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Whose line is it?

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Submitted photoRaynard House, Anitra Ingram, Bruce Stanback, Daniel Wall and Melvin Ingram work on memorizing lines during a recent rehearsal of “Fences” at the Richmond Community Theatre in downtown Rockingham. In the cast but not pictured are Ashlyn Davis and Tyrese Clark along with understudy Ishmael Terry. The play begins May 15. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at


Raiders take down Trojans for title

SHALLOTTE — The trip to the beach was exactly what Richmond coach Ricky Young wanted for his team.Have fun, play good baseball and win the Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament.The Raiders fulfilled all of their coach’s desires.Richmond knocked out 12 hits and turned back a seventh-inning rally by West Brunswick to claim a 9-5 victory in the championship game Wednesday night.“We came out swinging the bats better than we ha...

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Richmond rallies to capture crown, stay undefeated

SHALLOTTE — For the first time all season, Richmond Senior went into its final at-bat trailing its opponent.With their 20-game winning streak on the line, the Raiders responded to the challenge.Summer Jacobs lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Mackenzie Barnes with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to send Richmond to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Whiteville in the championship game of the Beach Diamond Invitational Softball Tournament. It was ...

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Cities fight to maintain control from state

We’ve been alarmed at many threads coursing through the General Assembly, but one of the more ironic has been the Republican majority’s efforts to circumscribe and undermine city governments.The legislative leaders make no secret of their intent to shift the balance of power in many areas more forcibly toward Raleigh - the capital, that is. The city of Raleigh is just as much in the crosshairs as Durham, Asheville, High Point — name pretty much any mid- to major c...

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Aiken seeks re-election to BOE

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.Irene Aiken said her experience in unique areas of education will be useful to the students and teachers in Richmond County.Aiken, 48, of Rockingham, is seeking re-election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Fo...

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Managing my garden

Come spring I always like to plant myself several gardens. Since I’ve moved, the only place I have to plant my garden is on the sides of two steep hills behind my house.In a dry spring my garden wouldn’t produce much because I didn’t have enough water pressure to reach up the hill. I have a friend who lives up in the mountains who always has the prettiest garden. I called and told him about the problems I was having with my garden and did he have any suggestions....

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Milking public education

The building stood facing me, the windows staring ahead like hundreds of scrutinizing eyes. It was larger than I thought it would be.I looked around as I dug my hands into my pockets, struggling to retain heat. Across the street was a public housing development that appeared to be shut down: broken doors, smashed windows, an overall sense of abandonment. To the left was a park, buried under feet of snow.Looking the other direction, I could see Chicago’s skyline, be...

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Early voting begins Thursday

The Richmond County Board of Elections has coordinated a schedule for early voting that will exceed the state minimum of 113 hours by 30 minutes.Complying with new state law that eliminated a week of early voting but still required offering 113 hours to the public wasn’t easy. Connie Kelly, elections director, said three sites throughout Richmond County will help voters have convenient access to cast their ballots prior to the May 6 primary election.Board o...

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Vote early, vote often

We do not, of course, condone or endorse illegal voting but by use of that headline — well, we had to get your attention somehow.Now that we have it, let’s get serious for a moment. Early voting begins Thursday and lasts through 1 p.m. on May 3. Primary election day is May 6.Locally, there are two contests of interest. There are seven members vying for four seats on the Richmond County Board of Education.Candidates include incumbents Joe Richardson, Irene Aik...

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Rush helps Raiders into title game

SHALLOTTE — For the second straight contest, Mike Rush stepped up for Richmond Senior in crunch time.After recording the game-winning single in Monday’s win over South Stanly, Rush lofted a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the sixth to lift Richmond to a 4-3 victory against North Brunswick Tuesday in the Beach Diamond Invitational Baseball Tournament.Richmond will battle the host school in today’s championship game. West Brunswick advanced ...

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‘Taking back our race’

BOSTON (AP) — With security tight along the 26.2-mile course, nearly 36,000 runners set out from the Boston Marathon starting line Monday in a “Boston Strong” show of resilience a year after the bombing that turned the race into a scene of carnage.“I showed up, I’m back, and I am going to finish what I didn’t finish last year,” said Mary Cunningham, 50, of St. Petersburg, Fla., who was stopped a mile short of the finish line by the explosio...

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Live webstream of meetings supports idea of open government

The idea of Richmond County Board of Commissioners meetings being streamed live online is a good one, and worth the investment at a reasonable price.Add to the value of that investment a video-on-demand service of meetings stored online and accessible by anyone, anywhere at any time, and there is an idea that we can wholeheartedly support. You should, too.

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Brower brings ‘different perspective’ to BOE race

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of candidate profiles for the May 6 primary election to be published between now and April 30 in The Daily Journal.Dewey Brower is aiming to represent the average resident and help improve the lives of students in Richmond County.Brower, 59, of Hamlet, is seeking election to the Richmond County Board of Education. The seat is a four-year term and the salary pays $225 per month. Four seats will ...

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Together in separate worlds

ROCKINGHAM — Millie Baucom knows what it’s like to live with someone from another world. That’s because her 6-year-old son, Aaron, has an autism spectrum disorder.Autism is a developmental disorder that causes people to interpret others, objects and events very differently from the way non-autistic people do. And those differences vary widely from one autistic child to the next. ASD is often accompanied by other disabilities.According to the Autism Soci...

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A perfect match

Melonie Flomer | Richmond County Daily JournalOlivia Brown, 6, of Dobbins Heights finds a speckled purple Easter egg during a hunt sponsored by the Dobbins Heights Auxiliary. The egg matched one of the ribbons in her hair. The gates opened at 11 a.m. Monday at Dobbins Heights Park as children were walked from New Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church to kick off the fun and games.

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Huneycutt: From high school dropout to honors college student

Sandra Huneycutt went from being a high school dropout to a college student with a 4.0 grade-point average thanks to Richmond Community College’s Adult High School Program.When she was 16 years old, the Rockingham resident dropped out of high school in order to help take care of her aging parents. She was not proud of being a dropout, but she also had not considered going back to school until she talked to an old high school friend who was halfway through earning a bachelor&#...

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Our variety literatureland

“Variety Vacationland.” Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch.First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The Sun, a successful national magazine, headquartered in Chapel Hill. Bremer’s essays have been published...

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National Day of Prayer on May 1

To the editor:The National Day of Prayer Committee is busy making plans for this year’s event.We will again meet on the Courthouse steps to honor the official National Day of Prayer. This day is Thursday, May 1 at 12 noon. We will have prayer, song, and testimony. I invite and encourage you to come out and support this event as we honor God.This county has been blessed as we have escaped many of the disasters that have affected our surrounding counties. ...

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