Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
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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

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ROCKINGHAM — Patience paid off for Chris LoCascio.
The hungry Hamlet man became Zaxby's first Richmond County customer Monday after arriving outside the restaurant at 6:30 a.m. — four hours ahead of the scheduled 10:30 grand opening.
“It feels great,” LoCascio said. “Twenty years from now, I'm gonna tell someone I wa

At Zaxby's, early birds get the wings

ROCKINGHAM — Patience paid off for Chris LoCascio. The hungry Hamlet man became Zaxby's first Richmond County customer Monday after arriving outside the restaurant at 6:30 a.m. — four hours ahead of the scheduled 10:30 grand opening. “It feels great,” LoCascio said. “Twenty years from now, I'm gonna tell someone I wa

ROCKINGHAM — Friday's Richmond Senior High School homecoming parade on East Washington Street drew onlookers from all parts of the county to Harrington Square downtown.
Floats, the Marching Raiders, Raider Cheerleaders and Junior ROTC put on a show of team spirit as the clock counted down to the homecoming football game's 7:30 p.m. kickoff a

Hundreds flock to homecoming parade

ROCKINGHAM — Friday's Richmond Senior High School homecoming parade on East Washington Street drew onlookers from all parts of the county to Harrington Square downtown. Floats, the Marching Raiders, Raider Cheerleaders and Junior ROTC put on a show of team spirit as the clock counted down to the homecoming football game's 7:30 p.m. kickoff a

ROCKINGHAM — Zaxby's in Rockingham is hatching Monday, and the fried-chicken restaurant has a special promotion to celebrate its grand opening.
The eatery's festivities will start off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The doors will open at 10:30, but a lot of the community will already be in line because the first 100 guests will re

Zaxby's grand opening set for Monday

ROCKINGHAM — Zaxby's in Rockingham is hatching Monday, and the fried-chicken restaurant has a special promotion to celebrate its grand opening. The eatery's festivities will start off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The doors will open at 10:30, but a lot of the community will already be in line because the first 100 guests will re

ROCKINGHAM — Fun, food and fellowship are what make up the aptly named Holy Smoke BBQ & Music Festival due to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Rockingham.
The outdoor event, which is in its 15th year, will feature several live bands on stage. Kicking off the musical portion of the da

Holy Smoke festival combines barbecue, Christian music

ROCKINGHAM — Fun, food and fellowship are what make up the aptly named Holy Smoke BBQ & Music Festival due to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Rockingham. The outdoor event, which is in its 15th year, will feature several live bands on stage. Kicking off the musical portion of the da

ROCKINGHAM — Whoever said there are not enough hours in a day never ran the Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic.
The ultra-marathon, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, is a test of endurance as participants see how many laps around the 1.52-mile Hinson Lake inner loop they can finish in a 24-hour period.
Race Director

24-hour race draws 300-plus to Hinson Lake

ROCKINGHAM — Whoever said there are not enough hours in a day never ran the Hinson Lake 24-Hour Ultra Classic. The ultra-marathon, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, is a test of endurance as participants see how many laps around the 1.52-mile Hinson Lake inner loop they can finish in a 24-hour period. Race Director

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School was the first high school in North Carolina to have a radio station. Execpt for a short programming pause to revamp the studio, WRSH has remained operational since Richmond opened its doors for the first time in 1972.
WRSH is a student-run radio station broadcasting on the campus of the school on FM c

RAIDER RADIO

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School was the first high school in North Carolina to have a radio station. Execpt for a short programming pause to revamp the studio, WRSH has remained operational since Richmond opened its doors for the first time in 1972. WRSH is a student-run radio station broadcasting on the campus of the school on FM c

HAMLET — Jazz lovers and novices alike know the name John Coltrane. What most people don't know about “Trane” is that he was born in Richmond County.
Coltrane was born 88 years ago today — Sept. 23, 1926 — to parents John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane on the second floor of what used to be a two-story hotel on Hamlet Av

Jazz legend Coltrane's Hamlet birthplace now serves as NAACP base Famous musician's birthplace turned NAACP headquarters

HAMLET — Jazz lovers and novices alike know the name John Coltrane. What most people don't know about “Trane” is that he was born in Richmond County. Coltrane was born 88 years ago today — Sept. 23, 1926 — to parents John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane on the second floor of what used to be a two-story hotel on Hamlet Av

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

PINEHURST — Hamlet native Betty James Montgomery will speak and sign copies of her book “A Four-Season Southern Garden” next month at Sandhills Community College.
A master gardener, Montgomery published the book last November featuring vibrant images from photographer Dick Carr. Montgomery turned the soil in Campobello, South Car

Hamlet native plans book-signing

PINEHURST — Hamlet native Betty James Montgomery will speak and sign copies of her book “A Four-Season Southern Garden” next month at Sandhills Community College. A master gardener, Montgomery published the book last November featuring vibrant images from photographer Dick Carr. Montgomery turned the soil in Campobello, South Car

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

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

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 —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




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