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Special Response Team raids room for wanted man

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team raided a room at the Budgetel Inn around 8:30 Friday morning to arrest a man wanted in Charlotte.Deputies say they assisted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team in the arrest of 26-year-old Osco Lotharie Jackson.Jackson was wanted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, according to Richmond County deputies.According to a CMPD report, Jackson shot Janero Starks in the leg and abdomen during the early morning hours last Saturday. Police say Starks suffered life-threatening injuries and was treated at Carolinas Medical Center.


Troopers stress bus safety

HAMLET — State troopers will have a visible presence Monday as students return to class across Richmond County, and 1st Sgt. A.K. Dietrich wants drivers to keep traffic safety laws for school buses and school zones in mind.Dietrich said that the county’s number of investigated collisions between January and July 2014 has dropped significantly in all demographics since the same time in 2013, and the number of collisions involving school buses has seen a similar decline. ...

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ISIS and a bleak American future

People willing to work for what they need and what they want will suffer the burden of their labor. They will take deep pride in their achievements — and what their labor has given them in return.People lazy in their life will be lazy in their labor. These people will never give back more than they take. These people live among us, they take from our labor. They take because the system — not we, the people — allows this. The people have been forgotten; we, the lab...

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‘Warrior cops’ or community policing?

Armored vehicles roll down the street as men with assault rifles — wearing flak vests and helmets — stand nearby.The air is filled with clouds of smoke as canisters of gas are fired all around.Journalists are threatened with capture and death at gunpoint. Some are even arrested.This isn’t a military action in Afghanistan, Iraq or Israel.It’s the police in Ferguson, Missouri, attempting to quell the outrage following the Aug. ...

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Richmond tips Rocky River in opener

MINT HILL — Rocky River’s Jaire Alexander broke free down the middle of the field as Naiil Ramadan lofted the ball toward the end zone.Alexander had reeled in two touchdown receptions from Ramadan earlier in the game and it appeared as if he was going to get his third.Then seemingly out of nowhere, Richmond’s Daryus Skinner appeared to get a fingertip on the ball to knock it away from Alexander. Rather, as Skinner called it, “four fingertips.̶...

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Richmond County courted Cascades project for 2 years

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County officials say Cascades Tissue Group’s decision to shift paper converting operations to neighboring Scotland County followed a prolonged recruitment effort to keep the 50-plus jobs hereCounty Manager Rick Sago said local leaders and state economic development officials negotiated with Cascades Inc. for two years in an effort to find a suitable site to expand the converting division’s Richmond County footprint when it outgrew its space i...

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Free legal clinic on wills, advance directives

ELLERBE — A will is one of the most important documents anyone should have ready, but many adults have never taken steps toward making their last will and testament.North Carolina general statute 31-1., “Who may make will,” states that any person of sound mind who is 18 or older can draft a legally valid will.Confusion over the “rules” of making a will and the human tendency to procrastinate often prevent people from ever writing a will, lea...

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Imaging center reopens at Richmond Memorial

ROCKINGHAM — Health care, government and business leaders gathered Monday to mark the opening of FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital’s newly renovated imaging center.Those in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Richmond County Chamber of Commerce members, FirstHealth of the Carolinas representatives, hospital Board of Advisers members and members of the Rockingham City Council and Richmond County Board of Commissioners.The imaging center of...

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Schools name top teacher, principal

HAMLET – There was an air of anticipation at the Cole Auditorium as more than 600 teachers gathered Thursday for the 2014 Richmond County Schools Convocation.The opening ceremony is held each year to welcome back teachers as well as to inspire them for the upcoming year. This year was no different as teachers were reminded of the purpose behind their passion—their students.New this year were the motivational speeches of five Richmond County students from scho...

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2-year project sought to bring Cascades expansion to Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Before Cascades Tissue Group announced a Scotland County expansion and the transfer of 50 to 60 Rockingham jobs, local leaders spent roughly two years trying to keep all regional Cascades operations in Richmond County.County Manager Rick Sago said he worked with the company and state economic development officials in an effort to find Cascades’ paper converting operations a permanent Richmond County home.

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LETTER: Dedicate community center to selfless volunteer

To the editor:I want to speak out to the Piney Grove community, and all of Richmond County, but more so to the people of Piney Grove. We honor our dead, we talk about what great deeds these beloved people have done after their deaths. It seems that this is the way that we honor our dead. Why? It does not have to be this way.Why can we not honor these people today while they live? Let us show gratitude for their great deeds. Show these great citizens what...

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Bad-luck Bubba goes to the beach

Several years ago, my friend Bubba and I decided we would take our wives on a weekend trip to the beach. Now, if you have been keeping up with my column, you know that going anywhere with Bubba is an adventure.Bubba was working second shift at a local mill and we decided to pull out for the beach when he got off from work on a Friday night. Bubba wanted us to drive his car, so it was midnight before we got loaded up and headed for the beach.

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Ravens have revenge on the mind

ROCKINGHAM — Rocky River coach Jason Fowler wants his team to make a better showing than it did last year against Richmond Senior.The Raiders rushed for 402 yards and passed for another 102 en route to a 37-13 victory over the Ravens. Richmond’s defense limited Rocky River to 249 total yards and shut out the visitors in three of the four quarters.“They are so hard to prepare for,” Fowler said about Richmond. “We don’t see it (the sprea...

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Raiders return tons of talent

ROCKINGHAM — As Richmond Senior coach Paul Hoggard scans his roster this season, he sees a lot of talent returning.But he also had a lot depart.Richmond finished 9-4 last season and finished third in the Southeastern Conference with a 3-2 mark. It was the worst finish for the team since the SEC reformed in 2009. Richmond downed Lake Norman 55-27 in the first round of the state 4AA playoffs before falling to Northwest Guilford 31-12 in the the next round....

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Raiders race past Ravens

ROCKINGHAM — Jayvon Boyer scored three touchdowns and Leon Zeigler threw for another two to pace the Richmond Senior junior varsity football team to a 47-12 home win over Rocky River Thursday night.Boyer scored the game’s first touchdown on an 85-yard run in the first quarter. At the start of the second half, he returned the kickoff 80 yards for his second score of the night. Boyer added a 60-yard run later in the third quarter.Zeigler hooked up with Malik Ba...

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State, students salute retired teacher

ROCKINGHAM —Betty Yount was “still in shock” a day after receiving the state’s most prestigious service award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.Yount worked for Richmond County Schools for about 30 years before retiring in 1983. Four of those years were spent at the old Hoffman School.“It was my birthday yesterday,” Yount said on Thursday. “My two daughters told me they wanted to take me out to lunch at the National Clubhouse in P...

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Coal ash cleanup bill passes

ROCKINGHAM — A bill addressing the coal ash controversy following a spill into the Dan River earlier this year is on its way to the governor’s desk.Lawmakers passed the Coal Ash Management Act late Wednesday before the General Assembly adjourned for the rest of the year.The bipartisan legislation sets up a commission to oversee the management of coal combustion residuals, creates four priority sites across the state that have to be dealt with before any other...

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Uniform shop sells approved school fashions

HAMLET — For 12 years, Richmond County Schools’ uniform dress code has sent parents and students to Teresa Hatcher’s store.The Golden Rule at 1805 Hylan Ave., Hamlet, sells school-approved uniforms for all Richmond and Anson County schools as well as middle schools in Cheraw and Pageland in South Carolina and a couple of schools in Montgomery County.“We get customers from all over North Carolina,” Hatcher said. “Kids will be staying wi...

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