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Early voting starts at 3 locations

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County voters can get a head start on this year’s election cycle as early voting begins today.County maintenance workers and elections staff spent Wednesday afternoon preparing a room at the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in downtown Rockingham for voters to cast their ballots.Ten regular and two handicapped voting booths were assembled and set up, signs and posters were hanged and locks were changed on the five doors leading into the room.Locations will also be set up at Cole Auditorium in Hamlet and Town Hall in Ellerbe.Early voting at the Cooperative Extension office will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every weekday until Oct. 31, with voting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Projection has Richmond going east

ROCKINGHAM — Just like in college football, the magic number to make the state playoffs in North Carolina appears to be six.At least on the 4A or 4AA level. Just eight of the 64 teams that advanced to the postseason in 2013 had less than six wins. Of those eight, only Northern Durham (3-8), Southeast Raleigh (4-6) and TC Roberson (4-7) had records worse than 5-6.The only reason those three qualified for the playoffs was because of conference standings.

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Altman qualifies for state tourney

ROCKINGHAM — Hannah Altman didn’t plan on making the 4A state tournament. It just kind of happened.“To be honest, we got halfway though, I wasn’t really shooting for (it), I was kinda knocking the ball around until my daddy (Mackie Altman) said I had a shot,” she said. “I was shooting for 95 or 96 because no one knew what the qualifications were going to be. He told me if you bogey every hole at least and then make two pars (to qualify). I got my...

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Blue challenges Hudson for U.S. House seat

ROCKINGHAM — Of the two houses of Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives is often called “The People’s House.”Dobbins Heights Mayor Antonio Blue is looking to make his way to Washington to represent the people of the 8th District, replacing freshman congressman Richard Hudson.In addition to Richmond County, the 8th District encompasses Anson, Scotland, Stanly and Montgomery counties, as well as parts of Cabarrus, Davidson, Mecklenburg, Randol...

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Close race for county’s N.C. Senate seat

ROCKINGHAM — The race for Richmond County’s state Senate seat is on Raleigh’s radar.Republican leaders hope to replace Sen. Gene McLaurin, D-Richmond, with GOP school board member Tom McInnis while Democrats work to retain the Republican-leaning District 25. Libertarian candidate P.H. Dawkins of Hamlet has also thrown his hat into the ring.The state Democratic and Republican parties have blanketed the five-county district with mailers, and pollsters and...

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Seaboard Festival on track

HAMLET — Main Street will see its busiest foot traffic of the year on Saturday as Richmond County celebrates the 32nd annual Seaboard Festival.The festival, which celebrates Hamlet’s heritage as the “Hub of the Seaboard,” is always held on the last Saturday in October. It began in 1982, according to the city of Hamlet’s website, as a display of railroad memorabilia on Main Street sponsored by what was then known as Richmond Technical College as part of...

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Love of learning brought West Rockingham principal full-circle

ROCKINGHAM — Willette Surgeon has a love for learning.After 13 years as an administrator in Richmond County, she is still dedicated to sharing that love with her students — most recently as the principal of West Rockingham Elementary.“I love getting to know all of my students by name and seeing what they are learning in the classroom,” she said, “having conversations with them about school and about what is going on with them each day. My st...

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Rockingham native retires as Air Force sergeant

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A retirement ceremony in honor of Technical Sergeant Theodore R. Odom was held Oct. 17 at Joint Base in Charleston.Odom is the son of Alice Locklear of Rockingham and Norman Ross Odom Sr. of Lenior. He is a 1991 graduate of Richmond Senior High School.Odom is an aircraft hydraulic systems craftsman for the 437th Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Charleston. Odom grew up in Rockingham. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February of 1994 as an air...

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Discovery Place Kids rolls out mobile museum

ROCKINGHAM — Discovery Place Kids will take its show on the road with a new ScienceReach van that will bring a children’s museum on wheels to area schools and community centers.The Cole Foundation and the Richmond Community Foundation have donated $81,700 to fund a community and school outreach initiative at Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham. This initiative is a branch of the Discovery Place program ScienceReach, which will serve Richmond and surrounding counties through...

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Realtors endorse Sen. McLaurin, Rep. Goodman

ROCKINGHAM — Local real estate agents on Wednesday endorsed two Richmond County lawmakers in their bids for re-election.The Richmond County Board of Realtors’ political action committee, RPAC, has endorsed state Sen. Gene McLaurin and state Rep. Ken Goodman, board association executive Sandra Barnhardt said.The PAC made contributions of $5,000 to McLaurin’s campaign and $2,000 to Goodman’s campaign.McLaurin, D-Richmond, faces Republican...

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RCC president: College ‘strong and vibrant’

HAMLET — The annual update of Richmond Community College and the RCC Foundation were presented Monday during a banquet honoring the Foundation’s Citizen of the Year, John Garner.Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC president, provided the State of the College address to the foundation’s Board of Directors.“I am proud to say that in large part because of your continuous support, Richmond Community College is strong and vibrant,” McInnis said.McIn...

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Commissioner John Garner named RCC Foundation’s Citizen of the Year

HAMLET — Richmond County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman John Garner was recognized Monday night as the Richmond Community College Foundation’s Citizen of the Year.Owner and operator of Convenience Corner in Hamlet, Garner has been an active member of the RCC Foundation for 20 years, serving in every capacity on the board of directors, including president. He recently served on a steering committee for the Forte Building expansion project and is currently on the fo...

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Entrepreneurs complete business plan training

HAMLET — Richmond Community College’s Small Business Center awarded certificates Oct. 16 to seven people who completed the N.C. REAL Business Plan Series.The 10-session series explored key issues related to starting or expanding a business. Topics include self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing, and business financials.

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Perdue Foods employees mark milestones

ROCKINGHAM — Perdue Foods’ local Rockingham plant had 22 associates celebrate service milestones throughout the months of July, August, September and October .“These associates represent many years of valuable service to our company,” Director of Operations Kendall Casey said in a statement. “Their experience and dedication are the foundation for the success of our company.”The employees recognized in during these months achieved five,...

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Grant-writing workshop planned

HAMLET — Mems Consulting Empire will host a grant-writing workshop planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 at Richmond Community College’s Cole Auditorium.This is a comprehensive workshop that covers the diversity of donors, key search engines and writing one’s individual grant or idea in what ultimately will constitute a winning grant.Participants will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, focus on the key sections of successf...

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Judicial candidates and open government

It won’t happen again for eight years.North Carolina voters are about to face the first chance in memory to elect a majority of the state’s highest court and three judges to open seats on the state’s second-highest and enormously important, intermediate appeals court. And with decisions on major legal issues, like public school vouchers and same-sex marriage, likely to be made by the judges elected, there could hardly be a more important time for voters to familia...

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Psychiatrist agrees to suspension for dating ex-patient

PINEHURST — A psychiatrist 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 Fleury and the North Carolina Medical Board. He is responsible for paying the fine to the med...

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