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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.


LETTER: $15 fast-food minimum wage is unrealistic

To the editor:This is a response to John Hancock’s letter concerning fast-food pay hikes in the Sept. 19 paper.Let me begin by saying that Mr. Hancock’s thoughts are well-intentioned, but absolutely unobtainable and impossible to come to fruition. Of course it is a honorable to advocate for higher wages, however, there are many factors to consider and examine before wages across the board can be raised. I will address as best I can the points...

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The cost of censorship

Finally, a week not to be celebrated with glee.We’re talking, of course, about Banned Books Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday. It’s a time not for toasts or cheers — far from it. This is a week to remember some of the darker actions of censorship taken against intellectual freedom in the names of everything from the vague “community standards” to our more modern urge for political correctness.The list of books banned over th...

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Proof that bipartisanship still exists

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s Eighth District. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find commonsense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

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Daily Journal parent names regional advertising director

Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media, effective Monday, Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets, including the Richmond County Daily Journal in Rockingham. He succeeds R...

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Raiders shock Bulldogs in OT

CHARLOTTE — When Benjamin LeMay walked into the end zone from 17 yards out with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter, top-ranked Butler appeared set to escape with a hard-fought victory over Richmond Senior.Except for one thing — Raider Magic.Richmond scored the game's next 15 points to force overtime and ultimately pulled out a 55-54 win over Butler Saturday night at Providence.“The biggest thing is the kids kept battling,” Richmond coach P...

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Hamlet native plans book-signing

PINEHURST — Hamlet native Betty James Montgomery will speak and sign copies of her book “A Four-Season Southern Garden” next month at Sandhills Community College.A master gardener, Montgomery published the book last November featuring vibrant images from photographer Dick Carr. Montgomery turned the soil in Campobello, South Carolina and Hendersonville, North Carolina for more than 40 years.Janet Norton, Montgomery’s sister, said her sibling also ...

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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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