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CORDOVA — Cosmo Lafave had two reasons to cross the finish line.
Saturday's fourth annual Cordova 5K raised money for in-house field trips at the special-needs Cordova School, where his 5½-year-old twin sons, Maddox and Mason, are in pre-kindergarten.
“The community has always been great with me and my family,” Lafave said.

5K raises cash for Cordova School trips

CORDOVA — Cosmo Lafave had two reasons to cross the finish line. Saturday's fourth annual Cordova 5K raised money for in-house field trips at the special-needs Cordova School, where his 5½-year-old twin sons, Maddox and Mason, are in pre-kindergarten. “The community has always been great with me and my family,” Lafave said.

ROCKINGHAM — A soggy Saturday held down foot traffic but couldn't dampen vendors' spirits as the Rockingham Farmers' Market opened its 2015 season on Harrington Square.
Mitchell Barbare of Rockingham made his farmers' market debut, selling handcrafted birdhouses, bird feeders, squirrel feeders, rabbit traps and other wooden crafts.
The farm

Farmers' market opens on Harrington Square

ROCKINGHAM — A soggy Saturday held down foot traffic but couldn't dampen vendors' spirits as the Rockingham Farmers' Market opened its 2015 season on Harrington Square. Mitchell Barbare of Rockingham made his farmers' market debut, selling handcrafted birdhouses, bird feeders, squirrel feeders, rabbit traps and other wooden crafts. The farm

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County pair is accused of assaulting a police officer and causing a disturbance at Walmart.
Police say Eric Scott Dent, 27, of 122 Blacksmoke Drive outside Hamlet, concealed a crowbar on his person at the 720 U.S. 74 West store on Friday. Officer D.R. Morton of the Rockingham Police Department was called to Walmart to

2 charged in Walmart disturbance

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County pair is accused of assaulting a police officer and causing a disturbance at Walmart. Police say Eric Scott Dent, 27, of 122 Blacksmoke Drive outside Hamlet, concealed a crowbar on his person at the 720 U.S. 74 West store on Friday. Officer D.R. Morton of the Rockingham Police Department was called to Walmart to

ROCKINGHAM — Four of five people caught in a Richmond County meth ring late last year have been sentenced to federal prison time after taking plea bargains.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr. sentenced 37-year-old Larry Shane King, 35-year-old John Monroe Wilson, 50-year-old Richard Allen Mabe and 52-year-old Lisa Raines Tin

4 sentenced on meth charges

ROCKINGHAM — Four of five people caught in a Richmond County meth ring late last year have been sentenced to federal prison time after taking plea bargains. Senior U.S. District Court Judge James A. Beaty Jr. sentenced 37-year-old Larry Shane King, 35-year-old John Monroe Wilson, 50-year-old Richard Allen Mabe and 52-year-old Lisa Raines Tin

We have a children's science museum, a historic rail depot, a former NASCAR speedway and some of the best outdoor recreational sites in the Carolinas.
These attractions shape Richmond County's image, but it's people, not places, that truly define our identity.
Richmond County is Pastor Gary Richardson, who opened his church to once-homeless men a

OUR VIEW Each Richmond County resident has story to tell

We have a children's science museum, a historic rail depot, a former NASCAR speedway and some of the best outdoor recreational sites in the Carolinas. These attractions shape Richmond County's image, but it's people, not places, that truly define our identity. Richmond County is Pastor Gary Richardson, who opened his church to once-homeless men a

ROCKINGHAM — Patsy Mitchum just can't seem to stop working.
“I love to talk,” she said. “I love to be around people. I guess I inherited the gift of gab from my dad.”
That is probably why Mitchum is known as an outstanding people greeter at Walmart in Rockingham.
THE BASICS
Name: Patsy Mitchum
Age: 69
Birthplace:

Notable Neighbors: Greeter has the gift of gab

ROCKINGHAM — Patsy Mitchum just can't seem to stop working. “I love to talk,” she said. “I love to be around people. I guess I inherited the gift of gab from my dad.” That is probably why Mitchum is known as an outstanding people greeter at Walmart in Rockingham. THE BASICS Name: Patsy Mitchum Age: 69 Birthplace:

HOFFMAN — Fire Chief Frank McKay says a fake help-wanted ad for his department is a ruse designed to rip off would-be applicants.
An ad seeking clerical help at the “Hoffman Fire Department” on several online job boards was not authorized by the all-volunteer agency, whose official name is Hoffman Fire & Rescue.
“We've

Fire chief exposes job scam

HOFFMAN — Fire Chief Frank McKay says a fake help-wanted ad for his department is a ruse designed to rip off would-be applicants. An ad seeking clerical help at the “Hoffman Fire Department” on several online job boards was not authorized by the all-volunteer agency, whose official name is Hoffman Fire & Rescue. “We've

ROCKINGHAM — North Carolina Democrats need the eye of the tiger to win in 2016, state Rep. Ken Goodman says.
Facing Republican majorities in the General Assembly and Congress and an incumbent GOP governor, the party is like the underdog Rocky Balboa training for his first fight with champion boxer Apollo Creed. The way to win, Goodman said,

Dems fighting for every vote

ROCKINGHAM — North Carolina Democrats need the eye of the tiger to win in 2016, state Rep. Ken Goodman says. Facing Republican majorities in the General Assembly and Congress and an incumbent GOP governor, the party is like the underdog Rocky Balboa training for his first fight with champion boxer Apollo Creed. The way to win, Goodman said,

ROCKINGHAM — Two suspects are behind bars a week after sheriff's deputies say they shot a man in the back.
Benjamin Franklin Wall III, 26, of 114 Cheroke St., and James Wilbert Thomas Jr., 25, of 168 Tillman Road, turned themselves in and each was jailed under a $250,000 bond, Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said Friday.
Wall and Thomas are accu

Shooting suspects jailed

ROCKINGHAM — Two suspects are behind bars a week after sheriff's deputies say they shot a man in the back. Benjamin Franklin Wall III, 26, of 114 Cheroke St., and James Wilbert Thomas Jr., 25, of 168 Tillman Road, turned themselves in and each was jailed under a $250,000 bond, Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge said Friday. Wall and Thomas are accu

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The Daughters of the American Revolution's Gen. William Henry Harrington chapter recently conducted a cleanup of Harrington's gravesite in the Wolf Pit township outside Rockingham. DAR members assisting with cleanup are, from left, Susanne McInnis, Mary Bowles, Jennifer Alcaraz-Cristobal, Brenda Baucom, Nancy Robbins, Betty McBry

Contributed photo The Daughters of the American Revolution's Gen. William Henry Harrington chapter recently conducted a cleanup of Harrington's gravesite in the Wolf Pit township outside Rockingham. DAR members assisting with cleanup are, from left, Susanne McInnis, Mary Bowles, Jennifer Alcaraz-Cristobal, Brenda Baucom, Nancy Robbins, Betty McBry

HAMLET — Police say a man stole flowers and a shopping cart from Hamlet's Food Lion supermarket on Thursday.
Jamie Maurice Bennett, 47, of 200 Rose St., is accused of taking assorted flowers valued at $53.94, according to a warrant for his arrest. The shopping cart is valued at $100.
Hamlet police arrested Bennett on two counts of misdemean

Police: Man stole flowers, shopping cart

HAMLET — Police say a man stole flowers and a shopping cart from Hamlet's Food Lion supermarket on Thursday. Jamie Maurice Bennett, 47, of 200 Rose St., is accused of taking assorted flowers valued at $53.94, according to a warrant for his arrest. The shopping cart is valued at $100. Hamlet police arrested Bennett on two counts of misdemean

ROCKINGHAM — A 33-year-old woman is accused of stealing nearly $250 worth of baby clothing from Belk.
Melody Brown of 6 Jackson Lane in Cheraw, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday on a charge of misdemeanor larceny. An arrest warrant states she took “various baby clothes” valued at $246.97 from the 1305 E. Broad Ave. department

Woman charged in Belk baby clothes theft

ROCKINGHAM — A 33-year-old woman is accused of stealing nearly $250 worth of baby clothing from Belk. Melody Brown of 6 Jackson Lane in Cheraw, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday on a charge of misdemeanor larceny. An arrest warrant states she took “various baby clothes” valued at $246.97 from the 1305 E. Broad Ave. department

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has won a statewide award for its coverage of homelessness issues.
Reporter Melonie Flomer's “Hidden Homeless” series won first place for continuous coverage in the National Federation of Press Women's North Carolina Press Club contest.
“We're proud that Melonie has received r

Daily Journal reporter receives award

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has won a statewide award for its coverage of homelessness issues. Reporter Melonie Flomer's “Hidden Homeless” series won first place for continuous coverage in the National Federation of Press Women's North Carolina Press Club contest. “We're proud that Melonie has received r

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — A 33-year-old Cheraw woman is accused of stealing nearly $250 worth of baby clothing from Belk.
Melody Brown of 6 Jackson Lane in Cheraw was arrested Thursday on a charge of misdemeanor larceny. An arrest warrant states she took “various baby clothes” valued at $246.97 from the department store at 1305 E. Broad

Cheraw woman accused of stealing baby clothes

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — A 33-year-old Cheraw woman is accused of stealing nearly $250 worth of baby clothing from Belk. Melody Brown of 6 Jackson Lane in Cheraw was arrested Thursday on a charge of misdemeanor larceny. An arrest warrant states she took “various baby clothes” valued at $246.97 from the department store at 1305 E. Broad

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State Rep. Garland Pierce, D-Scotland, recently read to a pre-kindergarten 4-year-old class at the Fayetteville Street Head Start Center in Rockingham. Pierce said he hopes to visit every school in House District 66, which includes Richmond, Scotland, Hoke and Robeson counties, during the current school year. To arrange a school

Contributed photo State Rep. Garland Pierce, D-Scotland, recently read to a pre-kindergarten 4-year-old class at the Fayetteville Street Head Start Center in Rockingham. Pierce said he hopes to visit every school in House District 66, which includes Richmond, Scotland, Hoke and Robeson counties, during the current school year. To arrange a school

ROCKINGHAM — Four days after sheriff's deputies found a man shot in the back, investigators are seeking two suspects accused of opening fire.
Deputies have obtained arrest warrants for 26-year-old Benjamin Franklin Wall III and James Wilbert Thomas in the shooting, sheriff's Capt. Jay Childers said in a Wednesday statement. The men are consi

Deputies seek 2 in shooting

ROCKINGHAM — Four days after sheriff's deputies found a man shot in the back, investigators are seeking two suspects accused of opening fire. Deputies have obtained arrest warrants for 26-year-old Benjamin Franklin Wall III and James Wilbert Thomas in the shooting, sheriff's Capt. Jay Childers said in a Wednesday statement. The men are consi

NORMAN — Richmond County sheriff's deputies have accused a pair of selling painkillers.
Betty Jane Painter, 65, and Monir Gorgy Shafik-Dawoud, 58, both of the same address on U.S. 220 North in Norman, allegedly sold OxyContin pills to a confidential informant from Feb. 18-April 10, according to arrest warrants.
Deputies say the two defendan

Deputies: Pair sold OxyContin

NORMAN — Richmond County sheriff's deputies have accused a pair of selling painkillers. Betty Jane Painter, 65, and Monir Gorgy Shafik-Dawoud, 58, both of the same address on U.S. 220 North in Norman, allegedly sold OxyContin pills to a confidential informant from Feb. 18-April 10, according to arrest warrants. Deputies say the two defendan

ABERDEEN — Two Richmond County women were arrested Saturday night on shoplifting and drug charges.
Candice Nicole Williams, 30, of 114 Sandy Drive, Hamlet, and Wanda Gail Rorie, 28, of 130 South St., Rockingham, were booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage early Sunday following overnight arrests in Aberdeen.
Williams was

2 arrested on theft, drug charges

ABERDEEN — Two Richmond County women were arrested Saturday night on shoplifting and drug charges. Candice Nicole Williams, 30, of 114 Sandy Drive, Hamlet, and Wanda Gail Rorie, 28, of 130 South St., Rockingham, were booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage early Sunday following overnight arrests in Aberdeen. Williams was

ROCKINGHAM — Director Shelly Walker of Richmond Community Theatre sets the stage for “The Lady with All the Answers” in a single, perfect sentence: “It's Ann Landers in 1975 sitting down to write the most difficult column of her life.”
Some may find that intriguing. Others, perhaps a little sad. But no one can deny th

A tale of two actresses

ROCKINGHAM — Director Shelly Walker of Richmond Community Theatre sets the stage for “The Lady with All the Answers” in a single, perfect sentence: “It's Ann Landers in 1975 sitting down to write the most difficult column of her life.” Some may find that intriguing. Others, perhaps a little sad. But no one can deny th

HAMLET — Police say a Rockingham man severely injured a woman by choking her and trying to suffocate her with a couch pillow.
Jonathan D. “Pork Chop” Scott, 34, of 410 Bryan St., throttled the woman in her Hamlet home with her child watching on Monday, according to a warrant for his arrest. He is accused of grabbing her, hitting

Police: Man attacked, choked woman

HAMLET — Police say a Rockingham man severely injured a woman by choking her and trying to suffocate her with a couch pillow. Jonathan D. “Pork Chop” Scott, 34, of 410 Bryan St., throttled the woman in her Hamlet home with her child watching on Monday, according to a warrant for his arrest. He is accused of grabbing her, hitting





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