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Lawnmower racing to return

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ELLERBE — Riding lawnmowers will dart around the dirt track once more, spinning tires, slinging clay and drawing crowds to Richmond County.Five weeks after a dispute stalled lawnmower racing at the Ellerbe Lions Club’s lawnmower track, organizers are reopening the facility and planning a seven-race schedule through year’s end. The track will be open from 3-7 p.m. Saturday for a “test-and-tune, meet-and-greet” afternoon of practice laps.“We look forward to getting the gates open again,” said Joey Bostick, Ellerbe Lions Club president. “I think the community really wanted it back. Richmond County needs something like this, and I hope we can supply it for them.”


Showers, storms to continue this week

ROCKINGHAM — It’s been a wet couple of days across the region, and the outlook for the rest of the week doesn’t look much drier.Thunder rumbled and bolts of lightning flashed across the sky Monday as rain showers came and went and cloudy skies remained.Nick Petro of the National Weather Service in Raleigh said there will “still be scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the week.”The cloudy skies, rain showers and thunderst...

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A new look, thanks to you

The Richmond County Daily Journal is launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout and more effective for our advertisers today.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Daily Journal is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available.But while we may be in the middle of a digital revol...

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Warrant: Sodas used as ‘deadly weapon’ in assault

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of an attack with a case of sodas is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge.Tina Harrington, 42, of 1314 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday on the misdemeanor charge. Coletha Sharnae Battle of Cabel Boulevard accused Harrington of hitting her in the leg with the case of sodas earlier that day, according to an arrest warrant.Battle gave verbal testimony to a Richmond County magistrate, who issued the warrant for Harrington’s...

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13 graduate RCC’s practical nursing program

HAMLET — Thirteen graduates of the practical nursing program at Richmond Community College exited the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium on July 17 with lighted lamps in a symbolic gesture of beginning a journey into a noble profession.The practical nursing pinning ceremony is the culmination of the yearlong program, which prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination in order to become licensed practical nursesDr. Dale McInnis, RCC ...

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Cyclist dies after car crash

LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg man died Friday from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle Thursday night, according to police.Christopher Michael Benbow, 38, of 1422 West Blvd. Apartment D, was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals early Friday, according to Police Chief Darwin Williams.According to Williams, Benbow was heading north on Turnpike Road, between West Boulevard and Blues Farm Road, at about 10:30 p.m. when he was struck from b...

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Rockingham Pony takes section title, advances to Davidson

Staff reportASHEBORO — The Rockingham Pony team wrapped up its run to the East Zone Piedmont Section title undefeated.In Friday’s contests, Rockingham blanked Asheboro 12-0 and closed out the tournament with a 6-4 victory over Bennett.Rockingham advances to the East Zone South Region tournament in Davidson. Rockingham will open play 8 p.m. Tuesday against Davidson.In the victory over Asheboro, Chase Puckett keyed the offense by going 4 f...

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Celebrate 45 years since man’s first steps on moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Now’s the time to get moonstruck.Forty-five years ago Sunday, Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another world. Armstrong’s “one small step … one giant leap” on the dusty lunar surface July 20, 1969, still stirs hearts.You can join the celebration, without needing to travel to the launch site at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, where NASA will honor Armstr...

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Our unaccountable, tax-and-spend government

Obama thinks that he is as slick as a clay road in the rain. His only problem: Any man or woman with eyes can see right through the mud that he calls transparency.Twisted words with no foundation in truth has now become an everyday practice within his administration. Watch this hand but don’t pay any attention to the hand behind his back — that’s what he wants this entire nation to do. I have news for him: His house of cards is falling apart, from within....

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Close the curtain on state budget soap opera

These are fascinating times in Raleigh for political junkies and folks in the public policy world, as House and Senate leaders of the same political party trade budget offers back and forth and Gov. Pat McCrory weighs in with strong words and photo ops and veto threats. But there is a devastating subplot for public schools just below the surface of all the legislative intrigue.Most of the current public dispute is about teacher pay, teacher assistants and Medicaid.The or...

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Memories of eating my way across four states

It’s odd, I guess, that Garden & Gun magazine would grace my reading table. I don’t have a garden — only three tomato vines that provide appetizers for local deer — and I’m not into guns. Actually, the magazine is about Southern lifestyle at its best, and I like that.The one for August/September is the annual Southern food issue, and subscribers are inclined to forget about the usual fare for now and, instead, enjoy generous helpings from excellent wri...

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Bill to fix dam could replenish drained lake

ROCKINGHAM — Homeowners’ thirst for a Ledbetter Lake teeming with life is a step closer to being quenched.State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow Richmond County commissioners to fix the lake’s fractured dam and divide the cost between lakefront landowners. Repairs to the dam would give the lake, which state officials drained in July 2012, the chance to flourish once again.“I think they all would say they’re better off with the...

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Man sought in shooting, fight

LILESVILLE — An altercation between two Rockingham men on the Anson County side of the Pee Dee River left one of them with a bullet wound.Anson County sheriff’s deputies say Michael Kevin Allen, 35, of Oak Avenue, assaulted and shot William David Scott, 54, of Robinson Street, at a boat landing around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.In the incident report, Deputy Evan Carville said he was responding to a call about a fight at the boat landing when dispatchers relaye...

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Artists brush up on summer themes

ROCKINGHAM — More than two dozen aspiring artists converged Wednesday on Arts Richmond for painting lessons taught by Richmond Senior High School art teacher Susan Perkins.Flip-flops, locally known as the glass slippers of the South, were the theme as paintbrushes whisked sandy beaches and Carolina blue skies onto blank canvasses. Perkins offered group instruction and individual pointers as she guided them step by step toward completing a likeness of a finished example painti...

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Law lets student groups set membership rules

HAMLET — Student groups at Richmond Community College and public colleges throughout the state now have more autonomy to select their leadership.A bill signed by Gov. Pat McCrory June 25 gives student organizations—particularly those that are faith-based— the ability to “determine that only persons professing the faith or mission or the group…are qualified to serve as leaders of that organization.”Groups are also authorized to take car...

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Girl, 3, wins coloring contest

HAMLET — Three-year-old Peyton Maree won herself a new bicyle in Hamlet’s Operation Lfie Saver coloring contest. Board vice president Sam Bullard pulled Maree’s name from among 133 entries Friday, and museum manager Miranda Chavis dashed to Walmart to pick up her prize.“Operation Life Saver is a national nonprofit specializing in railroad safety,” said presenter T.V. Kirkley of the CSX Railroad Police. He said it is important for young children to lear...

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Richmond Memorial to host pregnancy fair

ROCKINGHAM — Parents-to-be will be introduced to a variety of topics regarding childbirth and newborn care during the upcoming Richmond Memorial Hospital Pregnancy Fair.The program is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the hospital. Highlights of the event will include presentations on breastfeeding, the birth certificate process, when to call the doctor when your baby is sick and general infant care.Presenters will include representatives of the w...

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Police search for missing man

HAMLET — Police are asking for help locating a man who hasn’t been seen since Monday.Hamlet Police Chief Rodney Tucker said Kenny Wayne Stuart, 47, was reported missing by his wife, Denise, late Thursday night.According to police, Stuart was last seen walking from his home around 2 p.m. Monday. Police say his wife has not seen or heard from him since.Stuart has family in the Gastonia area, and law enforcement officers have been notified that he cou...

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