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ROCKINGHAM — A group of local pastors brought several boxes of donated items as well as financial support to the Place of Grace Rescue Mission early Sunday afternoon.
The Rev. Dian Griffin Jackson of Mount Zion United Church of Christ was joined by Pastor Robert Mathis of Mount Pisgah A.M.E Zion and the Rev. Lester Chambers of Pleasant Hill

Local churches donate to Place of Grace

ROCKINGHAM — A group of local pastors brought several boxes of donated items as well as financial support to the Place of Grace Rescue Mission early Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Dian Griffin Jackson of Mount Zion United Church of Christ was joined by Pastor Robert Mathis of Mount Pisgah A.M.E Zion and the Rev. Lester Chambers of Pleasant Hill

ROCKINGHAM — Dogs of all sizes, along with their owners, came out to the Hitchcock Creek Greenway on Sunday for the third annual Mutt Strut.
Allison Sweatt, director of Richmond County Animal advocates said this is the first year the event has been held at the park. Past events were held at Hinson Lake.
Wedge, a bichon frise-maltese mix, an

Dog day afternoon

ROCKINGHAM — Dogs of all sizes, along with their owners, came out to the Hitchcock Creek Greenway on Sunday for the third annual Mutt Strut. Allison Sweatt, director of Richmond County Animal advocates said this is the first year the event has been held at the park. Past events were held at Hinson Lake. Wedge, a bichon frise-maltese mix, an

John W. Matthews Jr., 53

MATTHEWS ELIZABETHTOWN — Mr. John Wesley Matthews Jr., 53, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, N.C. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Carter Funeral Home in Garland. PEREZ WILLARD — Miss Ashley Perez, infant daughter of Daliana Perez, of 12086 Highway 110 N., died Tuesday, Apr

Lakewood to hold junior golf camp in June

Lakewood Country Club will host their annual Junior Golf Camp once again this summer. The dates are from June 17th-19th, a Monday-Wednesday camp. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on each of these days. The golfers will get time with instructors to help them better understand the game of golf and its fundamentals. The cost for this event i

SOUTHERN PINES — To paraphrase a famous line from the movie “Jaws,” the Richmond Senior boys track and field team is gonna need a bigger bus.
Last year, Richmond had one individual — Travis Newton — and its 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams qualify for the state championship meet. This time around, it will be three individu

Richmond sends 4 individuals to state meet

SOUTHERN PINES — To paraphrase a famous line from the movie “Jaws,” the Richmond Senior boys track and field team is gonna need a bigger bus. Last year, Richmond had one individual — Travis Newton — and its 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams qualify for the state championship meet. This time around, it will be three individu

ELLERBE — Tents took up three corners of an open lot on the corner of Railroad and Easterling streets Saturday — the remaining corner was occupied by a fire truck.
As the pre-summer sun shone down, Richmond County residents converged in the tiny town for Mayfest.
The outdoor festival — featuring food, games and music — is

Mayfest features music, food and fun

ELLERBE — Tents took up three corners of an open lot on the corner of Railroad and Easterling streets Saturday — the remaining corner was occupied by a fire truck. As the pre-summer sun shone down, Richmond County residents converged in the tiny town for Mayfest. The outdoor festival — featuring food, games and music — is

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Sampson Community College hosted Dr. Sam Pardue, the Associate Dean & Director, Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and a number of Sampson County Agriculture leaders on April 28th to discuss potential new agriculture programs for SCC and partnerships with NC State.
Dr. Pardue pr

SCC hosts meeting of NC State and Sampson ag leaders

Sampson Community College hosted Dr. Sam Pardue, the Associate Dean & Director, Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University and a number of Sampson County Agriculture leaders on April 28th to discuss potential new agriculture programs for SCC and partnerships with NC State. Dr. Pardue pr

McBEE, S.C. — A Hartsville man was arrested after a brief standoff with sheriff's deputies earlier this week.
The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office reports William McManus, 64, of Hartsville was arrested on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Emergency dispatchers received a call at 12:42 a.m. Monday from a woman who said

Sex crime suspect caught in standoff

McBEE, S.C. — A Hartsville man was arrested after a brief standoff with sheriff's deputies earlier this week. The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office reports William McManus, 64, of Hartsville was arrested on a charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Emergency dispatchers received a call at 12:42 a.m. Monday from a woman who said

ROCKINGHAM — Tonia Hildreth got a heartwarming surprise Friday afternoon.
The director of the Richmond County veterans services office was awarded with a plaque of appreciation from the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Flanked by Thomas Terry, senior vice commander, and Buddy Caulder, commander, Hildreth's eyes welle

Purple Heart group honors veterans' advocate

ROCKINGHAM — Tonia Hildreth got a heartwarming surprise Friday afternoon. The director of the Richmond County veterans services office was awarded with a plaque of appreciation from the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Flanked by Thomas Terry, senior vice commander, and Buddy Caulder, commander, Hildreth's eyes welle

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.
May 2
COUNTRY BREAKFAST from 7 to 10 a.m. at Spring Hill Wesleyan Church, S

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. May 2 COUNTRY BREAKFAST from 7 to 10 a.m. at Spring Hill Wesleyan Church, S

Makin' the grade

Restaurant GradesWeek of April 27, 2015Parkside Sports Grille — 95 Salem Pizza — 94.5 Big Daddy's Grill — 96.5 Tokyo Express — 95.5

AG Cooper: File for money back from SunTrust mortgage settlement by June 4

RALEIGH — More than 2,200 North Carolinians who lost their homes to foreclosure by SunTrust are eligible for direct cash payments totaling approximately $2 million but must file to claim their money by June 4, Attorney General Roy Cooper reminded consumers. “Recovering from a foreclosure is challenging and we want to make sure North Ca

Hospitals warn of phone scam

PINEHURST — Hospitals throughout the country are warning their patients about a phone scam in which callers posing as hospital officials attempt to obtain personal information. If you receive a call from someone identifying him/herself as a representative of one of the FirstHealth of the Carolinas entities and telling you that your insurance

Marvin Jarquin's educational journey has stretched almost 2,000 miles and he's just getting started.
Jarquin, an SCC College Transfer student who could not even speak English when he arrived here from his home country of Nicaragua four years ago, now tutor's English at Sampson Community College. This type of determination is what has made Jarquin

Student's soad rrom Nicaragua to Chapel Hill runs through SCC

Marvin Jarquin's educational journey has stretched almost 2,000 miles and he's just getting started. Jarquin, an SCC College Transfer student who could not even speak English when he arrived here from his home country of Nicaragua four years ago, now tutor's English at Sampson Community College. This type of determination is what has made Jarquin

Documentary explores music's healing powers

HAMLET — A special presentation of the Sundance award-winning documentary “Alive Inside” is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cole Auditorium on the campus of Richmond Community College. The documentary by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett is described as ” a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our

CHARLOTTE — The month of May starts with Carolinians paying the highest gas prices of the year.
Today gas prices in North Carolina average $2.45, compared to $2.29 a month ago. South Carolina's average is currently $2.32 - an increase of 22 cents from a month ago.
“Gas prices have climbed to the highest levels of the year in our area

Carolinians paying the highest gas prices of the year

CHARLOTTE — The month of May starts with Carolinians paying the highest gas prices of the year. Today gas prices in North Carolina average $2.45, compared to $2.29 a month ago. South Carolina's average is currently $2.32 - an increase of 22 cents from a month ago. “Gas prices have climbed to the highest levels of the year in our area

ROCKINGHAM — Nekia Platt and Michael Smith have been friends since ninth grade, so ordinarily it would come as no surprise the two are going to the Richmond Senior High School prom together — but their story is no ordinary tale.
Michael Smith was born prematurely at only 26 weeks and weighed less than three pounds. His mother said he h

Prom unites a unique couple

ROCKINGHAM — Nekia Platt and Michael Smith have been friends since ninth grade, so ordinarily it would come as no surprise the two are going to the Richmond Senior High School prom together — but their story is no ordinary tale. Michael Smith was born prematurely at only 26 weeks and weighed less than three pounds. His mother said he h

For National College Signing Day, Essence Blackwell wore a Campbell University T-shirt to let everyone know about her next journey in education.
The Clinton High School (CHS) senior was one of many who participated in the national event on Friday, which follows last year's Reach Higher, an initiative created First Lady Michelle Obama. It was launc

Students sign up

For National College Signing Day, Essence Blackwell wore a Campbell University T-shirt to let everyone know about her next journey in education. The Clinton High School (CHS) senior was one of many who participated in the national event on Friday, which follows last year's Reach Higher, an initiative created First Lady Michelle Obama. It was launc

HAMLET — Officers say they found a little something extra while serving a warrant on a man who missed court.
Police said they went to the Kindale Avenue home of 42-year-old Eric Lynn Kelly on an order for arrest after he failed to appear in court on several driving infractions: driving while license revoked, unauthorized use of a motor vehic

Police find Ecstasy, needle during arrest

HAMLET — Officers say they found a little something extra while serving a warrant on a man who missed court. Police said they went to the Kindale Avenue home of 42-year-old Eric Lynn Kelly on an order for arrest after he failed to appear in court on several driving infractions: driving while license revoked, unauthorized use of a motor vehic





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