Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
E-Mail Address: mharrelson@civitasmedia.com
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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 — After much anticipation, chicken wing fans in Richmond County finally have a place to call home.
Rock City Wings, located in the former House of Fish building in Broad Street Square, was originally slated to open in July but will open its doors today at 11 a.m. to begin serving anyone and everyone looking to try out the restaura

Rock City Wings to celebrate grand opening

ROCKINGHAM — After much anticipation, chicken wing fans in Richmond County finally have a place to call home. Rock City Wings, located in the former House of Fish building in Broad Street Square, was originally slated to open in July but will open its doors today at 11 a.m. to begin serving anyone and everyone looking to try out the restaura

ROCKINGHAM — Eloquent as they were elegant, Civil War-era women of Richmond County took part in impassioned public debates, and many argued against North Carolina seceding from the Union.
“Their willingness to take a potentially unpopular stand goes against the stereotype of the genteel, decorative Southern belle,” Dr. Mary Wayne

Southern belles opposed secession in Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Eloquent as they were elegant, Civil War-era women of Richmond County took part in impassioned public debates, and many argued against North Carolina seceding from the Union. “Their willingness to take a potentially unpopular stand goes against the stereotype of the genteel, decorative Southern belle,” Dr. Mary Wayne

NORMAN — Mayor Kenneth Broadway has announced the entertainment lineup for the fifth annual Norman Fest on Oct. 10-11.
The Tri-County Bluegrass Band will jump start the festival Friday night. The band is named after its members' lifelong counties — Montgomery, Randolph and Moore. The group consists of Teddy White on mandolin, Wayne Mil

Bluegrass band, square dancing set for Norman Fest

NORMAN — Mayor Kenneth Broadway has announced the entertainment lineup for the fifth annual Norman Fest on Oct. 10-11. The Tri-County Bluegrass Band will jump start the festival Friday night. The band is named after its members' lifelong counties — Montgomery, Randolph and Moore. The group consists of Teddy White on mandolin, Wayne Mil

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Hospice, located at 1119 U.S. 1 in Rockingham, has two fundraisers coming up to support its fourth annual Salute to Veterans event in November.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Hospice will have a cornhole tournament at the group's building on U.S. 1, said coordinator Lisa O'Neal. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., and ther

Hospice raising funds for veterans' salute

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County Hospice, located at 1119 U.S. 1 in Rockingham, has two fundraisers coming up to support its fourth annual Salute to Veterans event in November. At 11 a.m. Saturday, Hospice will have a cornhole tournament at the group's building on U.S. 1, said coordinator Lisa O'Neal. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., and ther

ROCKINGHAM —The Fantastic Shakers have been together for 37 years this month. On Thursday, they took the stage at Cole Plaza for a beach music bonanza.
Billed as “the South's finest show band,” the group's founder Bo Schronce is still their frontman, but other members have come and gone throughout the years.
Chris Jennings, the

The Fantastic Shakers rock Plaza Jam

ROCKINGHAM —The Fantastic Shakers have been together for 37 years this month. On Thursday, they took the stage at Cole Plaza for a beach music bonanza. Billed as “the South's finest show band,” the group's founder Bo Schronce is still their frontman, but other members have come and gone throughout the years. Chris Jennings, the

The Fantastic Shakers will take the stage tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Cole Plaza beside Rockingham City Hall in downtown Rockingham.
The beach music band is performing as part of the Thursday Plaza Jam, a series of free public concerts that take place on the first Thursday of May through October.
The Shakers, who are billed as “the South's fine

The Fantastic Shakers next up for Plaza Jam

The Fantastic Shakers will take the stage tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Cole Plaza beside Rockingham City Hall in downtown Rockingham. The beach music band is performing as part of the Thursday Plaza Jam, a series of free public concerts that take place on the first Thursday of May through October. The Shakers, who are billed as “the South's fine

BIRTH

Poplin daughter Stephanie Tuttle and Charles Poplin, Hamlet, announce the birth of a daughter, Lilith Rae Poplin, born July 25, 2014.

John Martin Page and Tracey Altman Page of Rockingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan Leigh Page, to Christopher Aaron Fortune, son of Chris and Jean Fortune of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
Ms. Page, a graduate of East Carolina University, is employed by Brunswick County Schools as a science teacher at Leland Middle School. Mr. Fortun

Page, Fortune to wed

John Martin Page and Tracey Altman Page of Rockingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan Leigh Page, to Christopher Aaron Fortune, son of Chris and Jean Fortune of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. Ms. Page, a graduate of East Carolina University, is employed by Brunswick County Schools as a science teacher at Leland Middle School. Mr. Fortun

Before bridges crisscrossed the Pee Dee River, those wishing to travel to and from Cheraw had to use another mode of transportation — ferries.
Steve Bailey of Anson County Genealogy Services in North Carolina was able to dig up the history of Mask's Ferry on the Pee Dee River, which was located in the northern part of Richmond and Anson coun

Historian details colonial roots of Mask's Ferry

Before bridges crisscrossed the Pee Dee River, those wishing to travel to and from Cheraw had to use another mode of transportation — ferries. Steve Bailey of Anson County Genealogy Services in North Carolina was able to dig up the history of Mask's Ferry on the Pee Dee River, which was located in the northern part of Richmond and Anson coun

ROCKINGHAM — Haywood Morrison Jr. said he missed a former classmate's funeral because Providence Missionary Baptist Church isn't wheelchair-accessible.
Morrison said the church could be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not having a wheelchair ramp. The funeral several weeks ago at Providence Missionary Baptist was the

Wheelchair access questioned

ROCKINGHAM — Haywood Morrison Jr. said he missed a former classmate's funeral because Providence Missionary Baptist Church isn't wheelchair-accessible. Morrison said the church could be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not having a wheelchair ramp. The funeral several weeks ago at Providence Missionary Baptist was the

ROCKINGHAM — Wanted: More white Democrats involved in their local party, more African-American candidates for office and more young Democrats of all races.
Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lee Quick wrapped up the group's monthly meeting Tuesday night by expressing his frustrations with lagging participation among young adults and p

County Democrats seek boost in participation

ROCKINGHAM — Wanted: More white Democrats involved in their local party, more African-American candidates for office and more young Democrats of all races. Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lee Quick wrapped up the group's monthly meeting Tuesday night by expressing his frustrations with lagging participation among young adults and p

ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business.
In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham.
Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in

Construction zone

ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business. In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham. Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in

HAMLET — For 12 years, Richmond County Schools' uniform dress code has sent parents and students to Teresa Hatcher's store.
The Golden Rule at 1805 Hylan Ave., Hamlet, sells school-approved uniforms for all Richmond and Anson County schools as well as middle schools in Cheraw and Pageland in South Carolina and a couple of schools in Montgome

Uniform shop sells approved school fashions

HAMLET — For 12 years, Richmond County Schools' uniform dress code has sent parents and students to Teresa Hatcher's store. The Golden Rule at 1805 Hylan Ave., Hamlet, sells school-approved uniforms for all Richmond and Anson County schools as well as middle schools in Cheraw and Pageland in South Carolina and a couple of schools in Montgome




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