LOCAL BRIEFS: Sweatt honored for helping animals; minor injuries sustained in wrecks; Dobbins Heights to honor veterans

Sweatt honored for helping animals

The WILLFUL Foundation has recognized Richmond County resident Allison Sweatt with its Unsung Hero Award for her work with abandoned and neglected animals. The award was announced at the foundation’s Second Annual Black-Tie Gala Dinner last Saturday, founder Anthony Fuller said Monday.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to help low-income families and people with disabilities elevate their quality of life.

Recently, foundation representatives came to Richmond County to work with Special Olympics and the Halloween fair for former Cordova School students, although its primary focus is Marlboro County, South Carolina.

Minor injuries sustained in wrecks

ROCKINGHAM — All passengers made it out with minor injuries after two wrecks on Sunday and Monday, according to emergency officials.

Sunday morning around 11:30 a.m., at the intersection of Richmond Road and Anne Street, a pickup truck and sedan collided, according to Fire Chief Harold Isler. Both drivers had to be cut out of their respective vehicles, but only sustained minor injuries.

There was a child in the back seat of the sedan who also sustained minor injuries, Isler said.

On Monday at 2:22 p.m., two vehicles collided at the intersection of Billy Covington Road and U.S. 220. One of the vehicles tried to cross the intersection and didn’t see the other vehicle coming, according to Trooper Demetrius Clark, of the N.C. Highway Patrol, who responded to the call.

One vehicle was overturned, both were totaled, and the passengers sustained minor injuries, Clark said.

Town to honor veterans

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — One Richmond County town is observing Veterans Day a little early this year.

The town of Dobbins Heights will hold its annual Veterans Day Service at 9 a.m. Friday at the community center, 222 Earle Franklin Drive.

The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army MSgt. Pamela L. Davis. She is the daughter of the late Frank W. Davis, former mayor of Dobbins Heights, and Annie B. Davis, and a 1979 graduate of Richmond Senior High School.

All Richmond County veterans are invited to attend.