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Hope, help for teen moms

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HAMLET — LaSummer Bruton gave birth to her son about two weeks before her sophomore year of high school began.“I went from transitional back to Richmond, but I dropped out after the first semester,” she said. “Then I went back and tried again at Richmond before finally transferring to Leak Street.”It’s a story she shares with other teen parents in Richmond County, but thanks to the support from the Eckerd Adolescent Parenting Program, Bruton got through those uncertain days and nights and went on to graduate as valedictorian of Leak Street High School’s class of 2014 last spring.

 

Candlelight vigil, march to bring domestic violence awareness

ROCKINGHAM —Purple-clad residents will fill the former Richmond County Courthouse’s front steps Monday in solidarity against domestic violence.New Horizons Life and Family Services is helping to bring awareness to a subject that has been in the spotlight more than usual lately due to the ongoing domestic violence issues regarding players in the National Football League and their partners.The event beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday is in its fifth year and will in...

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Raiders shut down Rams

PEMBROKE — Richmond Senior was a perfect five for five in the first half.Richmond scored on all five of its first-half possessions and three of three in the final 24 minutes en route to a 51-0 win over Purnell Swett Friday night. It was Richmond’s third straight shutout against Purnell Swett. It was also the third consecutive time the Raiders scored at least 50 points against the Rams.The Raiders, the top-ranked 4AA team in the state, improve to 8-0 on the se...

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Locklear happy to return home

Watching some athletes perform, you would claim they were born throwing a football, swinging a golf club or pitching a baseball.Things just come that natural to them.Hamlet’s own Ashton Locklear can top all of them.A member of the U.S. Gymnastics team that recently captured gold at the World Championships in Nanning, China, Locklear decided to begin display her skills while still in her mother’s womb.That’s right, while still in he...

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Man accused of selling cocaine

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — A man wanted on drug charges was arrested last weekend in Anson County.According to warrants, Alfred Edwards, 31, of 181 Rose Street, sold cocaine to a confidential informant between May 14 and Aug. 27.Richmond County sheriff’s deputies accuse Edwards of selling a total of 1.7 grams of cocaine to the informant during that timeframe.They also say Edwards used a house at 124 Dobbins St. to keep and sell both cocaine and crack cocain...

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Big Rock Sports pitches in for pets

In the photo at left, Leslie Brownfield from Big Rock Sports carries two bags of cat litter into the Richmond County Animal Shelter on Friday.Members of the Hamlet-based company’s planning committee brought in litter, cat food, bleach, newspapers for cage liners, treats, collars, leashes, harnesses and toys. This is the second year Big Rock Sports has donated to the animal shelter. Items were donated by employees of the company.

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UPDATE: Murder suspect, stabbing victim shared child

ROCKINGHAM — Neighbors gathered outside an apartment Friday to pay their respects to a man they say “took care of his own.”Lee Charles Covington, 51, died Thursday after crashing his pickup truck into another vehicle outside the National Guard Armory while driving himself to the hospital with stab wounds, according to Rockingham police.Police say Covington was attacked by 28-year-old Shanita Love in his own home at 271 Shannon Drive in the Town Park Apa...

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Writers’ forum hosts open-mic night

LAURINBURG — The Writers’ Forum at St. Andrews University will hold an open-mic night at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge in Orange Residence Hall.The event is free and open to the public.Individuals interested in sharing their poetry, prose or music are invited to sign up the night of the reading with student host Ryan Perez. Presentations are limited to 5-7 minutes to allow for all readers to have an opportunity to share....

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Longtime lawman Sam Jarrell dies after cancer battle

ROCKINGHAM — Veteran lawman Sam Jarrell passed away Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer.“Sam was a close friend, a mentor and one of the best investigators I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” Richmond County Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. said Friday.Clemmons said Jarrell was dedicated to the people of Richmond County.Jarrell served in the U.S. Air Force and began his law career as a police officer in Rockingham.He w...

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Bestselling author to read from new novella

SOUTHERN PINES — A special evening with New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb is planned Oct. 29 at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, home to the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame.An award-winning Southern author, McCrumb will discuss her newly released publication, “Nora Bonesteele’s Christmas Past, A Ballad Novella.” The evening will feature an autumn meal and drinks at the Boyd Estate — an apt location as the novella is set in an o...

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Police: Crash follows stabbing, woman charged with murder

ROCKINGHAM — Police say a 51-year-old man crashed his pickup truck and died after being stabbed in a Rockingham apartment Thursday.Shanita Love, 28, of Rockingham, faces a murder charge in Lee Charles Covington’s stabbing death. Police say she attacked Covington at 271 Shannon Drive in the Town Park Apartments.Covington wrecked his 2001 Chevrolet pickup outside the North Carolina National Guard Armory in Rockingham after leaving the apartment, according to Ro...

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Pee Dee Electric board member recognized

WADESBORO — Winnie Bennett, a member of Pee Dee Electric’s Board of Directors, has received the board leadership certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.Bennett was recognized at the association’s regional meeting earlier this month for her commitment to education and attainment of the certificate in front of more than 800 electric cooperative officials from Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Y...

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Rep. Hudson: Ground fliers exposed to Ebola

WASHINGTON — Richmond County’s congressman is asking for travel restrictions to safeguard Americans from the spread of the Ebola virus.Rep. Richard Hudson, who is chairman of the House Transportation Security Subcommittee, and Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, who chairs the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee, have urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to place individuals who have been exposed to Ebola on the Transportation Secu...

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LETTER: Recreation tax just more pie in the sky

To the editor:Review: Liquor by the drink: Remember? Vote for liquor by the drink and nice restaurants will rush into Richmond County, along with nice motels, jobs created, quality of life improved. How did that work out?Now: Vote for the Rockingham Recreation Complex and jobs will be created, quality of life will be improved, the poor will be helped (how?), growth will be promoted. Implied — or was it stated? — once the complex is completed,...

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My baby brother and the trail of goop

Have you got a baby brother? I do — several of the little crumb-snatching critters. The one I’m asking about is the baby, the youngest in the family. You know the one that I’m talking about — the last of the litter. The one who should have not come along, the one way late in life for your mother. My thoughts, not hers.The one who makes you say to yourself , “What the hell was Mom and Dad thinking?” That’s just it , they were not thinking , ...

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LETTER: Anti-McLaurin mailers distort the facts

To the editor:Recently, there has been a series of ads sent by the Republican Party of North Carolina that attempts to link Sen. Gene McLaurin to CommunityOne Bank’s former troubles.These ads distort the facts in a way that gives the impression that the bank “went bust” and was involved in a criminal scheme in which Sen. McLaurin was somehow complicit. That impression is false.In order to set the record straight, we want you ...

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OUR VIEW: Utilities win, customers lose

Energy costs have a big impact on families’ bottom line. A difference of a few pennies may not seem like a lot, but psychologically, it can be. When the price of gasoline goes down, it frees up money for other purposes. And those pennies do add up.Gasoline prices in Richmond County and around the state have been falling this autumn. We’ve seen signs here advertising prices just a few cents above the $3-per-gallon threshold.A lot of factors led to lower prices...

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Richmond loses flip, earns No. 2 seed

ROCKINGHAM — Representatives from Pinecrest and Richmond Senior met in Pine Bluff Thursday afternoon to flip a coin to determine the top seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference soccer tournament.Richmond athletic director Ricky Young pulled a coin out of his pocket and flipped it in the air. A Pinecrest official called tails.The coin landed on tails, giving the Patriots the No. 1 seed.Pinecrest will face the winner of the Scotland-Hoke matchup ...

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