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Voter turnout high

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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 had been cast. Forty-five minutes later, the total was up to 634.The final vote tally for the day was 874.“I hope this is every day and more,” Kelly said.


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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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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Richmond resident leads ‘Steel Magnolias’ cast

WADESBORO — Richmond County resident Lindsay Melton will lead a local cast in the Ansonia Theatre’s Nov. 7 production of “Steel Magnolias.”Set in in Truvy’s Beauty Shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana, “Steel Magnolias” is a classic tale centered around a group of gossipy Southern ladies and the bonds that hold them together. The show runs for two weekends, Nov. 7-9 and 14-16.The play, written by Robert Harling and based on a true story...

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4-H showmen win N.C. State Fair pins

Richmond County 4-H members made a strong showing in the N.C. State Fair’s junior doe goat show and junior doe showmanship competition.Eight Richmond County youth displayed their commercial breeding does. They have been working with their animals since June and the animals returned to the farm to be bred after the state fair. Youth competing in the junior meat goat doe show included Coleman Berry, Jordan Carroll, Madelyn Chappell, Savannah Chappell, Abigail Hamilton, Brianna ...

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LETTERS: Failing to vote won’t lead to better leaders

To the editor:While I can understand Donald Auman’s Oct. 21 frustrations with the ballot choices we are too often presented at election time, I cannot share his evident cynicism, nor his prescription of simply not voting. Contrary to Mr. Auman’s assertion, too many registered voters have not forgotten their right to cast a ballot.Some 55 percent to 60 percent of them usually sit out the midterm elections, while the numbers get worse during mu...

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LETTER: Halloween no time for candy-grabbing grownups

To the editor:I guess we all look forward to this time of year. The crisp, cool mornings and warm days are welcome after the hot weather of summer. Starting our holidays comes Labor Day, then Halloween. I have a problem with Halloween — but not about the celebrating or the cute kids who come to our door or the mommies and daddies who take the little ones out for their first, second or even third venture into the unknown and scary evening each Oct 31.

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LETTER: Recreation complex tax a shortsighted idea

To the editor:Wake up, county and city residents!The Rockingham City Council adopted a parks and recreation plan on Feb. 8, 2005. It’s amazing that of the 4,500 surveys sent out by the city that none made it to the doorways of residents living along Old Aberdeen Road. There was no mention as to how many surveys were actually mailed to out-of-town residents versus in-town residents. Actual respondents to the survey were 72 residents within the city ...

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Jenkins, Sykes wed

Miss Mary Abigail “Abbey” Jenkins of Burlington and Mr. Jarod Heath Sykes of Burlington were united in marriage on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Marks Church in Burlington.The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Ethan Seifried.The bride is the daughter of Graham Jenkins of Rockingham and Cathy and Scott Fletcher of Southern Pines. She is the granddaughter of the late Clyde and Ruth Jenkins of Rockingham, the late Robert H. Curlee of Rockingham and ...

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Early voting starts at 3 locations

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County voters can get a head start on this year’s election cycle as early voting begins today.County maintenance workers and elections staff spent Wednesday afternoon preparing a room at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in downtown Rockingham for voters to cast their ballots.Ten regular and two handicapped voting booths were assembled and set up, signs and posters were hanged and locks were changed on the five doors leading into the...

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Projection has Richmond going east

ROCKINGHAM — Just like in college football, the magic number to make the state playoffs in North Carolina appears to be six.At least on the 4A or 4AA level. Just eight of the 64 teams that advanced to the postseason in 2013 had less than six wins. Of those eight, only Northern Durham (3-8), Southeast Raleigh (4-6) and TC Roberson (4-7) had records worse than 5-6.The only reason those three qualified for the playoffs was because of conference standings.

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Altman qualifies for state tourney

ROCKINGHAM — Hannah Altman didn’t plan on making the 4A state tournament. It just kind of happened.“To be honest, we got halfway though, I wasn’t really shooting for (it), I was kinda knocking the ball around until my daddy (Mackie Altman) said I had a shot,” she said. “I was shooting for 95 or 96 because no one knew what the qualifications were going to be. He told me if you bogey every hole at least and then make two pars (to qualify). I got my...

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