Matt Harrelson

Position: Reporter - Business, community news
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ROCKINGHAM — Students celebrated five weeks of entertainment and enrichment Friday as the Summer Food and Fun program at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center held its closing ceremony.
From June 23-Aug. 1, the program supported by area food banks provided a summer feeding site, nourishing 100-125 kids five days a week. Children received

Center celebrates 5 weeks of summer fun

ROCKINGHAM — Students celebrated five weeks of entertainment and enrichment Friday as the Summer Food and Fun program at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center held its closing ceremony. From June 23-Aug. 1, the program supported by area food banks provided a summer feeding site, nourishing 100-125 kids five days a week. Children received

ROCKINGHAM — It looks like Zaxby's won't be the Aldi supermarket's only new neighbor on U.S. 74 Business.
Developers have begun work on Fountain Pointe, a 39-unit apartment complex off Clemmer Road located on 4.78 acres of land, said Rockingham City Planner John Massey. The five-building complex will include 19 two-bedroom units and 20 three

New apartment complex in the works

ROCKINGHAM — It looks like Zaxby's won't be the Aldi supermarket's only new neighbor on U.S. 74 Business. Developers have begun work on Fountain Pointe, a 39-unit apartment complex off Clemmer Road located on 4.78 acres of land, said Rockingham City Planner John Massey. The five-building complex will include 19 two-bedroom units and 20 three

ROCKINGHAM — The first Zaxby's restaurant in Richmond County plans to open its doors as summer fades into fall.
Zaxby's spokeswoman Jamey Ivey said company officials have set a tentative date of Sept. 22 for the eatery's grand opening. With construction still ongoing, the building on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket will soo

Zaxby's sets opening date, plans to hire up to 40

ROCKINGHAM — The first Zaxby's restaurant in Richmond County plans to open its doors as summer fades into fall. Zaxby's spokeswoman Jamey Ivey said company officials have set a tentative date of Sept. 22 for the eatery's grand opening. With construction still ongoing, the building on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket will soo

ELLERBE — The new and improved Lions' Den dirt track is a hit with lawnmower racers.
Drivers tested out the reconfigured track at a “test and tune, meet and greet” event held Saturday at the Ellerbe Lions Club facility. Lawnmower races will return next month as the track reopens under new management.
The new track has modified s

Lawnmower races back on track

ELLERBE — The new and improved Lions' Den dirt track is a hit with lawnmower racers. Drivers tested out the reconfigured track at a “test and tune, meet and greet” event held Saturday at the Ellerbe Lions Club facility. Lawnmower races will return next month as the track reopens under new management. The new track has modified s

HAMLET — Skills training can be difficult to fit into some Richmond County residents' budget, but now it can fit in their Christmas stockings.
Richmond Community College has been offering gift certificates for non-credit continuing education courses since last October, according to Holly Russell, administrative assistant at the college's wor

RCC offers gift certificates for non-credit courses

HAMLET — Skills training can be difficult to fit into some Richmond County residents' budget, but now it can fit in their Christmas stockings. Richmond Community College has been offering gift certificates for non-credit continuing education courses since last October, according to Holly Russell, administrative assistant at the college's wor

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

ROCKINGHAM — “We live out our mission statement, 'Love God, love others, love the world,' but now feel especially challenged and called to expand our horizons on this third part — love the world.”
That's why Allison Farrah, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Rockingham, says she wanted to embark on a missi

Local pastors embarking on Haiti mission

ROCKINGHAM — “We live out our mission statement, 'Love God, love others, love the world,' but now feel especially challenged and called to expand our horizons on this third part — love the world.” That's why Allison Farrah, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Rockingham, says she wanted to embark on a missi

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.
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Community calendar for July 31

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. Aug. 1 DOBBINS HEIGHTS CONCERNED CITIZENS will not meet during the month of

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




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