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School board to select superintendent Tuesday

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HAMLET — Richmond County Schools will have a new superintendent next week.Wiley Mabe, chairman of the Richmond County Board of Education, said the final decision will be made when the school board votes between two finalists at Tuesday evening’s meeting.The two top candidates are interim superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman and Wingate University professor Dr. Rick Watkins, Mabe said.Goodman has been interim superintendent over the past month following the retirement of Dr. George Norris, who held the post for seven years.

 

Year in Review: Richmond falls in title series

ROCKINGHAM — For two straight years the Richmond Senior baseball team was knocking on the door.This spring, it finally broke through and knocked it down.After being eliminated in the 4A East Region finals the previous two seasons, Richmond overcame Millbrook in three games to make its first championship series appearance since 2000.Unlike the 2013 season when the Raiders reeled off 28 wins in a row after losing their opener, this year’s squad strug...

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Harrington elected into FSU Hall of Fame

ROCKINGHAM — Nellie Harrington thought it was going to be a long shot and even laughed when her old teammate said she was going to do it.Renee McDougle told Harrington she was nominating the former Richmond Senior girls basketball coach for the Fayetteville State Athletic Hall of Fame.“No chance,”Harrington thought to herself. She was one of 15 people sent to the selection committee and one of a handful of females to be nominated.So when Harr...

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Sports briefs

Booster club memberships to go on saleRichmond County Athletic Booster Club memberships are slated to go on sale beginning Monday. The cost is $50 and includes a hat, a parking pass for the Richmond Senior football games and admission to any Raider home athletic event except for football or postseason contests. Memberships are available at Mabry’s Drug in Hamlet, Family Pharmacy and Medical Center Pharmacy in Rockingham and Carolina Farm Credit in Ellerbe as well as the main ...

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Woman jailed twice in one day

HAMLET — A woman was locked up twice in one day after police say she sped off, leading them on a chase after a domestic dispute.Hamlet police say officers responded to a Friday domestic call on High Street regarding a verbal altercation between April Rush and Bernard McMillian. Police say McMillian tried leave so they could both “cool off” but had to soon stop because two tires on his truck had been slashed.Rush then grabbed a tire tool from another veh...

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Center celebrates 5 weeks of summer fun

ROCKINGHAM — Students celebrated five weeks of entertainment and enrichment Friday as the Summer Food and Fun program at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center held its closing ceremony.From June 23-Aug. 1, the program supported by area food banks provided a summer feeding site, nourishing 100-125 kids five days a week. Children received breakfast and lunch and got plenty of exercise outside and at Leak Street’s gym.Staff and volunteers also presented educ...

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Health department rolls out WIC upgrades

ROCKINGHAM — The Women, Infants and Children nutrition assistance program rolled out a new system in Richmond County this week that the state hopes will make things easier for the health department and recipients.Josephine Cialone, head of nutritional services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said the transition has been a smooth one.“Richmond County is in our fifth group of counties to upgrade. We’ve been preparing them f...

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Discovery Place Kids plans August activities

ROCKINGHAM — Discovery Place Kids is helping families gear up for a new school year with a full slate of activities planned at the children’s museum this month.Countdown to Kindergarten, a free community-wide program for rising kindergartners, is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 8. Kids and their parents can meet local kindergarten teachers, visit a mock classroom, learn about healthful lunches, practice carrying a lunch tray and learn scissor safety.The event fe...

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School supply drive postponed

ROCKINGHAM — School oficials have postponed Saturday’s “Stuff the Bus” school supplies drive at Walmart due to inclement weather.Richmond County Schools spokeswoman Mallory Brown said Friday that the event planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is now tentatively scheduled for Aug. 23.The county school system is teaming up with the United Way of Richmond County, Communities in Schools and Walmart.Area residents are invited to fill a school bus w...

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National Night Out planned Tuesday

ROCKINGHAM — Police and the public will come together on Tuesday for an evening of crimefighting fun.A local rock band, dunk tank, informational displays, kids’ games and food vendors will fill Cole Plaza as the Rockingham Police Department observes National Night Out, an annual event designed to get communities involved in crime prevention.

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OUR VIEW: McLaurin a voice for openness

Some state lawmakers tried to slam the doors shut on the public this week, and Richmond County’s Sen. Gene McLaurin served as a sorely needed doorstop.McLaurin stood up for public accountability on two fronts, sponsoring an amendment to ensure that all charter school salaries would remain public record and helping to defeat a last-ditch effort to hide government notices on little-used city and county websites.Lawmakers tried earlier this month to exempt charter sch...

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Drug suspect charged in home invasion

ROCKINGHAM — A man accused of selling drugs here is charged with a home invasion in Montgomery County, according to police and sheriff’s deputies.Richmond County deputies and Rockingham police executed a search warrant at the Mill Road home of 34-year-old Travis Lee Simmons on Wednesday.Simmons’ residence was a site of known drug activity, police say. Deputies add that Simmons was allegedly selling cocaine from his home.Police say they found ...

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Drop-in sessions introduce RCC trade programs

HAMLET — The fall semester is right around the corner at Richmond Community College, and the college is hosting its final information sessions highlighting the variety of skilled trade programs offered at RCC.Skilled trade jobs include welders, electricians, heating, air and refrigeration technicians and other technicians prevalent in manufacturing and construction.The informal drop-in sessions are open to the public and are being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesda...

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Year in Review: Raiders make historic run in softball

ROCKINGHAM — In its season opener, the Richmond Senior softball team slipped past Anson 3-2.Then two days later it took care of business against Jack Britt in eight innings. The following day, Richmond stopped Eastern Randolph 5-3.In the eyes of Lou Brown, the manager of the Cleveland Indians in the movie “Major League,” that would be classified as “a winning streak.”The Raiders didn’t stop at winning three games....

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Howard to lead East team in all-star contest

ROCKINGHAM — For the second straight year, Richmond Senior soccer coach Bennie Howard will be busy during his summer break.Howard was selected as the East boys head coach in next year’s East-West All-Star game held in conjunction with the annual North Carolina Coaches Association clinic in Greensboro.“It’s a great honor,” Howard said. “I’m looking forward to it.”Earlier this summer, Howard was an assistant coach ...

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New apartment complex in the works

ROCKINGHAM — It looks like Zaxby’s won’t be the Aldi supermarket’s only new neighbor on U.S. 74 Business.Developers have begun work on Fountain Pointe, a 39-unit apartment complex off Clemmer Road located on 4.78 acres of land, said Rockingham City Planner John Massey. The five-building complex will include 19 two-bedroom units and 20 three-bedroom units along with a clubhouse that will also serve as the leasing office.A community space as well as...

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Drivers cross state line to save on fuel fill-ups

WALLACE, S.C. —Despite a drop in gas prices, Richmond County residents still cross the state line to take advantage of South Carolina’s frugal fuel tax.On Memorial Day, the average price per gallon was $3.45 in South Carolina and $3.62 in North Carolina, according to Tiffany Wright, public relations manager for AAA Carolinas. Summer fuel supply increases have since pushed local gas prices lower.“Gas prices have been dropping over the last few weeks in t...

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Teacher pay drives lawmakers’ budget votes

ROCKINGHAM — On state Sen. Gene McLaurin’s scales, the good in North Carolina’s $21 billion budget outweighed the bad.McLaurin was one of two Senate Democrats to join a Republican supermajority in voting for the spending plan Thursday. The budget boosts teacher pay by an average of 7 percent without laying off teacher assistants, though experienced educators will see smaller raises. It also nudges state workers’ salaries $500 to $1,000 higher.

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