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Marchell David: In her own words

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HAMLET — Marchell David says she’s ready to move on.After serving as Hamlet’s city manager for 21 years, she’s taking a leap of faith and a new position as assistant city manager for community in Raleigh — a job David said seems to be made for her.A Hamlet native, David was raised with strong family and community values that shaped her vision of the future when she was younger and continue to be the stable foundation of all aspects of her life.


My first day of school — and first bully

Most of you may think I was into just about everything when I was 5 years old. Maybe I was, but I didn’t think at the time that what I was doing was bad or mean-natured. I was just a child who had a lot of time on my hands, and I did get into some things that I should not have.The time period that comes to mind would be that of early fall 1959. I was about to enter the first grade. Back during that time period in the rural South, there was no kindergarten . I cannot say that ...

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Three-county team flushed out fugitive

ROCKINGHAM — In a two-week game of cat and mouse, federal fugitive John Adam Rillo always managed to stay just out of reach.Lawmen waded through a Montgomery County pond to capture the 40-year-old meth lab suspect on Thursday afternoon. But in the days leading up to his arrest, all they could do was follow the trail of looted homes they say he left behind.“From what I know, yes, it seemed like they were always right behind him,” Rockingham Police Chief ...

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Local cannabis advocate to speak at seminar

ROCKINGHAM — Medical marijuana advocate Perry Parks has been chosen to speak at a symposium on the subject in Charlotte next weekend.Parks was tapped to participate in a seminar by Cannabis Professional University, a Florida-based organization that “helps advance the (cannabis) industry with responsibility,” according to its website.“I’m honored,” Parks said about the opportunity to speak, calling it a “great challenge.”...

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Parents play vital role in academic success

ROCKINGHAM — Even as the NCAA’s academic requirements for prospective student-athletes is set to increase, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is prepared to keep its standards the same.While the NCHSAA is setting a minimum for its student-athletes to achieve, it does allow local school boards to toughen those requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools requires a 2.0 GPA for its student-athletes and Wake County has a 1.5 GPA standard.Several ...

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Rockingham Pony stays alive

HUNTERSVILLE — Facing possible elimination, the Rockingham Pony All-Star team came out swinging Friday afternoon.Literally.Rockingham pounded out 12 hits en route to defeating High Point 14-3 in a South Region tournament contest at Huntersville Athletic Park.“We swung the bats pretty well,” Rockingham coach Jeff Ingram said. “I didn’t think they pitching as going to be that good, but they weren’t bad.”Five R...

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Deputies: Man sold pills

ROCKINGHAM — A local man is accused of selling prescription drugs, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.Donnie Lee Parker, 37, of Park Street, was arrested Wednesday after deputies say he sold prescription pills.Parker charged with possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and was jailed under a $1,000 bond.Deputies did not specify the kind of pills Parker is accused of selling, but Schedule IV controlled substances include muscle...

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Local pastors embarking on Haiti mission

ROCKINGHAM — “We live out our mission statement, ‘Love God, love others, love the world,’ but now feel especially challenged and called to expand our horizons on this third part — love the world.”That’s why Allison Farrah, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Rockingham, says she wanted to embark on a mission trip to Haiti. She and Senior Pastor Mike Sykes plan to be in the poverty-stricken nation from Aug. 5-13.H...

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Patient completes recovery on 101st birthday

ROBBINS — Earlier this year, Gurney Williams fractured two vertebrae during a fall. Complete recovery from an injury like that would be reason enough for anyone to celebrate.It was even more reason for Williams, who got his discharge and a clean bill of health after five weeks of post-hospitalization care from FirstHealth Home Care on Wednesday.It was his 101st birthday.Williams and his large extended family celebrated both occasions with a birthday cake...

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Sunday hours return at Indian historic site

MOUNT GILEAD — Town Creek Indian Mound will celebrate the return of regular Sunday operational hours on Aug. 3 with ice cream sundaes.The public is invited to join staff for hands-on activities, games and tours of the reconstructed village site between 1 and 5 p.m. The first 50 visitors through the gate will receive a free ice cream sundae. Chappell’s Homemade Ice Cream will be on site throughout the afternoon selling sundaes.Traditionally, Town Creek had bee...

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Bridge may remain closed for another year

WADESBORO — Town officials say they hope the East Wade bridge will be replaced by this time next year.Town public services director Hugh James said that he is waiting for one more permit from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Raleigh before the project can go to bid. As soon as bids are in, the town can begin the physical replacement of the bridge after a long period of waiting for paperwork.“I started working on trying to get this b...

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Tax holiday repeal could send shoppers to S.C.

LAURINBURG — In recent years, shoppers throughout the state have looked to the first weekend in August as a chance to score school supplies, clothing and other items while minimizing the blow to their bank account.But the state’s annual tax-free weekend was canceled, effective this year, by the state General Assembly as part of its 2013 tax overhaul. That move has some county residents exploring other shopping options in the month before school opens.

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OUR VIEW Our loony laws

When pilfering pine needles can carry a higher penalty than driving away in a stolen car, it’s not hard to see that some of North Carolina’s criminal laws are out of whack.Larceny of pine straw is a Class H felony. As for stealing a car — well, we don’t have a state statute specific to motor vehicle theft. It’s covered by the larceny law, and as with other personal property, the value determines the severity of the charge. Stealing a car worth less tha...

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Lawmen capture federal fugitive after 2-week manhunt

ROCKINGHAM — A man wanted on federal meth lab charges has been captured after a 13-day manhunt.John Adam Rillo, 40, of Ellerbe, was taken into custody around 2:30 p.m. Thursday and delivered to the Richmond County Jail 30 minutes later.Richmond sheriff’s deputies say Rillo was found hiding in the edge of a pond just inside Montgomery County.Sheriffs’ offices in Richmond, Montgomery and Moore counties teamed up with the N.C. Division of Adult ...

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Police: Stopping speeders saves lives

ROCKINGHAM — At least four downtown drivers were caught speeding in a one-hour span Wednesday, and police say the traffic stops are part of an ongoing campaign to reduce crashes in the city limits.Officer R.B. Lugabihl of the Rockingham Police Department’s traffic unit was stationed on East Washington Street to monitor passing motorists’ speed. Police Chief Billy Kelly said the sites for targeted enforcement change frequently.“We have four traffic...

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Tax credit claims are poorly scripted

RALEIGH — When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists are castigating Republicans in the General Assembly for proposing a reduction or elimination of North Carolina’s tax credit for film and television production. They say that the tax break, with a state fiscal impact of $61 million a year, is critical to luring and retaining businesse...

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Foundation offers 10 free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free white flowering dogwood trees to new members who join the national nonprofit with a $10 donation during the month of August.The group’s Trees for America campaign allows members to add color to their landscape year-round, the Arbor Day Foundation said in a release.Trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are...

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Board members look at minimum GPA standard

ROCKINGHAM — Stuck between a rock and a hard place.This is where the majority of the state’s school boards find themselves when addressing the minimum requirements for one of their student-athletes to be academically eligible.The vast majority of school boards follow the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s guidelines of a student-athlete needing to pass at least five classes in the traditional school schedule or three of four in the block ...

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