Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
E-Mail Address: mharrelson@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-997-3111


About Matt Harrelson

Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, new businesses, business trends, church news, civic groups, obituaries, towns of Hoffman and Norman

Latest Stories by Matt Harrelson

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Community Theatre is in the midst of a superhero takeover as it hosts its two-week Young People's Theatre camp until Aug. 1.
The 14 children in the camp are working on an original play about silly superheroes. The program will culminate in a final performance at 7 p.m. at Cole Plaza outside City Hall on Aug. 1. The perf

Superhero skills

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Community Theatre is in the midst of a superhero takeover as it hosts its two-week Young People's Theatre camp until Aug. 1. The 14 children in the camp are working on an original play about silly superheroes. The program will culminate in a final performance at 7 p.m. at Cole Plaza outside City Hall on Aug. 1. The perf

HAMLET — Two young women are taking their pedaling skills across the country in September to raise money for DaVita Dialysis.
Sisters Leann Stubbs and Ashleigh Arey will be heading to Oregon Sept. 13-17 for a 220-mile bike ride through the Willamette Valley for the eighth annual Tour DaVita.
This will be Stubbs' second year competing in the

Sisters to bike 220 miles in dialysis benefit ride

HAMLET — Two young women are taking their pedaling skills across the country in September to raise money for DaVita Dialysis. Sisters Leann Stubbs and Ashleigh Arey will be heading to Oregon Sept. 13-17 for a 220-mile bike ride through the Willamette Valley for the eighth annual Tour DaVita. This will be Stubbs' second year competing in the

HAMLET — Veterans of all ages, from every branch of the military and of every war will be celebrated today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Boyd Lake National Guard Armory on Veterans Drive.
The event, coordinated by Rena Shedrick-Marshall, Patricia Davis and Stan Stellers, is a way for those in the community to pay tribute to the troops who put th

Groups gather today to celebrate veterans

HAMLET — Veterans of all ages, from every branch of the military and of every war will be celebrated today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Boyd Lake National Guard Armory on Veterans Drive. The event, coordinated by Rena Shedrick-Marshall, Patricia Davis and Stan Stellers, is a way for those in the community to pay tribute to the troops who put th

ROCKINGHAM — Sgt. Jeff Cagle lost a four-legged family member this week — the K-9 partner he's worked with for more than a decade.
Falco, a 13-year-old Czech shepherd who worked with the Richmond County Sheriff Office K-9 unit, passed away Wednesday from cancer.
Cagle, Falco's handler and partner, shares the same May 4 birthday with h

Lifesaving sheriff's K-9 dies

ROCKINGHAM — Sgt. Jeff Cagle lost a four-legged family member this week — the K-9 partner he's worked with for more than a decade. Falco, a 13-year-old Czech shepherd who worked with the Richmond County Sheriff Office K-9 unit, passed away Wednesday from cancer. Cagle, Falco's handler and partner, shares the same May 4 birthday with h

HOFFMAN — A lifelong love of horses and a desire to protect them from cruelty brought Mikal Spooner and her daughter, Aerial, from Richmond County to Capitol Hill.
The Spooners took part in the Walk on Washington, held June 18 at Union Square, the park near the reflecting pool in front of the United States Capitol. Equestrians and their hors

Fighting horse cruelty

HOFFMAN — A lifelong love of horses and a desire to protect them from cruelty brought Mikal Spooner and her daughter, Aerial, from Richmond County to Capitol Hill. The Spooners took part in the Walk on Washington, held June 18 at Union Square, the park near the reflecting pool in front of the United States Capitol. Equestrians and their hors

Richmond County residents reaching out to a reporter or advertising representative at the newspaper no longer have to dial two-digit extensions.
An upgraded phone system has provided each employee at the Richmond County Daily Journal with his or her own direct line. The newspaper's main number, 910-997-3111, remains the same.
For general question

New phone numbers for Daily Journal staffers

Richmond County residents reaching out to a reporter or advertising representative at the newspaper no longer have to dial two-digit extensions. An upgraded phone system has provided each employee at the Richmond County Daily Journal with his or her own direct line. The newspaper's main number, 910-997-3111, remains the same. For general question

ROCKINGHAM — The Sand Band will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today for the third concert in the 2014 Thursday Plaza Jam series held at Cole Plaza outside Rockingham City Hall.
The Sand Band performed in Rockingham for the Plaza Jam in 2007, and Kim Williams, event coordinator for the city of Rockingham, lined up the group to return this ye

Sand Band to take stage tonight at Plaza Jam

ROCKINGHAM — The Sand Band will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today for the third concert in the 2014 Thursday Plaza Jam series held at Cole Plaza outside Rockingham City Hall. The Sand Band performed in Rockingham for the Plaza Jam in 2007, and Kim Williams, event coordinator for the city of Rockingham, lined up the group to return this ye

ROCKINGHAM — Thirteen-year-old Kiah Brown will swim with dolphins in Hawaii and attend an authentic luau this summer when the Make-a-Wish Foundation brings her dreams to life.
Kiah, a Rohanen Middle School student, got sick in 2011 and was diagnosed a year later with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large in

Make-a-Wish patient to swim with dolphins

ROCKINGHAM — Thirteen-year-old Kiah Brown will swim with dolphins in Hawaii and attend an authentic luau this summer when the Make-a-Wish Foundation brings her dreams to life. Kiah, a Rohanen Middle School student, got sick in 2011 and was diagnosed a year later with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large in

ROCKINGHAM — First responders, family and friends will gather on Tuesday to remember Joe Kester, a former Rockingham Rescue Squad lieutenant who died two years ago after suffering a heart attack in his yard.
Melissa Schoonover, the memorial event's coordinator, said the rescue squad's flag will fly at half-staff Monday to mark the second ann

Rescue squad to remember fallen lieutenant

ROCKINGHAM — First responders, family and friends will gather on Tuesday to remember Joe Kester, a former Rockingham Rescue Squad lieutenant who died two years ago after suffering a heart attack in his yard. Melissa Schoonover, the memorial event's coordinator, said the rescue squad's flag will fly at half-staff Monday to mark the second ann

ROCKINGHAM — “The more you put in, the more you get out.”
That's the motto of Creeta Grace, a Richmond County resident who teaches a women's fitness team that meets every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Leak Street High School gymnasium.
Grace works at the FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness, w

Leak Street fitness class brings 'total transformation'

ROCKINGHAM — “The more you put in, the more you get out.” That's the motto of Creeta Grace, a Richmond County resident who teaches a women's fitness team that meets every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Leak Street High School gymnasium. Grace works at the FirstHealth Center for Health and Fitness, w

Here's a statistic from the U.S. Department of Labor that might shock you. By 2015 — that's next year — most members of the United States' work force will be in their 20s.
In other words, get in the back seat of the car, baby boomers. You're no longer driving the American work force. For business owners, understanding who is now behind

GENERATION GAP

Here's a statistic from the U.S. Department of Labor that might shock you. By 2015 — that's next year — most members of the United States' work force will be in their 20s. In other words, get in the back seat of the car, baby boomers. You're no longer driving the American work force. For business owners, understanding who is now behind




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