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Moral Monday rally stresses importance of voting

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ROCKINGHAM — “What the hell is goin’ on in North Carolina?”That’s a question the Rev. William J. Barber, president of the state chapter of the NAACP, said he was asked recently in Mississippi.Barber was in town for a Moral Monday-Get Out the Vote rally in Cole Plaza, the first in Richmond County.The weekly demonstrations started in 2013 in response to what Barber called “wrong policies inflicted upon the state by extremist legislators.”Although starting in North Carolina, Moral Monday has spread to 15 other states, Barber said.


Group honors officers, community leaders

ROCKINGHAM — Law enforcement officers and community leaders received awards Tuesday at a celebration of Red Ribbon Week, the annual memorial for Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent killed in the line of duty in Mexico in 1985.Anne Gooselin of the Hamlet Police Department and school resource officer Steven B. Pittman of the Richmond County Schools Special Police received medals for having the highest numbers of nominations from resid...

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Psychiatrist agrees to suspension for dating ex-patient

PINEHURST — A psychologist who practices in Richmond and Moore counties has agreed to a 90-day suspension of his license and will pay a $10,000 fine after dating a woman he had previously treated for depression.Dr. Robert A. Fleury of Carolina Behavioral Care in Pinehurst will have his license to practice medicine suspended from Dec. 1 to March 1, according to a consent order between Fluery and the North Carolina Medical Board. He is responsible for paying the fine to the med...

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Richmond 4-H’ers earn N.C. State Fair honors

The theme at this year’s N.C. State Fair was “The October Original,” and Richmond County 4-H’ers have great reason to celebrate after their strong showing at events this year! Youth exhibited in the junior meat goat show, junior meat goat showmanship, junior doe goat show and junior doe showmanship during the N.C. State Fair.

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Teachers inspire future Mineral Springs principal

ELLERBE — When it comes to success, Principal Wendy Kelly Jordan sees no limitations.After nearly a decade of administrative experience — including five years most recently at Mineral Springs Elementary — Jordan has not forgotten the importance of a single step along the way.“I always thought I wanted to be a teacher, and that goes back to Rohanen Primary School,” she said. “Ms. O’Neal was my kindergarten teacher and we were in t...

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Hamlet Middle principal knows ‘all the hiding places’

HAMLET — As both a teacher and an administrator, Jim Butler has always believed in providing a positive educational experience. The veteran principal is in his seventh year at Hamlet Middle School, a place he says he wants students to remember.“As a teacher, I knew kids didn’t always want to be at school,” he said, “but as long as they had to be here, I hoped they’d want to be in my class. I felt that as a teacher and as a principal. I hope that ...

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OUR VIEW: Make your voice heard

Pumpkins and falling leaves are giving way to pink ribbons. And purple ones. And blue ones.National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month all share the 31 days of October.Two other observances on the crowded calendar this week go together quite well. There’s Free Speech Week, which started Monday and continues through Sunday. There’s also early voting, which begins throughout North Carolina on ...

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We hardly know these candidates’ names

Nov. 4 is an historic day in North Carolina history.On that day, our state’s citizens will elect four justices — a majority of our state’s Supreme Court, the top tier of a co-equal branch of government. We depend on the Supreme Court to interpret our laws, to resolve our disputes and to determine the liberty or incarceration of those charged with violating the law.There are eight candidates for these four seats.How many of us know their ident...

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Gigging suckers and walking on water

Now to set y’all straight, this here story is not about certain people who seem to fall for anything, no-sirree. This story is my recollection of one of my experiences while gigging blue-fin suckers in local creeks.A little knowledge of the blue-fin sucker species should be told here so some of you can better appreciate this here story.You see, just about every river system in America is packed with some type of carp or sucker, which are all considered a non-game f...

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PHOTOS: Rockingham rallies on Moral Monday

William R. Toler | Daily JournalWinford Ingram holds a “Moral March to the Polls” sign while singing along to “We Shall Not be Moved.”William R. Toler | Daily JournalSarah Rhodes, a friend of an NAACP employee, helps pass out signs for attendees to hold.William R. Toler | Daily JournalBinah Mohammed Beyah drove from Fayetteville to attend the rally in Rockingham.William R. Toler | Daily Journal...

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Richmond, Lumberton to battle in semifinal

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior soccer team will open the Southeastern Conference tournament against Lumberton 7 p.m. today at Raider Stadium.Richmond finished tied for first in the conference with Pinecrest with a 9-1 record, but the Patriots won the coin toss to earn the No. 1 in the SEC tournament.The Raiders (15-1 overall) swept the season series with the Pirates, winning 5-0 in the first matchup in Lumberton and 4-1 on Senior Night in Rockingham.Lu...

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Scoreboard-watching season is in full bloom

The march toward the showdown on Nov. 7 in Raider Stadium continues as both Richmond Senior and Scotland are undefeated in the Southeastern Conference though two weeks.Richmond proved why it is the top-ranked 4A team in the state with a 51-0 win over Purnell Swett Friday night. Scotland needed some late-game heroics from freshman running back Zamir White to slip past Pinecrest 29-22.Even though fans are quick to dismiss Pinecrest and its relatively weak non-conference sc...

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Hillenburg: Rockingham Speedway can ‘survive and prosper’

ROCKINGHAM — The green flag may drop once again on racing at Rockingham Speedway.Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, have agreed to sell or auction off the speedway in order to avoid foreclosure for default on a $4.2 million loan used to buy the property, according to court filings.Superior Court Judge David Lee signed a consent order between the speedway’s owners and Salisbury-based Farmers & Merchants Bank, which holds the loan ...

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Scots edge Pats; Bucks shock Pirates

ROCKINGHAM — After two league games, there are only two teams left controlling their own destiny — Richmond Senior and Scotland — in the race for the Southeastern Conference title.Richmond, the top-ranked 4A team in the state, improved to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEC with its 51-0 win over Purnell Swett.It didn’t come easy for Scotland, but it also moved to 2-0 in league play and 7-1 overall with a hard-fought 29-22 road victory at Pinecre...

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‘Enough is enough’: Vigil, march target domestic violence

ROCKINGHAM — Purple-clad residents filled the area outside of the former Richmond County’s Courthouse Monday evening in solidarity against domestic violence.The event began at 5:30 p.m. as those in attendance marched from Harrington Square in downtown Rockingham, down past the former R.W. Goodman Co. storefront and across the street to the old courthouse where candles were lit and purple balloons were flying in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month — ...

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Forever a daughter: DAR honors former member

ROCKINGHAM — Monday was a proud occasion for friends and relatives of the late Hannah Covington McGee, a Rockingham native and devoted member of Daughters of the American Revolution.Regents from three chapters of the volunteer service organization gathered with members at McGee’s gravesite for the dedication of a grave marker for one of their own.McGee died in February 1999 at age 55 and is buried in the Dockery Cemetery adjacent to the Dockery Plantation Hou...

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Men accused of groping woman, girl

ROCKINGHAM — Two men face criminal charges after a woman and 13-year-old girl say the defendants groped them on Saturday.Dustin Keith Bittle, 32, of Mill Street, is accused of grabbing a Locust Street woman’s buttocks, breasts and groin. A warrant for his arrest states that Bittle told the woman he would kill her if she told the police.Richard Paul Vuncannon, 35, of 109 Sleepy Hollow Drive, allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old’s buttocks on the same day, acc...

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Man arrested on kidnapping charges

A Richmond County man is accused of breaking into an estranged girlfriend’s home and kidnapping her.Sheriff’s deputies arrested 20-year-old Jacquale Jermaine Isaac of 117 Coble Road, Rockingham, after he allegedly broke into an occupied Crestway Drive on Friday.Three people were inside the home when Isaac forced his way in, according to warrants for his arrest. Isaac restrained the woman and moved her without her consent, a warrant states.Charging ...

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