from his team, but Richmond Senior stayed perfect on the season.Despite the rough beginning, Richmond pulled away for a 7-0 victory over Purnell Swett Monday night in a Southeastern Conference matchup. The Raiders are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.“I told the team at halftime we can’t take anybody lightly,” Howard said. “We have to come out with a little sense of urgen...

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County residents give blood to save lives

HAMLET — Richmond County residents rolled up their sleeves to help save lives Monday at First United Methodist Church.Dozens attended an American Red Cross blood drive at the Hamlet church, and a second blood drive is scheduled today at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital.“We’ve been to various places in Richmond County this summer. We’ve been to Wingate, Roberdel Church, and soon to Richmond Senior High School this Friday,” manager Avis ...

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Only two remain undefeated in the SEC

ROCKINGHAM — And then were two.The Southeastern Conference still had four undefeated teams entering Week 4. But losses by both Lumberton and Scotland Thursday night cut that number in half. Now only Pinecrest and Richmond are the final conference teams without a blemish on their record.For the week, the SEC went 3-3. Besides Pinecrest and Richmond pulling out victories, Hoke knocked off South View in double overtime to even its record at 2-2. Purnell Swett was thro...

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N.C. Supreme Court justice to speak Wednesday

HAMLET — N.C. Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson will be the guest speaker for Richmond Community College’s Constitution Day celebration on Wednesday.Jackson was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2011 for a term ending in 2018.She was previously a judge with the N.C. Court of Appeals, counsel for the state Department of Labor, and in the governor’s office under Jim Martin. Her career in law began as a clerk for former Chief Justice Burley Mitchel...

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Fire displaces family of 6

ROCKINGHAM — A family of six is out of their Richmond County home following a Sunday afternoon fire.Sitting on a hill, behind a line of yellow “Do Not Cross” tape, their white house on Cartledge Creek Road is now smudged with soot and an upstairs window leans to one side.Northside Volunteer Fire Department Chief Edward Causey said the call came in around 4:56 p.m.Causey said when his crews arrived on the scene, there were flames shooting out ...

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Police: ‘Gang activity’ to blame for shootings

LAURINBURG — A man was wounded and two houses struck during shootings over the weekend that Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams called a result of “escalating gang activity” throughout the city.The department’s gang unit will soon begin to “validate” known gang members, Williams said, so officers “can move forward as far as prosecuting them.”Sixteen gunshots were fired between two groups on Biggs Street on Saturday nigh...

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2 arrested in fights at Richmond Senior High

ROCKINGHAM — Two Richmond Senior High School students face criminal charges in two separate fights reported at the school on Friday.Jose Guadalupe Jaurez, 17, of Greenlake Road, Ellerbe, is accused of punching student Pablo Salgado in the head and body, according to a warrant for arrest.Officer S.B. Pittman of the Richmond County Schools Special Police arrested Jaurez on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and disorderly conduct at a school.Jermai...

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College to offer free GED practice tests

HAMLET — Individuals who have not obtained a high school diploma will be offered a free opportunity from Sept. 22 – Oct. 3 to see if they possess the knowledge to obtain a GED.The GED Testing Service is giving all students the chance to “See for Free” by offering the GED Ready practice test for free at adult education centers. That includes Richmond Community College’s James Building in Hamlet and RCC’s Scotland Center in Laurinburg.Th...

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‘Talladega Nights’ car on display at state museum

RALEIGH — The stock car seen zooming around Rockingham Speedway in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of History this fall.Ricky Bobby’s No. 26 Wonder Bread race car from the 2006 movie starring Will Ferrell will be displayed at the Raleigh museum for the “Starring North Carolina!” exhibit. It’s the first major exhibit about North Carolina’s movies, television shows, cast memb...

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Arts, crafts fair seeks vendors

WADESBORO — The Anson County Arts Council is seeking vendors for its fourth annual Christmas in November Art and Crafts sale on Saturday, Nov. 15.This event is designed to provide local and regional artists and craftsmen a venue at which to sell their work at a time of the year when many people are shopping for holiday gifts. The arts council offers this event as a service to artists and craftsmen as well as to area residents. Admission is free for shoppers.

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St. Andrews Writers’ Forum plans open-mic night

LAURINBURG — The Writers’ Forum at St. Andrews University will hold the first open mic of the semester Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge in Orange Residence Hall.The event is free and open to the public.Individuals interested in sharing their poetry, prose or music are invited to sign up the night of the reading with student host Ryan Perez. Presentations are limited to between five and seven minutes to allow for all reader...

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OUR VIEW: Birth of an anthem

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In 1814, a lawyer by the name of Francis Scott Key undoubtedly considered himself in that predicament.Two hundred years ago today, Key was being held by the British Navy. A few days earlier, he and a friend voluntarily boarded a Navy vessel in an attempt to gain the release of some prisoners taken after the burning of Washington, D.C.Unfortunately for Key and his friend, while they made headway on gaining freedom for an elderly...

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LETTER: Obama tiptoeing through the tulips with ISIS

To the editor:He doesn’t want to do anything to offend his brother Muslims. His apparent affection for them all these years reminds me so much of Tiny Tim when he sang that high-pitched song, “Knee-deep in flowers we’ll play/ We’ll keep the showers away/ So if I kiss you in the garden, will you pardon me?/ And tiptoe through the tulips with me?”That is the same way President Obama will fight our ISIS enemy. He portrays nothi...

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9/11 underscores national security needs

Last week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by cowardice and hatred for our way of life.Thirteen years later, we remember the innocent lives lost and the sacrifices that were made; we remember the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair; and we remember the heroism and cour...

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AG Cooper asks FCC to allow robocall-blocking

RALEIGH — Technology is available to help block annoying robocalls and telephone companies should be using it, Attorney General Roy Cooper said this week.Cooper joined 38 other state attorneys general on Tuesday to urge the Federal Communications Commission to allow phone companies to use call-blocking technologies that would better protect consumers from unwanted calls and scams.“Each year, thousands of consumers complain to my office about annoying robocall...

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Carrying his cross: Ex-addict now an evangelist

HAMLET — Gregory Locklear, a rising star at Outreach for Jesus Church in Hamlet, was just named as a staff pastor — but there was a time when church leaders had to ban Locklear from their community.“Greg says I never gave up on him, and I appreciate that,” senior pastor Marvin Taylor said. “But it was God who never gave up on him, because there was a time I never wanted to see him again. This is the only man we’ve ever kicked out of church.”...

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Man accused of sexual battery

HAMLET — A man accused of holding his neighbor down on a bed and taking his clothes off is facing assault and sexual battery charges.Tremek Shaquille Pate, 19, of 400 Buttercup Drive in Hamlet, was arrested Friday after the female neighbor took out an arrest warrant for the Thursday incident.Pate pushed the woman down on a bed and tried to hold her down while taking his shorts off, according to the warrant. He is charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and mis...

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