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Hoggard, McKenzie seek $50,000 from commissioners

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ROCKINGHAM — Everyone knows high school football is a big deal in Richmond County, but Raiders football coach Paul Hoggard wants to make sure kids are exposed to it at an earlier age.Hoggard and Richmond Senior High School Principal Keith McKenzie spoke about creating a youth football program before the Richmond County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday in the Richmond County Airport conference room.McKenzie and Hoggard proposed a plan to create a flag football league for 7-year-olds to 9-year-olds and a league that plays with pads for those between 10 and 12 years of age. Each group would have six teams and 20 players on each roster equaling 120 players per age group.


Officials recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month

HAMLET — Sexual violence is more common in Richmond County and across the nation than many people realize.Its effects can be devastating to victims for years after an incident, sometimes leading to post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and depression.Victims are women, men and children of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds. Perpetrators can be strangers or people considered to be friends. They can be relatives. They can be dates. Domestic assa...

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Mission: Messy

Photo by Sarah Ferguson | Creative Eye PhotographyRyan Ferguson, 2, takes full advantage of a hands-on art activity at The Hive Recreation Center on Mill Road in East Rockingham. Messy Art is offered at 10:30 a.m. each Monday, and children can stay and play in the gym afterward. The cost is $4 per child. The picture is of Ryan Ferguson, he is 2yrs old. Photo by Sarah Ferguson (Creative Eye Photography) Thank you!! Let me know if you need any more info! Sarah Ferguson The Hive Recre...

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Rockingham man charged with cooking meth

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies arrested Corey William Byrd, 29, on April 3 for being in possession of materials used to cook meth and having possession of meth.The Rockingham resident was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession precursor, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.Byrd was arrested at his residence and placed in Richmond County Jail under a $50,000 secure bond. Byrd was also arrested fo...

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Just another day of fishing (continued)

Last week I had just retrieved my nine inch Rebel plug with its three sets of treble hooks from a large stump in Smith’s lake. Now, I was on my quest to catch that trophy large mouth bass.Being careful not to spook the fish, my friend and I rowed over to the opposite side of the lake. There just happened to be some rather large Willow trees lining the bank on the other side of the lake and their branches were hanging over the lake. It didn’t take long to catch several e...

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Raiders look to inch closer to title

ROCKINGHAM — Over the last three years, Richmond Senior has posted records of 9-5-1, 14-1 and 11-4 in its first 15 games.The biggest difference is where the Raiders were in the Southeastern Conference standings at that point in the season.Richmond was in first with a 4-0 mark last year. In 2011, Richmond was 3-2 and sitting in third behind Scotland and Pinecrest.And now Richmond is 5-1 and sitting atop the SEC with both Lumberton and Pinecrest trailing b...

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Strength in their power

ROCKINGHAM — Before the season started, Richmond softball coach Wendy Wallace believed her team could hit.She just didn’t realize the power surge that would come along with all the offense. The Raiders have launched 14 home runs this season, a record for a Wallace-coached team.Junior Chelsea Davis leads the squad with six homers and senior Hunter Parks has four. Seniors Ashton Davenport, Jennifer Steen and Jessica Steen as well as junior Jordan Richardson eac...

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Defying terrorists with a new limb, renewed hope

I first saw fear in a mother’s face in Belfast. Her daughter’s school was next door to a building that had just been fire-bombed by terrorists. The children had been evacuated just in the nick of time, but the mother’s voice, even her hands, still quivered as she recounted the close call to me.But I saw strength in another mother’s face when she was interviewed in Boston in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing last year. When I recently talked to that mothe...

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‘I couldn’t believe it happened again’

RED SPRINGS — When Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood earlier this month, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, it was news around the world.For Flora Macdonald Academy volunteer and Richmond County native Alonzo Lunsford, the April 2 shooting was more than a headline — it was tragic reminder of what he endured during the first massacre at the same Army base more than four years ago.“I couldn’t believe it happened again,&...

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First impression: Pa. teacher-recruits travel Hitchcock Creek

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County sure knows how to make a good first impression.Rockingham Middle School Principal Julian Carter coordinated approximately two dozen fellow educators and administrators in kayaks, canoes and on bellyaks down the 3.67-mile stretch of Hitchcock Creek, from Roberdel to the Steele Street access point. Among the paddlers were two Shippensburg (Pa.) University students who, next month, will be newly credentialed teachers looking for jobs.Carte...

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Fidelity Bank not taking challenge sitting down

When one pictures a banker’s job, it’s usually a thought of them sitting down for the majority of the day in front of a desk or teller’s window.That may be true, but the 10 members of Fidelity’s three Richmond County branches’ RichmondFit team have logged quite a few miles on their feet.In March, Fidelity Bank signed up for RichmondFit, a workplace wellness competition launched by the First in Health Richmond County 2020 Task Force....

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Lopez: Golden Egg hunt ‘quite an adventure’

If nothing else, this year’s hunt for the Golden Egg shows that Judy Cagle has a spirit of adventure.Victoria Lopez, 20, of Rockingham, won the $500 prize when she found the egg Friday afternoon on Cagel Grave Road, located off Grassy Island Road on the outskirts of Ellerbe. While the Golden Football was found last fall after seven of 12 possible clues had been published, it took nine clues to lead Lopez to the Golden Egg. Lucky for her, it took everyone else more than that....

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3.67 miles of team building

Saturday’s coverage for Richmond County Daily Journal staff proved that work doesn’t always have to seem like — well, work.Rockingham Middle School Principal Julian Carter showed that the field of education, too, can be something other than “all work and no play.” Carter, through Mari Bennett and staff at LMO Paradise Rentals, led some two dozen fellow administrators and teachers along the 3.67-mile stretch of Hitchcock Creek from Roberdel access point...

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Richmond slips past Swett behind McFayden

PEMBROKE — Cassie McFayden scored two goals to lead Richmond Senior girls soccer team to something it hasn’t accomplished this season.Winning back to back games.Richmond improved to 4-9-1 on the season and 2-5 in the Southeastern Conference with its 3-1 victory over Purnell Swett Monday night.“We didn’t play very well at times,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We were fortunate to get out of Big Mo with a win on Senior N...

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Pinehurst unveils ‘new’ course

This isn’t going to be Payne Stewart’s or Michael Campbell’s Pinehurst No. 2 when the U.S. Open returns to the course that played host to the 1999 and 2005 championships.Instead, it is going to be the one Denny Shute tamed to win the first of his consecutive PGA crowns.Who is Denny Shute, you ask? He is the winner of the 1936 PGA Championship.Shute would probably be pleased to grab his hickory-shaft driver and take a run at Phil Mickelson or ...

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New vision, life for Ellerbe Springs inn and campground

ELLERBE — Life has been stirring at the Ellerbe Springs Inn.After being on the housing market for a year and a half, the famous local inn that sits on 43 acres has been sold to a Maryland couple for $450,000.Mark and Donna Bucheridge currently work at a retirement community in Silver Spring, but have been in search for a good campground facility to start a new chapter in their lives. They fell in love with Ellerbe along the way. When Mark and Donna look at the inn,...

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ROCKINGHAM — Every small southern town with a little bit of history has its ghosts.In many cases the towns themselves are what haunt people with their abandoned buildings and crumbling facades. Memories of better times and long gone places brush the edges of the mind like an early autumn wind announcing the cold to come before retreating like waves into the greater body of fluid consciousness where they are lost.

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Stop for school buses - it’s the law

ROCKINGHAM — First a gray Toyota sedan. Then a black Chevrolet SUV, followed by a white Eagle Talon sedan.Each of these vehicles passed Bus 203 as it was stopped, emergency lights flashing, stop sign and arm extended to the side and front, to allow children to disembark to Little Kingdom Child Care. Each of these drivers broke the law, and two others before them — a white Ford sedan and a green Chevrolet pick-up truck — stretched it as far as possible as they, too...

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