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100-plus gather at veterans’ celebration

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HAMLET —Wayne McIntyre was “a slick-sleeved private” when he met Marine Corps drill instructor Bill Miller 48 years ago on Parris Island.The now-retired Marines reconnected several years ago in Richmond County and have been friends since. They sipped stories and shared stories about the Corps on Saturday afternoon as local veterans gathered for a celebration in their honor.About 100 people turned out for the event, held at the National Guard Armory on Boyd Lake Road. Organizers treated veterans to a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers and fries, and representatives from the Veterans Affairs hospital in Fayetteville were on hand to offer health care and housing assistance services.

 

Greene day for Ponytails

CARTHAGE — It shouldn’t have been any surprise that Jenna Greene finished the game the way she started it — striking out a Dunn batter.Greene totaled 13 strikeouts while hurling a complete game two-hitter to lead the Rockingham Ponytails to a 2-1 victory over Dunn Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Dixie Softball state tournament in Carthage.Rockingham coach Matt Liles had a strategy of using three pitchers two innings each. That plan went out...

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Industrial park ready to grow

HAMLET — A proposed industrial site could draw up to three companies to the area, according to a site selection team.The team — consisting of consulting firm McCallum Sweeney, architectural company Stimmel Associates and Duke Energy — presented its assessment to local leaders with an interest in economic development at the Richmond County Airport Thursday.The Marks Creek Industrial Park, situated on N.C. 177, is one of 18 sites being evaluated through t...

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Deputies: woman sold marijuana, crack

ROCKINGHAM — A woman is accused of having and selling both marijuana and crack cocaine, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.Deputies say Susan Lorraine Dumas, 41, of Philadelphia Drive in Rockingham sold drugs to a confidential informant on four separate occasions.Warrants show Dumas allegedly sold three grams of marijuana to the informant on May 8, two rocks of crack cocaine May 29, three rocks of crack cocaine June 17 and one rock of crack cocai...

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Sen. McLaurin: Salvage seeds of Common Core

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s state senator says he did his homework to help students and parents make sense of theirs.Sen. Gene McLaurin crossed party lines to support a Common Core compromise bill that would let North Carolina modify the national school standards without having to start from scratch. The N.C. Senate passed the bill by a 33-12 vote on Thursday, and McLaurin was the only Democrat backing the measure.“I don’t look at these issues ...

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N.C. Senate honors local veterans’ advocate

RALEIGH — Richmond County veterans’ advocate Mary O’Neal received a standing ovation on the floor of the North Carolina Senate on Thursday.State Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, honored O’Neal’s lifetime service with an invitation to appear at the General Assembly. He read a senatorial statement thanking her for her work as a volunteer and official in the N.C. AMVETS Auxiliary groups.

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Lightning zaps Rockingham tree

Thomas Rippy of the 1900 block of Wheat Street in Rockingham displays a strip of bark pulled from a tree in his front yard after a Thursday afternoon lightning strike in the photo at left.“When the lightning hit, it split the tree all the way down to the bottom,” Rippy said.Richmond County was under a hazardous weather outlook as scattered showers and isolated severe thunderstorms swept through a 26-county swath in eastern and central North Carolina, accordin...

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College moves forward with fitness trail

HAMLET — Richmond Community College students, faculty and staff looking to incorporate some exercise into their daily routine on campus will soon have access to the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.The future walking trail with fitness stations has been named in honor of the wife of longtime Rockingham Mayor G.R. Kindley, who has served as president of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors and co-chairman of the steering committee for the Forte Building expansion. The walking...

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Library hosts bash for young bookworms

HAMLET — Kids sprinted through sprinklers, somersaulted in a bounce house and spun hula hoops to celebrate the grand finale of the Hamlet Public Library’s summer reading program on Friday.Popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones kept the little ones energized under overcast skies as temperatures slowly began to climb.Belinda Clark, library assistant to children, said this year’s turnout was unprecedented in the event’s history as far as she is aware....

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Historic brass bell restored, mounted

ROCKINGHAM —A piece of history came to light Friday when a restored brass bell from the courthouse that burned in 1888 resurfaced.Tom MacCallum, board member of the Richmond County Historical Society, said a construction crew from Southern Builders of Rockingham installed the 1890 bell from the 1889 courthouse on the lawn between the old courthouse and the new Richmond County Judicial Center facing Lee Street in downtown Rockingham.“The bell was once in the t...

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Groups gather Saturday to celebrate veterans

HAMLET — Veterans of all ages, from every branch of the military and of every war will be celebrated today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Boyd Lake National Guard Armory on Veterans Drive.The event, coordinated by Rena Shedrick-Marshall, Patricia Davis and Stan Stellers, is a way for those in the community to pay tribute to the troops who put their lives in jeopardy overseas and for all who have served their country.“This is their day,” said Davis. “Th...

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Changes coming to your Daily Journal

The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover, but you can usually make a sound judgment about a newspaper by taking a glance at its front page.The stories and photographs your local paper selects and the way it presents them communicates their timeliness, relevance, interest and impact on people’s lives. It’s equal parts art and science — a skill we’ve sharpened here at the Richmond County Daily Journal and will continue to hone this month.

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Obamacare doomed? Don’t bet on it

The world was supposed to end in 2012, according to various misinterpretations of Mayan culture. Then, when time kept ticking along into 2013, the doomsday preachers had to recalculate. Recently, there was news that a group called the Sword of God Brotherhood has changed humanity’s end date to Jan. 1, 2017.History tells us two things about these Cassandras who give us specifics about the apocalypse: one, they are always wrong, and, two, being wrong will not dissuade them from...

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The president’s unprecedented power grab

I must say it over and over until I get it across to all who read my words: I am neutral with politics. I am not political. I trust none of the parties — Democrat, Republican, independent or Tea Party. What I see in all the parties is nothing more than self-serving groups of like minded politicians. But I do trust myself and what I see in this administration.

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Mustang team preps for region tourney

ROCKINGHAM — Danny Lampley is realistic about his team's chances in next week's Pony League Mustang South Region tournament.That doesn't mean Lampley doesn't believe his team can't win, he knows it isn't going to be easy.Rockingham received a bid to the tournament because it will be the host team at the tournament starting 5 p.m. Tuesday at Browder Park. The other four teams will be section winners.“It's going to be tough,” Lampley said. R...

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Rockingham Ponytails face familiar foe in opener

ROCKINGHAM — The Rockingham Ponytails relied on pitching to capture the Dixie Softball District 4 championship last month.And now they hope to copy that success to win a state championship in Carthage.Rockingham allowed one run — on a home run to the first batter the team faced in Troy — en route to claiming the district crown. Coach Matt Liles hopes his pitchers — Jenna Greene, Jadyn Johnson, Ragan Liles, Paige Ransom and Alyssa Seabolt — a...

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Britt sets powerlifting mark

BELMONT — While surfing the Internet, Robert Britt felt his competitive juices flowing again.Britt stumbled across the law enforcement bench press state record in the 198-pound division and thought to himself that he could break it.Never mind that Britt is 51 and was forced to stop competing after several surgeries. Even though Britt hadn’t entered a competition in several years, he was determined to set a new record.“I tore my rotator cuff a...

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Photos from the summer reading program finale

Melonie Flomer | Daily JournalKids enjoy life’s ups and downs in a bounce house at Hamlet Public Library’s summer reading program grand finale.Melonie Flomer | Daily JournalA girl practices her cartwheels in the soft green grass on the library lawn.Melonie Flomer | Daily JournalGirls share snacks while trying not to drop a hula hoop.Melonie Flomer | Daily JournalChildren gather around the Texas Roadhouse ...

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