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Different strokes: Artists’ guild forms in Rockingham

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ROCKINGHAM — Brenda Diggs dips her thin paintbrush into a mixed-color swatch of light green, the hue to brush blades of grass.Meanwhile, Flo Aiken spreads a sea of crimson against a white canvas for the backdrop of a still life, while Pat Halligan sketches out the setup on a drawing pad.These ladies, along with Peggy Andersen, make up the humble beginnings of a new artists’ group: the Pee Dee Artists’ Guild.The group was started by Andersen and Halligan, who said the purpose is “so artists in the area have an opportunity to meet like minds.”Halligan said she’s been doing art for 35 years and started painting in acrylics 10 years ago.

 

County Democrats seek boost in participation

ROCKINGHAM — Wanted: More white Democrats involved in their local party, more African-American candidates for office and more young Democrats of all races.Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lee Quick wrapped up the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday night by expressing his frustrations with lagging participation among young adults and party members who are white.“It appears to me that our Caucasian cousins are not coming out to meetings. I would lik...

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Troopers on guard for Labor Day driving dangers

ROCKINGHAM — Labor Day weekend, the end-of-summer holiday, is fast approaching and local law enforcement is reminding motorists to slow down.AAA Carolinas predicts 34.7 million people nationwide will travel this weekend, and more than 6.3 million of those will be from South Atlantic states, including the Virginias and the Carolinas.1st Sgt. A.K. Dietrich of the N.C. Highway Patrol said there are several factors that contribute to the number of crashes in the state....

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Housing authority offers landlord training

ROCKINGHAM — Professional property managers and residents renting out their homes alike are invited to register for the Rockingham Housing Authority’s third annual landlord training on Sept. 13.Training will be held at the housing authority’s G.L. Rush Building from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Refreshments will be served.Attendees will receive information on leases, terminations, fair hous...

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Police escalate danger with no-knock raids

Shortly before 3 a.m. on May 28, a team of SWAT officers armed with assault rifles descended on a home outside of Atlanta and burst into a room where a family was sleeping. One of the officers threw a flash-bang grenade into the room.It landed in the crib of 19-month-old Bou Bou Phonesavanh, blowing a hole in baby Bou Bou’s face and chest, the wound so deep it exposed his ribs.The SWAT team was executing a “no-knock” warrant to search for someone who di...

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Speckles proves chickens are not slow learners

It’s not every day that a columnist gets a letter from a chicken. But I got one from Speckles, who identified herself as the Chicken in Charge at Holland House.The letter was written in response to a recent column lamenting that pet chickens are discriminated against in many parts of this country. In some places, for example, local governments allow dogs to accompany their owners to restaurants with outdoor dining areas. But they ignore people with pet chickens. That is discr...

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Richmond blanks Forest Hills

MARSHVILLE — After a scoreless first half, Sergio Chaparro finally broke the scoring bubble for Richmond Senior.Chaparro scored at the 15-minute mark of the second half to spark Richmond to a 2-0 road win over Forest Hills Wednesday night.“We had 15 shots on goal and five corner kicks in the first half,” Richmond coach Bennie Howard said. “We couldn’t score. We hit the post, had shots that were inches wide and their goalie had some good save...

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Raiders ready to swing into season

ROCKINGHAM — For the third straight season, the Richmond Senior girls tennis team will have a different coach.Allie Goodman inherits a team that has won two games in each of the last two years, but has six players returning this season.“We have a couple of girls who came out because they were interested in the sport,” Goodman said. “We have some beginners and they have improved greatly.”Richmond will kick off its season 4 p.m. tod...

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2 men facing marijuana charges

ROCKINGHAM — Two men are facing charges related to the manufacturing and selling of marijuana in separate cases, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.Deputies say Samuel Russell Smith, 44, of Rockingham, was manufacturing marijuana behind his Sandhills Road home. The sheriff’s office didn’t say whether he was allegedly growing marijuana plants or otherwise preparing or packaging the drug.Smith was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with one f...

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Deputies: Purse stolen from car

ROCKINGHAM — A woman is accused of stealing a purse out of someone’s car, according to Richmond County sheriff’s deputies.Deputies say Hazel McAuley Ethridge, 59, of Bear Branch Road in Rockingham, broke into a car and stole the victim’s purse.Ethridge was arrested Monday and charged with a felony count of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. She was released on a written promise to appear in court.She has no other pending charges ...

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Labor Day changes trash pickup

ROCKINGHAM — Trash collection for the city will have an altered schedule next week due to the observance of Labor Day.Garbage on the Monday and Tuesday route will be collected on Tuesday and Thursday.Trash on the Tuesday and Friday route will be collected Wednesday and Friday.The department says that, as with any short week, street trash — leaves, limbs and other yard waste — is not guaranteed for pickup.All city offices will be cl...

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Construction zone: Richmond County projects under way

ROCKINGHAM — Construction projects are popping up all over town — and especially along U.S. 74 Business.In January, Fidelity Bank will move to a new site at 532 E. Broad St., formerly the Rockingham Fish Camp, after spending years at its East Washington Street location in downtown Rockingham.Senior Vice President Wiley Mabe said in May that the bank has outgrown the downtown location. Davie Construction of Clemmons is currently on-site building the new bank....

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Sen. McLaurin, challenger McInnis lining up supporters

ROCKINGHAM — Candidates for Richmond County’s state Senate seat are lining up endorsements from policy powerhouses and political heavyweights ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin said Tuesday he’s earned the support of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. League of Conservation Voters. His Republican opponent, school board member Tom McInnis, has gathered GOP support from Capitol Hill.“I’m proud t...

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OUR VIEW Keeping the peace

“Weapons of war have no place on our streets.”When President Barack Obama uttered those words on Feb. 4, 2013, he was referring to taking measures toward gun control.But since then, civil libertarians have thrown those words back at the government, pointing out the weapons of war used by domestic police departments every day.Less than three months after the president’s speech, we saw weapons of war rolling down the streets of Watertown, Massa...

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Senate candidates lining up support, key endorsements

ROCKINGHAM — Candidates for Richmond County’s state Senate seat are lining up endorsements from policy powerhouses and political heavyweights ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin said Tuesday he’s earned the support of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. League of Conservation Voters. His Republican opponent, school board member Tom McInnis, has gathered GOP support from Capitol Hill.“I’m proud t...

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Vacancies fail to derail depot museum

HAMLET — The city has no city manager or museum director and downtown coordinator, but that’s not keeping the tourists off of Main Street or out of the Hamlet Depot and Museums and its many popular attractions.There’s a building across the street from the roundhouse, a short skip and a jump from the Main Street Park, and it’s called the Tornado Building. And no, it’s not what people tend to think it is.Interim city manager Tammy Kirkley said...

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Raiders edge Bearcats, move above .500

ROCKINGHAM — When the ball hit the floor for the final kill of the game, there was a sense of relief from the Richmond Senior sideline.Less than a week from being swept by Anson, Richmond used strong serving and timely kills to pull out a five-game victory Tuesday afternoon at Raider Gymnasium.The 18-25, 25-21, 25-17, 14-25, 15-10 win pushed the Raiders above the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 15, 2012. Richmond defeated Lumberton in five games in the firs...

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Ice bucket challenge issued

There was a time when I believed Richmond Senior athletic trainers Mike Brown and Mitch Hadinger liked me.They probably still do, but it was hard to tell last Friday.To be fair to those two, I did ask for it. Well, sort of.Let’s start at the beginning. Last week, two of my friends called me out on Facebook as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.I had some thoughts on how I could do it, but needed some assistance to pull things together. That ...

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