Melonie Flomer

Position: Reporter - Education, social services
E-Mail Address: mflomer@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-997-3111


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 — The Honorable Lisa Thacker swore Patrick McCrary in as an assistant district attorney Monday at the Richmond County Judicial Center.
District Attorney Reece Saunders welcomed McCrary as the latest addition to prosecutorial district 20A, which serves Anson, Richmond and Stanly counties.
The district attorney's office said its mi

New assistant district attorney sworn in

ROCKINGHAM — The Honorable Lisa Thacker swore Patrick McCrary in as an assistant district attorney Monday at the Richmond County Judicial Center. District Attorney Reece Saunders welcomed McCrary as the latest addition to prosecutorial district 20A, which serves Anson, Richmond and Stanly counties. The district attorney's office said its mi

ROCKINGHAM — When a state lawmaker's opponent happens to be on the school board, something as routine as an annual class visit takes on political undertones.
Sen. Gene McLaurin spoke to a group of students at Rockingham Middle School for the America's Legislators Back to School Program on Tuesday, but Principal Julian Carter said McLaurin co

Senate race complicates school visit

ROCKINGHAM — When a state lawmaker's opponent happens to be on the school board, something as routine as an annual class visit takes on political undertones. Sen. Gene McLaurin spoke to a group of students at Rockingham Middle School for the America's Legislators Back to School Program on Tuesday, but Principal Julian Carter said McLaurin co

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's clerk of superior court is also a gospel singer with three studio CDs under her belt and plans for a new album early next year.
The two careers don't seem compatible at first glance, but Vickie Daniel said her path is guided by a higher authority and she's learned not to question the twists and turns in the roa

Law and gospel

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County's clerk of superior court is also a gospel singer with three studio CDs under her belt and plans for a new album early next year. The two careers don't seem compatible at first glance, but Vickie Daniel said her path is guided by a higher authority and she's learned not to question the twists and turns in the roa

HAMLET — Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department captured the “Bearcats Bandit” Friday after an anonymous tip from a resident identified her from photographs published in the Daily Journal and posted to the newspaper's Facebook page.
Amanda Gainey, 31, was accused of using another person's debit card without permission &#

Police arrest alleged 'Bearcats Bandit'

HAMLET — Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department captured the “Bearcats Bandit” Friday after an anonymous tip from a resident identified her from photographs published in the Daily Journal and posted to the newspaper's Facebook page. Amanda Gainey, 31, was accused of using another person's debit card without permission &#

ROCKINGHAM — In advance of the November general election, state Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, and Republican challenger Tom McInnis have already been the targets of attacks by their opponent's political party.
McInnis, owner of The Iron Horse Auction Co., said he could do without the negativity on both sides.
“I have always committe

Senate candidates decry mudslinging in direct-mail blitz Politicians decry mudslinging

ROCKINGHAM — In advance of the November general election, state Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, and Republican challenger Tom McInnis have already been the targets of attacks by their opponent's political party. McInnis, owner of The Iron Horse Auction Co., said he could do without the negativity on both sides. “I have always committe

HAMLET — Weston Wilson, a senior at Richmond Early College High School, has made it to the Hollywood round of NBC's “The Voice.”
Michael Chapman, principal of Richmond Early College, says Wilson has been musical for most of his life. As his Eagle Scout project, Wilson built a music center at Sandhills Children's Center, where he

Early college senior to appear on 'The Voice'

HAMLET — Weston Wilson, a senior at Richmond Early College High School, has made it to the Hollywood round of NBC's “The Voice.” Michael Chapman, principal of Richmond Early College, says Wilson has been musical for most of his life. As his Eagle Scout project, Wilson built a music center at Sandhills Children's Center, where he

HAMLET — Monroe Avenue Elementary School's gymnasium transformed into a planetarium Wednesday, giving fourth-grade students from Lynn Boney's class a view of the solar system, galaxy and universe beyond without anyone boarding a shuttle.
Addie Jo Schonewolf, a teacher for Morehead Planetarium's PLANETS program, travels to up to 100 locations

Students explore portable planetarium

HAMLET — Monroe Avenue Elementary School's gymnasium transformed into a planetarium Wednesday, giving fourth-grade students from Lynn Boney's class a view of the solar system, galaxy and universe beyond without anyone boarding a shuttle. Addie Jo Schonewolf, a teacher for Morehead Planetarium's PLANETS program, travels to up to 100 locations

HAMLET — Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department captured the “Bearcats Bandit” Friday after an anonymous tip from a resident identified her from photographs published in the Anson Record's sister newspaper, the Richmond County Daily Journal, and posted on both newspapers' Facebook pages.
Amanda Gainey, 31, was accused of

'Bearcat Bandit' arrested Friday

HAMLET — Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department captured the “Bearcats Bandit” Friday after an anonymous tip from a resident identified her from photographs published in the Anson Record's sister newspaper, the Richmond County Daily Journal, and posted on both newspapers' Facebook pages. Amanda Gainey, 31, was accused of

Red Cross seeks donors during Liver Awareness Month

FLORENCE — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October. According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of bl

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School homecoming parade will proceed downtown along East Washington Street Friday afternoon, culminating in a rollicking pep rally on Harrington Square ahead of a football game against the Anson County Bearcats at Raider Stadium.
Raider Magic is in the air this year as the team prepares to march onto th

Spirits high for Richmond homecoming

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School homecoming parade will proceed downtown along East Washington Street Friday afternoon, culminating in a rollicking pep rally on Harrington Square ahead of a football game against the Anson County Bearcats at Raider Stadium. Raider Magic is in the air this year as the team prepares to march onto th

Free dictionaries were delivered to third-grade students around Richmond County on Friday as a part of the Rockingham Rotary Club's annual initiative.
Funds raised from the Rotary's annual auction are used to purchase the student dictionaries.
About 732 dictionaries were delivered to 10 schools including Cordova, Temple Baptist, Second Baptist, W

Rotarians donate dictionaries to county schools

Free dictionaries were delivered to third-grade students around Richmond County on Friday as a part of the Rockingham Rotary Club's annual initiative. Funds raised from the Rotary's annual auction are used to purchase the student dictionaries. About 732 dictionaries were delivered to 10 schools including Cordova, Temple Baptist, Second Baptist, W

ROCKINGHAM — Sunday marked the beginning of Banned Books Week, that annual span of time dedicated to the celebration of the right and freedom to read and, in the U.S., seeks to ensure the availability of books that have been challenged for presenting unconventional viewpoints.
Internationally, the weeklong campaign highlights the plight of w

Library: Give banned books a look

ROCKINGHAM — Sunday marked the beginning of Banned Books Week, that annual span of time dedicated to the celebration of the right and freedom to read and, in the U.S., seeks to ensure the availability of books that have been challenged for presenting unconventional viewpoints. Internationally, the weeklong campaign highlights the plight of w

HAMLET — State Rep. Garland Pierce spoke with the fourth-graders of Monroe Avenue Elementary School Monday before making a brief stop at the Richmond County Ninth-Grade Academy.
It's all part of the America's Legislators Back to School Program, but for Pierce, stopping by every school in his four-county district every year is something he fe

Rep. Pierce teaches, learns in school visits

HAMLET — State Rep. Garland Pierce spoke with the fourth-graders of Monroe Avenue Elementary School Monday before making a brief stop at the Richmond County Ninth-Grade Academy. It's all part of the America's Legislators Back to School Program, but for Pierce, stopping by every school in his four-county district every year is something he fe

HAMLET — Police have arrested three employees of the Subway restaurant in Hamlet on embezzlement charges.
A district manager told detectives on Sept. 3 that Whitney Herndon, 28, of Rockingham, Amanda Polston, 19, of Hamlet, and Morgan Jackson, 20, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, took a combined $1,490.53 from the 819 W. Hamlet Ave. busines

Subway employees charged with embezzlement

HAMLET — Police have arrested three employees of the Subway restaurant in Hamlet on embezzlement charges. A district manager told detectives on Sept. 3 that Whitney Herndon, 28, of Rockingham, Amanda Polston, 19, of Hamlet, and Morgan Jackson, 20, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, took a combined $1,490.53 from the 819 W. Hamlet Ave. busines

ROCKINGHAM — Two bright yellow fire trucks from the East Rockingham Fire Department rolled onto the football field at Rohanen Middle School Friday to spray faculty, staff and students with ice cold water from a hose on one of the trucks to help the school complete its ALS ice-bucket challenge.
Principal Hal Shuler said roughly 160 students g

160 take ice-bucket challenge

ROCKINGHAM — Two bright yellow fire trucks from the East Rockingham Fire Department rolled onto the football field at Rohanen Middle School Friday to spray faculty, staff and students with ice cold water from a hose on one of the trucks to help the school complete its ALS ice-bucket challenge. Principal Hal Shuler said roughly 160 students g

ROCKINGHAM — Earl Rose never intended to become a missionary. The idea of providing medical care to the ill in foreign and developing countries or getting his hands muddy building schools and huts just never appealed to him.
Then he discovered Guyana, a country on the northern coast of South America that just needed books.
“My sister-

Books bound for Guyana

ROCKINGHAM — Earl Rose never intended to become a missionary. The idea of providing medical care to the ill in foreign and developing countries or getting his hands muddy building schools and huts just never appealed to him. Then he discovered Guyana, a country on the northern coast of South America that just needed books. “My sister-

HAMLET — It's been 14 years and seven days since the 9/11 terror attacks, but community support for people who work in emergency services is surging in Richmond County.
Calvary Baptist Church in Hamlet hosted a spaghetti lunch for the county's first responders Thursday, serving up more than 70 plates around midday to police, fire and rescue

Church feeds first responders

HAMLET — It's been 14 years and seven days since the 9/11 terror attacks, but community support for people who work in emergency services is surging in Richmond County. Calvary Baptist Church in Hamlet hosted a spaghetti lunch for the county's first responders Thursday, serving up more than 70 plates around midday to police, fire and rescue

ROCKINGHAM — A two-car crash at the intersection of East Broad Avenue and Long Drive sent two people to the hospital and blocked traffic for more than an hour Thursday as paramedics, police and firefighters assessed injuries and investigated.
Rose Hawks, 52, of Ellerbe and driver Robert Snead, 86, of Rockingham were in a red Lincoln Town Car

Crash closes busy intersection

ROCKINGHAM — A two-car crash at the intersection of East Broad Avenue and Long Drive sent two people to the hospital and blocked traffic for more than an hour Thursday as paramedics, police and firefighters assessed injuries and investigated. Rose Hawks, 52, of Ellerbe and driver Robert Snead, 86, of Rockingham were in a red Lincoln Town Car

HAMLET — Duke Energy's Sherwood H. Smith Jr. energy complex off Airport Road is at the center of a civil complaint to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed Wednesday.
The Concerned Citizens of Richmond County and Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League launched into legal action after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural R

Complaint alleges air pollution

HAMLET — Duke Energy's Sherwood H. Smith Jr. energy complex off Airport Road is at the center of a civil complaint to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed Wednesday. The Concerned Citizens of Richmond County and Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League launched into legal action after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural R

ROCKINGHAM — While NFL officials and sportscasters bicker over the Ray Rice elevator beating scandal, Amanda McKenzie says the issue of violence against women is larger than pro football.
McKenzie, a court advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault victims at Rockingham's New Horizons women's shelter, said media coverage of Rice's rel

Victims' advocates weigh in on Ray Rice scandal

ROCKINGHAM — While NFL officials and sportscasters bicker over the Ray Rice elevator beating scandal, Amanda McKenzie says the issue of violence against women is larger than pro football. McKenzie, a court advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault victims at Rockingham's New Horizons women's shelter, said media coverage of Rice's rel




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