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UPDATE: Rockingham Speedway owners seek auction to avoid foreclosure

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ROCKINGHAM — A bank has taken control of the Rockingham Speedway as foreclosure proceedings against the owners work their way through the court system.Superior Court Judge David Lee issued a temporary restraining order on Sept. 8 that turned the track over to Salisbury-based Farmers and Merchants Bank and its managing agent, the Finley Group. Co-owners Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, are accused of defaulting on a $4.2 million loan.Hillenburg, a former race driver, says he’s still trying to reopen Rockingham Speedway. Court filings show that his attorney and Silas’ lawyer have discussed selling the track at auction to avoid foreclosure.


Racing’s revival short-lived at ‘The Rock’

It has been a tough few days for the Richmond County sports world as both Richmond Pines Golf Course and Rockingham Speedway face uncertain futures.The news isn’t all doom and gloom in regards to Richmond Pines, as there is at least one potential buyer on the horizon who would like to keep the golf course open.This doesn’t necessarily mean there is a deal in the works, but for the area golfers, there is some hope for the Donald Ross-designed course....

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Pet boutique opens new location

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday for the relocation of Aunt Bessie’s Pet Boutique.The local business — which offers grooming and licensed day care and boarding services — recently moved from Richmond Plaza Shopping Center to its new location at 195 U.S. 74 West in Rockingham, according to a press release from the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce.Business owners Tessie Caulder and Scott Dycus were joined by several members of the chamber and...

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Richmond County Chamber endorses sales tax for rec project

ROCKINGHAM — A ballot initiative to raise the county’s sales tax for the construction of a recreation complex has gained the support of area business leaders.The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support the quarter-cent tax increase at a meeting last Wednesday.“It is important for Richmond County to plan for future economic development needs that will enable the county to recruit, retain, grow and generate business and cre...

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160 take ice-bucket challenge

ROCKINGHAM — Two bright yellow fire trucks from the East Rockingham Fire Department rolled onto the football field at Rohanen Middle School Friday to spray faculty, staff and students with ice cold water from a hose on one of the trucks to help the school complete its ALS ice-bucket challenge.Principal Hal Shuler said roughly 160 students got permission slips signed to participate in the event. Each one paid $1 to help raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, and many...

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Subway employees charged with embezzlement

HAMLET — Police have arrested three employees of the Subway restaurant in Hamlet on embezzlement charges.A district manager told detectives on Sept. 3 that Whitney Herndon, 28, of Rockingham, Amanda Polston, 19, of Hamlet, and Morgan Jackson, 20, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, took a combined $1,490.53 from the 819 W. Hamlet Ave. business, according to Interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker.After an investigation, police charged the three with one count each of larc...

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Former N.C. poet laureate to speak at St. Andrews

LAURINBURG — Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will be the featured reader at the St. Andrews University Writers’ Forum on Thursday.The reading, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge of Orange Hall on the University campus.Bathanti came to North Carolina as a VISTA volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates.The former poet laureate of North Carolina, Bathanti h...

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Ellerbe native reappointed as RCC trustee

HAMLET — Willa Spivey begins a second term serving on Richmond Community College’s Board of Trustees this month after being reappointed by the Richmond County Board of Education.Spivey is a vice president with Fidelity Bank and branch manager for the Rockingham and Ellerbe offices. Spivey went into banking right after high school at age 18 and has worked in the financial world ever since.

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Richmond-Butler postponed

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior-Butler football game scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Providence High School in Charlotte as been postponed.The contest will now kickoff at 7 p.m. Saturday at Providence.

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Books bound for Guyana

ROCKINGHAM — Earl Rose never intended to become a missionary. The idea of providing medical care to the ill in foreign and developing countries or getting his hands muddy building schools and huts just never appealed to him.Then he discovered Guyana, a country on the northern coast of South America that just needed books.“My sister-in-law, Kathy Bruce, was a missionary in many countries,” Rose said. “And she kept asking me to go with her. Finally,...

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Sheriff’s detective receives advanced certificate

In the photo at left, Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. congratulates Detective Dennis Allen Smith Jr. for his completion of the advanced law enforcement certificate program, which required a diligent effort to complete required training.Clemmons said Smith has “joined the ranks of many officers in this great state who have made the sacrifice to continue to serve its citizens.”

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Signs of suicide clearer in hindsight

I awoke this morning to panic and bewilderment. The bewilderment was due to the panic of the bewilderment, and not knowing what was taking place in my mind in those first microseconds of being awake.The panic of being late for work, the panic of being late for a doctor’s appointment. But this panic was tenfold. Panic intertwined with true fear — fear of the unknown. Panic that took away all rational thought, if for only the microseconds that I speak of.

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Rockingham Speedway faces foreclosure or owner auction

ROCKINGHAM — A bank has taken control of the Rockingham Speedway as foreclosure proceedings against the owners work their way through the court system.Superior Court Judge David Lee issued a temporary restraining order on Sept. 8 that turned the track over to Salisbury-based Farmers and Merchants Bank and its managing agent, the Finley Group. Co-owners Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, are accused of defaulting on a $4.2-million loan....

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Richmond knocks off rivals

ROCKINGHAM — With the final point, the players on the bench rushed the court to celebrate with their teammates a victory over their rivals.Even after the game, the members of the Richmond Senior volleyball team were still beaming after claiming a 25-20, 25-14, 25-22 win over Scotland Thursday night.The victory snapped Richmond’s two-game losing streak. The Raiders are now 7-6 overall, while the Scots fall to 7-5 on the season.Both teams are tied wi...

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Richmond to face off with No. 1 Butler

ROCKINGHAM — The top team in the state vs. an unranked opponent.Generally that is Richmond Senior against another school, but not this time.Butler, ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press, and polls, will square off with Richmond 7 p.m. today at Providence High School in Charlotte.Last season, the Bulldogs pulled away for a 49-32 victory to win their fourth straight game against the Raiders. Butler now leads the all-time series...

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Hudson’s bill to limit airline fees passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson to limit the Transportation Security Administration’s air travel fees passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday.The bill, H.R. 5462, will amend section 4490 of the U.S. Code to read that passengers will be charged $5.60 for one-way flights and that charges should not exceed $11.20 for round-trip flights.An aide for Richmond County’s congressman said the TSA was charging passengers the one...

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Church feeds first responders

HAMLET — It’s been 14 years and seven days since the 9/11 terror attacks, but community support for people who work in emergency services is surging in Richmond County.Calvary Baptist Church in Hamlet hosted a spaghetti lunch for the county’s first responders Thursday, serving up more than 70 plates around midday to police, fire and rescue workers, emergency medical technicians, sheriff’s deputies and city and county employees who put the public interest fir...

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5 arrested in Hamlet Depot and Museums break-ins

HAMLET — Five suspects have been arrested in two separate snack machine break-ins.Police say the Hamlet Train Depot, and subsequently a snack machine, was broken into Aug. 30.The glass on the machine was broken, according to police, and a warrant shows $100 worth of “candy bars, crackers, cookies and other snacks and candies” were taken.After reviewing video from the security system, police say investigators identified the suspects as Miguel ...

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