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Humpy Wheeler announces ‘formula’ to revive Rockingham Speedway

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ROCKINGHAM — Legendary racing promoter Humpy Wheeler has a formula to revive Rockingham Speedway, but he says he won’t become the track’s next owner.The retired Charlotte Motor Speedway president and general manager said Tuesday on his Facebook page that the track could turn a profit with an amateur stock car series that could “revolutionize racing” and bring drivers and spectators back to the historic Richmond County speedway.


Raiders soar into AP poll

ROCKINGHAM — So much for not being ranked.After sitting outside of the Associated Press’ Top 10 this season, Richmond Senior vaulted into the rankings this week on the strength of its upset victory over the previous top-ranked Butler.Richmond is ranked fifth this week with 115 points. It even grabbed five first-place ballots from voters.Mallard Creek, the defending 4AA champions, edged New Bern to move back into the top spot with four first-place v...

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Pinecrest sweeps cross country meet

ROCKINGHAM — For the first time this season, Richmond went toe-to-toe with conference cross country power Pinecrest.Even though the Raiders finished second in both the boys and girls races in the three-team meet to the Patriots, coach Reggie Miller was pleased with the results.On the boys side, Brandon Silva and Wells Griffin posted personal best times to finish fifth and sixth, respectively. Silva finished the course in a time of 17:54, Griffin was three seconds b...

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3 charged in prescription pill ring

MONROE — An upstate South Carolina man has been jailed in North Carolina after authorities say he bought more than 6,000 stolen prescription pain pills.Randall Wayne Shehane, 48, of Lancaster, S.C., is accused of buying roxicodone pills from 42-year-old Gregory Rorie, whose wife, 38-year-old Michelle Lawrence Rorie, allegedly stole them from the Monroe drug store where she works as a pharmacy technician.Michelle Rorie allegedly stole stock bottles of the opiate pil...

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Spirits high for Richmond homecoming

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior High School homecoming parade will proceed downtown along East Washington Street Friday afternoon, culminating in a rollicking pep rally on Harrington Square ahead of a football game against the Anson County Bearcats at Raider Stadium.Raider Magic is in the air this year as the team prepares to march onto the football field with a spotless 5-0 record after upsetting top-ranked Butler in overtime Saturday. The parade is scheduled to start at 4 ...

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Pharmacy to collect unused medicine

ROCKINGHAM — Residents looking to get rid of unused medications can drop them off Thursday at Medical Center Pharmacy.The pharmacy, in conjunction with the Rockingham Police Department, is participating in Operation Medicine Drop and will be taking in expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.“We’ve been doing it for several years,” said Greg Marks, pharmacist manager.“It’s a good thing,” he said. “It takes back ...

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New trooper coming to Richmond County

HAMLET — A new state trooper will work in Richmond County after graduating from the N.C. Highway Patrol’s training academy on Friday.Trooper Lauren Carter of Moore County will be assigned to the Highway Patrol’s Troop H, District 2 office in Hamlet, patrol spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker said. The district patrols Richmond and Scotland counties.Carter is one of 26 cadets who will graduate the 135th Basic Patrol School in a ceremony planned for 10 a.m. Frid...

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Senior Games sanctioned as state qualifier

ROCKINGHAM — The Senior Games of Richmond County have been sanctioned as an official qualifying site for the 2015 state finals, North Carolina Senior Games announced Tuesday.Senior Games of Richmond County will be offering competition in many sports and activities such as golf, bowling, team sports, swimming, bocce, painting, pottery and poetry.“It’s a great opportunity for people to get together and exercise and socialize,” said Pete Wheeler, loc...

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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 10

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County residents have until Oct. 10 to register to vote in the 2014 general election scheduled for Nov. 4.The N.C. State Board of Elections said nearly 1.5 million new names were added to state voter rolls in the last decade. More than 6.5 million people are registered to vote, representing roughly nine out of 10 eligible North Carolinians.“Registration is a vital first step toward broader participation in our civic community,” Sta...

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Artists sought for fall library exhibit

ROCKINGHAM — The Friends of the Leath Memorial Library group is seeking artists to participate in an exhibit planned from Nov. 7-Dec. 11 in the library’s Calvin Little Room.This exhibit is open to all artists and will feature all two-dimensional works including painting, photography and fiber artwork. This will be the first in a series of quarterly shows that will be held throughout the year at the library.An opening reception to meet the artists is scheduled...

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4-H’ers racking up ribbons in livestock shows

4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit placings have been submitted from the Lee, Moore, and Chatham county livestock shows this past week. Richmond County youth once again placed very high at the show, taking away lots of ribbons, trophies, plaques and premium money.At the Lee County Fair, Jordan Carroll won first place in senior showmanship, Coleman Berry won second in intermediate showmanship and Faith Thompson placed fifth in intermediate showmanship. Tobey Lunceford showed in the...

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Wheeling and dealing: A trader’s tale

I’ve made a lot of trades and deals in my lifetime. No, not paper stocks and bonds, but livestock, dogs, tractors, guns and such. Anything I thought I could possibly make a dollar or two on, I would get. Buy cheap, sell high or get something better by trading up was my way of thinking.Why, I learned the trading business from some of the best old-time traders there were around these parts. It gets in your blood, don’t you know! It’s like gambling — you can...

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LETTER: Spend sales tax on speedway, not rec complex

To the editor:As citizens and taxpayers here in Richmond County, all of you know now that the Rockingham Speedway has closed again and the county is letting the piece of history that has been a staple in this county since it broke ground in 1963 sit idle.The first race was run on Oct. 31, 1965, and was won by Curtis Turner driving for the Wood Brothers in the No. 41 Ford with 35,000 people in attendance. The last race was Feb. 22, 2004, and Matt Kenseth ...

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LETTER: Raider Magic leaves its mark on rivals

To the editor:How ironic is this? I knew Richmond was going to win Saturday’s game against Butler. Why? Richmond is responsible for Butler’s successes.Why do I say this? OK, here goes — it’s no surprise that Richmond Senior has the best football team in North Carolina, period. They set the standard for the rest of the state. OK, here goes the success story: A lot of good teams out there that have won 4A and 4AA championships, Rich...

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Raiders fall to Pats in clash of unbeaten teams

ROCKINGHAM — When Pinecrest needs a lift offensively, it looks to Gerardo Peraza.Against Richmond Senior in a clash of undefeated teams, Peraza stepped to the forefront.The senior scored all four of the Patriots’ goals in a 4-1 Southeastern Conference victory over the Raiders Monday night at Raider Stadium.“He’s a really special player,” Pinecrest coach Evan Saleeby said. “But he doesn’t do it on his own. We had some g...

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Proof that bipartisanship still exists

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s Eighth District. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find commonsense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

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Yellow Jackets buzz Raiders

ROCKINGHAM — Even though Lee County swept Richmond Senior for the second time in less than a week, coach Shellie Wimpey was OK with it.“We played much better against them this time around,” she said.Lee downed Richmond 25-10, 25-21, 25-21 Monday night at Raider Gymnasium. The Raiders are now 7-7 overall on the season.In the previous meeting Wednesday night, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 25-11, 25-11, 25-15 win.“When we show up...

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Woman dies in house fire

ELLERBE — An early morning fire Monday claimed a Richmond County woman’s life.Crews from the Mountain Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the home at 209 Jones Springs Church Road outside Ellerbe within minutes after receiving the call around 5:40 a.m.Firefighters from Ellerbe Volunteer Fire Department also responded to provide mutual aid. Mountain Creek Chief Keith Smith said both crews arrived around the same time.Smith said Janie Mabe h...

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