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Fire tears through flea market

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ROCKINGHAM — A structure fire at the Rockingham Farm and Flea Market on U.S. 220 brought out five area fire departments just before noon Tuesday.The call came in at 11:26 a.m., according to Bryan Cloninger, deputy chief of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department.Cloninger said about half the building was “involved in fire” when crews arrived on the scene.Firefighters first attempted to battle the blaze from the inside, Cloninger said, but were pulled out after about 15 minutes when the roof began to collapse.


Fitness group takes it to the streets

ROCKINGHAM — As the sun begins to set over Richmond County, a dozen or so women walk through the city’s downtown streets.These women are part of Creeta’s Fit Team, a group led by instructor Creeta Grace.In addition to walking and a little running, the team works with weights, jumps rope and does kickboxing and Zumba.“It’s all about fitness,” Grace said. “We have fun and put in hard work.”Grace said the...

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Shopping to give back

ROCKINGHAM — One local thrift store was “wide open” Tuesday as shoppers came in for deals on donated items.The Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Richmond County is holding a week-long celebration following four months of renovations.“It’s been a great day, so far,” said store manager Trey Robbins. “Should be a great week.”During the event, the store will have daily drawings, offering different prizes — includ...

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Former Disney exec to lead marketing seminar

LAURINBURG — Former Disney executive John Formica will share secrets to help businesses build customer-focused brands on Sept. 9.Billed as America’s “customer experience coach,” Formica will present his seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. at Richmond Community College’s Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg. This program is designed to show business owners, leaders, staff and business professionals how to create a marketing buzz about their business in the community....

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Fitness challenge seeks participants

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County employers are invited to participate in a competition among the business community to see whose workers can take the most steps in the RichmondFit — Ready, Set, Walk! Challenge.Organizers encourage businesses, government agencies and nonprofit groups to take part in the challenge to improve the health of Richmond County’s work force and win prizes.HOW TO JOINStep 1: All employers mu...

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Help train young leaders in Richmond County 4-H

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, the largest outreach program at North Carolina State University, reaches millions of North Carolina residents each year through local centers in the state’s 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.Cooperative Extension is a partnership that began in 1914 when county, state and federal governments agreed that joining together they could provide all citizens with access to the wealth of knowledge generated by ...

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Governor: Pipeline will fuel ENC economy

PEMBROKE — Eastern North Carolina is expected to see a boom in economic economic growth as a result of a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will originate in West Virginia, pass through Virginia and end here, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Tuesday.McCrory told a crowd of about 150 business leaders, public officials and others gathered at COMtech industrial park that the $4.5 billion pipeline will be built and owned by Dominion Resources, headquartered n Richmond, Va., Du...

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Train crash kills Richmond County native

A well-loved Richmond County native and former high school band instructor was killed Friday when a freight train hit the car he was in near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.John Burl Hudson, 57, of Southern Pines, died along with his wife Fiona Frances Hudson, 55, also of Southern Pines when their car was hit in Morrisville around 10 p.m. Friday. Officials investigating the crash told media outlets it appeared the car became stuck between stop arms which had come down to w...

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Community Theatre plans 3 plays for 2014-15

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Community Theatre will present three plays during its 2014-15 season, Director Shelly Walker said Tuesday.The season will begin with “Love Letters” by A.R. Guerney Jr. Walker described the play as “a unique and imaginative theatre piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences.”

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2 killed in Moore County crashes

State troopers say two people were killed in separate Moore County crashes over Labor Day weekend, accounting for a fifth of North Carolina’s 10 holiday fatalities.Fatal wrecks were reported at the intersection of N.C. 24 and N.C. 27 about 3.1 miles south of Robbins and on Furr Road about 2.7 miles south of Vass, according to N.C. Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper Michael Baker.The victims’ names had not been released Tuesday afternoon.No traffic de...

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Down the river without a paddle

Last week, my dad, my uncle and I were paddling our new boat down Cartledge Creek to where it runs into the Pee Dee River.As we neared the mouth of the creek, the Great Pee Dee River lay just in front of us. The water in the river was low and huge rocks sprung up everywhere. The water looked clean and pure as it poured around the rocks. Several large cranes were flying over the river looking for a free meal. Garfish swirled on the surface just in front of our boat. Something told m...

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Charlotte a wellspring of New South culture

It was like the pleasure of a long letter from home.At least it was for this exile from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.I picked up the new book, “27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose & Poetry,” to see if any of my friends were among the almost 30 contributors.But when I started reading, I could not stop until I had read every selection, beginning with Jack Clairborne’s cheerful summary of Charlotte’s efforts to become a R...

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Raiders ready to race into season

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior cross country coach Reggie Miller has a plan for his runners to compete with the likes of Pinecrest.He just hopes everything will come together.Richmond will open its season today at Hinson Lake against Hoke and Purnell Swett.Miller said his teams will be mainly inexperienced as cross country runners, but added some have competed as runners elsewhere.“We're young, we got a lot of new runners,” Miller sa...

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Tent city prepares for first residents

ROCKINGHAM — Homeless advocates are pitching tents, sorting clothes and recruiting volunteers this week as they prepare to open the Place of Grace tent city on Saturday.The community for homeless men and women is located between the city limits of Rockingham and Hamlet on property owned by New Life Church. Organizers have planned their first cookout and yard sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the church on Airport Road.Mark Joplin of Transitional Services o...

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Four SEC teams stay perfect

ROCKINGHAM — The members of the Southeastern Conference continue to impress during the early part of the season.The six teams once again posted a 5-1 record in Week 2. Four schools — Lumberton, Pinecrest, Richmond Senior and Scotland — are still undefeated. The other two — Hoke and Purnell Swett — are 1-1.Lumberton 35, Pine Forest 21LUMBERTON — It didn’t take long for Lumberton to get on the scoreboard...

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Biofuels plant seeks building permits

Biofuels maker Enviva is in the process of getting construction permits for wood pellet plants in Richmond and Sampson counties and one in South Carolina, company officials said last week.Permits that will allow the wood pellet manufacturer to start construction of its Sampson County plant are expected within the next month. The three plants would export wood pellets through a proposed terminal at the Port of Wilmington.

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Wildlife refuge to nix GMO crops

WADESBORO — By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides.J.D. Bricken, manager of Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge in Wadesboro, said that the order will affect the local refuge.The refuge has a cooperative farming program that allows farmers to harvest 80 percent of the crop, leaving 20 percent standing to provide food and shelter to wildlife. With the new ban, farmers will still be ab...

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Indian historic site offering tours, crafts

MOUNT GILEAD — The Town Creek Indian Mound state historic site is offering area residents a chance to spend time with their grandparents and learn about local Native American history.A Grandparents’ Day celebration is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the historic site in southern Montgomery County near the Richmond County line.Attendees can view and discuss artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed Native American village or take a stroll o...

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