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Richardson seeks re-election to BOE

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Editor’s note: This is a first in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.Joe Richardson is hoping to continue to help teachers and students if he is re-elected to the Richmond County Board of Education.Richardson, 74, of Rockingham, is seeking re-election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Four seats will be coming open this year.Richarson will be going up against incumbents Irene Aiken and Pamela Easterling as well as challengers T.K. Thrower, Bobbie Sue Ormsby, Dewey Brower and Don Greene.


The good that surrounds us

This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina.This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the grand marshall and honorary starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on Sunday, I’m proud to be your Congressman which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to kee...

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The long road to calvary

Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalMembers of Outreach for Jesus of Hamlet re-enact events leading up to the Crucifixion on Good Friday. This scene depicts Roman soldiers guarding Jesus as he carries his own cross to the place of his execution. The procession began at 9 a.m. from the gazebo at Hamlet Public Library and continued up Main Street.

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Eggs mean springtime, renewal and fun

The egg has been a symbol of spring since ancient times, signifying new life as the earth renewed itself after long, cold winters.The association of eggs with rebirth was part of many of the earliest beliefs including those of Egyptians, Hindus and Finns. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians actually dyed eggs for spring festivals celebrating the vernal equinox.Think of it: Romans and Persians of antiquity were decorating eggs for use in springtime rituals and celebra...

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Bacon is not a vegetable

You can’t encourage other people to eat a diet that’s better for them and the planet by getting all vegangelical on them.As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.Consider this collision I had the other day with a devout vegangelical. While at a potluck among an omni...

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Raiders hope for fresh start at the beach

ROCKINGHAM — It is not the way Richmond Senior thought it would head into spring break.Richmond has lost two of its last four games, dropped into a tie for first in the Southeastern Conference with Lumberton and Pinecrest just a half-game behind.So Richmond coach Ricky Young believes it is the perfect time to head to the beach and get the team ready for the final week of the regular season. The Raiders (10-6-1 overall, 6-2 in the SEC) will participate in the Beach ...

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Wallace plans on keeping same approach

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior coach Wendy Wallace doesn’t plan on varying from her blueprint.And why should she?Richmond is off to its best start in school history — 17-0 — and matched the school-mark with its 17th straight win Thursday night. It even clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with the 5-0 victory over Lumberton and will have the No. 1 seed in the league tourney.But more importantly, the Raiders wil...

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Sheila Crouch, of Rockingham, took this photo for the Richmond County Photography Group’s April assignment, “Circles.” Crouch took this image of bicycles lined up at Walmart in Rockingham on Saturday using a Nikon D5100. Her photo tied with one taken by Lee Benoy, of Hartsville, S.C., as the favorite among those considered at the group’s meeting Thursday at the Richmond County Arts Council building in downtown Rockingham. The next group meeting is 6 p.m. on May 15 at t...

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Kelly: Voters do not need photo ID in 2014 elections

Voters will not need to produce any voter identification for this year’s election. The requirement for a photo identification card will not be in effect until 2016.“I’m concerned that voters may be getting incorrect information on what we’re requiring for this year,” said Connie Kelly, director of elections for Richmond County.Kelly said that starting this year, precinct workers will speak with every voter to provide information on the upcom...

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Kids get tough on bullying

HAMLET — Some Richmond County students are working to put bullying in its place.In a special family night gathering Thursday at Fairview Heights Elementary School, parents and guardians joined forces with Richmond County Communities in Schools (CIS) for a dynamic presentation on why it is important to report bullying to a trusted adult.Fairview Heights CIS site coordinator Emily Nicholson opened the meeting, held in the school cafeteria, with a welcome message as s...

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Search for Kimberly Thrower continues

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is again asking for the public’s help to locate Kimberly Thrower, who was 16 when she disappeared from Laurinburg on April 29, 2004.Thrower was last seen at her bus stop around 7 a.m. that day. At the time, she was 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighed 110 pounds. She had light brown hair and brown eyes. Her tongue was pierced. She could still be in the local area and could be traveling with an unknown male companion....

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A little bit of nourishment

My earliest memory happened when I was about 2 years old. I was sitting in our hallway, leaning against the wall, and feeling quite frustrated that I couldn’t get these little eggs out of a toy carton.Of course, they weren’t supposed to come out; they would have been a choking hazard.But all I knew was that I was pretending to bake, and how was I supposed to do that without proper eggs?Perhaps that moment was a sneak preview into my later years. No...

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My first wreck

I had just turned 16 years old on Dec. 24, 1956. I had to wait until Jan. 3, 1957 to get my N.C. driver’s license.I was working for my uncle at his sawmill, turning logs, moving sawed lumber from the saw, loading the lumber onto the truck to go to the lumber yard in Hamlet, which was about 6.5 miles from the sawmill. When the truck was I was to drive it to the lumber yard, unload it and get paid for the lumber.

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What you said

Readers posted online at and on The Daily Journal’s Facebook page in response to staff writer Matt Harrelson’s story on Wednesday, “Hoggard, McKenzie seek $50,000 from commissioners” to create a countywide youth football program.Here are some of the more than two dozen comments.“I like it; give the kids something to do. See if we can keep them away from negative things and give them positive people in their life.R...

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$50,000 for football? Let’s list our priorities

To the editor,The proposal by coach Paul Hoggard and Principal Keith McKenzie that Richmond County devote $50,000 of county funds to a youth football league is an interesting one, and should give us pause to consider our priorities. Once we are satisfied that our county’s fundamental needs of basic services, education, infrastructure, etc., are met, then we can turn to the wisest use of discretionary funds.

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Pirates drop Raiders into 2-way tie for 1st

LUMBERTON — If last week’s shutout loss at Pinecrest was stomach-turning for the Lumberton Pirates, then Thursday’s 3-1 win over Richmond was the ideal remedy heading down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference championship race this season.Nursing a three-run lead in the sixth, Justice Sampson relieved Lumberton starter Evan Odum and was able to get out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam nearly unscathed as the Pirates pulled into a tie for first with the Raiders ...

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Raiders clinch SEC title in shutout

LUMBERTON — It was fitting that the Richmond Senior softball team clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a shutout.After all, the Raiders have yet to lose this season.Summer Jacobs scattered four hits and struck out four as Richmond blanked Lumberton 5-0 Thursday to improve to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC.The Raiders haven’t lost a regular season conference game in 21 tries, dating back to a 6-5 defeat at Purnell Swett on...

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Bad judgement leads to bad play

In the scorebook it looks like a harmless 3-2 putout to end the fourth inning, but in reality it could have been more.Much, much more.The play started simple enough with runners on first and second with one out. Richmond pitcher James Buie coaxed Purnell Swett’s cleanup hitter, Jordan Swett, to hit a ground ball to short for a possible inning-ending double play.Cody Leviner fielded the ball cleanly, flipped it over to Mike Rush to force Anthony Williamso...

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