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Rec center support builds

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ROCKINGHAM — Parents and business boosters are working to drum up public support for a local sales tax referendum for parks and recreation on the Nov. 4 ballot.The Committee to Promote Growth and Economic Development, a grassroots group of roughly 15 parents, has begun posting and distributing yard signs urging Richmond County voters to support the proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase. The Rockingham Downtown Corp. voted Tuesday to draft a resolution expressing formal support for the project.

 

GOP sheriff candidate questions decrease in county’s violent crime

ROCKINGHAM — A candidate for Richmond County sheriff is questioning statistics on the county’s crime rate.Bo Frye, the Republican candidate in the Nov. 4 general election, says he would rather see the raw numbers of the crimes committed rather than a percentage.“If it’s crime, it’s crime,” he said. “Just give me the facts.”“I’m not completely satisfied with anything I’ve gotten,” he said....

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Deputies: Meth convict caught with precursor

ROCKINGHAM — Eight days after her conviction on meth charges, sheriff’s deputies say a Richmond County woman was caught with a key ingredient of methamphetamine.Stephanie Dawn Guinn, 40, of 184 Butler Circle, Rockingham, was arrested Monday on two counts of felony possession of pseudoephedrine by a person with a prior meth conviction.A warrant for arrest states that Guinn had two boxes of generic allergy and decongestant medication containing pseudoephedrine....

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Police: Car thief broke into home

HAMLET — A defendant accused in a rash of car break-ins has also been charged with forcing his way into a Hamlet home and raiding the fridge.Police have charged 22-year-old Jonathan Quinn Williams of 2691 Murdocksville Road, West End, with breaking into a Rollins Avenue home and stealing “an assortment of meat and other frozen foods,” according to an arrest warrant. The food has an estimated value of $100.Williams was charged last week with breaking int...

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Farming, forestry enjoy bright future

Every five years, farmers are asked to complete a lengthy USDA Census of Agriculture form, and the most recent data (2012) is spurring new reports of a strong agricultural future for Richmond County.Last week, Farm Progress reported on a new Farm Futures study, ranking 3,000 counties in the country calculating countywide financial performance including return on assets, profit margin, asset turnover and average net farm income. Called the “Best Places to Farm,” Richmond...

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Richmond County in top 100 for farming

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County is one of the United States’ 100 best places to farm, according to a magazine group’s analysis of census data from more than 3,000 U.S. counties.Farm Futures, whose corporate parent FarmProgress publishes 17 agriculture-industry magazines, ranked Richmond County 81st in the nation. Susan Kelly, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Richmond County extension center, said she wasn’t surprised.̶...

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The mill, the rattlesnake and the radiator

Last week, I told you a little about old grist mills and how most are of a bygone era. This week, I’m going to tell you a true story about the creepy crawling things that still hang around these old mill sites.Why, as well as I can remember, this here story took place on a Saturday, on the first day of squirrel season back in the early ’70s. Just so happened a couple of my hunting buddies and I decided we’d go a-squirrel hunting and kill us a mess for supper.

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LETTER: Show your support for parks and rec project

To the editor:Signs began popping up around Richmond County over the weekend, and soon they will be joined by billboards and direct mail: “Vote Yes for Parks and Rec,” and “Vote Yes for Jobs and Growth.”On Nov. 4, voters in Richmond County will have the opportunity to approve a quarter-percent increase in local sales tax, with the extra money helping fund a new, state-of-the-art complex for baseball, softball and soccer, while als...

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Historian: Southern belles fought secession in Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Eloquent as they were elegant, Civil War-era women of Richmond County took part in impassioned public debates, and many argued against North Carolina seceding from the Union.“Their willingness to take a potentially unpopular stand goes against the stereotype of the genteel, decorative Southern belle,” Dr. Mary Wayne Watson said at a Richmond County Historical Society lecture Monday evening.

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Raiders keep streak alive with shutout win

PEMBROKE — It was a slower start than Bennie Howard would have liked from his team, but Richmond Senior stayed perfect on the season.Despite the rough beginning, Richmond pulled away for a 7-0 victory over Purnell Swett Monday night in a Southeastern Conference matchup. The Raiders are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.“I told the team at halftime we can’t take anybody lightly,” Howard said. “We have to come out with a little sense of urgen...

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County residents give blood to save lives

HAMLET — Richmond County residents rolled up their sleeves to help save lives Monday at First United Methodist Church.Dozens attended an American Red Cross blood drive at the Hamlet church, and a second blood drive is scheduled today at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital.“We’ve been to various places in Richmond County this summer. We’ve been to Wingate, Roberdel Church, and soon to Richmond Senior High School this Friday,” manager Avis ...

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Only two remain undefeated in the SEC

ROCKINGHAM — And then were two.The Southeastern Conference still had four undefeated teams entering Week 4. But losses by both Lumberton and Scotland Thursday night cut that number in half. Now only Pinecrest and Richmond are the final conference teams without a blemish on their record.For the week, the SEC went 3-3. Besides Pinecrest and Richmond pulling out victories, Hoke knocked off South View in double overtime to even its record at 2-2. Purnell Swett was thro...

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N.C. Supreme Court justice to speak Wednesday

HAMLET — N.C. Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson will be the guest speaker for Richmond Community College’s Constitution Day celebration on Wednesday.Jackson was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2011 for a term ending in 2018.She was previously a judge with the N.C. Court of Appeals, counsel for the state Department of Labor, and in the governor’s office under Jim Martin. Her career in law began as a clerk for former Chief Justice Burley Mitchel...

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Fire displaces family of 6

ROCKINGHAM — A family of six is out of their Richmond County home following a Sunday afternoon fire.Sitting on a hill, behind a line of yellow “Do Not Cross” tape, their white house on Cartledge Creek Road is now smudged with soot and an upstairs window leans to one side.Northside Volunteer Fire Department Chief Edward Causey said the call came in around 4:56 p.m.Causey said when his crews arrived on the scene, there were flames shooting out ...

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Police: ‘Gang activity’ to blame for shootings

LAURINBURG — A man was wounded and two houses struck during shootings over the weekend that Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams called a result of “escalating gang activity” throughout the city.The department’s gang unit will soon begin to “validate” known gang members, Williams said, so officers “can move forward as far as prosecuting them.”Sixteen gunshots were fired between two groups on Biggs Street on Saturday nigh...

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2 arrested in fights at Richmond Senior High

ROCKINGHAM — Two Richmond Senior High School students face criminal charges in two separate fights reported at the school on Friday.Jose Guadalupe Jaurez, 17, of Greenlake Road, Ellerbe, is accused of punching student Pablo Salgado in the head and body, according to a warrant for arrest.Officer S.B. Pittman of the Richmond County Schools Special Police arrested Jaurez on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery and disorderly conduct at a school.Jermai...

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College to offer free GED practice tests

HAMLET — Individuals who have not obtained a high school diploma will be offered a free opportunity from Sept. 22 – Oct. 3 to see if they possess the knowledge to obtain a GED.The GED Testing Service is giving all students the chance to “See for Free” by offering the GED Ready practice test for free at adult education centers. That includes Richmond Community College’s James Building in Hamlet and RCC’s Scotland Center in Laurinburg.Th...

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‘Talladega Nights’ car on display at state museum

RALEIGH — The stock car seen zooming around Rockingham Speedway in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” will be on display at the North Carolina Museum of History this fall.Ricky Bobby’s No. 26 Wonder Bread race car from the 2006 movie starring Will Ferrell will be displayed at the Raleigh museum for the “Starring North Carolina!” exhibit. It’s the first major exhibit about North Carolina’s movies, television shows, cast memb...

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