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Biofuels company eyes Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — A Maryland-based biofuels company wants to build several new facilities in the region, including one in Richmond County.Enviva, a biomass fuel producer, has proposed the construction of wood-pellet plants in Richmond and Sampson counties, as well as one in South Carolina, the company said Monday.The three plants would export their product through a proposed terminal at the Port of Wilmington.The company says it is currently in the process of securing construction permits for the projects.Sampson County is slated to be the first facility in operation, followed by the proposed site in Richmond County.County officials were tight-lipped about the proposed project, citing confidentiality agreements.


Church offers homeless ‘place of grace’

ROCKINGHAM — Three months after the Baker House homeless shelter’s demolition, two Richmond County men have prepared a place where those in need can dwell in safety.A community kickoff and fundraiser is planned for Sept. 6 and will serve as a potluck, cookout and meet-and-greet to introduce The Place of Grace, a fledgling tent city outside Rockingham.The Rev. Gary Richardson of New Life Church at 525 Airport Road reached out to several agencies who advocate f...

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ISIS crisis calls for careful, strategic solutions

To the editor:When ISIS and its radicals bring their war on Christians to our shores, as Robert Lee warns us in his Aug. 16-17 piece, given his determination, training and access to ammo and firearms, I doubt you could find a better man to share your foxhole than he. Before these radicals come ashore in their ubiquitous, combat-ready pickup trucks, though, let’s take a look at the situation.

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Remembering the Negro League

“He is number 42,” I said.On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.The player list in the game program did not show a number 42. Then I noticed another player wearing number 42, and then another. Every player was wearing number 42.Why?I should have remembered “...

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City honors retiring fire chief Charles Gardner

ROCKINGHAM — Today is Charles Gardner’s last day as a fireman.The Rockingham Fire Department chief will be hanging up his helmet for good at the end of the day.City officials held a Tuesday reception at the fire department to thank him for his many years of service to the community.“He’s been a dedicated employee,” Mayor Steve Morris said of Gardner. “He’s emphasized training and better education for the firefighters.&...

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USDA recruiting veterans as farmers

ROCKINGHAM — Military veterans can learn to trade tanks for tractors at a U.S. Department of Agriculture event designed to help vets take up farming and ranching.A USDA Strike Force meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Richmond County Agricultural Services Center. The information session is geared toward veterans and beginning farmers. Military service is not required to attend.

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Seminoles may have company in the ACC

The college football season is ready to kickoff in little more than a week.For the first time in a while, the collegiate spotlight is shining brightly on the ACC, well at least one school.The conference has the reigning champion — Florida State. The Seminoles are also the overwhelming No. 1 team in the pre-season, grabbing 57 of 60 first-place votes in the Associated Press poll.Unlike the SEC, the Big Ten or the Pac-12 with multiple schools in the Top 10...

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Previewing the SEC: Pinecrest looks to stay at the top

SOUTHERN PINES — A second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference.That kind of thought was nearly unheard of from anyone associated with the Pinecrest football program back in 2006. At that time, school officials were contemplating if it should continue fielding a team or not.What a difference eight years makes as Pinecrest is looking to make its sixth playoff appearance in seven seasons. The only year it didn’t advance to the postseason during this stret...

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Local 4-H’ers excel in showmanship circuit

The 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit is well under way with three shows behind us.Richmond County youth have placed very high at each show, taking away lots of ribbons, trophies and premium money. Randolph County placings were announced several weeks ago, and we now have the results from the most recent two shows.

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Richmond among worst counties for truck crashes

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County is the third-worst county in North Carolina for tractor-trailer crashes that result in injuries, state traffic data shows.A report from the AAA Carolinas auto club released last week shows neighboring Anson County leading the state in counties where big-rig wrecks are most likely to occur and in crashes that cause injuries. The report is based on AAA’s analysis from 2013 N.C. Department of Transportation crash statistics.Richmond ...

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2 accused of selling cocaine

ROCKINGHAM — Two Richmond County men are accused of selling cocaine on multiple occasions, according to sheriff’s deputies.Last Friday, deputies arrested Tamangus Antwan Martin, 30, of Rose Street in Dobbins Heights and Derek Devon Gathings, 22, of Gales Town Road in Rockingham in separate incidents.Deputies say Martin had sold cocaine to officers on two occasions, while Gathings had sold to officers three times.Gathings was charged with three coun...

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Neighborhood unites against crime

In the photo at left, Victor Griffith speaks to a crowd about his turnaround — from being in jail for breaking and entering to becoming of member of Richmond Community College’s student government — at a vigil against violence on Cauthen Drive Saturday morning as County Commissioner Daryl Mason, Sheriff James E. Clemmons, Jr and Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly look on.Griffith said he credits Mason for helping him to straighten out.The rally, organi...

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Police: Landlord arrested in illegal eviction

WADESBORO — Police arrested Joan Taylor of Norwood on multiple felony charges last week stemming from what authorities say was an unlawful eviction.A tenant at one of Taylor’s rental properties made the larceny complaint to the Wadesboro Police Department, according to Capt. Brandon Chewning. Taylor was subsequently charged with three felonies: breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. Police arrested Taylor on Aug. 14....

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Officers rammed with man’s car at city nightclub

ROCKINGHAM — Police say a man rammed two officers with his car and damaged a police cruiser outside a nightclub early Sunday.Rockingham police arrested 27-year-old Bryant O’Neal Rivers of 214 West Drive, Albemarle, outside the G-Spot Sports Bar at 651 McNair Road. Officers approached Rivers after arriving at the club to investigate a disturbance call.Police say Rivers refused to get out of his car when officers asked him to do so. He then struck Officer F.K. ...

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Cascades to expand; 50-60 jobs shifting to Wagram

ROCKINGHAM — Cascades Inc., an international paper company with two facilities in Rockingham, announced Monday plans to expand its converting operations into Wagram.The company with more than 100 production units in North America and Europe selected the Wagram site for two main reasons, said Hugo D’Amours, vice president of communications and public affairs.

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Town votes — again — to keep basketball court closed

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — The town basketball court will remain closed for the foreseeable future.If it seems like déjà vu, the Dobbins Heights Town Council — in a special called meeting — voted for the second time in as many months to keep the court closed until it can be properly fixed.The council — which normally doesn’t meet in August — convened Thursday to discuss the ongoing drama surrounding repairs to the cracked court....

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Gladstone sets records at ‘The Rock’

Staff reportROCKINGHAM — Reigning MIRock Mickey Thompson Performance Tires Champion Joey Gladstone shook off a final round loss to DME teammate Terence Angela in Saturday’s completion of the Adams Performance Spring Open and crushed his Orient Express Pro Street rivals Sunday in the 18th annual FBR Shop Summer Sizzler at Rockingham Dragway.After fumbling his opportunity for a double-victory weekend, Gladstone blistered the Rockingham Dragway quarter mile in 6...

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New N.C. chief justice named

McCrory names new chief justiceRALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory is picking the North Carolina Supreme Court justice with the most seniority for the state’s top judicial post and in so doing boosting the election prospects of one of two fellow Republicans running for chief justice.McCrory on Monday named Mark Martin to replace Chief Justice Sarah Parker, a Democrat who is retiring at the end of the month after reaching the mandatory retirement ...

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