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In the spirit of Black History Month, I am very thankful for all of my ancestors who bled and died for the sake of my freedom. Watching movies like “Selma,” “Malcolm X” and “Roots” make me a little emotional considering it's all true!
My people were humiliated, tortured and killed all for standing up for human r

Love can overcome discrimination

In the spirit of Black History Month, I am very thankful for all of my ancestors who bled and died for the sake of my freedom. Watching movies like “Selma,” “Malcolm X” and “Roots” make me a little emotional considering it's all true! My people were humiliated, tortured and killed all for standing up for human r

SOUTHERN PINES — Police say they caught a Richmond County man with cocaine and painkillers early Saturday.
Christopher Jared Jenkins, 26, of 168 Saron Church Road north of Ellerbe, was booked into the Moore County Jail in Carthage at 5:15 a.m. He is charged with felony possession of cocaine and simple possession of a Schedule II controlled s

Police: Richmond County man caught with cocaine

SOUTHERN PINES — Police say they caught a Richmond County man with cocaine and painkillers early Saturday. Christopher Jared Jenkins, 26, of 168 Saron Church Road north of Ellerbe, was booked into the Moore County Jail in Carthage at 5:15 a.m. He is charged with felony possession of cocaine and simple possession of a Schedule II controlled s

Contributed by Vickie Daniel
Richmond County's own Butch Rivenbark, better known as Scuba Steve, dressed up like the King of Pop on Saturday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Michael Jackson's eight Grammy wins on Feb. 28, 1984. Jackson earned seven Grammy Awards for his iconic “Thriller” album, which has sold more than 50 million

Contributed by Vickie Daniel Richmond County's own Butch Rivenbark, better known as Scuba Steve, dressed up like the King of Pop on Saturday to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Michael Jackson's eight Grammy wins on Feb. 28, 1984. Jackson earned seven Grammy Awards for his iconic “Thriller” album, which has sold more than 50 million

Perez, Godwin lead Raiders to win in playoff opener

SPIVEY'S CORNER — The Midway Raiders won their first playoff game in over a decade with a 67-58 win over visiting Jordan-Matthews in the opening round of the NCHSAA 2A State Playoffs. Cameron Godwin kept the Raiders in the game early as he scored 10 first half points and helped lead a Raider run that found what was a four point deficit at th

Lady Horses drop Southwest Edgecombe, advance to second round of playoffs

The Lady Dark Horses hosted Southwest Edgecombe in the first round of the NCHSAA State Playoffs Saturday night. Clinton's constant hustle and pressuring defense led them to victory, 54-46. Clinton's girls stepped onto the court ready to play in the first, tallying 12 points and holding the Cougars to only 4. This Dark Horse dominance carried over

ROCKINGHAM — It may have taken four extra days to play the game, but the wait was well worth it for Richmond Senior.
After getting off to a bit of a sluggish start in the first quarter, Richmond found its groove over the next 24 minutes to post an 89-65 victory over Ben L. Smith Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the state 4A playoff

Raiders deny Golden Eagles

ROCKINGHAM — It may have taken four extra days to play the game, but the wait was well worth it for Richmond Senior. After getting off to a bit of a sluggish start in the first quarter, Richmond found its groove over the next 24 minutes to post an 89-65 victory over Ben L. Smith Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the state 4A playoff

ROCKINGHAM — Portions of Richmond County can expect freezing rain late Saturday and early Sunday, forecasters say.
The National Weather Service's line for wintry precipitation divides Richmond County, with rain in the forecast for Rockingham and freezing rain predicted for Ellerbe, Hamlet, Hoffman and Norman.
All of Richmond County is under

Richmond County under freezing rain advisory

ROCKINGHAM — Portions of Richmond County can expect freezing rain late Saturday and early Sunday, forecasters say. The National Weather Service's line for wintry precipitation divides Richmond County, with rain in the forecast for Rockingham and freezing rain predicted for Ellerbe, Hamlet, Hoffman and Norman. All of Richmond County is under

Carolinas HealthCare System releases statement re: United Healthcare

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Carolinas HealthCare System released the following statement regarding ongoing talks with United Healthcare.) Carolinas HealthCare System continues to work toward a resolution with United Healthcare. Even after months of effort — including our offer to extend the current contract, which UHC has so far refused — we deepl

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 mharrelson@civitasmedia.com or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather.
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MONTHLY BREAKFAST from 7 to 10 a.m. at Hamlet First United Methodis

Community Calendar

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 mharrelson@civitasmedia.com or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather. Feb. 28 MONTHLY BREAKFAST from 7 to 10 a.m. at Hamlet First United Methodis

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
Bobbie Sue Ormsby showed up at the Browder Park gymnasium Friday to help Richmond Thunder with its fifth annual barbecue fundraiser. Net proceeds cover the costs of tournaments for the two softball and two baseball teams formed by a group of dedicated parents in 2009 who wanted their children to have the opportunity

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal Bobbie Sue Ormsby showed up at the Browder Park gymnasium Friday to help Richmond Thunder with its fifth annual barbecue fundraiser. Net proceeds cover the costs of tournaments for the two softball and two baseball teams formed by a group of dedicated parents in 2009 who wanted their children to have the opportunity

If you can't poke fun at yourself, then you have problems. In the past, I have had people ask me “What's wrong with you?”
My response was, “Nothing, I don't have any more problems than you do.” But in recent days, I got to thinking about that. I think I just figured out what they were talking about. I do have problems. It m

Too many knocks to the head

If you can't poke fun at yourself, then you have problems. In the past, I have had people ask me “What's wrong with you?” My response was, “Nothing, I don't have any more problems than you do.” But in recent days, I got to thinking about that. I think I just figured out what they were talking about. I do have problems. It m

Brown earns honors at Wingate
Former Richmond Senior baseball player Bradley Brown has garnered two awards this week. Brown was named the Southeastern Region Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as well as the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week. Brown went 7-for-12 in a three-game series with Lenior-

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Brown earns honors at Wingate Former Richmond Senior baseball player Bradley Brown has garnered two awards this week. Brown was named the Southeastern Region Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as well as the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week. Brown went 7-for-12 in a three-game series with Lenior-

Midway's baseball team is set to defend their state championship as they plan on getting the season started on Monday against Rosewood. This season will provide some challenges for Midway, most notably, the loss of seven seniors who could do it all.
“That's going to be the biggest thing,” said Midway's head coach Jason Fussell. “

Raiders to rely on returning players in new season

Midway's baseball team is set to defend their state championship as they plan on getting the season started on Monday against Rosewood. This season will provide some challenges for Midway, most notably, the loss of seven seniors who could do it all. “That's going to be the biggest thing,” said Midway's head coach Jason Fussell. “

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has received a half-dozen awards for reporting and news coverage in a pair of statewide journalism contests.
Reporter Melonie Flomer won the prestigious O. Henry Award and reporter William R. Toler earned an honorable mention for the Walter Spearman Award in The Associated Press' 2015 North Caro

Daily Journal staff wins 6 press awards

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has received a half-dozen awards for reporting and news coverage in a pair of statewide journalism contests. Reporter Melonie Flomer won the prestigious O. Henry Award and reporter William R. Toler earned an honorable mention for the Walter Spearman Award in The Associated Press' 2015 North Caro

Last week, the Legal Corner discussed employment tax regulations for employers and how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor. This week we will discuss the different types of retirement plans available to individuals through IRAs and 401(k) accounts and some of the tax effects.
An Individual Retirement Account or IRA is

Understanding IRAs and 401(k)s

Last week, the Legal Corner discussed employment tax regulations for employers and how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor. This week we will discuss the different types of retirement plans available to individuals through IRAs and 401(k) accounts and some of the tax effects. An Individual Retirement Account or IRA is

McCOLL — A high-speed police chase passed through three counties and the Carolinas' state line before ending in a wreck when the suspect lost control of his vehicle.
Jermelle Crawford, 29, of 9301 Price St. in Laurinburg, North Carolina, faces myriad charges in Scotland, Richmond and Marlboro counties. He is being held in the Marlboro County

100-mph police chase ends in McColl

McCOLL — A high-speed police chase passed through three counties and the Carolinas' state line before ending in a wreck when the suspect lost control of his vehicle. Jermelle Crawford, 29, of 9301 Price St. in Laurinburg, North Carolina, faces myriad charges in Scotland, Richmond and Marlboro counties. He is being held in the Marlboro County

The Clinton City Schools Board of Education recently reviewed fall testing scores showing drops in biology, English and an increase in math.
During a recent work session, the data compared unofficial test scores from two previous fall semesters. The scores have not been certified by state officials.
In biology, the end-of-course proficiency decre

City school board examines test scores

The Clinton City Schools Board of Education recently reviewed fall testing scores showing drops in biology, English and an increase in math. During a recent work session, the data compared unofficial test scores from two previous fall semesters. The scores have not been certified by state officials. In biology, the end-of-course proficiency decre

The Sampson County Arts Council and The Sampson Community College Small Business Center is inviting award-winning Author Annette Dunlap to Sampson County.
Dunlap will be presenting a seminar titled “How to Be a Profitable Artist” from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Victor R. Small House. Attendees will learn how to intertwine the

Award-winning author to visit Sampson County

The Sampson County Arts Council and The Sampson Community College Small Business Center is inviting award-winning Author Annette Dunlap to Sampson County. Dunlap will be presenting a seminar titled “How to Be a Profitable Artist” from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Victor R. Small House. Attendees will learn how to intertwine the

Employees share cost

County employees should soon get what they deserve — a raise in their pay — but that raise comes with a catch. During the closing of a three-day work session Thursday afternoon, County Manager Ed Causey presented his thoughts to Commissioners on raising county employee pay, but the raise means employees will incur more responsibility i

The Sampson Independent took home three awards in the annual North Carolina Press Association's News, Editorial and Photojournalism contest recognizing excellence in journalism.
The honors included a top prize for the Independent staff for best community coverage among daily newspapers under 15,000 circulation, as well as two individual awards. Th

Independent wins 3 N.C. Press awards

The Sampson Independent took home three awards in the annual North Carolina Press Association's News, Editorial and Photojournalism contest recognizing excellence in journalism. The honors included a top prize for the Independent staff for best community coverage among daily newspapers under 15,000 circulation, as well as two individual awards. Th





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