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Voters to decide on sales tax increase

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County roadsides are dotted with blue signs exclaiming “Vote Yes for Parks and Rec” and “Vote Yes for Jobs and Growth.”The signs, which first appeared in September, seem to be multiplying as the Nov. 4 general election draws nearer and the billboards along U.S. 74 Business bearing the same message are hard to miss.If voters heed those signs, Richmond County will adopt a permanent one-quarter cent sales tax increase that will initially be used to help fund the construction of a multi-use recreational complex.But not everyone is on board, and the mere mention of a sales tax increase is enough to make some residents’ blood boil.


What’s going on in Richmond County churches this weekend?

The deadline for all church briefs is 5 p.m. Thursdays. Items may be dropped off at our office at 105 E. Washington St., Rockingham, or sent to us via email to, with the subject line of Church News.SATURDAYFIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF HAMLET will have its monthly breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. The menu consists of two meats, eggs, grits, biscuit and gravy, juice and coffee for...

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Report reveals details in Hamlet police car crash

HAMLET — An Oct. 16 crash involving a tractor-trailer, a marked police cruiser and a passenger car left a damaged Hamlet Police Department car and minor injuries in its wake.According to the crash report filed by 1st Sgt. A.K. Dietrich of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Landon Lollis of Seneca, S.C., was driving the transfer truck belonging to Lisk Trucking Inc. north on N.C 177 at the intersection with McDonald Avenue.A car driven by Ebony Crystal Gomez of Rockingham was...

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Group to honor former Hamlet city manager

HAMLET — Unity for the Community Richmond County will sponsor its third annual charity and scholarship event from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cole Auditorium, 1042 W. Hamlet Ave.The event will honor former Hamlet City Manager Marchell David with proceeds going toward the Brian Edward David Scholarship Fund.David recently left the city of Hamlet to accept an assistant city manager position in Raleigh. She worked for the city for more than 20 years and served as city manag...

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Sportscaster Billy Packer to speak at McInnis campaign event

ROCKINGHAM — Emmy-winning sportscaster Billy Packer and U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson will speak at a campaign event for Republican state Senate candidate Tom McInnis on Tuesday.The event is planned from 6-8 p.m. at the Rotary Lodge on Hinson Lake. Tickets are available by calling 910-997-1555 or emailing is a former assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University and a color analyst who has covered every NCAA Division I men’s bask...

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On lapel pins and politicians

Anyone who’s had a decent conversation with me knows my thoughts on government.Just because I don’t think very highly of it — or some of its actors — doesn’t mean I don’t pay attention to it.Actually, I have to. It’s part of my job.And while I’m not too keen on politicians, I do have a fondness for lapel pins and buttons, which Sen. Gene McLaurin often observes.When I went to cover an event this past w...

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Befriending rats and trapping skunks

The day when my baby brother came home with a shoebox full of baby rats , well, Mama did not take to that at all. At the time, we lived near a man who had a junkyard. My brother was about 5 years old and quite adventurous.He liked to go out on his own and hunt for things to play with. On this day, he had gone to the junkyard and started looking under old pasteboard boxes. He had been taught this by his older brother — me.He was looking for baby mice, but he did not...

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OUR VIEW: Colleges flunk on free speech

College students in North Carolina all too often find themselves in hot water for exercising the rights they learn in lecture halls.Two North Carolina schools — Appalachian State University in Boone and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — were named to a list of the 10 worst colleges in America for free speech last year. The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonpartisan rights advocacy group, releases the annual list just ...

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6 candidates vie for 4 seats on county board

ROCKINGHAM —Four seats are up for grabs on the Richmond County Board of Commissioners this year and six candidates are competing for those spots.Three current commissioners — Don Bryant, Ben Moss and Thad Ussery — are trying to keep their positions.Former county commissioner Peggy Covington is looking to get back on the board, while newcomers Herbie Long and Donnie Richardson seek to try their hands at county governance.To help give voters mo...

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Pats edge Raiders for SEC title

SOUTHERN PINES — The rubber match between Richmond Senior and Pinecrest couldn't be decided in regulation.So the two teams went to overtime.After more than 97 minutes of action, Pinecrest finally broke a scoreless tie when Cole Ritch headed in a cross from Gerardo Peraza for the only goal of the Southeastern Conference championship clash.With their 1-0 victory, the Patriots (15-1-3) earn the No. 1 seed in the SEC when the North Carolina High School Athle...

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Lumberton eyes upset of No. 1 Richmond

ROCKINGHAM — It’s been a while since Lumberton defeated Richmond Senior on the gridiron.The event is so rare, it has occurred just once in the series between the two schools.The Pirates’ lone high point in the 28 contests with the Raiders came during the 1986 season, a 21-6 victory.Since then, Richmond has reeled off 19 straight victories and outscored Lumberton 768-115 during this stretch or 40.4 to 6 each game. The Raiders have shut out the...

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Raiders prep for regional meet

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior’s Brandon Silva has surprised himself with the way he has performed this season.Silva has been the Raiders’ top finisher in all the cross country meets and took ninth in last week’s Southeastern Conference meet.“I’m a freshman, I didn’t expect someone like me to do too much against people with experience because the more you practice, the better you are,” Silva said. “I didn’t expect...

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Voter turnout high

ROCKINGHAM — A steady stream of voters flowed in and out of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office Monday for the first day of early voting.“I’m very pleased with this wonderful turnout,” said Connie Kelley, elections director for Richmond County. “It’s been great.”She said there was a rush early on as more than 100 people came through in the first hour after the polls opened at 9 a.m.By 2 p.m. 569 ballots ha...

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Libertarian Haugh challenges Hagan, Tillis

ROCKINGHAM — Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis are set to go head to head in November’s midterm elections. But they are not the only contestants in this year’s volatile race.Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate, came out of retirement from politics when he realized there was no one representing his party in the election. And while Libertarians don’t tend to make a strong showing in contests at the state and federal level, ...

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Creepy Creek Paddle offers frightful fun

ROCKINGHAM — Mari Bennett of LMO Rentals is scaring up a few thrills this weekend at the Roberdel entrance to the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail with an inaugural Creepy Creek Paddle starting Sunday at 4:30 p.m.There’s no entry fee, and participants should dress in their best Halloween attire and decorate their kayaks for a chance to win one of three prizes including “creek goodies,” such as official Creepy Creek T-shirts and equipment that will come in handy fo...

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FirstHealth introduces Home Care car fleet

PINEHURST — FirstHealth Home Care observed Home Care Month a little early this year (in October instead of November) with the Oct. 21 delivery of an entire fleet of 30 cars ordered from Enterprise Fleet Management.Members of the Home Care staff will use the brand-new 2015 Nissan Versas to make patient visits. Since the staff traveled more than 450,000 miles to make those visits last year, the cars will mean a considerable cost-savings to FirstHealth of the Carolinas as well a...

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FirstHealth Fitness-Richmond names new manager

ROCKINGHAM — With a decade of experience in managing group fitness and personal training programs — including a program with multiple locations — in his background, Jonathan Pope brings leadership, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to his new job as manager of FirstHealth Fitness-Richmond.He assumed the new role on Oct. 1, replacing former manager Kim Covington, who resigned to spend more time with her family.

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Chamber seeks nominees for Citizen of the Year

HAMLET — The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce is asking for nominations for the Richmond County Citizen of the Year, an award given each year to a person for his or her devotion to community service in Richmond County. Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 1.As 2014 draws to an end, the chamber is now seeking nominees from the community. Nominations for the award come from chamber members and others who see these extraordinary individuals in action day in and...

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