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Zaxby’s sets opening date, plans to hire up to 40

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ROCKINGHAM — The first Zaxby’s restaurant in Richmond County plans to open its doors as summer fades into fall.Zaxby’s spokeswoman Jamey Ivey said company officials have set a tentative date of Sept. 22 for the eatery’s grand opening. With construction still ongoing, the building on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket will soon be complete.Crews broke ground on the restaurant in early June, and William Hayden, job superintendent for Zaxby’s contractor Dimension Construction Inc., said they initially wanted to have it built by the first of August.


Man accused of box cutter attack

ROCKINGHAM — A Hamlet man is accused of cutting another man with a box cutter.Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say Glenn Allen Lockey, 48, of Pear Drive, assaulted another man with the tool on Saturday.A warrant was issued for his arrest on Sunday and he was picked up the following day.Lockey is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.Court records show he has no o...

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Community calendar for July 31

The deadline for all Community Calendar items is 4:30 p.m. the day prior to publishing. To list your event, email Matt Harrelson at or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather.Aug. 1DOBBINS HEIGHTS CONCERNED CITIZENS will not meet during the month of August due to the community revivals. Attendees should plan to meet in September....

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2 charged with stealing moped

HAMLET — Police detectives covered three counties to recover a man’s missing moped and arrest the two women accused of stealing it.Lisa English Norton, 47, of Hamlet and Elizabeth Dale Hailey, 34, of Holden Beach, were arrested late Wednesday and booked into the Richmond County Detention Center.Interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker said the theft investigation led detectives from Richmond County to Scotland County and across the state line to Marlboro County, So...

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WW I: Catastrophe without end

This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. American troops entered the fray three years after the war started. The war was an intense slaughter of human life.New modern artillery and machine guns were employed, but the European military leaders were unable to adjust, unable to develop new tactics to compensate for the new weapons. Millions of soldiers died and neither side could prevail.

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Police: Woman stole $789 in razors

ROCKINGHAM — A Stanly County woman is accused of stealing nearly $800 worth of razors from a Rockingham drugstore.Rockingham police say Dawn Morris Morris, 44 of Freedom Drive in Albemarle, walked off with “a large quantity of assorted razors” from Walgreens on March 29.An arrest warrant issued April 25 lists the stolen razors’ value at $789.Morris is charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.She was jailed and released S...

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County man accused of sex chat with minor

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of sending sexually explicit text and picture messages to a minor in South Carolina.S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a press release Wednesday announcing the arrest of Robert Lee Watson, 37, of Hamlet, on 10 felony charges related to the case: one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and nine counts of felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor.Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years behi...

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OUR VIEW The finger as free speech

The bird. The finger. The Bronx salute. It’s as old as ancient Rome, and over the centuries, the hand gesture hasn’t lost its peculiar power to offend.A sheriff’s deputy in neighboring Anson County was so ticked off over being flipped off that he left the scene of a homicide investigation to arrest a 19-year-old who flashed his middle finger as he drove past.Deputy Vance Bennett charged William Dunlap of Wadesboro with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for...

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Read opposing views, decide for yourselves

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. But he lost ground with other voters who thought he should keep up with congressional issues covered in that newspaper even if he disagreed with its views.More recently, a widely respected conservative political ...

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Workshop offers disaster prep pointers

ROCKINGHAM — A free disaster preparedness workshop for older adults and their caregivers is scheduled from from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at Cole Auditorium.Lunch will be provided, so organizers said each person planning to attend must register by Aug. 4 b calling 910-997-4491.Donna Wright, director of emergency services for Richmond County, said it is important for senior citizens to be prepared in advance for disasters — those that are predicted and those tha...

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State budget was worth the wait

RALEIGH — It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most — or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler. When it comes to North Carolina’s revised 2014-15 state budget, however, it proved to be less an idyllic journey through the countryside than a drive through rush-hour traffic with a station wagon full of cranky kids.It took longer than expected for the House and Senate to resolve their differences...

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Richmond recognized by MaxPreps

ROCKINGHAM — In its 10 years of existence, has ranked high school football teams based on a computer formula.To celebrate its anniversary, released its list of Top 20 most dominant teams in the state during this time. awarded points based on where a school finished in the final rankings to compile the list. In addition, teams were awarded bonus points for winning a state championship or finishing as the runner-up.Three Charlot...

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Year in Review: Raiders edged for relay title

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior boys track team sent two of its relay teams to the 4A state meet and one of its runners competed in two events.And Richmond just missed by .03 seconds of bringing home a relay championship.In the 4x200 relay, Richmond’s Jayvon Boyer received the baton from Gus Chambers for the anchor leg trailing Butler’s Chuka Soronadi by nearly 10 meters. With every step, Boyer slowly began to chip away at the deficit.

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Scotland QB recovering from crash

CHARLOTTE — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe is in serious condition following a Tuesday ATV crash, sources said Wednesday.The rising senior has been taken off a ventilator and is talking and responsive.Ratliffe, who reportedly suffered head injuries when the ATV overturned, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Sources close to the family said Ratliffe was still in a lot of pain as doctors decreased his medication to assess the extent o...

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Bill would rename VA clinic for Ed O’Neal

HAMLET — Ed O’Neal’s name could be added to Richmond County’s VA clinic as a permanent tribute to the veterans’ advocate and retired Army command sergeant major.U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson on Wednesday introduced a bill to rename the Veterans Affairs community outpatient clinic in Hamlet in O’Neal’s honor. Hudson said all 12 of the state’s congressional representatives signed on to the bill, H.R. 5265, as co-sponsors.O’N...

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Women excel in mechanical engineering

HAMLET — Behind every product on the market is a schematic, or a drawing, that allows the product to be manufactured and distributed to the masses. These drawings originate with mechanical engineers, who are skilled thinkers and problem solvers.At Richmond Community College, mechanical engineering technology instructor Annie Smith is educating the next wave of mechanical engineers, and she is encouraging other women to follow in her footsteps and break through the gender barr...

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Deputies: Assault suspect claimed to be God, Jesus, Gabriel

McBEE, S.C. — Sheriff’s deputies say a man accused of domestic assault claimed to be God, Jesus Christ and the archangel Gabriel.Chesterfield County deputies arrested 30-year-old Larry Dean O’Neal of Tabernacle Church Road south of McBee on July 30 after he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend.The woman called 911 and told a dispatcher she did not feel safe around O’Neal. Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Hughes interviewed the suspect and said the as...

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Richmond Raiders star’s killing still unsolved

ROCKINGHAM — It’s been 12 years since former Richmond Senior star football player Walter Franklin Long and one of his neighbors were shot and killed in Long’s Salisbury apartment.Today, the double-homicide remains unsolved and his younger brother wants to know why.“I don’t think the police are doing all they can,” said Zack Long, who had recently turned 14 years old when his brother was killed on April 25, 2002.“It get...

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