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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 — Pattan's Downtown Grille on East Washington Street looks ready to open from kitchen to front door, but there won't be a hint given ahead of time suggesting when the big day will arrive.
“I don't want any big announcement,” restaurant owner Tim Pattan said. “I have a little black chalkboard back there, and one d

Pattan's plans soft opening

ROCKINGHAM — Pattan's Downtown Grille on East Washington Street looks ready to open from kitchen to front door, but there won't be a hint given ahead of time suggesting when the big day will arrive. “I don't want any big announcement,” restaurant owner Tim Pattan said. “I have a little black chalkboard back there, and one d

ROCKINGHAM — When Patricia Watson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago, doctors gave her two years to live. But thanks to the inspiration of “winged angels” — her backyard birds — Watson's joy helped her keep up the struggle to thrive.
That is, until a menacing cat figured out that the birdseed Watson sup

Bird deaths sadden cancer survivor

ROCKINGHAM — When Patricia Watson was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago, doctors gave her two years to live. But thanks to the inspiration of “winged angels” — her backyard birds — Watson's joy helped her keep up the struggle to thrive. That is, until a menacing cat figured out that the birdseed Watson sup

ROCKINGHAM — The Helping Hands Center of Abundant Life Church donated furniture and appliances to a young woman Monday in its first opportunity to fulfill its mission to help people rebuild their lives after the violent ruin of fire.
Alexus Bristow, only 20, lived in a leased home with her baby, two younger sisters and her mother. That nearl

Fire strikes, ministry helps

ROCKINGHAM — The Helping Hands Center of Abundant Life Church donated furniture and appliances to a young woman Monday in its first opportunity to fulfill its mission to help people rebuild their lives after the violent ruin of fire. Alexus Bristow, only 20, lived in a leased home with her baby, two younger sisters and her mother. That nearl

ROCKINGHAM — The Place of Grace is planning major changes in the near future as it prepares to build its own permanent facility on the property of New Life Church where it all began.
The ministry for the area's homeless received a donation from the Richmond County Fellowship Club on Monday when Bobby McCaskill presented the Rev. Gary Richard

Place of Grace plans to build

ROCKINGHAM — The Place of Grace is planning major changes in the near future as it prepares to build its own permanent facility on the property of New Life Church where it all began. The ministry for the area's homeless received a donation from the Richmond County Fellowship Club on Monday when Bobby McCaskill presented the Rev. Gary Richard

HAMLET — Students at Monroe Avenue Elementary School got their hands dirty Friday potting soil in black plastic buckets and planting Rome Apple trees with the help of teachers and an arborist from the Tree Group Board.
Sheila Sellars said the school has been planting and donating trees to individuals and groups in the community for several y

Planting the seeds of tomorrow

HAMLET — Students at Monroe Avenue Elementary School got their hands dirty Friday potting soil in black plastic buckets and planting Rome Apple trees with the help of teachers and an arborist from the Tree Group Board. Sheila Sellars said the school has been planting and donating trees to individuals and groups in the community for several y

ROCKINGHAM — Requests for school budgets created confusion at 14 out of Richmond County's 16 public schools during a public records audit conducted before and during Sunshine Week.
Administrative assistants referred an anonymous caller to various administrators, and many seemed unsure about how a parent or member of the public could obtain a

Records hunt baffles schools

ROCKINGHAM — Requests for school budgets created confusion at 14 out of Richmond County's 16 public schools during a public records audit conducted before and during Sunshine Week. Administrative assistants referred an anonymous caller to various administrators, and many seemed unsure about how a parent or member of the public could obtain a

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School's Raiders have a soft spot for homeless animals and decided to wage a Penny Wars battle to fill the school's coffers with enough booty to benefit some furry friends in need at Richmond County Animal Advocates.
Who says a penny can't make a difference? According to Americans for Common Cents, a penny a

Raiders pitch in pennies for homeless pets

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior High School's Raiders have a soft spot for homeless animals and decided to wage a Penny Wars battle to fill the school's coffers with enough booty to benefit some furry friends in need at Richmond County Animal Advocates. Who says a penny can't make a difference? According to Americans for Common Cents, a penny a

ROCKINGHAM — Preparing for a career as a forest ranger in North Carolina is tough, but that all paid off for Chris McGee Wednesday morning when Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel administered his oath of office in the county judicial center.
McGee was one of about 70 applicants for the job, said Matt Gordon, a five-year veteran of the Nor

At home in the great outdoors

ROCKINGHAM — Preparing for a career as a forest ranger in North Carolina is tough, but that all paid off for Chris McGee Wednesday morning when Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel administered his oath of office in the county judicial center. McGee was one of about 70 applicants for the job, said Matt Gordon, a five-year veteran of the Nor

ROCKINGHAM — The Rockingham Downtown Corp. met Tuesday ready to spring into action after a month-long hiatus caused by February's wintry weather.
Neal Cadieu opened the meeting by addressing concerns some residents have expressed over people using the paved trails in Eastside Cemetery for recreational walking while funerals are taking place.

Walking tours with smartphones in city's future?

ROCKINGHAM — The Rockingham Downtown Corp. met Tuesday ready to spring into action after a month-long hiatus caused by February's wintry weather. Neal Cadieu opened the meeting by addressing concerns some residents have expressed over people using the paved trails in Eastside Cemetery for recreational walking while funerals are taking place.

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
City of Rockingham employees work Monday to install new tree grates along downtown sidewalks in preparation for the arrival of single-stem crepe myrtle trees. The crepe myrtles will replace the older trees that downtown shop owners and pedestrians complain shed too many leaves and don't provide enough shade. Pictured

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal City of Rockingham employees work Monday to install new tree grates along downtown sidewalks in preparation for the arrival of single-stem crepe myrtle trees. The crepe myrtles will replace the older trees that downtown shop owners and pedestrians complain shed too many leaves and don't provide enough shade. Pictured

ROCKINGHAM — State troopers are cracking down on impaired drivers this St. Patrick's Day with stepped-up patrols by local law enforcement and more checkpoints aimed at supporting the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program “Booze It and Lose It” campaign.
1st Sgt. Joheliah Wilson said nearly 80 citations have been issued so far in

Troopers plan St. Patrick's Day DWI crackdown

ROCKINGHAM — State troopers are cracking down on impaired drivers this St. Patrick's Day with stepped-up patrols by local law enforcement and more checkpoints aimed at supporting the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. 1st Sgt. Joheliah Wilson said nearly 80 citations have been issued so far in

ROCKINGHAM — The cafeteria is a complex machine in America's schools, an $11.6 billion industry subsidized by a federal government whose mandates many schools struggle to meet and students find difficult to swallow.
Students inched through the line selecting items for their trays Thursday at L.J. Bell Elementary School. The main dish was a p

Kids critique school lunches

ROCKINGHAM — The cafeteria is a complex machine in America's schools, an $11.6 billion industry subsidized by a federal government whose mandates many schools struggle to meet and students find difficult to swallow. Students inched through the line selecting items for their trays Thursday at L.J. Bell Elementary School. The main dish was a p

ROCKINGHAM — Last year, Operation Medicine Drop safely collected and disposed of nearly 30,000 doses of unused prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and veterinary medicines in Rockingham, according to police.
This year, Operation Medicine Drop is back and kicks off at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Medical Center Pharmacy on Long Drive. The s

Drug drop-off set Tuesday to prevent abuse

ROCKINGHAM — Last year, Operation Medicine Drop safely collected and disposed of nearly 30,000 doses of unused prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and veterinary medicines in Rockingham, according to police. This year, Operation Medicine Drop is back and kicks off at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Medical Center Pharmacy on Long Drive. The s

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
Yvette Jones and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, along with a sizable crowd of supporters and restaurant patrons, celebrated Jones on Main: The Country Kitchen's ribbon-cutting ceremony early Thursday. Visit the Richmond County Daily Journal's page on Facebook to see a video from the grand opening celebratio

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal Yvette Jones and the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce, along with a sizable crowd of supporters and restaurant patrons, celebrated Jones on Main: The Country Kitchen's ribbon-cutting ceremony early Thursday. Visit the Richmond County Daily Journal's page on Facebook to see a video from the grand opening celebratio

HAMLET — David Rathfon, a third-year social studies teacher at Hamlet Middle School, has found that working closely with the other sixth-grade teachers in their professional learning communities allows him to reinforce North Carolina's increasingly rigorous education standards in subjects like math, science and English language arts.
“

Teaching is Rathfon's 'cup of tea'

HAMLET — David Rathfon, a third-year social studies teacher at Hamlet Middle School, has found that working closely with the other sixth-grade teachers in their professional learning communities allows him to reinforce North Carolina's increasingly rigorous education standards in subjects like math, science and English language arts. “

ROCKINGHAM — Churches are encouraged to beat a Sunday online registration deadline to receive free materials on the warning signs of breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the availability of free screening mammograms for those without health insurance.
Amy Forester of FirstHealth of the Carolinas said the annual event known as

'Pink Sunday' planned

ROCKINGHAM — Churches are encouraged to beat a Sunday online registration deadline to receive free materials on the warning signs of breast cancer, the importance of early detection and the availability of free screening mammograms for those without health insurance. Amy Forester of FirstHealth of the Carolinas said the annual event known as

HAMLET — Nearly a month to the day after filling his old job with a trusted mentor, Police Chief Scott Waters introduced Capt. Stevie Taylor to city leaders and the public Tuesday night.
Taylor's promotion to patrol captain was made official during the Hamlet City Council meeting. Waters first tapped Taylor for the job on Feb. 11.
“He

Chief introduces new captain to Hamlet council

HAMLET — Nearly a month to the day after filling his old job with a trusted mentor, Police Chief Scott Waters introduced Capt. Stevie Taylor to city leaders and the public Tuesday night. Taylor's promotion to patrol captain was made official during the Hamlet City Council meeting. Waters first tapped Taylor for the job on Feb. 11. “He

HAMLET — Parks and Recreation Director Maurice McLaurin has a passion for sports and kids, and in his first month on the job, he already has big plans he intends to knock out of the ballpark.
“The first month's been going well, I'm learning the ins and outs,” McLaurin said. “Mr. Jerry Lamont has been showing me a lot. He wa

Big plans for parks and rec

HAMLET — Parks and Recreation Director Maurice McLaurin has a passion for sports and kids, and in his first month on the job, he already has big plans he intends to knock out of the ballpark. “The first month's been going well, I'm learning the ins and outs,” McLaurin said. “Mr. Jerry Lamont has been showing me a lot. He wa

HAMLET — Richmond County's two biggest cities are battling for Facebook “likes” in a N.C. League of Municipalities photo contest that pits cities in all regions of the state against each other in a March Madness-style bracket.
Hamlet and Rockingham are vying against other North Carolina cities in the “Hometown Showdown,R

Hamlet seeks Facebook 'likes' in photo contest

HAMLET — Richmond County's two biggest cities are battling for Facebook “likes” in a N.C. League of Municipalities photo contest that pits cities in all regions of the state against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. Hamlet and Rockingham are vying against other North Carolina cities in the “Hometown Showdown,R

HAMLET — City leaders will review a policy designed to help bring more business to town when the Hamlet City Council meets at 7 p.m. today.
Council members will discuss an economic development policy on the heels of last week's budget and planning retreat, according to an agenda for the meeting distributed Monday afternoon.
The board also w

Hamlet to hash out personnel policies

HAMLET — City leaders will review a policy designed to help bring more business to town when the Hamlet City Council meets at 7 p.m. today. Council members will discuss an economic development policy on the heels of last week's budget and planning retreat, according to an agenda for the meeting distributed Monday afternoon. The board also w





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