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4 freed from stuck elevator

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ROCKINGHAM — Firefighters freed four children who were briefly stuck in an elevator Tuesday afternoon at Discovery Place Kids.“One of the guests hit the emergency button in the elevator and emergency procedures were implemented, where the city of Rockingham and the Rockingham Fire Department were called,” Discovery Place spokeswoman Kaitlin Rogers said in a statement.Rockingham Fire Chief Charles Gardner said he arrived at the museum around 3:10 after the elevator door failed to open.Gardner said that a cable that releases the doors had “jumped off the track” from the pulley system.The chief said he used an emergency key that opens the doors slightly.


Upcoming rule emphasizes academics for athletes

ROCKINGHAM — It’s like an earthquake in the middle of the ocean.Everyone knows the tsunami is coming, but they are helpless to do anything to combat it.This is similar to how college coaches had to feel when the NCAA decided to increase its academic eligibility standards.There was a small bit of good news — these new rules won’t be applied until the high school class of 2016 graduates.Even though the years in between can be c...

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Leviner gives WCU verbal commitment

ROCKINGHAM — Cody Leviner felt like it was “weight off of his shoulders.”What Leviner was referring to was his decision to verbally commit to Western Carolina University to play baseball.“I’m glad to get it out of the way,” Leviner said. “When you aren’t committed, it’s all you think about.”Leviner added he was right at home when he and his family visited the Cullowhee campus.“I reall...

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Shooting suspect captured

WADESBORO — A Hamlet man wanted in connection with a shooting near the Pee Dee River last week has been caught.Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said deputies arrested 35-year-old Michael Kevin Allen without incident shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.Allen was found at a home on Usrey Road in a rural area southeast of Lilesville, the sheriff said.Deputies say Allen shot and assaulted William David Scott, 54, of Rockingham at a boat landing on the Anson County...

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Hamlet loses second official in two days

HAMLET — Miranda Chavis, Hamlet Depot and Museums manager and downtown coordinator, has resigned effective Aug. 22.Hamlet city officials received her letter of resignation on Tuesday. Chavis did not want to discuss her reasons for parting ways with the city.“I have no comment to make,” said Chavis. “It was a personal decision and I’m going to leave it in my personal life. I do not have immediate plans for the future. Time will tell.”...

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SBI probes fire chief embezzlement claims

MORVEN — Fire Chief Mark Holloway is the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation probe, the attorney general’s office says.“I can confirm that SBI agents are investigating allegations of embezzlement of funds from the Morven Fire Department by Chief Mark Holloway,” N.C. Department of Justice spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Friday. “The investigation was opened in May at the request of the local district attorney.”Neither the district...

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Hear Daily Journal headlines on WAYN 900 AM

ROCKINGHAM — Starting on Wednesday, lunchtime listeners can hear Richmond County Daily Journal headlines on WAYN 900 AM three days a week.The Daily Journal has partnered with WAYN to feature local news stories on the air in a Monday, Wednesday and Friday segment that’s scheduled for broadcast between 12:05 and 12:10 p.m.Listeners will hear brief summaries of the day’s news stories and be directed to the newspaper’s website,

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4-H youth gearing up for showmanship circuit

4-H youth are busy preparing for the start of the 2014 4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit season. They have been training and clipping their animals for the past month. Many of them get their animals as soon as school lets out for the summer.The entire circuit is proudly sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit and Cape Fear Farm Credit. This funding is used to operate the circuit. The county shows are in both Farm Credit territories, which makes it a great partnership. The first show wi...

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Rep. Hudson wrong on health care

To the editor:I would like to thank the Democrats who shoved Social Security and Medicare down our throats years ago. I also thank the ones who took over from a Republican administration that took a country that was running a surplus and led it into a recession, leaving us with a projected $1.2 trillion budget deficit.I saw a report the other day where we added more than 200,000 jobs for the fifth straight month and it was 52 straight months we had added...

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LETTER: Cars, cards are easy theft targets

To the editor:A lack of regulations in North Carolina make it so easy to steal some property.I call attention to the Friday, July 18, Richmond County Daily Journal headline: “Pair charged with selling stolen cars.”A man and woman are charged with selling three vehicles with a total value of $14,000 for $1,178 at a local scrap yard.It is so easy to do. North Carolina obviously has no enforceable law requiring a salvage ya...

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OUR VIEW: A better Ledbetter Lake

“Voluntary tax” sounds like as much of an oxymoron as “dry lake.” But in Richmond County, the first seemingly contradictory phrase could be the solution for the second.Ledbetter Lake property owners want the drained reservoir north of Rockingham replenished, and doing so requires repairs to cracks in an aging dam that could cost as much as $2.3 million. To fund the fix, they’ve asked county commissioners to borrow the money, then recoup it from homeown...

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Man charged with church break-in

WADESBORO — Police have charged a man with breaking into and stealing from a local church.Wadesboro police on July 17 arrested Curtis Little Jr., 34, on charges of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering.Police Chief Thedis Spencer said Little broke into Ebenezer Baptist Church at 612 Salisbury St.Little has a criminal record dating back to 1996. He was released from prison in August 2009 after serving a 6-month prison...

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Kids found naked on roadside, mom arrested

WADESBORO — A woman has been arrested and charged with child abuse after her two young children were found walking naked along a rural Anson County road.Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen reported on Monday that deputies were called to a rural area near Wadesboro on July 15. Around 1:15 p.m., Pee Dee Electric employees found two small children walking naked off Gulledge Road, about 7 miles miles south of Wadesboro.The children — a 2-year-old boy and a 3-year-ol...

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Rockingham Pony team ready for next step

ROCKINGHAM — The end result in Asheboro was just as Rockingham Pony coach Jeff Ingram hoped.Rockingham relied on strong pitching, solid defense and generating runs playing small ball to finish 4-0 in the round-robin section tournament with Asheboro and Bennett to win the title and advance to the East Zone South Region beginning tonight in Davidson.Rockingham is scheduled to square off with the host team, Davidson, in the nightcap. Game time is set for 8 p.m. High P...

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Warrant: Sodas used as ‘deadly weapon’ in assault

ROCKINGHAM — A woman accused of an attack with a case of sodas is facing an assault with a deadly weapon charge.Tina Harrington, 42, of 1314 Cauthen Drive, was arrested Friday on the misdemeanor charge. Coletha Sharnae Battle of Cabel Boulevard accused Harrington of hitting her in the leg with the case of sodas earlier that day, according to an arrest warrant.Battle gave verbal testimony to a Richmond County magistrate, who issued the warrant for Harrington’s...

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Hamlet city manager resigns

HAMLET — Marchell Adams-David is spreading her wings.The Hamlet city manager has resigned effective Aug. 22 and accepted a position as one of three assistant city managers in Raleigh, according to officials in the state’s capital city.David, who was out of town Monday, said by phone that she wanted to thank Hamlet residents and was excited about her future in Raleigh.“This was a difficult decision because I truly love my staff and my home com...

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Lawnmower racing to return

ELLERBE — Riding lawnmowers will dart around the dirt track once more, spinning tires, slinging clay and drawing crowds to Richmond County.Five weeks after a dispute stalled lawnmower racing at the Ellerbe Lions Club’s lawnmower track, organizers are reopening the facility and planning a seven-race schedule through year’s end. The track will be open from 3-7 p.m. Saturday for a “test-and-tune, meet-and-greet” afternoon of practice laps.̶...

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Daily Journal has a new look, thanks to you

The Richmond County Daily Journal is launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout and more effective for our advertisers today.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Daily Journal is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available.But while we may be in the middle of a digital revol...

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