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Melonie Flomer

Position: Reporter - Education, social services
E-Mail Address: mflomer@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-817-2673


About Melonie Flomer

Richmond County Schools, Richmond Community College, social services and helping agencies, city of Hamlet, towns of Dobbins Heights and Ellerbe

Latest Stories by Melonie Flomer

ROCKINGHAM — J.D. Lampley, student government president at L.J. Bell Elementary School, received a key to the city from Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris in a powerful gesture of support for young leadership Friday.
Lampley, a fifth-grader, was visibly astounded when Morris handed him the glass-encased golden key and accompanying certificate in

Student leaders show the way

ROCKINGHAM — J.D. Lampley, student government president at L.J. Bell Elementary School, received a key to the city from Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris in a powerful gesture of support for young leadership Friday. Lampley, a fifth-grader, was visibly astounded when Morris handed him the glass-encased golden key and accompanying certificate in

ROCKINGHAM — Firefighters and Muscular Dystrophy Association staffers will kick off the Rockingham Fire Department's first-ever Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease.
Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS and other related life-threatening diseases take away

Firefighters to 'fill the boot' for MDA

ROCKINGHAM — Firefighters and Muscular Dystrophy Association staffers will kick off the Rockingham Fire Department's first-ever Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease. Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS and other related life-threatening diseases take away

ROCKINGHAM — A city employee was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital Friday morning after suffering injuries while working around a backhoe, City Manager Monty Crump said.
“It happened a little before 9 a.m.,” Crump said. “He and the crew he works with were finishing up a streetscape project. We are investigating it and have

Backhoe injures city worker

ROCKINGHAM — A city employee was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital Friday morning after suffering injuries while working around a backhoe, City Manager Monty Crump said. “It happened a little before 9 a.m.,” Crump said. “He and the crew he works with were finishing up a streetscape project. We are investigating it and have

HAMLET —Fairview Heights Elementary School has received more than $1,000 from Belk's Angel Days Campaign.
The holiday fundraiser provided Rockingham Belk customers with an opportunity to support the local Title I elementary school. Customers received an ornament to place on the store's angel tree for their $1 donation.
With 100 percent of t

Belk shoppers contribute $1K to Fairview Heights

HAMLET —Fairview Heights Elementary School has received more than $1,000 from Belk's Angel Days Campaign. The holiday fundraiser provided Rockingham Belk customers with an opportunity to support the local Title I elementary school. Customers received an ornament to place on the store's angel tree for their $1 donation. With 100 percent of t

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Rohanen Middle School students making the all-A honor roll for the third nine-week grading period are, front row from left, Alexis Sabin, Maggie Cook, Elizabeth Ollis, Jaelynn Jackman, Julia Helms and Ke'Niya Ingram. In the back row from left are Kendell Watson, James Brooks, Joseph Williams and Caleb Davis.

Contributed photo Rohanen Middle School students making the all-A honor roll for the third nine-week grading period are, front row from left, Alexis Sabin, Maggie Cook, Elizabeth Ollis, Jaelynn Jackman, Julia Helms and Ke'Niya Ingram. In the back row from left are Kendell Watson, James Brooks, Joseph Williams and Caleb Davis.

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Sixth-graders at Rockingham Middle School on the All-A honor roll for the third nine-week grading period are, from left; front row: Georgia Grace Anderson, Shyann Byrd, Payton Chappell, Alena Craddock, Macy Faw, Kayleigh Fields, Chloe Goins and Savanna Harrelson. In the second row are Carson Jordan, Maggi King, Mitchell Massey, J

Contributed photo Sixth-graders at Rockingham Middle School on the All-A honor roll for the third nine-week grading period are, from left; front row: Georgia Grace Anderson, Shyann Byrd, Payton Chappell, Alena Craddock, Macy Faw, Kayleigh Fields, Chloe Goins and Savanna Harrelson. In the second row are Carson Jordan, Maggi King, Mitchell Massey, J

HAMLET — Fairview Heights Elementary School has released its honor rolls for the third nine-week grading period.
All-A honor roll
Christi Jacobs, Payton Ledwell, Justin Gibson, Sara English, Layton Stubbs, Devin Rape, Alex Vaughn, AJ Bennett, Elijah Swinnie-Hayes, Tyler Berry, Rylie Bohman, Kalei Sriratanakoul, Ally Moore, Libby Killough, N

Fairview Heights names honor roll students

HAMLET — Fairview Heights Elementary School has released its honor rolls for the third nine-week grading period. All-A honor roll Christi Jacobs, Payton Ledwell, Justin Gibson, Sara English, Layton Stubbs, Devin Rape, Alex Vaughn, AJ Bennett, Elijah Swinnie-Hayes, Tyler Berry, Rylie Bohman, Kalei Sriratanakoul, Ally Moore, Libby Killough, N

ROCKINGHAM — West Rockingham Elementary School recently named its honor roll students for the third nine-week grading period.
All-A honor roll
Third grade: Jai'Lyn Hines
Fourth grade: Joydan Styles
A-B honor roll
Third grade: Kaylee Adcock, Kaley Scholl, Kayla Scott, Elijah Mason, Zyiar Williams, Ariana Telus and Damian Zamora
Fourth gr

West Rockingham honors star students

ROCKINGHAM — West Rockingham Elementary School recently named its honor roll students for the third nine-week grading period. All-A honor roll Third grade: Jai'Lyn Hines Fourth grade: Joydan Styles A-B honor roll Third grade: Kaylee Adcock, Kaley Scholl, Kayla Scott, Elijah Mason, Zyiar Williams, Ariana Telus and Damian Zamora Fourth gr

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Washington Street Elementary School recently congratulated the 27 students who earned all-A honors for the third nine-week grading period. In the front row from left are Jackson Payne, Ryan Martin, Wil Mabe, Grant Baysek, Davis Faw, Hunter Wood, Jude Howard, Naaman Perakis, Ayden Haltom, Nate Wright, Jason Thomas Graham, Riley Ha

Contributed photo Washington Street Elementary School recently congratulated the 27 students who earned all-A honors for the third nine-week grading period. In the front row from left are Jackson Payne, Ryan Martin, Wil Mabe, Grant Baysek, Davis Faw, Hunter Wood, Jude Howard, Naaman Perakis, Ayden Haltom, Nate Wright, Jason Thomas Graham, Riley Ha

HAMLET — A school was placed on lockdown and the sheriff's office tactical team converged on Plastek Industries after receiving reports of a disturbance at the plant Thursday afternoon.
Unmarked and marked cars including the Crime Stoppers van swarmed onto the scene, parking along both sides of the paved drive to the plant's entrance but sto

Deputies respond to disturbance at Plastek

HAMLET — A school was placed on lockdown and the sheriff's office tactical team converged on Plastek Industries after receiving reports of a disturbance at the plant Thursday afternoon. Unmarked and marked cars including the Crime Stoppers van swarmed onto the scene, parking along both sides of the paved drive to the plant's entrance but sto

ROCKINGHAM — “To me it was audible. God said, 'Feed the children.”
Martin Gordon owns a hot dog stand — Martin's Hot Dogs — and has a number of regular customers who pop in during lunch hour to enjoy several styles of this great American mainstay. Recently, the food truck relocated from the parking lot near the old Ra

Hot dog vendor uses proceeds to feed hungry kids

ROCKINGHAM — “To me it was audible. God said, 'Feed the children.” Martin Gordon owns a hot dog stand — Martin's Hot Dogs — and has a number of regular customers who pop in during lunch hour to enjoy several styles of this great American mainstay. Recently, the food truck relocated from the parking lot near the old Ra

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
Hitchcock Place, the new multipurpose building that also houses Pattan's Downtown Grille, hosts its first batch of students visiting Discovery Place Kids on a Tuesday field trip. The students were kindergarteners from Monroe Avenue Elementary School.

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal Hitchcock Place, the new multipurpose building that also houses Pattan's Downtown Grille, hosts its first batch of students visiting Discovery Place Kids on a Tuesday field trip. The students were kindergarteners from Monroe Avenue Elementary School.

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
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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:

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
The Richmond County Senior Games continued at 9 a.m. Tuesday with the men's shuffleboard tournament under sunny skies outside the Hamlet Senior Center overlooking Hamlet City Lake. It was perfect weather for outdoor competition with a steady light breeze and temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s.

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal The Richmond County Senior Games continued at 9 a.m. Tuesday with the men's shuffleboard tournament under sunny skies outside the Hamlet Senior Center overlooking Hamlet City Lake. It was perfect weather for outdoor competition with a steady light breeze and temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s.

HAMLET — Richmond Community College hosted an open house Tuesday evening, giving prospective students the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the convenience and value the school offers students in Richmond and surrounding counties.
Wylie Bell of the college's marketing and communications department said RCC used to do this more often.
“

RCC campus tour returns

HAMLET — Richmond Community College hosted an open house Tuesday evening, giving prospective students the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the convenience and value the school offers students in Richmond and surrounding counties. Wylie Bell of the college's marketing and communications department said RCC used to do this more often. “

ROCKINGHAM — Runners of all ages hustled along Hitchcock Creek and cruised past city landmarks last Saturday as the Foundation of FirstHealth brought its annual Run for the Ribbons downtown.
Run for the Ribbons is an annual family celebration that raises cancer awareness and promotes healthy lifestyle choices including fitness, healthful eat

Running for a cause

ROCKINGHAM — Runners of all ages hustled along Hitchcock Creek and cruised past city landmarks last Saturday as the Foundation of FirstHealth brought its annual Run for the Ribbons downtown. Run for the Ribbons is an annual family celebration that raises cancer awareness and promotes healthy lifestyle choices including fitness, healthful eat

HAMLET — “My only regret is that this wasn't established when she was here to appreciate it,” Dr. Fred McQueen said of his late wife, Macie.
Though nearly 200 people turned out for the Richmond County Human Relations Council's annual Diversity Banquet at Cole Auditorium, one of the council's beloved and longtime members was notic

'Her legacy our north star'

HAMLET — “My only regret is that this wasn't established when she was here to appreciate it,” Dr. Fred McQueen said of his late wife, Macie. Though nearly 200 people turned out for the Richmond County Human Relations Council's annual Diversity Banquet at Cole Auditorium, one of the council's beloved and longtime members was notic

HAMLET — A flurry of resignations that began last August has seemingly lost no steam — on Friday, Museum Director and Downtown Coordinator Chuck McShane became the latest to ride the rails out of town.
Around 3 p.m. Friday, McShane emailed City Manager Marcus Abernethy announcing that his last day on the job will be May 5. He said he h

Hamlet museum manager accepts job in Charlotte

HAMLET — A flurry of resignations that began last August has seemingly lost no steam — on Friday, Museum Director and Downtown Coordinator Chuck McShane became the latest to ride the rails out of town. Around 3 p.m. Friday, McShane emailed City Manager Marcus Abernethy announcing that his last day on the job will be May 5. He said he h

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 — It's not every year that two college presidents from Richmond County who share the first name Jerry and have keys to the city of Rockingham retire — but that's what is happening this year, and not entirely by coincidence.
Not only that, but the two Jerrys know each other fairly well and grew up in mill villages of Richmond

From the mills to the marble halls

ROCKINGHAM — It's not every year that two college presidents from Richmond County who share the first name Jerry and have keys to the city of Rockingham retire — but that's what is happening this year, and not entirely by coincidence. Not only that, but the two Jerrys know each other fairly well and grew up in mill villages of Richmond





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