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Richmond Raiders star’s killing still unsolved

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ROCKINGHAM — It’s been 12 years since former Richmond Senior star football player Walter Franklin Long and one of his neighbors were shot and killed in Long’s Salisbury apartment.Today, the double-homicide remains unsolved and his younger brother wants to know why.“I don’t think the police are doing all they can,” said Zack Long, who had recently turned 14 years old when his brother was killed on April 25, 2002.“It gets me every year around my birthday,” which is March 31, he said. “That’s one of the hardest parts about it.”


Scotland QB injured in ATV accident

Staff reportLAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback and Georgia Tech verbal commit Jaylend Ratliffe was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital following a Wednesday afternoon ATV accident, according to sources close to the incident, where he remains in critical condition.Ratliffe and teammate Dakota Holland were riding through a wooded area when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. The accident left Ratliffe and Holland with injuries, but both ...

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Lawnmower races back on track

ELLERBE — The new and improved Lions’ Den dirt track is a hit with lawnmower racers.Drivers tested out the reconfigured track at a “test and tune, meet and greet” event held Saturday at the Ellerbe Lions Club facility. Lawnmower races will return next month as the track reopens under new management.The new track has modified straightaways and a smoother turn to improve safety, according to Rex Crouch Jr. and Wayne Taylor Jr., who are teaming up to...

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Middle finger leads to man’s arrest

WADESBORO — A man’s middle finger has landed him in legal trouble.An Anson County sheriff’s deputy on Monday arrested a 19-year-old passerby who is accused of flipping him the bird while driving past the home where a man was found shot to death early that day.William Dunlap of 181 Rivers St., Wadesboro, faces a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. An arrest warrant states that Dunlap raised his finger at Deputy Vance Bennett while driving past the ...

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Raising quality kids — and not just goats

Interest in meat goats has grown rapidly over the past several years. According to Ohio State University Extension, goat is the most frequently consumed meat in the world and, in the U.S., meat goat production is growing because of their ability to convert low-quality feed into high-quality meat, milk and hide products.Another reason for the meat goats’ popularity is that a small part-time farmer can raise a small herd of goats efficiently and make a slight profit — ena...

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Year in Review: Flowers scores in bunches vs. Jack Britt

ROCKINGHAM — The play wasn’t really designed for him, but in the end it didn’t really matter.Brent Flowers scored on a 5-yard keeper to make it six rushing touchdowns on the night against Jack Britt.Flowers said it was a high snap that forced him to run the ball behind a wall of blockers into the end zone.“I had to jump and by that time the dive was past me and I just followed his block,” Flowers said. “I didn’t care I...

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County health officials: Guard against mosquito virus

ROCKINGHAM —Richmond County health officials are warning residents to be on guard for a virus spread by mosquitoes that has infected 10 North Carolina residents to date.Chikungunya (pronounced: chik-en-goon-ya,) is a vector-borne illness spread to humans by infected mosquitoes. And since it is a virus, antibiotics are useless against it.“The good news is that there are common actions you can take to prevent the chances of being infected,” Health Directo...

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Historical marker added to 1890 courthouse bell

ROCKINGHAM — A historical marker installed Tuesday morning marks the second stage of a project to restore Richmond County’s 1890 courthouse bell.A work crew from Custom Monument in Rockingham installed the granite marker in front of the bell on the 1924 courthouse lawn facing Lee Street and the new Richmond County Judicial Center.The Richmond County Historical Society will hold a dedication ceremony for the bell at a later date. The installation of the restor...

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Find the golden seashell, win $500

Richmond County residents can win $500 by reading the newspaper and taking part in a community treasure hunt.The Richmond County Daily Journal is launching its annual Golden Seashell Hunt on Wednesday. A gold-painted conch shell has been hidden on public property in Richmond County, and clues published in the paper over the next few weeks will help direct attentive readers to its location.

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LETTER: Haggard’s ‘Fightin’ Side’ stokes my American pride

To the editor:Wow, does that song bring back memories! I heard that old Merle Haggard song, “The Fightin’ Side of Me” on the Mike Huckabee show Saturday night. It took me back to the Vietnam era when so many of our heroes were giving everything they had for our country.So many gave all they had. Many came back broken, but not bowed. We had people back then just like Obama today who were running down our country. We told them back then, “If you don...

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A blanket fit for a prize racehorse

Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol ’Charley’s store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store.He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that had enough rhinestones on it to choke a horse. He had a wide-brim 10-gallon hat on and fancy cowboy boots on with a set of silver spurs attached.The stranger strutted up to the counter and growled at Charley, “I want to ...

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2 sought in home invasion killing

WADESBORO — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men suspected of shooting and killing a 21-year-old in a Monday home invasion.Anson County deputies said two intruders burst into a home off U.S. 52 near Anson Middle School and shot Dameon Yimaine Thomas multiple times as he sat on the couch with his girlfriend around 12:52 a.m.Thomas died at the scene and the men were gone when deputies arrived minutes later. Thomas’s girlfriend gave investigators a...

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UPDATE: Hospital janitor accused of patient sex acts

HAMLET — A janitor at Sandhills Regional Medical Center is accused of having sex with one female patient and engaging in sex acts with another in the hospital’s psychiatric ward.Thadus Gerome Primus, 44, of 116 Bryson Drive, Hamlet, was arrested Saturday on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse. Sandhills Regional Medical Center said Primus is a contract worker and was not employed by the Hamlet hospital.

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Libraries add digital audiobooks, magazines

ROCKINGHAM — That little red card that lets you check out books from any of Richmond County’s libraries has gone high-tech.The library card now grants you free access to audiobooks and digital and interactive editions of nearly 100 popular magazines.Bobbie Grooms, director of the Richmond County Library System, said the services were added to expand on the libraries’ existing offerings. She cited convenience as one positive reason for exploring them....

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Moped rider dies in U.S. 1 crash

CHERAW, S.C. — A 60-year-old moped rider died Saturday when he turned in front of an oncoming box truck on U.S. 1, according to state troopers.The crash happened while a 1995 International box truck driven by 61-year-old Clide Watson was passing the 2009 VIP moped in a passing zone 4 miles south of the Cheraw town limits, said Lance Cpl. David Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol.Jones said Watson’s truck hit the moped when the rider tried to turn left into a pri...

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AG Cooper: Give up fight against same-sex marriage

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South.“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws,” Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote.The 2-1 ruling applies throughout the circuit that a...

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Year in Review: Raiders find success on tennis courts

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior may not historically be known as a tennis hotbed, but in recent years it has been.Richmond’s boys tennis team has qualified for the 4A dual team playoffs the last three seasons and also has been represented in either singles or doubles play in the state tournament three out of the last four years.First-year coach Mike James led Richmond to an 11-2 overall record and an 8-2 mark in SEC play. Richmond advanced to face East Chapel Hi...

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Raiders headed to cheer camp

HAMLET — Richmond Senior High School cheerleaders will attend a cheer camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.The Richmond County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the request during a called meeting Monday morning. Dennis Quick, the county school system’s executive director of auxiliary services, presented school board members with a request to approve the cheerleading camp.The field trip was the only item discussed be...

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