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Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
E-Mail Address: mharrelson@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-817-2674
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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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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 27
RICHMOND RED HATS will meet for lunch at noon at Pizza Inn.
ROCKING

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 27 RICHMOND RED HATS will meet for lunch at noon at Pizza Inn. ROCKING

ROCKINGHAM — “They paid the ultimate price to protect the United States.”
No truer words can sum up what Memorial Day is all about as Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris read the city's proclamation Saturday afternoon under a blue and white sky in Richmond County Veterans Memorial Park. The only color missing was red — which repr

Service recalls a nation at war united in service

ROCKINGHAM — “They paid the ultimate price to protect the United States.” No truer words can sum up what Memorial Day is all about as Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris read the city's proclamation Saturday afternoon under a blue and white sky in Richmond County Veterans Memorial Park. The only color missing was red — which repr

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 23
YARD SALE from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church on U.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 23 YARD SALE from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church on U.S.

HAMLET — Richmond County Chamber of Commerce leaders as well as Hamlet and county officials gathered Friday afternoon for the grand reopening of Griffin Toyota on U.S. 74 East.
The facelift for the building has been in the works for almost a year when Hawks Builders of Rockingham took on the project last spring. Ronnie Hawks said projects li

Griffin Toyota 'a feather in the cap' for Hamlet

HAMLET — Richmond County Chamber of Commerce leaders as well as Hamlet and county officials gathered Friday afternoon for the grand reopening of Griffin Toyota on U.S. 74 East. The facelift for the building has been in the works for almost a year when Hawks Builders of Rockingham took on the project last spring. Ronnie Hawks said projects li

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 22
YARD SALE from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church on U.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 22 YARD SALE from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church on U.S.

ROCKINGHAM —The first large observance of Memorial Day was held in 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, at Arlington National Cemetery. By the time the 19th century was over, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held across the nation each May 30.
In 1971, the day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress when it was expand

County to mark Memorial Day

ROCKINGHAM —The first large observance of Memorial Day was held in 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, at Arlington National Cemetery. By the time the 19th century was over, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held across the nation each May 30. In 1971, the day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress when it was expand

ROCKINGHAM — It's often said that in a rivalry game, records can be thrown out the window. Fortunately, there were only two losses between Rockingham and Hamlet Middle Schools when they battled for the Southeastern Middle School Conference championship Monday at the Bill Eutsler Athletic Facility.
The Red Rams began the day at 9-2 on the sea

Rockingham claims conference crown

ROCKINGHAM — It's often said that in a rivalry game, records can be thrown out the window. Fortunately, there were only two losses between Rockingham and Hamlet Middle Schools when they battled for the Southeastern Middle School Conference championship Monday at the Bill Eutsler Athletic Facility. The Red Rams began the day at 9-2 on the sea

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to mharrelson@civitasmedia.com, with the subject line of Church News.
SATURDAYPOPLAR SPRINGS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. The guest speaker for the occasion

Church Briefs

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to mharrelson@civitasmedia.com, with the subject line of Church News. SATURDAYPOPLAR SPRINGS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. The guest speaker for the occasion

ROCKINGHAM — One of the nation's largest obstacle race events, Rugged Maniac, brought its crazy obstacles on a 5K track, a wild festival and more than 5,000 revelers to the Rockingham Dragway on Saturday.
Boston-based Rugged Maniac is an international event series that encourages people of all ages, shapes and sizes to get off their couches

Wet, wild and rugged

ROCKINGHAM — One of the nation's largest obstacle race events, Rugged Maniac, brought its crazy obstacles on a 5K track, a wild festival and more than 5,000 revelers to the Rockingham Dragway on Saturday. Boston-based Rugged Maniac is an international event series that encourages people of all ages, shapes and sizes to get off their couches

ELLERBE — People from Richmond County and beyond brought their cornhole skills to the Ellerbe Lions Club lawnmower track Friday night for the Tossing For Taylor benefit tournament.
The beanbag toss tourney raises funds to fight juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which has affected many children, but has specifically hit home for Rex Crouch Jr.'s

Cornhole fun raises funds to fight disease

ELLERBE — People from Richmond County and beyond brought their cornhole skills to the Ellerbe Lions Club lawnmower track Friday night for the Tossing For Taylor benefit tournament. The beanbag toss tourney raises funds to fight juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which has affected many children, but has specifically hit home for Rex Crouch Jr.'s

ROCKINGHAM — Samaritan Colony will soon be over the hill.
The substance abuse treatment facility is actually already located on the other side of a hill off U.S. 220 between Rockingham and Ellerbe, but on Sunday it will turn 40.
Pat Hill, who took over as director on July 1, 2013, has been working on the property since 2008 and has seen man

Breaking the cycle, stigma of addiction

ROCKINGHAM — Samaritan Colony will soon be over the hill. The substance abuse treatment facility is actually already located on the other side of a hill off U.S. 220 between Rockingham and Ellerbe, but on Sunday it will turn 40. Pat Hill, who took over as director on July 1, 2013, has been working on the property since 2008 and has seen man

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 15
TOSSING FOR TAYLOR, a benefit cornhole tournament in honor of Taylor

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 15 TOSSING FOR TAYLOR, a benefit cornhole tournament in honor of Taylor

ROCKINGHAM — For the 10th year in a row, the newly named Festival of Tables will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church, 201 N. Randolph St., Rockingham.
For the past nine years, the event was known as the Parade of Tables, but organizers wanted to try a different approach this time around.

Festival of Tables to benefit missions

ROCKINGHAM — For the 10th year in a row, the newly named Festival of Tables will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church, 201 N. Randolph St., Rockingham. For the past nine years, the event was known as the Parade of Tables, but organizers wanted to try a different approach this time around.

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The Women's Club of Hamlet installed officers for the 2015-16 club year at its meeting earlier this week. Charlotte Cowan, left, will serve as president. Here, she is presented with the gavel by outgoing president Cathey Thomas. Both women were presented with roses, and Thomas received several additional gifts as appreciation for

Women's Club installs officers

Contributed photo The Women's Club of Hamlet installed officers for the 2015-16 club year at its meeting earlier this week. Charlotte Cowan, left, will serve as president. Here, she is presented with the gavel by outgoing president Cathey Thomas. Both women were presented with roses, and Thomas received several additional gifts as appreciation for

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The Rockingham Farmers' Market held its first midweek market of the year from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Richmond County Human Services parking lot across from the post office. Free transportation was provided to and from East Rockingham, Hamlet and Dobbins Heights. The market is also open from 8 a.m. to noon on

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal The Rockingham Farmers' Market held its first midweek market of the year from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Richmond County Human Services parking lot across from the post office. Free transportation was provided to and from East Rockingham, Hamlet and Dobbins Heights. The market is also open from 8 a.m. to noon on

ROCKINGHAM — As America continues to reel from recent clashes between police and civilians, Richmond County and the rest of the nation will honor officers killed in the line of duty when Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed Friday.
Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said he looks forward to participating in this year's memorial event, sc

Fallen officers' memorial set

ROCKINGHAM — As America continues to reel from recent clashes between police and civilians, Richmond County and the rest of the nation will honor officers killed in the line of duty when Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed Friday. Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said he looks forward to participating in this year's memorial event, sc

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 14
MASONIC MEETING with dinner at 6:15 and meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Haml

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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 14 MASONIC MEETING with dinner at 6:15 and meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Haml

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Fidelity Bank and Richmond County Chamber of Commerce officials cut the ceremonial red ribbon in front of the bank's new location on East Broad Avenue/U.S. 74 Business in Rockingham. The new building opened on Feb. 9. Said County Commissioner Thad Ussery, “Fidelity goes back a pretty good ways in Richmond Count

'Fidelity goes back a ways'

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal Fidelity Bank and Richmond County Chamber of Commerce officials cut the ceremonial red ribbon in front of the bank's new location on East Broad Avenue/U.S. 74 Business in Rockingham. The new building opened on Feb. 9. Said County Commissioner Thad Ussery, “Fidelity goes back a pretty good ways in Richmond Count

ROCKINGHAM — A second flea market will open soon in Richmond County as planning and zoning board members approved Hamlet resident Ernest Primus' permit application Tuesday night.
Primus requested a conditional-use permit to operate the market as well as a produce stand on the property located on N.C. 177 beside E.V. Hogan Road in Hamlet. The

Zoning board approves new flea market

ROCKINGHAM — A second flea market will open soon in Richmond County as planning and zoning board members approved Hamlet resident Ernest Primus' permit application Tuesday night. Primus requested a conditional-use permit to operate the market as well as a produce stand on the property located on N.C. 177 beside E.V. Hogan Road in Hamlet. The

HAMLET — The 2015 Relay for Life took place Friday night in the parking lot of Cole Auditorium with a large crowd showing up to help support family and friends and to also have a good time.
As of Monday afternoon, the total for the Richmond County Relay stood at $61,184.15 with 36 teams and 325 participants taking part. The total jumped almo

Relay tops $61,000

HAMLET — The 2015 Relay for Life took place Friday night in the parking lot of Cole Auditorium with a large crowd showing up to help support family and friends and to also have a good time. As of Monday afternoon, the total for the Richmond County Relay stood at $61,184.15 with 36 teams and 325 participants taking part. The total jumped almo





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