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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

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ROCKINGHAM — Children who attend the Kids' Café Program at the Leak Street Education and Cultural Center were treated with a meal and Christmas gifts on Friday.
Usually the program has 45 kids enrolled, but because of holiday travel, only 22 were able to participate in the Friday festivities.
“Mike Griffin donated $800 for gifts,

Leak Street center serves up Christmas fun

ROCKINGHAM — Children who attend the Kids' Café Program at the Leak Street Education and Cultural Center were treated with a meal and Christmas gifts on Friday. Usually the program has 45 kids enrolled, but because of holiday travel, only 22 were able to participate in the Friday festivities. “Mike Griffin donated $800 for gifts,

HAMLET — More than 1,000 seniors from all over Richmond County got their chance to get in the holiday spirit on Thursday during the 36th annual Senior Christmas Party held at Cole Auditorium.
The event, which was presented by Richmond County Aging Services, attracted so many visitors that organizers were forced to split the day into two part

Richmond County seniors celebrate Christmas

HAMLET — More than 1,000 seniors from all over Richmond County got their chance to get in the holiday spirit on Thursday during the 36th annual Senior Christmas Party held at Cole Auditorium. The event, which was presented by Richmond County Aging Services, attracted so many visitors that organizers were forced to split the day into two part

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.
Dec. 20
COUNTRY BREAKFAST from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at Pee Dee United Methodist

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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. Dec. 20 COUNTRY BREAKFAST from 6:30 to 10 a.m. at Pee Dee United Methodist

HAMLET — Everyone was in the holiday spirit Thursday night at Cole Auditorium as local business leaders and their families gathered for the Christmas After Hours event sponsored by the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, Superior Cranes Inc. and Fidelity Bank.
The event turned out to be a who's-who of local business and community leaders fr

Chamber hosts Christmas After Hours

HAMLET — Everyone was in the holiday spirit Thursday night at Cole Auditorium as local business leaders and their families gathered for the Christmas After Hours event sponsored by the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, Superior Cranes Inc. and Fidelity Bank. The event turned out to be a who's-who of local business and community leaders fr

ROCKINGHAM — A veteran criminal investigator has been named third in command at the Rockingham Police Department.
Detective Sgt. Donavan Young, 41, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant by Police Chief Billy Kelly on Thursday.
“He knows I have high demands and high standards,” said Kelly. “He's very acquainted with the la

Rockingham PD names Young as lieutenant

ROCKINGHAM — A veteran criminal investigator has been named third in command at the Rockingham Police Department. Detective Sgt. Donavan Young, 41, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant by Police Chief Billy Kelly on Thursday. “He knows I have high demands and high standards,” said Kelly. “He's very acquainted with the la

Children from all over Richmond County have brought their letters to Santa to the Richmond County Daily Journal office in downtown Rockingham.
Some were emailed and some were mailed the old-fashioned way, but the most popular way for most was to bring their letter down and place it themselves in Santa's brightly colored mailbox outside the office.

Letters to Santa arrive by the busload

Children from all over Richmond County have brought their letters to Santa to the Richmond County Daily Journal office in downtown Rockingham. Some were emailed and some were mailed the old-fashioned way, but the most popular way for most was to bring their letter down and place it themselves in Santa's brightly colored mailbox outside the office.

HAMLET — Dr. Jamal Bryant will be the featured speaker during Bible Way Ministries' Friday Impact event scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday at Cole Auditorium.
If the name sounds familiar, it's because Bryant has been featured prominently on Trinity Broadcasting Network and the Word Network, two popular religious channels that have more than 10

Church brings popular evangelist to Cole

HAMLET — Dr. Jamal Bryant will be the featured speaker during Bible Way Ministries' Friday Impact event scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday at Cole Auditorium. If the name sounds familiar, it's because Bryant has been featured prominently on Trinity Broadcasting Network and the Word Network, two popular religious channels that have more than 10

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.
Dec. 13
PANCAKE BREAKFAST sponsored by the East Rockingham United Methodist

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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. Dec. 13 PANCAKE BREAKFAST sponsored by the East Rockingham United Methodist

Moore County Shriners Club members make their way down Main Street in Hamlet in their signature mini cars.
The Moore County Shriners Club's plane called Captain Ruby is piloted down Main Street during Hamlet's Christmas parade.
Sparky the Fire Dog waves to the crowd at the parade while he rides in Engine No. 6 of the Hamlet Fire Department.
The

Parade spreads Christmas spirit

Moore County Shriners Club members make their way down Main Street in Hamlet in their signature mini cars. The Moore County Shriners Club's plane called Captain Ruby is piloted down Main Street during Hamlet's Christmas parade. Sparky the Fire Dog waves to the crowd at the parade while he rides in Engine No. 6 of the Hamlet Fire Department. The

HAMLET — Coincidentally, a train almost delayed the 3:30 p.m. start of the annual Christmas parade in this historical railroad town, but the event went off without a hitch Thursday afternoon on Main Street.
A total of 16 floats participated, ranging from local churches to schools to businesses and everything in between.
Richmond County Comm

Parade rings in Christmas

HAMLET — Coincidentally, a train almost delayed the 3:30 p.m. start of the annual Christmas parade in this historical railroad town, but the event went off without a hitch Thursday afternoon on Main Street. A total of 16 floats participated, ranging from local churches to schools to businesses and everything in between. Richmond County Comm

HAMLET — A large crowd gathered Wednesday afternoon in Richmond Community College's Forte Building for the dedication of the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.
The trail, which has been a few years in the making, came to fruition after RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis and former Rockingham mayor G.R. Kindley talked about needs for the college.

College dedicates Kindley Fitness Trail

HAMLET — A large crowd gathered Wednesday afternoon in Richmond Community College's Forte Building for the dedication of the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail. The trail, which has been a few years in the making, came to fruition after RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis and former Rockingham mayor G.R. Kindley talked about needs for the college.

HAMLET — The Disabled American Veterans William F. Ingram Chapter No. 59 in Hamlet held its annual Christmas party Tuesday night at the DAV headquarters on N.C. 177 South.
Commander Jimmie McKenzie said the group has been holding the party for more than 25 years, although the group itself has been around much longer.
“DAV is a combina

'We're here to help'

HAMLET — The Disabled American Veterans William F. Ingram Chapter No. 59 in Hamlet held its annual Christmas party Tuesday night at the DAV headquarters on N.C. 177 South. Commander Jimmie McKenzie said the group has been holding the party for more than 25 years, although the group itself has been around much longer. “DAV is a combina

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.
SATURDAYCHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN, 750 Fairway Drive, Southern Pines, presents concert pianist David Masterson in a program &

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. SATURDAYCHRIST CHURCH ANGLICAN, 750 Fairway Drive, Southern Pines, presents concert pianist David Masterson in a program &

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal
The town of Dobbins Heights kicked off its Christmas season with the town tree-lighting at 6 p.m. Friday at Town Hall. Mayor Antonio Blue lit the large Fraser fir after those in attendance sang “Silent Night.”

Matt Harrelson | Daily Journal The town of Dobbins Heights kicked off its Christmas season with the town tree-lighting at 6 p.m. Friday at Town Hall. Mayor Antonio Blue lit the large Fraser fir after those in attendance sang “Silent Night.”

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — Deputies are offering a cash reward for information in the killing of a man who died Friday from injuries he sustained in a brutal beating nearly two weeks ago.
Vernon Mitchell Everett, 55, was found on the morning of Nov. 23 lying on the floor of his home on Winona Avenue in Dobbins Heights, according to the Richmond Count

Tips sought in killing

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — Deputies are offering a cash reward for information in the killing of a man who died Friday from injuries he sustained in a brutal beating nearly two weeks ago. Vernon Mitchell Everett, 55, was found on the morning of Nov. 23 lying on the floor of his home on Winona Avenue in Dobbins Heights, according to the Richmond Count

ROCKINGHAM — Some children ask Santa Claus for the year's hottest must-have toy. For others, a job for Mom or Dad or presents for needy classmates may be their most fervent Christmas wish.
From the sweet and silly to the serious pleas that tug at your heartstrings, the Richmond County Daily Journal will publish kids' letters to Santa in its

Daily Journal to publish letters to Santa

ROCKINGHAM — Some children ask Santa Claus for the year's hottest must-have toy. For others, a job for Mom or Dad or presents for needy classmates may be their most fervent Christmas wish. From the sweet and silly to the serious pleas that tug at your heartstrings, the Richmond County Daily Journal will publish kids' letters to Santa in its

ROCKINGHAM — Libraries in Richmond County are preparing for the holiday season just like everyone else, and Leath Memorial in Rockingham and Hamlet Public Library have events lined up with Christmas right around the corner.
Rock Star Magic of Chris and Neal will make its third appearance at Leath Memorial this year when the duo bring their a

Libraries planning Christmas magic

ROCKINGHAM — Libraries in Richmond County are preparing for the holiday season just like everyone else, and Leath Memorial in Rockingham and Hamlet Public Library have events lined up with Christmas right around the corner. Rock Star Magic of Chris and Neal will make its third appearance at Leath Memorial this year when the duo bring their a

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.
Dec. 5
FOOD SALE starting at 10 a.m. at Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist

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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. Dec. 5 FOOD SALE starting at 10 a.m. at Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist

ROCKINGHAM — It's more than a Nativity scene. It's an eight-act play that patrons can enjoy without getting out of their cars.
Each year, Mount Olive Baptist Church at 596 East Washington St., holds its Scenes of Christ drive-through, making full use of its church property by presenting dramatizations of some of the events surrounding Christ

Live Nativity starts today

ROCKINGHAM — It's more than a Nativity scene. It's an eight-act play that patrons can enjoy without getting out of their cars. Each year, Mount Olive Baptist Church at 596 East Washington St., holds its Scenes of Christ drive-through, making full use of its church property by presenting dramatizations of some of the events surrounding Christ

ELLERBE — Town leaders have been preparing this week for the annual Hometown Christmas, which is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday throughout downtown Ellerbe.
It's an annual event that allows businesses and vendors a chance to meet and greet with locals as well as those from surrounding areas.
Hometown Christmas will kick off at 5 p.m. in

Hometown Christmas is tonight

ELLERBE — Town leaders have been preparing this week for the annual Hometown Christmas, which is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday throughout downtown Ellerbe. It's an annual event that allows businesses and vendors a chance to meet and greet with locals as well as those from surrounding areas. Hometown Christmas will kick off at 5 p.m. in





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