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Tent city prepares for first residents

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ROCKINGHAM — Homeless advocates are pitching tents, sorting clothes and recruiting volunteers this week as they prepare to open the Place of Grace tent city on Saturday.The community for homeless men and women is located between the city limits of Rockingham and Hamlet on property owned by New Life Church. Organizers have planned their first cookout and yard sale fundraiser from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the church on Airport Road.Mark Joplin of Transitional Services of Richmond County and the Rev. Gary Richardson of New Life Church have been working to prepare the site to receive its first residents by accepting donations of items, time and talent from people all over Richmond County.

 

Raiders ready to race into season

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior cross country coach Reggie Miller has a plan for his runners to compete with the likes of Pinecrest.He just hopes everything will come together.Richmond will open its season today at Hinson Lake against Hoke and Purnell Swett.Miller said his teams will be mainly inexperienced as cross country runners, but added some have competed as runners elsewhere.“We’re young, we got a lot of new runners,” Mil...

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Four SEC teams stay perfect

ROCKINGHAM — The members of the Southeastern Conference continue to impress during the early part of the season.The six teams once again posted a 5-1 record in Week 2. Four schools — Lumberton, Pinecrest, Richmond Senior and Scotland — are still undefeated. The other two — Hoke and Purnell Swett — are 1-1.Lumberton 35, Pine Forest 21LUMBERTON — It didn’t take long for Lumberton to get on the scoreboard...

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Biofuels plant seeks building permits

Biofuels maker Enviva is in the process of getting construction permits for wood pellet plants in Richmond and Sampson counties and one in South Carolina, company officials said last week.Permits that will allow the wood pellet manufacturer to start construction of its Sampson County plant are expected within the next month. The three plants would export wood pellets through a proposed terminal at the Port of Wilmington.

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Wildlife refuge to nix GMO crops

WADESBORO — By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides.J.D. Bricken, manager of Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge in Wadesboro, said that the order will affect the local refuge.The refuge has a cooperative farming program that allows farmers to harvest 80 percent of the crop, leaving 20 percent standing to provide food and shelter to wildlife. With the new ban, farmers will still be ab...

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Indian historic site offering tours, crafts

MOUNT GILEAD — The Town Creek Indian Mound state historic site is offering area residents a chance to spend time with their grandparents and learn about local Native American history.A Grandparents’ Day celebration is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the historic site in southern Montgomery County near the Richmond County line.Attendees can view and discuss artifacts from the ancient past, explore the reconstructed Native American village or take a stroll o...

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In defense of the Southern drawl

Dear Jennifer Adams:I read in the paper about your book, “Say Goodbye to Your Southern Accent,” and I’m much obliged for your advice. But don’t forget that most advice is as useless as a steering wheel on a mule.It’s too late for me to change, Miss Jennifer. I’m practically retired and what I sound like is not that important anymore, except when I call the cable company and the robot lady can’t understand me.

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Getting government out of the way

Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we wrap up Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I’m excited to think about back to school, football season gearing up and a little break from the heat.I just wrapped up a great week traveling the district and meeting with folks to hear their concerns and discuss ways to help revitalize our local communities. Weeks like this are the favorite parts of my job because I enjoy spending time in our communities hearing directly from ...

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Howler monkey a pet from hell

So you think you want a monkey?Most people want things that they have no true understanding of. So comes into the picture of my mama’s want and desire for a pet monkey. Until you’ve owned a monkey, you have no true idea what a monkey is all about. I never owned a monkey; I just hated Mama’s pet monkey.You see, it all started about 1947 when my mother was just a young girl. She had been taken to her first picture show by her grandpa. It was a Tarzan movi...

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Richmond stays perfect against Marlboro

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Richmond Senior remained undefeated following a commanding Friday night performance against Marlboro County.The Raiders bested the Bulldogs 41-19 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The game is part of the Derrick Law Firm Carolina Kickoff Clash presented by Sports Radio 100.3 FM The Team.Richmond is now a perfect 14-0 all-time against Marlboro County.Miles Grant scored three touchdowns, all in the first ha...

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Wheelchair access questioned

ROCKINGHAM — Haywood Morrison Jr. said he missed a former classmate’s funeral because Providence Missionary Baptist Church isn’t wheelchair-accessible.Morrison said the church could be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not having a wheelchair ramp. The funeral several weeks ago at Providence Missionary Baptist was the third one he said he’s been unable to attend because of accessibility issues.“Do you realize how hard i...

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‘The Sandra Bullock of county government’ retires

ROCKINGHAM — As Labor Day weekend begins, Terry Richardson’s career with Richmond County comes to an end.The county held a retirement celebration for Richardson on Friday, acknowledging his 30 years in the water maintenance department.“Terry’s definitely been a great asset to the county water system,” said Public Works Director Bryan Land. “He’s been one of our most dedicated employees. He will truly be missed.”R...

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New fire chief at home in Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM — A week after starting work as fire chief, Harold Isler Jr. made it official by taking his oath of office Friday afternoon.Joined by his wife Tesha, daughter Destiny, parents Elizabeth and Harold Isler Sr., and mother-in-law Tammy Sanders, the new chief swore to uphold the constitutions of the United States and North Carolina and serve the people of Rockingham.Although he was called out to a fire alarm shortly before the ceremony, he still managed to ma...

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Overdose rescue kits available Sunday

Those addicted to prescription painkillers and their loved ones can take home overdose rescue kits with potentially lifesaving medication at Sunday awareness events planned in Fayetteville, Greensboro and Franklin.The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, a grassroots public health organization, will be hosting the events for Overdose Awareness Day, a national initiative observed on Aug. 31. Events will consist of a brief overview of the epidemic, overdose rescue kit education a...

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Indie-rockers The Sammies come home to Anson County

WADESBORO — Some people hear voices in their head. The Sammies hear music.The indie-rock quartet that’s played the famed South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and the Sundance Film Festival is bringing its signature sound to the Ansonia Theatre on Sept. 6.It’s a homecoming of sorts for drummer and vocalist Joseph Huntley (aka Donnie Yale) and guitarist and singer William Huntley (aka Frank Backgammon), who are both Anson County natives....

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FirstHealth oncologist helps lead ovarian cancer fight

PINEHURST — This year, about 21,980 women will learn they have ovarian cancer. If they are diagnosed at an early stage, when the disease is still localized, about 94 percent of them will still be alive after five years.That number is likely to increase with the results of several large studies now in progress to determine the best ways to find ovarian cancer in its earliest stages.September’s observance of Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is des...

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College to offer personal trainer course

LAURINBURG — Fitness buffs who make the gym their second home can help others achieve their fitness goals as personal trainers through a new Richmond Community College course.RCC will offer a course to prepare students to become certified as personal trainers from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall.“The class will cover all the fundamentals you’ll need to pass the personal trainer certification exam,” instructor Derrick Bullard said in a college...

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Richmond Senior grad earns Perdue scholarship

ROCKINGHAM — Mercedes Quick, daughter Ron and Terry Whittington of Rockingham, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, according to a release from the company.She received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue employees and independent contract farm partners. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community involvement.

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