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Woman dies in house fire

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ELLERBE — An early morning fire Monday claimed a Richmond County woman’s life.Crews from the Mountain Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the home at 209 Jones Springs Church Road outside Ellerbe within minutes after receiving the call around 5:40 a.m.Firefighters from Ellerbe Volunteer Fire Department also responded to provide mutual aid. Mountain Creek Chief Keith Smith said both crews arrived around the same time.Smith said Janie Mabe had run back into the home for an unknown reason after escaping outside with her mother, who is around 90 years old.He said firefighters had her out quickly after she was found within three or four feet of the door and initiated CPR. Mabe was pronounced dead at the scene.


Artists sought for fall library exhibit

ROCKINGHAM — The Friends of the Leath Memorial Library group is seeking artists to participate in an exhibit planned from Nov. 7-Dec. 11 in the library’s Calvin Little Room.This exhibit is open to all artists and will feature all two-dimensional works including painting, photography and fiber artwork. This will be the first in a series of quarterly shows that will be held throughout the year at the library.An opening reception to meet the artists is scheduled...

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4-H’ers racking up ribbons in livestock shows

4-H Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit placings have been submitted from the Lee, Moore, and Chatham county livestock shows this past week. Richmond County youth once again placed very high at the show, taking away lots of ribbons, trophies, plaques and premium money.At the Lee County Fair, Jordan Carroll won first place in senior showmanship, Coleman Berry won second in intermediate showmanship and Faith Thompson placed fifth in intermediate showmanship. Tobey Lunceford showed in the...

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Wheeling and dealing: A trader’s tale

I’ve made a lot of trades and deals in my lifetime. No, not paper stocks and bonds, but livestock, dogs, tractors, guns and such. Anything I thought I could possibly make a dollar or two on, I would get. Buy cheap, sell high or get something better by trading up was my way of thinking.Why, I learned the trading business from some of the best old-time traders there were around these parts. It gets in your blood, don’t you know! It’s like gambling — you can...

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LETTER: Spend sales tax on speedway, not rec complex

To the editor:As citizens and taxpayers here in Richmond County, all of you know now that the Rockingham Speedway has closed again and the county is letting the piece of history that has been a staple in this county since it broke ground in 1963 sit idle.The first race was run on Oct. 31, 1965, and was won by Curtis Turner driving for the Wood Brothers in the No. 41 Ford with 35,000 people in attendance. The last race was Feb. 22, 2004, and Matt Kenseth ...

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LETTER: Raider Magic leaves its mark on rivals

To the editor:How ironic is this? I knew Richmond was going to win Saturday’s game against Butler. Why? Richmond is responsible for Butler’s successes.Why do I say this? OK, here goes — it’s no surprise that Richmond Senior has the best football team in North Carolina, period. They set the standard for the rest of the state. OK, here goes the success story: A lot of good teams out there that have won 4A and 4AA championships, Rich...

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Raiders fall to Pats in clash of unbeaten teams

ROCKINGHAM — When Pinecrest needs a lift offensively, it looks to Gerardo Peraza.Against Richmond Senior in a clash of undefeated teams, Peraza stepped to the forefront.The senior scored all four of the Patriots’ goals in a 4-1 Southeastern Conference victory over the Raiders Monday night at Raider Stadium.“He’s a really special player,” Pinecrest coach Evan Saleeby said. “But he doesn’t do it on his own. We had some g...

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Proof that bipartisanship still exists

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s Eighth District. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find commonsense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

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Yellow Jackets buzz Raiders

ROCKINGHAM — Even though Lee County swept Richmond Senior for the second time in less than a week, coach Shellie Wimpey was OK with it.“We played much better against them this time around,” she said.Lee downed Richmond 25-10, 25-21, 25-21 Monday night at Raider Gymnasium. The Raiders are now 7-7 overall on the season.In the previous meeting Wednesday night, the Yellow Jackets claimed a 25-11, 25-11, 25-15 win.“When we show up...

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Jazz legend Coltrane’s Hamlet birthplace finds new life

HAMLET — Jazz lovers and novices alike know the name John Coltrane. What most people don’t know about “Trane” is that he was born in Richmond County.Coltrane was born 88 years ago today — Sept. 23, 1926 — to parents John R. and Alice Blair Coltrane on the second floor of what used to be a two-story hotel on Hamlet Avenue. Although he and his family moved to High Point when Coltrane was only 6 months old, he remains a Richmond County native. And t...

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Rep. Pierce teaches, learns in school visits

HAMLET — State Rep. Garland Pierce spoke with the fourth-graders of Monroe Avenue Elementary School Monday before making a brief stop at the Richmond County Ninth-Grade Academy.It’s all part of the America’s Legislators Back to School Program, but for Pierce, stopping by every school in his four-county district every year is something he feels passionate about on a personal level.

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Rotarians donate dictionaries to county schools

Free dictionaries were delivered to third-grade students around Richmond County on Friday as a part of the Rockingham Rotary Club’s annual initiative.Funds raised from the Rotary’s annual auction are used to purchase the student dictionaries.About 732 dictionaries were delivered to 10 schools including Cordova, Temple Baptist, Second Baptist, West Rockingham, Washington Street, L.J. Bell, Fairview Heights, Monroe Avenue, Mineral Springs and East Rockingham....

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Police: Man caught with meth, pills

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man has been arrested on multiple drug charges, including having methamphetamine and prescription pills.Rockingham police say Michael Ray Chavis, 42, of 411 Bryan St., Rockingham, had 5.5 grams of meth packaged in a plastic bottle.Charging documents state that Chavis was also in possession of lithium batteries and 96 tablets of pseudoephedrine — which are meth precursors — and scales and plastic straws, listed on the warra...

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Library: Give banned books a look

ROCKINGHAM — Sunday marked the beginning of Banned Books Week, that annual span of time dedicated to the celebration of the right and freedom to read and, in the U.S., seeks to ensure the availability of books that have been challenged for presenting unconventional viewpoints.Internationally, the weeklong campaign highlights the plight of writers who face persecution for the content they produce, and readers for what they circulate and read.At Leath Memorial Librar...

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St. Andrews’ team wins in horse show

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Western Team earned two wins at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Shows over the weekend.The team earned champion status both Saturday and Sunday in the competitions hosted at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center. North Carolina State University finished with reserve champion status both days.“You know I am always in awe of my teams each year,” said coach Carla Wennberg. “It seems my great lead...

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LETTER: $15 fast-food minimum wage is unrealistic

To the editor:This is a response to John Hancock’s letter concerning fast-food pay hikes in the Sept. 19 paper.Let me begin by saying that Mr. Hancock’s thoughts are well-intentioned, but absolutely unobtainable and impossible to come to fruition. Of course it is a honorable to advocate for higher wages, however, there are many factors to consider and examine before wages across the board can be raised. I will address as best I can the points...

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The cost of censorship

Finally, a week not to be celebrated with glee.We’re talking, of course, about Banned Books Week, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday. It’s a time not for toasts or cheers — far from it. This is a week to remember some of the darker actions of censorship taken against intellectual freedom in the names of everything from the vague “community standards” to our more modern urge for political correctness.The list of books banned over th...

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Daily Journal parent names regional advertising director

Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media, effective Monday, Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets, including the Richmond County Daily Journal in Rockingham. He succeeds R...

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