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Law and gospel: Court clerk plans to record 4th album

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s clerk of superior court is also a gospel singer with three studio CDs under her belt and plans for a new album early next year.The two careers don’t seem compatible at first glance, but Vickie Daniel said her path is guided by a higher authority and she’s learned not to question the twists and turns in the road.“I was raised to sing in the choir and to participate in church,” Daniel said. “That’s what I did.”After the deaths of her mother, grandmother and an uncle within five months in 1990, Daniel was devastated.

 

Raiders post another shutout

ROCKINGHAM — While he and Cory Smith will receive most of the credit, Richmond Senior goalkeeper Joseph Griffith is quick to give praise to his teammates.“Our defense is playing great,” Griffith said. “Those four played travel ball together and they have some chemistry. Cory and I have it easy back there. The shots that do get through aren’t some crazy shots.”Griffith didn’t have to make any spectacular saves to post the teamR...

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SEC goes undefeated in Week 6

ROCKINGHAM — It was a undefeated week for the Southeastern Conference football teams.The four conference teams in action last week pulled out victories. Richmond Senior and Pinecrest kept their perfect records intact, while Purnell Swett improved its mark to .500. And Lumberton moved two games above .500.Those four schools will be off this weekend before opening league play Oct. 10.Hoke and Scotland enjoyed their open dates and will return to action Frid...

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7 sent to hospitals after 4 wrecks

ROCKINGHAM — Four adults and three children were rushed to hospitals Monday following a day of wrecks that kept emergency crews busy.Two people were airlifted to Chapel Hill after a Monday morning wreck.Trooper L. E. Sampson of the N.C. Highway Patrol said a driver in a Pontiac Sunfire was driving northbound near Hamlet on N.C. 177 — between Old Wix Road and the U.S. 74 bypass — when the driver ran off the road, overcorrected turning sideways and was st...

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HAMLET — Concerned friends and relatives held a fundraiser Saturday for Jada Thomas, an 11-year-old who was born prematurely and now lives with cerebral palsy.Organizers held a Jada’s Helping Hands celebration at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests purchased hot dog plates with chips and cake, and proceeds went toward Jada’s medical treatment. Door prizes were also awarded to attendees.“God spoke to me about starting t...

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At Zaxby’s, early birds get the wings

ROCKINGHAM — Patience paid off for Chris LoCascio.The hungry Hamlet man became Zaxby’s first Richmond County customer Monday after arriving outside the restaurant at 6:30 a.m. — four hours ahead of the scheduled 10:30 grand opening.“It feels great,” LoCascio said. “Twenty years from now, I’m gonna tell someone I was the first to get a chicken wing.”The brand-new Zaxby’s on the corner of U.S. 74 Business and...

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Mineral Springs fundraisers continue

ELLERBE — Northern Richmond County residents are continuing to raise money for a new multipurpose building in the Mineral Springs community.Members of the Mineral Springs Improvement Council gathered Sept. 22 to talk about Ellerbe-area residents’ needs and discuss ongoing projects.“We’re just a group of citizens from the town of Ellerbe coming together for improvement of our community and to enjoy Jesus,” council President Annie J. Buie said...

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Readers rally for Rockingham Speedway revival

If you’re on Facebook and you aren’t following the Richmond County Daily Journal, you’re missing out.The Daily Journal has more than 4,000 followers and shares stories, photos and breaking news updates each day. We also ask Facebook readers to weigh in on the day’s big stories and seek feedback on how we’re covering the news.To join the community conversation, log in to your Facebook account and search for “The Richmond County Daily Jo...

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Less government is the answer

Last week, my wife, Renee, and I hosted a Women’s Symposium to highlight the tremendously positive impact women have on our economy and our communities and unite local leaders to discuss ideas that advance opportunities and return decision-making power back to our families and away from Washington.I don’t think I need to tell you that our economy and our nation face a lot of challenges right now, and I’m so grateful for all of the women who attended the summit to ...

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Police arrest alleged ‘Bearcats Bandit’

HAMLET — Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department captured the “Bearcats Bandit” Friday after an anonymous tip from a resident identified her from photographs published in the Daily Journal and posted to the newspaper’s Facebook page.Amanda Gainey, 31, was accused of using another person’s debit card without permission — first withdrawing less than $100 from a Hamlet bank machine, and shortly afterward attempting to use the card at another...

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Richmond edges North Moore

Staff reportROBBINS — The Richmond Senior soccer team rallied from a one-goal halftime deficit to improve to 8-1 on the season.Jory Smith found the back of the net to lift Richmond to a 2-1 victory over North Moore Saturday afternoon. Andrew Balzer assisted on the goal.Sergio Chaparro scored the game-tying goal off an assist by Johnny Juarez for the Raiders.Richmond is scheduled to return to action 7 p.m. Monday against Southeastern Conference...

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Mayor, state senator splashed for a good cause

ROCKINGHAM — A local church is a little closer to its global goal of wiping out a deadly mosquito-borne disease after a day of music, food, fun and fundraising.First United Methodist Church is seeking $10 donations for mosquito nets under the United Methodist denomination’s Imagine No Malaria campaign. Pastor Mike Sykes wore a placard bearing a black mosquito silhouette at Saturday’s Holy Smoke BBQ & Music Festival to advertise the fundraiser.“Eve...

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10 murder cases await trial

ROCKINGHAM — Nine cases. Ten victims. Eleven defendants.These statistics relate to the number of pending homicide trials in Richmond County. According to a report from the State Bureau of Investigation, the county saw eight homicides in 2012.No killings were reported for 21 months, a streak that ended when Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say Robert Daivd Erby II shot and killed Michael Gene Cain in the early morning hours of Aug. 25.Deputies say...

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Raiders defeat Bearcats, 42-6

ROCKINGHAM — Despite Richmond’s lax offense versus Anson Friday night, the Raiders still managed to pull off a 42-6 victory over the Bearcats.The game was Richmond Senior High’s Homecoming game and gives the Raiders a 6-0 record, while the Bearcats drop to 1-5 overall.The contest was marred by a scuffle following a Richmond kickoff with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter. Three Anson players were kicked out of the contest.“They were ej...

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Hundreds flock to homecoming parade

ROCKINGHAM — Friday’s Richmond Senior High School homecoming parade on East Washington Street drew onlookers from all parts of the county to Harrington Square downtown.Floats, the Marching Raiders, Raider Cheerleaders and Junior ROTC put on a show of team spirit as the clock counted down to the homecoming football game’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Raider Stadium.This year’s grand marshal was Jeff Dieffenbach, the owner of Dieffenbach GM Superstore, who ...

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Senate candidates decry direct-mail mudslinging

ROCKINGHAM — In advance of the November general election, state Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, and Republican challenger Tom McInnis have already been the targets of attacks by their opponent’s political party.McInnis, owner of The Iron Horse Auction Co., said he could do without the negativity on both sides.“I have always committed to never running a negative campaign,” McInnis said. “I do not condone nor will I stoop to the level of some ...

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Zaxby’s grand opening set for Monday

ROCKINGHAM — Zaxby’s in Rockingham is hatching Monday, and the fried-chicken restaurant has a special promotion to celebrate its grand opening.The eatery’s festivities will start off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The doors will open at 10:30, but a lot of the community will already be in line because the first 100 guests will receive a Zaxby’s Fanatic Pack of 52 cards, each valid for one week for the dates specified.Zaxby’s new p...

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Making your own fun in Richmond County

“There’s nothing to do here. It’s boring. Where is the fun? Where is the excitement? I hate coming home from college because it still looks the same. There are no jobs, no activities, just the same ol’ people with the same ol’ mentality,” says the hopeless teenager.Many of us living in Richmond County have said the same or similar. We all have felt like it’s unfair treatment to be stuck in a “not so popular” community. I felt li...

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