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2 sought in home invasion killing

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WADESBORO — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men suspected of shooting and killing a 21-year-old in a Monday home invasion.Anson County deputies said two intruders burst into a home off U.S. 52 near Anson Middle School and shot Dameon Yimaine Thomas multiple times as he sat on the couch with his girlfriend around 12:52 a.m.Thomas died at the scene and the men were gone when deputies arrived minutes later. Thomas’s girlfriend gave investigators a description of the intruders.“We’re trying to gather information on two black male suspects about who they may be,” sheriff’s Maj. Charlie Little said.Deputies said the woman did not know why Thomas had been attacked.

 

LETTER: Haggard’s ‘Fightin’ Side’ stokes my American pride

To the editor:Wow, does that song bring back memories! I heard that old Merle Haggard song, “The Fightin’ Side of Me” on the Mike Huckabee show Saturday night. It took me back to the Vietnam era when so many of our heroes were giving everything they had for our country.So many gave all they had. Many came back broken, but not bowed. We had people back then just like Obama today who were running down our country. We told them back then, “If you don...

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A blanket fit for a prize racehorse

Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol ’Charley’s store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store.He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that had enough rhinestones on it to choke a horse. He had a wide-brim 10-gallon hat on and fancy cowboy boots on with a set of silver spurs attached.The stranger strutted up to the counter and growled at Charley, “I want to ...

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UPDATE: Hospital janitor accused of patient sex acts

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of having sex with one female patient and engaging in sex acts with another in the hospital’s psychiatric ward.Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse. Sandhills Regional Medical Center said Primus is a contract worker and was not employed by the Hamlet hospital.

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Libraries add digital audiobooks, magazines

ROCKINGHAM — That little red card that lets you check out books from any of Richmond County’s libraries has gone high-tech.The library card now grants you free access to audiobooks and digital and interactive editions of nearly 100 popular magazines.Bobbie Grooms, director of the Richmond County Library System, said the services were added to expand on the libraries’ existing offerings. She cited convenience as one positive reason for exploring them....

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Moped rider dies in U.S. 1 crash

CHERAW, S.C. — A 60-year-old moped rider died Saturday when he turned in front of an oncoming box truck on U.S. 1, according to state troopers.The crash happened while a 1995 International box truck driven by 61-year-old Clide Watson was passing the 2009 VIP moped in a passing zone 4 miles south of the Cheraw town limits, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.Jones said Watson’s truck hit the moped when the rider tried to turn left into a pri...

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AG Cooper: Give up fight against same-sex marriage

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South.“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws,” Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote.The 2-1 ruling applies throughout the circuit that a...

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Year in Review: Raiders find success on tennis courts

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior may not historically be known as a tennis hotbed, but in recent years it has been.Richmond’s boys tennis team has qualified for the 4A dual team playoffs the last three seasons and also has been represented in either singles or doubles play in the state tournament three out of the last four years.First-year coach Mike James led Richmond to an 11-2 overall record and an 8-2 mark in SEC play. Richmond advanced to face East Chapel Hi...

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Raiders headed to cheer camp

HAMLET — Richmond Senior High School cheerleaders will attend a cheer camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.The Richmond County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the request during a called meeting Monday morning. Dennis Quick, the county school system’s executive director of auxiliary services, presented school board members with a request to approve the cheerleading camp.The field trip was the only item discussed be...

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Hospital janitor charged with sexual assaults

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of sexually assaulting two female patients in the hospital’s psychiatric ward.Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse.Both patients told police that Primus committed the assaults during their time in the hospital. The first victim filed a police report after she was discharged from the facility, interim Hamlet...

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Driver faces drug, gun charges

HAMLET — Police say an expired license plate led them to drugs and a hidden handgun in a Dobbins Heights man’s car on Sunday.Officers found marijuana, prescription pills and a large amount of cash after stopping 21-year-old Marcus Antiwon Douglas for having an expired tag and driving without valid insurance, interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker said in a statement.After stopping Douglas’ car, an officer smelled marijuana and initiated an investigation, Tu...

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Dollar Tree buys Charlotte-based Family Dollar

NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying.Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customersThe deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing current leader Dollar General Corp., which has about 11,3...

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Man suffers serious injuries in fight

LAURINBURG — A 36-year-old Laurinburg man was jailed under a $30,000 bond following a Thursday fight that left an upstate South Carolina man in critical condition, according to Laurinburg police.Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmerman in the head, Sessoms said, knocking him d...

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We’re so Richmond County…

A flood of hometown pride status updates has swept Facebook, with folks proudly listing the cities and towns where they grew up and sharing memories from “back in the day.”When we noticed the trend, we asked folks following the Richmond County Daily Journal on Facebook to tell us why they’re “so Richmond County.” Their responses, some of which are shared below, didn’t disappoint.To get in on the conversation, log into your Facebook acc...

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Student borrowers need to know the facts

As your representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions.

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2 sought in man’s Monday killing

WADESBORO — Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two men after another man was shot and killed early Monday.Anson County deputies told Daily Journal news partner WSOC-TV Channel 9 that they were called to a home off of U.S. 52, near Anson Middle School, overnight where they found that man shot and killed.According to officials, a woman and her boyfriend were in the home sitting on the couch when two men came into the house and one of them shot the victim. He di...

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Rockingham eliminated from Pony tourney

DAVIDSON — The Rockingham Pony All-Star team needed to play three games to keep its South Region championship hopes alive.Unfortunately, it only got onto the field once.Southampton-Sussex banged out eight hits and took advantage of nine base on balls by two Rockingham pitchers to pull out an 11-9 victory Saturday morning. The loss eliminated Rockingham from the tournament.“Our pitching was a little off,” Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said. ...

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Bar association assesses judicial candidates

The North Carolina Bar Association’s special judicial election information website, ElectNCJudges.org, has been updated for the 2014 general election.Evaluations of candidates for contested District Court and Superior Court judgeships throughout the state are included in this online report, provided as a public service for the voters of North Carolina by the bar association’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee.This is the second election in which this ...

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