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Richmond Pines’ future in doubt

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ROCKINGHAM — Once again, Richmond Pines Golf Course faces an uncertain future.After being re-opened 14 months ago by Anna and Burl Rose, Richmond Pines is set to close its doors on Sept. 30. The course went into foreclosure in the fall of 2011 and was purchased by Craig McNeill of McNeill & Associates Realty Company in January 2012.Since April of last year, the Roses have been leasing the property on U.S. 1.Anna Rose said the monthly expenses for running the course were roughly $30,000. That figure included rent, utilities, insurance, lease payments on the golf carts and maintenance vehicles as well as salaries.


Raiders notch another shutout

LUMBERTON — The streak now stands at seven.Richmond Senior extended its season-opening winning streak to seven games with a 5-0 victory over Southeastern Conference rival Lumberton Wednesday night. The contest was called by officials with 11:05 remaining in the second half because of lightning in the area.Richmond is a perfect 3-0 in SEC play, while Lumberton falls to 5-5-1 overall and 1-2 in the conference.It was the second consecutive shutout by the Ra...

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2 arrested on cocaine charges

ROCKINGHAM — Two Richmond County men have been arrested on cocaine charges in separate incidents.According to a warrant, Rockingham Police say Bryant Shauntel Harrington, 35, of 193 Crestway Drive, Rockingham had “1 dosage unit” of cocaine in July and allege he used his home for keeping and selling cocaine.Harrington was charged with felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance....

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Complaint alleges air pollution

HAMLET — Duke Energy’s Sherwood H. Smith Jr. energy complex off Airport Road is at the center of a civil complaint to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed Wednesday.The Concerned Citizens of Richmond County and Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League launched into legal action after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources granted the power plant a permit in July that the groups allege violates numerous codes of the EPA’s Clean Air Act....

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Kids’ fishing event planned at McKinney Lake

HOFFMAN — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Richmond County chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host a Greenwing kids’ fishing event at the McKinney Lake State Fish Hatchery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 27.The fishing event is one of eight events supported by the commission this year in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day in North Carolina.A $20 fee per participant is required. Registrants receive a rod and reel, fishing tackle and a one-y...

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Justice Jackson speaks on judicial role

HAMLET — A North Carolina Supreme Court justice made the trip from Raleigh to speak at Richmond Community College for Constitution Day on Wednesday.Justice Barbara Jackson, who was elected to the court in 2010, spoke to the crowd about the U.S. and state constitutions and the role of the judiciary.“The fun part of our job is speaking to students,” she said. “We’re all lifelong learners at heart, so we appreciate other people that are learnin...

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Cornhole tourney to benefit humane society

ROCKINGHAM — Bean bags will be flying through the air Saturday at the Richmond Pines Country Club during the Tossin’ for Tails Cornhole Tournament.The event, in its second year, begins at 11 a.m. and benefits the Humane Society of Richmond County. Registration — which begins at 10 a.m. — is $40 per team, with a maximum of 64 team slots available.The first-place team will win $300 while second- and third-place winners will be awarded $160 and $75, ...

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Gibson childRosie Flores and James F. Gibson Jr., Rockingham, announce the birth of their child, LaKota Daniel Gibson, born Sept. 6, 2014

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King, Webb to wed in October

Heather Ann King of Rockingham and Christopher Wayne Webb of Rockingham announce their engagement.King is the daughter of Teresa and Brian Phillips of Rockingham and Laurie and John Holder of Bennettsville. Webb is the son of Susan and William Parsons of Ellerbe and Jonie and Bruce Webb of Rockingham.Ms. King, a graduate of Richmond Community College, is employed by Bryant’s Turf and Landscaping as an office manager. Mr. Webb, a graduate of Sandhills Community Coll...

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Newton, Heustess marry

Miss Kathryn McRae Newton and Mr. James Kyle Heustess were united in marriage on May 31, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at The Brooklyn Arts Center at Saint Andrews in Wilmington, North Carolina.The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Steuart Link, with harpist Elena Pohl and violinist Maura Kropke providing music. Vows were written and exchanged by the bride and groom along with traditional wedding vows. Guests were greeted by Doug and Rebecca Mudd. The bride’s parents hosted a cocktail ...

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LETTER: Share North Carolina’s charm with a California student

To the editor:My name is Breanne Wise, and I am in fifth grade. I attend Brethren Heritage School in Modesto, California.We are doing state reports this year in our history class. I have chosen to do my report on your state of North Carolina.If you should happen to read this in your local newspaper, I would greatly appreciate receiving any information or items regarding your state. You could send pictures, tourist attraction information, trivi...

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Applying new lessons from old wars to ISIS

At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.I will tell you about his response in a minute.The World War I conference was one of a series of planned events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that Great War and to learn what lessons might help us deal with present-day challenges.There are plenty of such ...

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Clean drinking water shouldn’t be taken for granted

The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct.Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed, making North Carolina the first state to adopt a comprehensive plan to clean up its coal ash dumps. I voted for the bill. It is a good first step. However, it goes neither far enough nor fast enough. The Yadkin-Pee River is the lifeline for this regi...

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2 charged in Walmart meth bust

CHERAW, S.C. — An alert sheriff’s deputy busted an apparent mobile meth lab and arrested two men after noticing suspicious behavior while shopping at Walmart.Chesterfield County sheriff’s Cpl. Robert J. White was inside the Walmart Supercenter on S.C. 9 in Cheraw when he noticed another customer, 31-year-old Brandon Lee Sasser of Loris, walking in circles and pacing from one side of the store to the other on Sept. 7, according to a sheriff’s office report....

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Church bells to chime for Constitution Day

ROCKINGHAM — Bells will be ringing in Richmond County and across the country this afternoon.To signify the signing of the Constitution of the United States in 1787, the First United Methodist Church in Rockingham will toll its bell at 4 p.m., according to Susanne McInnis of Richmond County’s Gen. Henry William Harrington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.“Maybe from these bell towers far and wide, bells will ring out from sea to shinin...

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Deputies: Meth convict caught with precursor

ROCKINGHAM — Eight days after her conviction on meth charges, sheriff’s deputies say a Richmond County woman was caught with a key ingredient of methamphetamine.Stephanie Dawn Guinn, 40, of 184 Butler Circle, Rockingham, was arrested Monday on two counts of felony possession of pseudoephedrine by a person with a prior meth conviction.A warrant for arrest states that Guinn had two boxes of generic allergy and decongestant medication containing pseudoephedrine....

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Police: Car thief broke into home

HAMLET — A defendant accused in a rash of car break-ins has also been charged with forcing his way into a Hamlet home and raiding the fridge.Police have charged 22-year-old Jonathan Quinn Williams of 2691 Murdocksville Road, West End, with breaking into a Rollins Avenue home between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4 and stealing “an assortment of meat and other frozen foods,” according to an arrest warrant. The food has an estimated value of $100.Williams was charged...

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OUR VIEW: Americans frightened by freedom?

As Islamic State militants slaughter civilians and decapitate prisoners of war in gruesome videos posted online for the world to see, some of us are more likely to balk when fellow Americans exercise their rights in controversial ways.The 2014 State of the First Amendment survey suggests terrorism makes us less likely to defend and perhaps more likely to censor speech and expression that offends others. Nearly four in 10 Americans (38 percent) believe the First Amendment goes too f...

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