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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 — When Yvette Potts was passed over for a promotion three years ago, she wondered what she had done wrong.
Little did she know that her promotion was already being planned by newly elected Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel, who had something sneaky and surprising in the works.
This is but one of the memories Potts laughed abo

Courthouse was her calling

ROCKINGHAM — When Yvette Potts was passed over for a promotion three years ago, she wondered what she had done wrong. Little did she know that her promotion was already being planned by newly elected Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel, who had something sneaky and surprising in the works. This is but one of the memories Potts laughed abo

ROCKINGHAM — The Rebel Dawgs Riding Club is challenging other organizations to pull together to help a family in crisis.
“There's a family right now that needs some help,” said club founder Mike Stokes. “There's a little girl, a niece the family inherited. And she's having a tough time. Her family wants to get her in at Tem

Rebel Dawgs seek help with Temple tuition

ROCKINGHAM — The Rebel Dawgs Riding Club is challenging other organizations to pull together to help a family in crisis. “There's a family right now that needs some help,” said club founder Mike Stokes. “There's a little girl, a niece the family inherited. And she's having a tough time. Her family wants to get her in at Tem

HAMLET — Jones on Main opens Feb. 19 in the building formerly known as Cafe on Main, and while the restaurant has a brand new name, customers of Rockingham's Country Kitchen will be delighted to find Yvette Jones' delicious soul food back on the local menu.
Jones opened Country Kitchen on U.S. 74 in 2010 to great success. She said her custom

Jones on Main brings soul food to Hamlet site

HAMLET — Jones on Main opens Feb. 19 in the building formerly known as Cafe on Main, and while the restaurant has a brand new name, customers of Rockingham's Country Kitchen will be delighted to find Yvette Jones' delicious soul food back on the local menu. Jones opened Country Kitchen on U.S. 74 in 2010 to great success. She said her custom

ROCKINGHAM — This week, Richmond County public and private education leaders and homeschooling families joined schools across the state and nation in a yearly forum known as School Choice Week.
Throughout the week, 289 school choice events are scheduled in North Carolina, and while none of them will be hosted in Richmond County, local educat

School choice in spotlight

ROCKINGHAM — This week, Richmond County public and private education leaders and homeschooling families joined schools across the state and nation in a yearly forum known as School Choice Week. Throughout the week, 289 school choice events are scheduled in North Carolina, and while none of them will be hosted in Richmond County, local educat

ROCKINGHAM — Opening night for Richmond Community Theatre's “Always a Bridesmaid” was a slow one with less than half the seats filled, but director Shelly Walker said Sunday afternoon's turnout more than made up for it.
“It was fantastic,” Walker said. “The actors did very well, we had nice audiences and overall

Patrons pack theatre for 'Bridesmaid'

ROCKINGHAM — Opening night for Richmond Community Theatre's “Always a Bridesmaid” was a slow one with less than half the seats filled, but director Shelly Walker said Sunday afternoon's turnout more than made up for it. “It was fantastic,” Walker said. “The actors did very well, we had nice audiences and overall

ROCKINGHAM — More than 111 people turned out at Strikers Bowling Alley Monday evening for Arts Richmond's 'Super Bowl for the Arts' fundraiser, an event coordinated by Dennis Quick.
“I was involved with a similar fundraiser in Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” Quick said. “I thought it went well then, so I believed it would be

'Super Bowl' fundraiser benefits the arts

ROCKINGHAM — More than 111 people turned out at Strikers Bowling Alley Monday evening for Arts Richmond's 'Super Bowl for the Arts' fundraiser, an event coordinated by Dennis Quick. “I was involved with a similar fundraiser in Big Brothers and Big Sisters,” Quick said. “I thought it went well then, so I believed it would be

HAMLET — When 1st Sgt. Joheliah Wilson reported for duty Dec. 8, she already knew the lay of the land.
“It's funny how I ended up back where I started from,” Wilson said. “This is the place I was assigned in November 1998 straight out of patrol school. I love it here. Everybody's been super nice to me since I got back here,

'Back where I started:' First sergeant was trooper at heart by 8th grade

HAMLET — When 1st Sgt. Joheliah Wilson reported for duty Dec. 8, she already knew the lay of the land. “It's funny how I ended up back where I started from,” Wilson said. “This is the place I was assigned in November 1998 straight out of patrol school. I love it here. Everybody's been super nice to me since I got back here,

HAMLET — Richmond County Schools will welcome a new public information officer in February to replace Mallory Brown, who's held the position for two years.
Brown announced last year that her family would be relocating and agreed to stay on long enough to help train her replacement. Her last day is Jan. 30.
“We have hired, and the boar

County schools hire new spokeswoman

HAMLET — Richmond County Schools will welcome a new public information officer in February to replace Mallory Brown, who's held the position for two years. Brown announced last year that her family would be relocating and agreed to stay on long enough to help train her replacement. Her last day is Jan. 30. “We have hired, and the boar

Contributed photo
Rockingham Middle School Spelling Bee runner-up Trey Singleton, left, is pictured with spelling bee winner Lee Hayden. Lee will go on to compete in the county bee which will be held on Jan. 28. The county spelling bee is for students in grades 4-8 who won their schoolwide spelling bees.

Contributed photo Rockingham Middle School Spelling Bee runner-up Trey Singleton, left, is pictured with spelling bee winner Lee Hayden. Lee will go on to compete in the county bee which will be held on Jan. 28. The county spelling bee is for students in grades 4-8 who won their schoolwide spelling bees.

HAMLET — The Hamlet Senior Center is without a director following the sudden resignation of Donna Aiken, the latest in an exodus of city department heads.
According to Edna Cumberland, personnel director for the city of Hamlet, Aiken tendered her resignation Jan. 15, effective immediately, and gave no reason for her departure.
Aiken's first

Hamlet senior center director resigns

HAMLET — The Hamlet Senior Center is without a director following the sudden resignation of Donna Aiken, the latest in an exodus of city department heads. According to Edna Cumberland, personnel director for the city of Hamlet, Aiken tendered her resignation Jan. 15, effective immediately, and gave no reason for her departure. Aiken's first

HAMLET — Several people were hurt in a head-on crash between a car and SUV Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 74 Business.
The crash happened shortly after 5 p.m. in front of the Dollar General in Hamlet. FirstHealth EMS paramedics took passengers from the Ford Fusion sedan and Toyota SUV to Richmond Memorial Hospital.
Hamlet police are investigat

Injuries reported in head-on crash

HAMLET — Several people were hurt in a head-on crash between a car and SUV Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 74 Business. The crash happened shortly after 5 p.m. in front of the Dollar General in Hamlet. FirstHealth EMS paramedics took passengers from the Ford Fusion sedan and Toyota SUV to Richmond Memorial Hospital. Hamlet police are investigat

ROCKINGHAM — The gymnasium at Falling Creek Park is pumping up the volume in February with $5 Zumba classes designed to get people moving and having fun.
Onequa Crump and Terry Mack, both fitness instructors for FirstHealth Fitness in Rockingham, said they are committed to providing fitness opportunities to people who aren't typical gym memb

Zumba class aims to make fitness fun

ROCKINGHAM — The gymnasium at Falling Creek Park is pumping up the volume in February with $5 Zumba classes designed to get people moving and having fun. Onequa Crump and Terry Mack, both fitness instructors for FirstHealth Fitness in Rockingham, said they are committed to providing fitness opportunities to people who aren't typical gym memb

ROCKINGHAM — On the 42nd anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court case on abortion rights, a local nonprofit is celebrating motherhood and helping to support pregnant women who want to have their babies but face uncertainty and a lack of resources.
Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center director Jatana McCormick said an important part of the minis

'Life really is sacred'

ROCKINGHAM — On the 42nd anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court case on abortion rights, a local nonprofit is celebrating motherhood and helping to support pregnant women who want to have their babies but face uncertainty and a lack of resources. Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center director Jatana McCormick said an important part of the minis

HAMLET — City Councilman Jesse McQueen says the current board is stuck with previous councils' unfinished business — and the time has come to address it.
During Hamlet's midyear budget planning meeting Thursday, city staff released a calendar of work session meetings for hammering out a budget to be approved by the end of June for the

Hamlet councilman: Invest in new equipment

HAMLET — City Councilman Jesse McQueen says the current board is stuck with previous councils' unfinished business — and the time has come to address it. During Hamlet's midyear budget planning meeting Thursday, city staff released a calendar of work session meetings for hammering out a budget to be approved by the end of June for the

HAMLET — The gray building on the corner of King and Charlotte streets is now home to D&D Shipping and the Christian Boutique and Thrift Shop, owned by Donovan Reid.
Open since Dec. 1, D&D Shipping specializes in international mailing of barrels, crates and anything else headed for foreign shores. It offers unique shipping services.

Ship global, shop local

HAMLET — The gray building on the corner of King and Charlotte streets is now home to D&D Shipping and the Christian Boutique and Thrift Shop, owned by Donovan Reid. Open since Dec. 1, D&D Shipping specializes in international mailing of barrels, crates and anything else headed for foreign shores. It offers unique shipping services.

HAMLET — By the time a Richmond County student graduates from high school, the cost of each diploma from kindergarten through 12th-grade is $155,397.
But is the money spent paying off in terms of student performance and college graduation rates compared with counties spending less money per student?
The figures, from a recent analysis by th

Spending vs. student success

HAMLET — By the time a Richmond County student graduates from high school, the cost of each diploma from kindergarten through 12th-grade is $155,397. But is the money spent paying off in terms of student performance and college graduation rates compared with counties spending less money per student? The figures, from a recent analysis by th

HAMLET — Police Chief Scott Waters formally introduced and welcomed new additions to the police department Tuesday night during Hamlet's regular city council meeting.
Although several of the officers have served since fall 2014 and earlier, Waters took the opportunity to recognize them as a group.
“Officer Trenton Morrison joined the

Chief welcomes new Hamlet officers

HAMLET — Police Chief Scott Waters formally introduced and welcomed new additions to the police department Tuesday night during Hamlet's regular city council meeting. Although several of the officers have served since fall 2014 and earlier, Waters took the opportunity to recognize them as a group. “Officer Trenton Morrison joined the

ROCKINGHAM — Tracie's Doggie Boutique has moved to a more prominent location in the Lowe's shopping center, and owner Tracie Greene said business is booming.
“I have about 70 regular clients that have been with me from the start,” Greene said. “I used to be in the building behind John Daniel's office, between there and Big

New digs for doggie boutique

ROCKINGHAM — Tracie's Doggie Boutique has moved to a more prominent location in the Lowe's shopping center, and owner Tracie Greene said business is booming. “I have about 70 regular clients that have been with me from the start,” Greene said. “I used to be in the building behind John Daniel's office, between there and Big

ROCKINGHAM — Police are investigating a man's death after his body was found early Thursday beneath a highway overpass.
Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said officers found the man near the railroad tracks beneath the U.S. 220 overpass after receiving a call. No foul play is suspected, but police had not determined a cause of death Friday

Police investigate man's death

ROCKINGHAM — Police are investigating a man's death after his body was found early Thursday beneath a highway overpass. Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly said officers found the man near the railroad tracks beneath the U.S. 220 overpass after receiving a call. No foul play is suspected, but police had not determined a cause of death Friday

ROCKINGHAM — The Place of Grace Rescue Mission kicks off 2015 with the announcement of a new storage site, plans for new construction and more services to achieve its goal of offering “a hand up” to the down and out.
The Rev. Gary Richardson, CEO for the mission, said the cost of upgrading the existing structure will be compared

New home for Place of Grace?

ROCKINGHAM — The Place of Grace Rescue Mission kicks off 2015 with the announcement of a new storage site, plans for new construction and more services to achieve its goal of offering “a hand up” to the down and out. The Rev. Gary Richardson, CEO for the mission, said the cost of upgrading the existing structure will be compared





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