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Biofuels plant seeks building permits

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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.


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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In defense of the Southern drawl

Dear Jennifer Adams:I read in the paper about your book, “Say Goodbye to Your Southern Accent,” and I’m much obliged for your advice. But don’t forget that most advice is as useless as a steering wheel on a mule.It’s too late for me to change, Miss Jennifer. I’m practically retired and what I sound like is not that important anymore, except when I call the cable company and the robot lady can’t understand me.

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Getting government out of the way

Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we wrap up Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I’m excited to think about back to school, football season gearing up and a little break from the heat.I just wrapped up a great week traveling the district and meeting with folks to hear their concerns and discuss ways to help revitalize our local communities. Weeks like this are the favorite parts of my job because I enjoy spending time in our communities hearing directly from ...

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Howler monkey a pet from hell

So you think you want a monkey?Most people want things that they have no true understanding of. So comes into the picture of my mama’s want and desire for a pet monkey. Until you’ve owned a monkey, you have no true idea what a monkey is all about. I never owned a monkey; I just hated Mama’s pet monkey.You see, it all started about 1947 when my mother was just a young girl. She had been taken to her first picture show by her grandpa. It was a Tarzan movi...

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Richmond stays perfect against Marlboro

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Richmond Senior remained undefeated following a commanding Friday night performance against Marlboro County.The Raiders bested the Bulldogs 41-19 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The game is part of the Derrick Law Firm Carolina Kickoff Clash presented by Sports Radio 100.3 FM The Team.Richmond is now a perfect 14-0 all-time against Marlboro County.Miles Grant scored three touchdowns, all in the first ha...

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Wheelchair access questioned

ROCKINGHAM — Haywood Morrison Jr. said he missed a former classmate’s funeral because Providence Missionary Baptist Church isn’t wheelchair-accessible.Morrison said the church could be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not having a wheelchair ramp. The funeral several weeks ago at Providence Missionary Baptist was the third one he said he’s been unable to attend because of accessibility issues.“Do you realize how hard i...

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‘The Sandra Bullock of county government’ retires

ROCKINGHAM — As Labor Day weekend begins, Terry Richardson’s career with Richmond County comes to an end.The county held a retirement celebration for Richardson on Friday, acknowledging his 30 years in the water maintenance department.“Terry’s definitely been a great asset to the county water system,” said Public Works Director Bryan Land. “He’s been one of our most dedicated employees. He will truly be missed.”R...

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New fire chief at home in Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM — A week after starting work as fire chief, Harold Isler Jr. made it official by taking his oath of office Friday afternoon.Joined by his wife Tesha, daughter Destiny, parents Elizabeth and Harold Isler Sr., and mother-in-law Tammy Sanders, the new chief swore to uphold the constitutions of the United States and North Carolina and serve the people of Rockingham.Although he was called out to a fire alarm shortly before the ceremony, he still managed to ma...

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Overdose rescue kits available Sunday

Those addicted to prescription painkillers and their loved ones can take home overdose rescue kits with potentially lifesaving medication at Sunday awareness events planned in Fayetteville, Greensboro and Franklin.The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, a grassroots public health organization, will be hosting the events for Overdose Awareness Day, a national initiative observed on Aug. 31. Events will consist of a brief overview of the epidemic, overdose rescue kit education a...

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Indie-rockers The Sammies come home to Anson County

WADESBORO — Some people hear voices in their head. The Sammies hear music.The indie-rock quartet that’s played the famed South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and the Sundance Film Festival is bringing its signature sound to the Ansonia Theatre on Sept. 6.It’s a homecoming of sorts for drummer and vocalist Joseph Huntley (aka Donnie Yale) and guitarist and singer William Huntley (aka Frank Backgammon), who are both Anson County natives....

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FirstHealth oncologist helps lead ovarian cancer fight

PINEHURST — This year, about 21,980 women will learn they have ovarian cancer. If they are diagnosed at an early stage, when the disease is still localized, about 94 percent of them will still be alive after five years.That number is likely to increase with the results of several large studies now in progress to determine the best ways to find ovarian cancer in its earliest stages.September’s observance of Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is des...

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College to offer personal trainer course

LAURINBURG — Fitness buffs who make the gym their second home can help others achieve their fitness goals as personal trainers through a new Richmond Community College course.RCC will offer a course to prepare students to become certified as personal trainers from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall.“The class will cover all the fundamentals you’ll need to pass the personal trainer certification exam,” instructor Derrick Bullard said in a college...

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Richmond Senior grad earns Perdue scholarship

ROCKINGHAM — Mercedes Quick, daughter Ron and Terry Whittington of Rockingham, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, according to a release from the company.She received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue employees and independent contract farm partners. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

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Theft a constant crime in Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Theft is among the most common crimes plaguing Richmond County, police reports and court records show.A collection of incident reports from the Rockingham Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office contain more than three dozen cases of larceny in the month of July alone.Items stolen range from electronics — including cellphones, laptops and televisions — to tools and other equipment, medication, jewelry and even a ros...

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Richmond County workers share Labor Day plans

ROCKINGHAM — As people throughout the United States embark on Labor Day weekend, a few local workers shared their plans for the holiday and what Labor Day means to them.Dameon Moton works for Bryant’s Turf and Landscaping in Rockingham. He said the meaning of Labor Day is simple.“It means a lot,” Moton said. “I get to spend time with my family, and family is important to me. It’s a day off from work.”Moton comes from a...

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Vouchers not about helping poor kids

After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy, unaccountable private-school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.”The claim may be offensive and disingenuous, but it’s not new. It’s been a common refrain among school privatiza...

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