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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

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal
Bobbie Sue Ormsby showed up at the Browder Park gymnasium Friday to help Richmond Thunder with its fifth annual barbecue fundraiser. Net proceeds cover the costs of tournaments for the two softball and two baseball teams formed by a group of dedicated parents in 2009 who wanted their children to have the opportunity

Melonie Flomer | Daily Journal Bobbie Sue Ormsby showed up at the Browder Park gymnasium Friday to help Richmond Thunder with its fifth annual barbecue fundraiser. Net proceeds cover the costs of tournaments for the two softball and two baseball teams formed by a group of dedicated parents in 2009 who wanted their children to have the opportunity

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has received a half-dozen awards for reporting and news coverage in a pair of statewide journalism contests.
Reporter Melonie Flomer won the prestigious O. Henry Award and reporter William R. Toler earned an honorable mention for the Walter Spearman Award in The Associated Press' 2015 North Caro

Daily Journal staff wins 6 press awards

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Daily Journal has received a half-dozen awards for reporting and news coverage in a pair of statewide journalism contests. Reporter Melonie Flomer won the prestigious O. Henry Award and reporter William R. Toler earned an honorable mention for the Walter Spearman Award in The Associated Press' 2015 North Caro

ROCKINGHAM — Tuesday's snow barely had a chance to melt away before the second winter storm in a week took aim at the Sandhills, with forecasters predicting another round of snow and ice in Richmond County.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and hazardous weather outlook Wednesday for a wide swath of the Carolinas, wi

Snowstorm to slam Sandhills

ROCKINGHAM — Tuesday's snow barely had a chance to melt away before the second winter storm in a week took aim at the Sandhills, with forecasters predicting another round of snow and ice in Richmond County. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning and hazardous weather outlook Wednesday for a wide swath of the Carolinas, wi

HAMLET — A woman was taken to the hospital after her SUV slammed into the back of a Fairview Heights Elementary School bus Wednesday morning, school officials said.
None of the roughly 62 students on bus No. 56 or the bus driver were injured in the crash.
Hamlet Fire and Rescue medics and the Hamlet Police Department responded to the 9:15 a

School bus rear-ended, students OK

HAMLET — A woman was taken to the hospital after her SUV slammed into the back of a Fairview Heights Elementary School bus Wednesday morning, school officials said. None of the roughly 62 students on bus No. 56 or the bus driver were injured in the crash. Hamlet Fire and Rescue medics and the Hamlet Police Department responded to the 9:15 a

For a lot of folks, snow means a holiday. Schools are out. Businesses shut down. Government paper-pushing comes to a halt.
Here, at least, many adults stay in, enjoy the view and plow through that supply of bread and milk purchased at a local grocer for just this occasion. It's safe, and if the power stays on, warm. For kids it's a bonanza of play

TAR HEEL VIEW Winter weather: A salute to those who are 'out in it'

For a lot of folks, snow means a holiday. Schools are out. Businesses shut down. Government paper-pushing comes to a halt. Here, at least, many adults stay in, enjoy the view and plow through that supply of bread and milk purchased at a local grocer for just this occasion. It's safe, and if the power stays on, warm. For kids it's a bonanza of play

ROCKINGHAM — City workers were out in full force Tuesday morning as snow blanketed downtown Rockingham, covering its streets in pure white cold as cars made dirty, slushy tracks across winter's canvass.
Scottie Gould and Bobby Ingram drove around Harrington Square to get a closer look at what they would soon be dealing with.
“We're ou

Snow closes schools, causes wrecks

ROCKINGHAM — City workers were out in full force Tuesday morning as snow blanketed downtown Rockingham, covering its streets in pure white cold as cars made dirty, slushy tracks across winter's canvass. Scottie Gould and Bobby Ingram drove around Harrington Square to get a closer look at what they would soon be dealing with. “We're ou

ROCKINGHAM — Seventeen-year-old Davon Robinson was on his way home from the store Tuesday morning when his car slid on a patch of ice, skidded off the road and slammed into a ditch before flipping onto its roof.
He sustained no injuries and said the entire incident happened so fast he had little time to think of what to do.
“I've been

WINTER WALLOP

ROCKINGHAM — Seventeen-year-old Davon Robinson was on his way home from the store Tuesday morning when his car slid on a patch of ice, skidded off the road and slammed into a ditch before flipping onto its roof. He sustained no injuries and said the entire incident happened so fast he had little time to think of what to do. “I've been

ROCKNGHAM — Conflicting forecast models predicting everything from flurries to 5 to 8 inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday have local weather watchers scratching their heads as “Winter Storm Quantum” takes aim at the Southeast.
The Weather Channel's website and mobile apps advised users early Tuesday that on Wednesday nig

Winter storm could bring light to heavy snow

ROCKNGHAM — Conflicting forecast models predicting everything from flurries to 5 to 8 inches of snow between Tuesday and Wednesday have local weather watchers scratching their heads as “Winter Storm Quantum” takes aim at the Southeast. The Weather Channel's website and mobile apps advised users early Tuesday that on Wednesday nig

ROCKINGHAM — A class of “superbugs” collectively known as CRE are beating the world's strongest antibiotics, giving rise to deadly infections able to kill at alarming rates in places where outbreaks occur.
The lethal germs, called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, are responsible for mortal infections among patients during

'Superbug' a top health threat

ROCKINGHAM — A class of “superbugs” collectively known as CRE are beating the world's strongest antibiotics, giving rise to deadly infections able to kill at alarming rates in places where outbreaks occur. The lethal germs, called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, are responsible for mortal infections among patients during

ROCKINGHAM — When Salon 360 owner Rebecca Bouldin announced plans to close up shop two days before Christmas, stylist Mindy Shaw sprang into action to keep the doors open.
“It actually just happened,” she said. “I thought it was a shame to close the whole place down, so I asked her to just let me take charge of it instead.

Halo Salon opens at former Salon 360 site

ROCKINGHAM — When Salon 360 owner Rebecca Bouldin announced plans to close up shop two days before Christmas, stylist Mindy Shaw sprang into action to keep the doors open. “It actually just happened,” she said. “I thought it was a shame to close the whole place down, so I asked her to just let me take charge of it instead.

HAMLET — Pete Patel's Starflite Convenience Store has minted its first millionaire.
Alex Walls of Laurinburg cashed in on a $1 million prize from a 50X The Cash scratch-off ticket he bought at Patel's East Hamlet Avenue store on Valentine's Day, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
“I am happy someone won at my store,

Hamlet store sells $1M winning lotto ticket

HAMLET — Pete Patel's Starflite Convenience Store has minted its first millionaire. Alex Walls of Laurinburg cashed in on a $1 million prize from a 50X The Cash scratch-off ticket he bought at Patel's East Hamlet Avenue store on Valentine's Day, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I am happy someone won at my store,

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County senior citizens may be missing out on property tax exemptions they are not aware of, according to Nina Morrison of the county tax assessor's office.
“The tax exemption is for anyone who's 65 or older,” Morrison said. “And they have to be 65 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. So, if their birthday

Low-income seniors eligible for tax breaks

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County senior citizens may be missing out on property tax exemptions they are not aware of, according to Nina Morrison of the county tax assessor's office. “The tax exemption is for anyone who's 65 or older,” Morrison said. “And they have to be 65 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. So, if their birthday

ROCKINGHAM — Today marks the beginning of the most important holiday in China, the lunar Chinese New Year, and Chinese-Americans living in Richmond County will be celebrating the Year of the Ram right along with their relatives back home.
Atlas Chen, owner of Peking Wok, said his family will not be making the traditional return to the homela

Locals celebrate Chinese New Year

ROCKINGHAM — Today marks the beginning of the most important holiday in China, the lunar Chinese New Year, and Chinese-Americans living in Richmond County will be celebrating the Year of the Ram right along with their relatives back home. Atlas Chen, owner of Peking Wok, said his family will not be making the traditional return to the homela

HAMLET — Organizers of the 2015 Senior Games began registering participants Wednesday for this year's athletic extravaganza at the Hamlet Senior Center, now in its 25th year.
Members of the center gathered for a light luncheon Wednesday afternoon and discussed ideas for everything from official events to the logo that might grace the silver

Senior Games to celebrate silver anniversary

HAMLET — Organizers of the 2015 Senior Games began registering participants Wednesday for this year's athletic extravaganza at the Hamlet Senior Center, now in its 25th year. Members of the center gathered for a light luncheon Wednesday afternoon and discussed ideas for everything from official events to the logo that might grace the silver

Richmond County Schools closed today

HAMLET — Richmond County Schools are closed due to icy weather conditions today, per Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman. With ground surfaces, trees and power lines coated in ice and temperatures expected to remain in the mid-thirties throughout the day, conditions will remain hazardous for walking and driving well into the afternoon. Meterolog

ROCKINGHAM — James W. Jeter Sr., known to his taekwondo students as Master J, has plans to start a class for special-needs children and adults.
Jeter grew up mostly in Japan as a “military brat” and began teaching taekwondo in 1966. He was 16 years old when he opened up his first school, or dojang, in West Palm Beach, Florida. He

'It really makes you proud'

ROCKINGHAM — James W. Jeter Sr., known to his taekwondo students as Master J, has plans to start a class for special-needs children and adults. Jeter grew up mostly in Japan as a “military brat” and began teaching taekwondo in 1966. He was 16 years old when he opened up his first school, or dojang, in West Palm Beach, Florida. He

ROCKINGHAM — Tim Hayden recently upgraded Hayden Construction Co. to handle emergency building repairs more rapidly, clean up crime scenes and even handle the dirty business of disassembling meth labs.
“We just got 12 of those portable storage containers,” Hayden said. “And we have a new trailer coming Wednesday to haul the

Construction crew ready for crime cleanup

ROCKINGHAM — Tim Hayden recently upgraded Hayden Construction Co. to handle emergency building repairs more rapidly, clean up crime scenes and even handle the dirty business of disassembling meth labs. “We just got 12 of those portable storage containers,” Hayden said. “And we have a new trailer coming Wednesday to haul the

HAMLET — Richmond Community College President Dale McInnis informed U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson of “federal issues” with the way the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act has worked — and not worked — for RCC during s legislative breakfast meeting Monday at the Cole Auditorium.
“There is money that has been set

RCC president seeks help from Hudson

HAMLET — Richmond Community College President Dale McInnis informed U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson of “federal issues” with the way the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act has worked — and not worked — for RCC during s legislative breakfast meeting Monday at the Cole Auditorium. “There is money that has been set

ELLERBE — Camp Millstone, one of the state's last three surviving 4-H camps, will soon become “the crowning jewel” of the organization's facilities, N.C. State University dean Richard Linton said Friday.
Dr. Mike Yoder welcomed roughly 100 people who turned out for the announcement of a new building on the site — a $1.5 mil

Camp unveils $1.5M expansion

ELLERBE — Camp Millstone, one of the state's last three surviving 4-H camps, will soon become “the crowning jewel” of the organization's facilities, N.C. State University dean Richard Linton said Friday. Dr. Mike Yoder welcomed roughly 100 people who turned out for the announcement of a new building on the site — a $1.5 mil

ROCKINGHAM — A small but dedicated group of five county residents say they're convinced Duke Energy is poisoning the air with emissions from combustion turbines at the Smith Energy Complex in Hamlet.
The group held a Thursday demonstration in from of the old county courthouse. All five members were there displaying a banner, enlarged photos

Protesters allege air pollution

ROCKINGHAM — A small but dedicated group of five county residents say they're convinced Duke Energy is poisoning the air with emissions from combustion turbines at the Smith Energy Complex in Hamlet. The group held a Thursday demonstration in from of the old county courthouse. All five members were there displaying a banner, enlarged photos





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