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Former Gov. Jim Hunt joins Sen. McLaurin for teacher talk

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HAMLET — A man described as a “champion of education” was in Richmond County to talk to Sandhills teachers on Tuesday.Former Gov. Jim Hunt joined state Sen. Gene McLaurin at the Hamlet Depot and Museums to receive comments from educators on the issues they feel the strongest about before speaking at a campaign event for McLaurin, a Rockingham Democrat.Hunt is the state’s longest-serving governor — with two terms from 1977-85 and another two from 1993-2001 — and is known as “the education governor” for several programs started during his tenure.He is also tied as the fourth longest-serving governor in post-colonial America.


Almond sends Raiders to SEC title tilt

ROCKINGHAM — In tight games, the soccer ball seems to find the right foot of Richmond Senior’s Jalen Almond.In Richmond’s upset win over Pinecrest last week, Almond scored the opening goal off a loose ball in the box that bounced its way to his feet.The same thing happened in Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference semifinal match between Richmond and Lumberton.Armando Garcia had control of ball in the middle of the field when he was taken do...

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Raiders still on top

ROCKINGHAM — On the heels of its 51-0 victory over Purnell Swett, the Richmond Senior football team remained No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press 4A poll.The Raiders received nine first-place votes to finish with 168 points. New Bern (8-0) was named the top team on eight ballots and is second with 150 points.Dudley (7-0) kept its spot at No. 3 with 121 points.Charlotte-area rivals Butler (8-1) and Mallard Creek (7-1) tied for fourth with 112 point...

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Downtown group backs rec center tax

ROCKINGHAM — Downtown business boosters have been vocal in their support of a quarter-cent sales tax increase for Richmond County recreation. On Tuesday, they voted to put it in writing.The Rockingham Downtown Corp. unanimously approved a resolution urging voters to approve the tax hike. County residents will decide on Nov. 4 whether to approve the tax, which would help finance the Rockingham Recreation Complex project off Old Aberdeen Road.

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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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Moral Monday rally stresses importance of voting

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 l...

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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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