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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

2014 STORIES OF THE YEARThe Daily Journal is reviewing Richmond County's top 10 stories of 2014. Stories of the year will be published in reverse order from 10th to first until New Year's Eve.
HAMLET — Dr. Cindy Goodman succeeded Dr. George E. Norris as superintendent of Richmond County Schools, first taking the top job on an interim basis,

Goodman succeeds Norris as school superintendent

2014 STORIES OF THE YEARThe Daily Journal is reviewing Richmond County's top 10 stories of 2014. Stories of the year will be published in reverse order from 10th to first until New Year's Eve. HAMLET — Dr. Cindy Goodman succeeded Dr. George E. Norris as superintendent of Richmond County Schools, first taking the top job on an interim basis,

HAMLET — Two well-known Richmond County residents died over the weekend in unrelated circumstances — the first a young athlete who died suddenly of a heart attack in a Charlotte hospital Friday, and the next an elderly equipment manager for the Richmond Raiders who passed away quietly after a lengthy illness.
DOUG THOMASOnly 45, and a

Raiders lose alum Doug Thomas, icon Doug Garner

HAMLET — Two well-known Richmond County residents died over the weekend in unrelated circumstances — the first a young athlete who died suddenly of a heart attack in a Charlotte hospital Friday, and the next an elderly equipment manager for the Richmond Raiders who passed away quietly after a lengthy illness. DOUG THOMASOnly 45, and a

ELLERBE — Mineral Springs Elementary School has released its honor roll for the first nine-week grading period.
ALL-A HONOR ROLLThird grade: Alissa Whitlock, Zonia Contreras Gonzalez and Caroline Hunsucker
Fourth grade: Giovani Gomez-Orozco, Haylee Johnson, Ashlyn Bouldin, Diezel Green, Ethan Locklear and Ayden Mabe
Fifth grade: Hayley McC

Mineral Springs names high achievers

ELLERBE — Mineral Springs Elementary School has released its honor roll for the first nine-week grading period. ALL-A HONOR ROLLThird grade: Alissa Whitlock, Zonia Contreras Gonzalez and Caroline Hunsucker Fourth grade: Giovani Gomez-Orozco, Haylee Johnson, Ashlyn Bouldin, Diezel Green, Ethan Locklear and Ayden Mabe Fifth grade: Hayley McC

ROCKINGHAM — People in Richmond County once called the “hidden homeless” are now the “hopeful homeless,” thanks to a community that came together to establish a new shelter over a period of just a few months.
Daily donations from school groups, churches, businesses and individuals have been pouring in at the Place of

Hopeful homeless: New shelter inspires county-wide support

ROCKINGHAM — People in Richmond County once called the “hidden homeless” are now the “hopeful homeless,” thanks to a community that came together to establish a new shelter over a period of just a few months. Daily donations from school groups, churches, businesses and individuals have been pouring in at the Place of

ROCKINGHAM — When a local woman decided to do something to help one poor local family to provide Christmas gifts for their children, she never expected her efforts to snowball into a stockpile of toys and clothes.
“It started out that I was only going to help one family,” Christie Robson said. “It started out on One Man's J

Christie's calling all 'angels' to help needy families

ROCKINGHAM — When a local woman decided to do something to help one poor local family to provide Christmas gifts for their children, she never expected her efforts to snowball into a stockpile of toys and clothes. “It started out that I was only going to help one family,” Christie Robson said. “It started out on One Man's J

HAMLET — Some underprivileged elementary school children will be pleasantly surprised on Christmas morning, thanks to the generosity of a group of kind-hearted associates from the Perdue Farms chicken plant in Rockingham.
Marcus Nunn, Dexter Nicholson and Elizabeth Armenia were among the group as it made its way through front doors of Monroe

Perdue pitches in for Christmas

HAMLET — Some underprivileged elementary school children will be pleasantly surprised on Christmas morning, thanks to the generosity of a group of kind-hearted associates from the Perdue Farms chicken plant in Rockingham. Marcus Nunn, Dexter Nicholson and Elizabeth Armenia were among the group as it made its way through front doors of Monroe

HAMLET — With no aisles to reach across in order to get things accomplished, student government representatives at Hamlet Middle School launched a successful campaign to collect dozens of canned and nonperishable food items — in only one week.
Secretary Jayla Copeland said the idea for the special service project came naturally. The ne

Student leaders give back

HAMLET — With no aisles to reach across in order to get things accomplished, student government representatives at Hamlet Middle School launched a successful campaign to collect dozens of canned and nonperishable food items — in only one week. Secretary Jayla Copeland said the idea for the special service project came naturally. The ne

3 collect prizes for shopping local

ROCKINGHAM — Three lucky winners have already scored prizes in the Richmond Plaza “Shop Local and Win” contest. Now through Jan. 1, shoppers at Richmond Plaza can receive a complimentary raffle ticket for each purchase at participating retailers and the shopping center will match the total value of all prizes and gift certificate

ROCKINGHAM — Some Richmond County school administrators will be playing musical chairs the first week of January, according to the superintendent.
Julian Carter, principal of Rockingham Middle School, will join the central office staff as executive director of human resources.
“I'm excited about Julian,” Goodman said. “He'

County schools shuffle principals, name HR director

ROCKINGHAM — Some Richmond County school administrators will be playing musical chairs the first week of January, according to the superintendent. Julian Carter, principal of Rockingham Middle School, will join the central office staff as executive director of human resources. “I'm excited about Julian,” Goodman said. “He'

ROCKINGHAM — State Sen. Gene McLaurin's term may be nearing its end, but his dedication to protecting the state's water supply from coal ash contamination has never been stronger.
Legislation is in place requiring that all coal ash dump sites in North Carolina must be cleaned up over the next 15 years, but the four most dangerous sites, McLa

Sen. McLaurin to continue fight against coal ash

ROCKINGHAM — State Sen. Gene McLaurin's term may be nearing its end, but his dedication to protecting the state's water supply from coal ash contamination has never been stronger. Legislation is in place requiring that all coal ash dump sites in North Carolina must be cleaned up over the next 15 years, but the four most dangerous sites, McLa

ROCKINGHAM — Each year, Richmond County Schools encourages students to brush up on their artistic skills by holding the superintendent's Christmas card art contest.
This year's three top winners are Addison Baldwin from Monroe Avenue Elementary School, Andrew Cross of Rockingham Middle School and Ivy Fyans of Richmond Senior High School.
Ho

Students take top honors in Christmas card contest

ROCKINGHAM — Each year, Richmond County Schools encourages students to brush up on their artistic skills by holding the superintendent's Christmas card art contest. This year's three top winners are Addison Baldwin from Monroe Avenue Elementary School, Andrew Cross of Rockingham Middle School and Ivy Fyans of Richmond Senior High School. Ho

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Church of God of Prophecy on Flowers Street staged a dress rehearsal Wednesday night for their upcoming Christmas musical, but it's what was happening backstage that was the real star of the show.
For the past several months, the church has been on a mission to collect canned goods, toiletries, gloves and other it

Church offers Christmas musical, gifts of hope

ROCKINGHAM — Members of the Church of God of Prophecy on Flowers Street staged a dress rehearsal Wednesday night for their upcoming Christmas musical, but it's what was happening backstage that was the real star of the show. For the past several months, the church has been on a mission to collect canned goods, toiletries, gloves and other it

ROCKINGHAM — Students from L.J. Bell, Washington Street and Mineral Springs elementary schools piled donations of collected personal hygiene products, canned food and blankets and coats into a school bus Wednesday bound for the Place of Grace Rescue Mission on Airport Road.
Giovani Gomez of Mineral Springs shivered next to the other students

Student project helps homeless

ROCKINGHAM — Students from L.J. Bell, Washington Street and Mineral Springs elementary schools piled donations of collected personal hygiene products, canned food and blankets and coats into a school bus Wednesday bound for the Place of Grace Rescue Mission on Airport Road. Giovani Gomez of Mineral Springs shivered next to the other students

HAMLET — An aging fire truck will soon be replaced.
The Hamlet City Council voted Tuesday to give Fire Chief David Knight the go-ahead to purchase a new truck after more than a year of searching.
“I'm proud to say that's going to become a reality,” Councilman Jesse McQueen said at the close of the meeting. “It's my commitm

Hamlet board green-lights new fire truck

HAMLET — An aging fire truck will soon be replaced. The Hamlet City Council voted Tuesday to give Fire Chief David Knight the go-ahead to purchase a new truck after more than a year of searching. “I'm proud to say that's going to become a reality,” Councilman Jesse McQueen said at the close of the meeting. “It's my commitm

HAMLET — The city will kick off a weekend of Christmas events beginning today at 3:30 p.m. with the the Hamlet Christmas Parade and ending Saturday night at he close of the seventh annual Old-Fashioned Christmas at the depot.
CHRISTMAS PARADEStudents in all Richmond County public schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. for the Christmas para

Hamlet Christmas fun starts today

HAMLET — The city will kick off a weekend of Christmas events beginning today at 3:30 p.m. with the the Hamlet Christmas Parade and ending Saturday night at he close of the seventh annual Old-Fashioned Christmas at the depot. CHRISTMAS PARADEStudents in all Richmond County public schools will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. for the Christmas para

Leak Street High lockdown lifted

ROCKINGHAM — Leak Street High School went on lockdown Monday after students received threatening text messages, according to Richmond County Schools officials. Parents received the following notification of the lockdown via the SchoolConnects phone service: “Early this morning, several students reported receiving threatening text mess

ROCKINGHAM — State Sen. Gene McLaurin is Richmond County Citizen of the Year, and despite a suspicious phone call to confirm his attendance for the announcement, McLaurin said he was taken by surprise.
“About a week ago, someone called me at home asking if I'd be at the Rotary meeting Monday,” McLaurin said. “And I said yes

'A surprise and an honor'

ROCKINGHAM — State Sen. Gene McLaurin is Richmond County Citizen of the Year, and despite a suspicious phone call to confirm his attendance for the announcement, McLaurin said he was taken by surprise. “About a week ago, someone called me at home asking if I'd be at the Rotary meeting Monday,” McLaurin said. “And I said yes

ROCKINGHAM — Shopping locally will pay off for some lucky customers and help to brighten the holiday season for needy children.
Now through Jan. 1, shoppers at Richmond Plaza can receive a complimentary raffle ticket for each purchase at participating retailers and the shopping center will match the total value of all prizes and gift certifi

Richmond Plaza: Shop local and win

ROCKINGHAM — Shopping locally will pay off for some lucky customers and help to brighten the holiday season for needy children. Now through Jan. 1, shoppers at Richmond Plaza can receive a complimentary raffle ticket for each purchase at participating retailers and the shopping center will match the total value of all prizes and gift certifi

HAMLET — The Richmond County Mental Health Society is alive but not well in Richmond County, and the agency hopes to remind past supporters how critical their donations are to keeping the Hamlet Soup Kitchen up and running.
Society officials report a drastic decline in donations since the Baker House in Rockingham burned in August 2013 and t

DONATIONS DWINDLE

HAMLET — The Richmond County Mental Health Society is alive but not well in Richmond County, and the agency hopes to remind past supporters how critical their donations are to keeping the Hamlet Soup Kitchen up and running. Society officials report a drastic decline in donations since the Baker House in Rockingham burned in August 2013 and t

ROCKINGHAM — Libraries in Richmond County are preparing for the holiday season just like everyone else, and Leath Memorial in Rockingham and Hamlet Public Library have events lined up with Christmas right around the corner.
Rock Star Magic of Chris and Neal will make its third appearance at Leath Memorial this year when the duo bring their a

Libraries planning Christmas magic

ROCKINGHAM — Libraries in Richmond County are preparing for the holiday season just like everyone else, and Leath Memorial in Rockingham and Hamlet Public Library have events lined up with Christmas right around the corner. Rock Star Magic of Chris and Neal will make its third appearance at Leath Memorial this year when the duo bring their a





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