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County man accused of sex chat with minor

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ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of sending sexually explicit text and picture messages to a minor in South Carolina.S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a press release Wednesday announcing the arrest of Robert Lee Watson, 37, of Hamlet, on 10 felony charges related to the case: one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and nine counts of felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor.Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars each, with the latter requiring defendants to register as sex offenders if convicted.


Richmond recognized by MaxPreps

ROCKINGHAM — In its 10 years of existence, has ranked high school football teams based on a computer formula.To celebrate its anniversary, released its list of Top 20 most dominant teams in the state during this time. awarded points based on where a school finished in the final rankings to compile the list. In addition, teams were awarded bonus points for winning a state championship or finishing as the runner-up.Three Charlot...

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Year in Review: Raiders edged for relay title

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior boys track team sent two of its relay teams to the 4A state meet and one of its runners competed in two events.And Richmond just missed by .03 seconds of bringing home a relay championship.In the 4x200 relay, Richmond’s Jayvon Boyer received the baton from Gus Chambers for the anchor leg trailing Butler’s Chuka Soronadi by nearly 10 meters. With every step, Boyer slowly began to chip away at the deficit.

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Scotland QB recovering from crash

CHARLOTTE — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe is in serious condition following a Tuesday ATV crash, sources said Wednesday.The rising senior has been taken off a ventilator and is talking and responsive.Ratliffe, who reportedly suffered head injuries when the ATV overturned, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Sources close to the family said Ratliffe was still in a lot of pain as doctors decreased his medication to assess the extent o...

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Bill would rename VA clinic for Ed O’Neal

HAMLET — Ed O’Neal’s name could be added to Richmond County’s VA clinic as a permanent tribute to the veterans’ advocate and retired Army command sergeant major.U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson on Wednesday introduced a bill to rename the Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Hamlet in O’Neal’s honor. Hudson said all 12 of the state’s congressional representatives signed on to the bill, H.R. 5265, as co-sponsors.O’N...

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Women excel in mechanical engineering

HAMLET — Behind every product on the market is a schematic, or a drawing, that allows the product to be manufactured and distributed to the masses. These drawings originate with mechanical engineers, who are skilled thinkers and problem solvers.At Richmond Community College, mechanical engineering technology instructor Annie Smith is educating the next wave of mechanical engineers, and she is encouraging other women to follow in her footsteps and break through the gender barr...

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OUR VIEW The finger as free speech

The bird. The finger. The Bronx salute. It’s as old as ancient Rome, and over the centuries, the hand gesture hasn’t lost its peculiar power to offend.A sheriff’s deputy in neighboring Anson County was so ticked off over being flipped off that he left the scene of a homicide investigation to arrest a 19-year-old who flashed his middle finger as he drove past.Deputy Vance Bennett charged William Dunlap of Wadesboro with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for...

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Deputies: Assault suspect claimed to be God, Jesus, Gabriel

McBEE, S.C. — Sheriff’s deputies say a man accused of domestic assault claimed to be God, Jesus Christ and the archangel Gabriel.Chesterfield County deputies arrested 30-year-old Larry Dean O’Neal of Tabernacle Church Road south of McBee on July 30 after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend.The woman called 911 and told a dispatcher she did not feel safe around O’Neal. Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Hughes interviewed the suspect and said the as...

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Richmond Raiders star’s killing still unsolved

ROCKINGHAM — It’s been 12 years since former Richmond Senior star football player Walter Franklin Long and one of his neighbors were shot and killed in Long’s Salisbury apartment.Today, the double-homicide remains unsolved and his younger brother wants to know why.“I don’t think the police are doing all they can,” said Zack Long, who had recently turned 14 years old when his brother was killed on April 25, 2002.“It get...

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A blanket fit for a prize racehorse

Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol ’Charley’s store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store.He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that had enough rhinestones on it to choke a horse. He had a wide-brim 10-gallon hat on and fancy cowboy boots on with a set of silver spurs attached.The stranger strutted up to the counter and growled at Charley, “I want to ...

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Scotland QB injured in ATV accident

Staff reportLAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback and Georgia Tech verbal commit Jaylend Ratliffe was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital following a Wednesday afternoon ATV accident, according to sources close to the incident, where he remains in critical condition.Ratliffe and teammate Dakota Holland were riding through a wooded area when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. The accident left Ratliffe and Holland with injuries, but both ...

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Lawnmower races back on track

ELLERBE — The new and improved Lions’ Den dirt track is a hit with lawnmower racers.Drivers tested out the reconfigured track at a “test and tune, meet and greet” event held Saturday at the Ellerbe Lions Club facility. Lawnmower races will return next month as the track reopens under new management.The new track has modified straightaways and a smoother turn to improve safety, according to Rex Crouch Jr. and Wayne Taylor Jr., who are teaming up to...

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Middle finger leads to man’s arrest

WADESBORO — A man’s middle finger has landed him in legal trouble.An Anson County sheriff’s deputy on Monday arrested a 19-year-old passerby who is accused of flipping him the bird while driving past the home where a man was found shot to death early that day.William Dunlap of 181 Rivers St., Wadesboro, faces a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. An arrest warrant states that Dunlap raised his finger at Deputy Vance Bennett while driving past the ...

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Raising quality kids — and not just goats

Interest in meat goats has grown rapidly over the past several years. According to Ohio State University Extension, goat is the most frequently consumed meat in the world and, in the U.S., meat goat production is growing because of their ability to convert low-quality feed into high-quality meat, milk and hide products.Another reason for the meat goats’ popularity is that a small part-time farmer can raise a small herd of goats efficiently and make a slight profit — ena...

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Year in Review: Flowers scores in bunches vs. Jack Britt

ROCKINGHAM — The play wasn’t really designed for him, but in the end it didn’t really matter.Brent Flowers scored on a 5-yard keeper to make it six rushing touchdowns on the night against Jack Britt.Flowers said it was a high snap that forced him to run the ball behind a wall of blockers into the end zone.“I had to jump and by that time the dive was past me and I just followed his block,” Flowers said. “I didn’t care I...

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County health officials: Guard against mosquito virus

ROCKINGHAM —Richmond County health officials are warning residents to be on guard for a virus spread by mosquitoes that has infected 10 North Carolina residents to date.Chikungunya (pronounced: chik-en-goon-ya,) is a vector-borne illness spread to humans by infected mosquitoes. And since it is a virus, antibiotics are useless against it.“The good news is that there are common actions you can take to prevent the chances of being infected,” Health Directo...

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Historical marker added to 1890 courthouse bell

ROCKINGHAM — A historical marker installed Tuesday morning marks the second stage of a project to restore Richmond County’s 1890 courthouse bell.A work crew from Custom Monument in Rockingham installed the granite marker in front of the bell on the 1924 courthouse lawn facing Lee Street and the new Richmond County Judicial Center.The Richmond County Historical Society will hold a dedication ceremony for the bell at a later date. The installation of the restor...

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Find the golden seashell, win $500

Richmond County residents can win $500 by reading the newspaper and taking part in a community treasure hunt.The Richmond County Daily Journal is launching its annual Golden Seashell Hunt on Wednesday. A gold-painted conch shell has been hidden on public property in Richmond County, and clues published in the paper over the next few weeks will help direct attentive readers to its location.

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