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(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff's Office daily jail report.) Arrests • June 1 — Michael Jerome Hemmingway, 20, of 184 Tarheel Drive, Clinton, was charged with communicating threats and injury to real property

What comes to mind when you hear the word decoration? You probably think about decorating for a birthday party or a wedding celebration. Right?
Well, when my mama told us that we were going to “The Decoration,” we knew exactly what she was talking about. It was a celebration that took place back in the mountains where she grew up.
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Decoration Day and Pap's last climb

What comes to mind when you hear the word decoration? You probably think about decorating for a birthday party or a wedding celebration. Right? Well, when my mama told us that we were going to “The Decoration,” we knew exactly what she was talking about. It was a celebration that took place back in the mountains where she grew up. Onc

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County pair has been charged in connection with a store robbery last week.
Deputies say 29-year-old Brian Keith Dixon, of Old Cheraw Highway, Rockingham, walked into a convenience store on the same road with a mask over his face and demanded money on May 27.
Dixon did not have a weapon and took about $250 from the ca

2 charged in store robbery

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County pair has been charged in connection with a store robbery last week. Deputies say 29-year-old Brian Keith Dixon, of Old Cheraw Highway, Rockingham, walked into a convenience store on the same road with a mask over his face and demanded money on May 27. Dixon did not have a weapon and took about $250 from the ca

HAMLET — A lifelong Richmond County resident and 30-year veteran of State Employees' Credit Union will lead the new SECU branch under construction in Hamlet.
Lisa Talley was recently named vice president and city executive of the Hamlet branch. She is currently vice president and city executive of the SECU branch in Wadesboro.
Talley began

Talley to lead SECU's Hamlet branch

HAMLET — A lifelong Richmond County resident and 30-year veteran of State Employees' Credit Union will lead the new SECU branch under construction in Hamlet. Lisa Talley was recently named vice president and city executive of the Hamlet branch. She is currently vice president and city executive of the SECU branch in Wadesboro. Talley began

Clinton City Schools officials are seeking the input of the system's staff and community members through a survey, but based on information that arose during Monday night's meeting, those efforts may be in vain.
According to Faith Jackson, community liaison and grant writer for Clinton City Schools, the system recently posted surveys online, allow

CCS survey accessibility questioned

Clinton City Schools officials are seeking the input of the system's staff and community members through a survey, but based on information that arose during Monday night's meeting, those efforts may be in vain. According to Faith Jackson, community liaison and grant writer for Clinton City Schools, the system recently posted surveys online, allow

TROY — Police are seeking the public's help to identify and locate a man accused of passing counterfeit cash.
Troy police say the man pictured in this surveillance photo was passing counterfeit $50 bills at local businesses last Friday afternoon. Two bills were also passed in Biscoe and one in Albemarle.
The man was driving a gold 2009 or 2

Police seek counterfeit cash suspect

TROY — Police are seeking the public's help to identify and locate a man accused of passing counterfeit cash. Troy police say the man pictured in this surveillance photo was passing counterfeit $50 bills at local businesses last Friday afternoon. Two bills were also passed in Biscoe and one in Albemarle. The man was driving a gold 2009 or 2

The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, May 20 with Sampson County Branch NAACP. Located at 105 Wall Street in Downtown Clinton. The NAACP is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has always had a mission to

The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a ribbon cutting celebration on Wednesday, May 20 with Sampson County Branch NAACP. Located at 105 Wall Street in Downtown Clinton. The NAACP is the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) has always had a mission to

ROCKINGHAM — Erran Greene said he didn't mind spreading his wings and heading off to a distant land to attend college.
Greene quickly pointed out when he looked at all of his options, he realized he was better off staying closer to home. That's why the two-sport athlete at Richmond Senior announced he would attend Methodist University in Fay

Greene stays close to home

ROCKINGHAM — Erran Greene said he didn't mind spreading his wings and heading off to a distant land to attend college. Greene quickly pointed out when he looked at all of his options, he realized he was better off staying closer to home. That's why the two-sport athlete at Richmond Senior announced he would attend Methodist University in Fay

The Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School Chorus and Band performed their spring concert on May 14 in the RSMS gymnasium.
The chorus sang “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Greg Gilpin; “Amazing Grace,” arr. by Linda Steen Spevacek; “Forever Motown,” arr. by Roger Emerson; and “You'll Never Walk Alone” arr

RSMS band, chorus perform

The Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School Chorus and Band performed their spring concert on May 14 in the RSMS gymnasium. The chorus sang “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Greg Gilpin; “Amazing Grace,” arr. by Linda Steen Spevacek; “Forever Motown,” arr. by Roger Emerson; and “You'll Never Walk Alone” arr

Arrida Johnson was recognized by the Sampson Board of Commissioners, including Chairman Billy Lockamy, center, and Commissioner Harry Parker, Monday night for three decades of dedicated service to the county. Johnson worked for the Department of Social Services from September 1985 to June 2015. Also retired, but not present at Monday's meeting, is

County retiree honored

Arrida Johnson was recognized by the Sampson Board of Commissioners, including Chairman Billy Lockamy, center, and Commissioner Harry Parker, Monday night for three decades of dedicated service to the county. Johnson worked for the Department of Social Services from September 1985 to June 2015. Also retired, but not present at Monday's meeting, is

A track clinic will be held June 20 at Union High School.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington Assistant Coach and Recruiter Donald Thomas will conduct a mini camp for high school athletes interested in improving technique. This will be the fourth year he has conducted clinic at Union HS. He will also discuss NCAA requirements for prospe

UHS to host track clinic

A track clinic will be held June 20 at Union High School. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington Assistant Coach and Recruiter Donald Thomas will conduct a mini camp for high school athletes interested in improving technique. This will be the fourth year he has conducted clinic at Union HS. He will also discuss NCAA requirements for prospe

ROCKINGHAM — County residents can sample dozens of North Carolina craft beers at the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Hoptoberfest.
The festival is planned for 4-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Richmond Plaza Shopping Center in Rockingham in partnership with Chamber member Tri-City Inc. Advance tickets are $30 until Sept. 25, when the p

Beer, wings, tunes on tap for 'Hoptoberfest'

ROCKINGHAM — County residents can sample dozens of North Carolina craft beers at the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Hoptoberfest. The festival is planned for 4-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Richmond Plaza Shopping Center in Rockingham in partnership with Chamber member Tri-City Inc. Advance tickets are $30 until Sept. 25, when the p

Community Bulletin Board

Coharie People board — nominations are now being accepted for the Shiloh, Herring and South Clinton Board of Directors positions. The deadline for submitting a nomination is June 26. Nomination forms and qualifications can be obtained online at www.coharietribe.org or at the Coharie Tribal Center. Hearing screenings — The Division of D

My perspective changed once I became cognizant of my power.
One of the most valuable lessons you could ever learn in today's society is your self-worth. When you understand your worth, you become unstoppable! Did you know that you have the power to speak to every situation you're in and call it to be what you want it to be? Of course, this isn't a

Entering my own empowerment zone

My perspective changed once I became cognizant of my power. One of the most valuable lessons you could ever learn in today's society is your self-worth. When you understand your worth, you become unstoppable! Did you know that you have the power to speak to every situation you're in and call it to be what you want it to be? Of course, this isn't a

ROCKINGHAM — Missing produce from the community garden has local officials and Rockingham police rethinking security measures at the Steele Street access to Hitchcock Creek.
Susan Kelly of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension said vandals stole some of the crops being grown in the garden as well as some equipment such as a a Rubbermaid

Produce pilfered from Rockingham community garden

ROCKINGHAM — Missing produce from the community garden has local officials and Rockingham police rethinking security measures at the Steele Street access to Hitchcock Creek. Susan Kelly of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension said vandals stole some of the crops being grown in the garden as well as some equipment such as a a Rubbermaid

Contributed by Neal and Joanne Cadieu
The Ellerbe High School Class of 1960 celebrated its 55th reunion Saturday, May 30 at Ellerbe Springs Inn. Pictured above are the classmates and teachers: first row, left to right Mrs. Sarah Robbins, Mrs. Dot Snyder, Mrs. Arminta Brown and Mr. Bill Price, all teachers, Phyllis Laton Carriker, Brenda Green Hile

Contributed by Neal and Joanne Cadieu The Ellerbe High School Class of 1960 celebrated its 55th reunion Saturday, May 30 at Ellerbe Springs Inn. Pictured above are the classmates and teachers: first row, left to right Mrs. Sarah Robbins, Mrs. Dot Snyder, Mrs. Arminta Brown and Mr. Bill Price, all teachers, Phyllis Laton Carriker, Brenda Green Hile

CARTHAGE — A Rockingham woman was jailed Monday night on a Moore County shoplifting charge.
Joni Parks Propst, 35, of 109 Midway Road, was arrested on a Moore County Sheriff's Office warrant charging her with shoplifting by concealment of goods. The offense date is listed as Feb. 5.
Propst was previously arrested in February on a Moore Coun

Rockingham woman faces theft charge

CARTHAGE — A Rockingham woman was jailed Monday night on a Moore County shoplifting charge. Joni Parks Propst, 35, of 109 Midway Road, was arrested on a Moore County Sheriff's Office warrant charging her with shoplifting by concealment of goods. The offense date is listed as Feb. 5. Propst was previously arrested in February on a Moore Coun

Local members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. spent a portion of their Friday evening making improvements to James L. Newkirk Memorial Park. The work took place prior to the organization's 1908 Playground Impact Day, hosted by the Rho Omega Omega Chapter, which took place Saturday. Some of the tasks included planting flowers, painting benches a

Making an impact

Local members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. spent a portion of their Friday evening making improvements to James L. Newkirk Memorial Park. The work took place prior to the organization's 1908 Playground Impact Day, hosted by the Rho Omega Omega Chapter, which took place Saturday. Some of the tasks included planting flowers, painting benches a

Sampson Regional Medical Center is excited to announce expanded service hours at its Outpatient Diagnostics Center. The Center is currently open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. With changes effective June 2, the facility will remain open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, making it more convenient for patients who prefer evening appointm

SRMC extends hours of operation at Imaging Center

Sampson Regional Medical Center is excited to announce expanded service hours at its Outpatient Diagnostics Center. The Center is currently open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. With changes effective June 2, the facility will remain open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, making it more convenient for patients who prefer evening appointm

Every year on the first weekend of June, the football stadium at Clinton High School is illuminated with candles of hope as part of the yearly Relay for Life celebration.
This year's event is scheduled for Friday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. and activities scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
“Relay for Life is a great event that raises money for

Annual Relay event set for Friday

Every year on the first weekend of June, the football stadium at Clinton High School is illuminated with candles of hope as part of the yearly Relay for Life celebration. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, with gates opening at 4 p.m. and activities scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. “Relay for Life is a great event that raises money for





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