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ROCKINGHAM — Richie Watts is considering a career in law enforcement.That’s why the 16-year-old said he signed up for his second year at the Rockingham Police Department’s Junior Police Academy.“It’s a good way to kinda let the younger generation know how law enforcement works,” he said.And that’s part of the goal, according to Police Chief Billy Kelly.Kelly said the academy “gives them a chance early on to decide” if they want to pursue a law enforcement career.


Study shows athletes succeed in the classroom

ROCKINGHAM — The NCAA is doing its best to debunk the stereotype of athletes being labeled as just “dumb jocks.”Beginning in 2016, the academic standards for student-athletes wanting to play on the Division I level will increase.The minimum requirements the NCAA has decided to use — 2.3 GPA, the completion of 16 core courses as well as a corresponding ACT or SAT test score based on a sliding slide — far exceeds what the North Carolina High S...

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Davidson edges Rockingham in Pony tourney

DAVIDSON — Rockingham Pony coach Jeff Ingram went away from his strategy of playing small ball for one inning.Ingram felt that may have cost his team a chance to pull out a win over Davidson Force its opening game in the South Region tournament in Davidson.“I feel bad,” Ingram said. “I wish I had that one back.”The host squad scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth to inch past Rockingham 4-3 Wednesday night....

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Our out-of-state voter surge

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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Hamlet resignations rattle residents

HAMLET — Citing crime and perceived lapses in leadership, residents say they’re concerned about their hometown’s present path — and its future.With plenty of people still in shock over the resignations of City Manager Marchell Adams-David and museum manager and downtown coordinator Miranda Chavis, Main Street seemed conspicuously still and deserted Wednesday around lunchtime. A hot, arid wind blew leaves and debris across the pavement and the few cars presen...

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Police: Man caught with drugs after Rockingham chase

ROCKINGHAM — Police say a man with drugs led them on a car chase and gave a fake name to the officer who caught up with him.Tebores Detrail Harris, 29, of Elizabeth Avenue in Rockingham, attempted to elude Rockingham police Cpl. E.T. Culbreth on East Broad Avenue last week after the officer tried to stop him for a traffic violation, according to magistrate’s orders.Harris “was driving recklessly” and was behind the wheel while his license was revo...

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‘Superheroes’ honing their skills

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Community Theatre is in the midst of a superhero takeover as it hosts its two-week Young People’s Theatre camp until Aug. 1.The 14 children in the camp are working on an original play about silly superheroes. The program will culminate in a final performance at 7 p.m. at Cole Plaza outside City Hall on Aug. 1. The performance is free and open to the public.The tuition fee includes 30 hours over two weeks with multiple arts teachers. Chil...

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Southern States to open area store

MONROE — Southern States will open a 12,000 square-foot feed and farm supply store next month, the company has announced.The new store on East Roosevelt Boulevard in Monroe is scheduled to open for business on Aug. 29.The agriculture industry adds $70 billion annually to the state’s economy and accounts for 18 percent of its income,” Southern States spokesman Chris Carter said in a release. “There is a need for a one-stop shop for farmers and rura...

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Man charged with emailing child porn

CHERAW, S.C. — A 76-year-old man is accused of emailing child pornography and faces more than a century in prison if convicted, South Carolina’s attorney general said.George Walter Krauss, 76, of Cheraw, was recently arrested for the second time in 17 months on child porn charges, according to a release from S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.Krauss has been charged with 11 counts involving the sexual exploitation of minors. The attorney general’s office...

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Rockingham woman makes wishes come true

ROCKINGHAM — Beatrice Biggs Parker makes wishes come true, but she’s no fairy godmother.She’s just an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things to help bring a moment of happiness into the lives of people she said God puts in her path — people who are seriously ill or near death.Parker lives in a simple but comfortable house in Rockingham now with her dying husband, but at 77, she remembers a time long ago when she was homeless. Her first marriage...

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Upcoming rule emphasizes academics for athletes

ROCKINGHAM — It’s like an earthquake in the middle of the ocean.Everyone knows the tsunami is coming, but they are helpless to do anything to combat it.This is similar to how college coaches had to feel when the NCAA decided to increase its academic eligibility standards.There was a small bit of good news — these new rules won’t be applied until the high school class of 2016 graduates.Even though the years in between can be c...

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Leviner gives WCU verbal commitment

ROCKINGHAM — Cody Leviner felt like it was “weight off of his shoulders.”What Leviner was referring to was his decision to verbally commit to Western Carolina University to play baseball.“I’m glad to get it out of the way,” Leviner said. “When you aren’t committed, it’s all you think about.”Leviner added he was right at home when he and his family visited the Cullowhee campus.“I reall...

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Ol’ Charley done found religion

Last week, we left ol’ Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen ‘cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley wasn’t never much of a religious man anyway, no-sirree. Why, he never would go to Sunday school, church or revival meeting. In fact, if’n you didn’t watch him, he’d cheat you blind.He’d go to weigh out a customer a mess of fish, looking them straight in the eye, and I’ll be dog-gone if’en Charley wouldn’t...

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OUR VIEW: A better Ledbetter Lake

“Voluntary tax” sounds like as much of an oxymoron as “dry lake.” But in Richmond County, the first seemingly contradictory phrase could be the solution for the second.Ledbetter Lake property owners want the drained reservoir north of Rockingham replenished, and doing so requires repairs to cracks in an aging dam that could cost as much as $2.3 million. To fund the fix, they’ve asked county commissioners to borrow the money, then recoup it from homeown...

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Shooting suspect captured

WADESBORO — A Hamlet man wanted in connection with a shooting near the Pee Dee River last week has been caught.Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen said deputies arrested 35-year-old Michael Kevin Allen without incident shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday.Allen was found at a home on Usrey Road in a rural area southeast of Lilesville, the sheriff said.Deputies say Allen shot and assaulted William David Scott, 54, of Rockingham at a boat landing on the Anson County...

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Hamlet loses second official in two days

HAMLET — Miranda Chavis, Hamlet Depot and Museums manager and downtown coordinator, has resigned effective Aug. 22.Hamlet city officials received her letter of resignation on Tuesday. Chavis did not want to discuss her reasons for parting ways with the city.“I have no comment to make,” said Chavis. “It was a personal decision and I’m going to leave it in my personal life. I do not have immediate plans for the future. Time will tell.”...

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4 freed from stuck elevator

ROCKINGHAM — Firefighters freed four children who were briefly stuck in an elevator Tuesday afternoon at Discovery Place Kids.“One of the guests hit the emergency button in the elevator and emergency procedures were implemented, where the city of Rockingham and the Rockingham Fire Department were called,” Discovery Place spokeswoman Kaitlin Rogers said in a statement.Rockingham Fire Chief Charles Gardner said he arrived at the museum around 3:10 after t...

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SBI probes fire chief embezzlement claims

MORVEN — Fire Chief Mark Holloway is the subject of a State Bureau of Investigation probe, the attorney general’s office says.“I can confirm that SBI agents are investigating allegations of embezzlement of funds from the Morven Fire Department by Chief Mark Holloway,” N.C. Department of Justice spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Friday. “The investigation was opened in May at the request of the local district attorney.”Neither the district...

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