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Theft a constant crime in Richmond County

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ROCKINGHAM — Theft is among the most common crimes plaguing Richmond County, police reports and court records show.A collection of incident reports from the Rockingham Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office contain more than three dozen cases of larceny in the month of July alone.Items stolen range from electronics — including cellphones, laptops and televisions — to tools and other equipment, medication, jewelry and even a rose bush. Thieves have also absconded with all-terrain vehicles, bicycles and lawnmowers.Some incidents are the result of home, vehicle or business break-ins. Others are straight shoplifting.


Richmond County workers share Labor Day plans

ROCKINGHAM — As people throughout the United States embark on Labor Day weekend, a few local workers shared their plans for the holiday and what Labor Day means to them.Dameon Moton works for Bryant’s Turf and Landscaping in Rockingham. He said the meaning of Labor Day is simple.“It means a lot,” Moton said. “I get to spend time with my family, and family is important to me. It’s a day off from work.”Moton comes from a...

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Vouchers not about helping poor kids

After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy, unaccountable private-school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.”The claim may be offensive and disingenuous, but it’s not new. It’s been a common refrain among school privatiza...

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Hagan, Tillis enter homestretch

RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, outgoing speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.So far, there isn’t much evidence that any of these actions and expenditures have made much of an impr...

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Local museums offering free admission

HAMLET — Richmond County’s historic railroad depot museum will offer free admission on Sept. 27, joining more than 1,500 museums across the country in a Smithsonian cultural education initiative.Both the Hamlet Depot and Museums and the Rankin Museum of American Heritage in Ellerbe are participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live, according to organizers of the national culture campaign.In Charlotte, the Bechtler Museum of Modern ...

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Market offers farm-fresh food

Customers converged at the Rockingham Downtown Farmers Market Wednesday to sort through the selection of farm-fresh produce from local vendors.Vendors offered a variety of fruits and vegetables ranging from watermelons to okra, field peas to peppers and softball-sized peaches and tomatoes.The farmers market moved to its current location, the parking lot across from the R.W. Goodman Company building, in April.The market is open Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6:...

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State predicts increased traffic for local cities

HAMLET — Roads in Richmond County’s two cities could have to accommodate heavier traffic by the year 2040, local leaders learned Thursday.Model maps of traffic analysis zones in Rockingham and Hamlet offered members of the Richmond County Comprehensive Transportation Plan steering committee a glimpse of how much traffic the areas can expect within the next quarter century.“We look at traffic patterns in a condensed area including Rockingham and Hamlet,&...

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Renewing an old rivalry

ROCKINGHAM — Both coaches like the other team’s athleticism and the ability to fly to the football.But only one is going to be able to walk off the field at Doug Shaw Stadium with a smile on their face.For the first time since the 2007 season, Richmond Senior and Marlboro County will battle on the gridiron. The Raiders are a perfect 13-0 against the Bulldogs, winning the last meeting 21-13 at Raider Stadium.Even though the schools are separated by ...

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Raiders fall in season opener

ROCKINGHAM — The initial match of the season and first under new coach Allie Goodman didn’t end the way the Richmond Senior supporters wanted.Hoke won two of three doubles matches to pull out a 5-4 victory over Richmond Thursday afternoon.Despite the loss, Goodman was pleased with how her team performed and is looking forward to the rest of the year.“I’m speechless,” Goodman said. “I didn’t think they would fight as ha...

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County Democrats seek boost in participation

ROCKINGHAM — Wanted: More white Democrats involved in their local party, more African-American candidates for office and more young Democrats of all races.Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lee Quick wrapped up the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday night by expressing his frustrations with lagging participation among young adults and party members who are white.“It appears to me that our Caucasian cousins are not coming out to meetings. I would lik...

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Different strokes: Artists’ guild forms in Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM — Brenda Diggs dips her thin paintbrush into a mixed-color swatch of light green, the hue to brush blades of grass.Meanwhile, Flo Aiken spreads a sea of crimson against a white canvas for the backdrop of a still life, while Pat Halligan sketches out the setup on a drawing pad.These ladies, along with Peggy Andersen, make up the humble beginnings of a new artists’ group: the Pee Dee Artists’ Guild.The group was started by Andersen a...

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Troopers on guard for Labor Day driving dangers

ROCKINGHAM — Labor Day weekend, the end-of-summer holiday, is fast approaching and local law enforcement is reminding motorists to slow down.AAA Carolinas predicts 34.7 million people nationwide will travel this weekend, and more than 6.3 million of those will be from South Atlantic states, including the Virginias and the Carolinas.1st Sgt. A.K. Dietrich of the N.C. Highway Patrol said there are several factors that contribute to the number of crashes in the state....

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Housing authority offers landlord training

ROCKINGHAM — Professional property managers and residents renting out their homes alike are invited to register for the Rockingham Housing Authority’s third annual landlord training on Sept. 13.Training will be held at the housing authority’s G.L. Rush Building from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be served.Attendees will receive information on leases, terminations, fair hous...

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Police escalate danger with no-knock raids

Shortly before 3 a.m. on May 28, a team of SWAT officers armed with assault rifles descended on a home outside of Atlanta and burst into a room where a family was sleeping. One of the officers threw a flash-bang grenade into the room.It landed in the crib of 19-month-old Bou Bou Phonesavanh, blowing a hole in baby Bou Bou’s face and chest, the wound so deep it exposed his ribs.The SWAT team was executing a “no-knock” warrant to search for someone who di...

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Speckles proves chickens are not slow learners

It’s not every day that a columnist gets a letter from a chicken. But I got one from Speckles, who identified herself as the Chicken in Charge at Holland House.The letter was written in response to a recent column lamenting that pet chickens are discriminated against in many parts of this country. In some places, for example, local governments allow dogs to accompany their owners to restaurants with outdoor dining areas. But they ignore people with pet chickens. That is discr...

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Richmond blanks Forest Hills

MARSHVILLE — After a scoreless first half, Sergio Chaparro finally broke the scoring bubble for Richmond Senior.Chaparro scored at the 15-minute mark of the second half to spark Richmond to a 2-0 road win over Forest Hills Wednesday night.“We had 15 shots on goal and five corner kicks in the first half,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We couldn’t score. We hit the post, had shots that were inches wide and their goalie had some good save...

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Raiders ready to swing into season

ROCKINGHAM — For the third straight season, the Richmond Senior girls tennis team will have a different coach.Allie Goodman inherits a team that has won two games in each of the last two years, but has six players returning this season.“We have a couple of girls who came out because they were interested in the sport,” Goodman said. “We have some beginners and they have improved greatly.”Richmond will kick off its season 4 p.m. tod...

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2 men facing marijuana charges

ROCKINGHAM — Two men are facing charges related to the manufacturing and selling of marijuana in separate cases, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.Deputies say Samuel Russell Smith, 44, of Rockingham, was manufacturing marijuana behind his Sandhills Road home. The sheriff’s office didn’t say whether he was allegedly growing marijuana plants or otherwise preparing or packaging the drug.Smith was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with one f...

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