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Drivers cross state line to save on fuel fill-ups

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WALLACE, S.C. —Despite a drop in gas prices, Richmond County residents still cross the state line to take advantage of South Carolina’s frugal fuel tax.On Memorial Day, the average price per gallon was $3.45 in South Carolina and $3.62 in North Carolina, according to Tiffany Wright, public relations manager for AAA Carolinas. Summer fuel supply increases have since pushed local gas prices lower.“Gas prices have been dropping over the last few weeks in the Carolinas and nationally as a whole,” Wright said. “The statewide average (in North Carolina) is $3.45, which is 12 cents cheaper than a month ago and 7 cents below the national average.”


Drug suspect charged in home invasion

ROCKINGHAM — A man accused of selling drugs here is charged with a home invasion in Montgomery County, according to police and sheriff’s deputies.Richmond County deputies and Rockingham police executed a search warrant at the Mill Road home of 34-year-old Travis Lee Simmons on Wednesday.Simmons’ residence was a site of known drug activity, police say. Deputies add that Simmons was allegedly selling cocaine from his home.Police say they found ...

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Drop-in sessions introduce RCC trade programs

HAMLET — The fall semester is right around the corner at Richmond Community College, and the college is hosting its final information sessions highlighting the variety of skilled trade programs offered at RCC.Skilled trade jobs include welders, electricians, heating, air and refrigeration technicians and other technicians prevalent in manufacturing and construction.The informal drop-in sessions are open to the public and are being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesda...

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Year in Review: Raiders make historic run in softball

ROCKINGHAM — In its season opener, the Richmond Senior softball team slipped past Anson 3-2.Then two days later it took care of business against Jack Britt in eight innings. The following day, Richmond stopped Eastern Randolph 5-3.In the eyes of Lou Brown, the manager of the Cleveland Indians in the movie “Major League,” that would be classified as “a winning streak.”The Raiders didn’t stop at winning three games....

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Howard to lead East team in all-star contest

ROCKINGHAM — For the second straight year, Richmond Senior soccer coach Bennie Howard will be busy during his summer break.Howard was selected as the East boys head coach in next year’s East-West All-Star game held in conjunction with the annual North Carolina Coaches Association clinic in Greensboro.“It’s a great honor,” Howard said. “I’m looking forward to it.”Earlier this summer, Howard was an assistant coach ...

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New apartment complex in the works

ROCKINGHAM — It looks like Zaxby’s won’t be the Aldi supermarket’s only new neighbor on U.S. 74 Business.Developers have begun work on Fountain Pointe, a 39-unit apartment complex off Clemmer Road located on 4.78 acres of land, said Rockingham City Planner John Massey. The five-building complex will include 19 two-bedroom units and 20 three-bedroom units along with a clubhouse that will also serve as the leasing office.A community space as well as...

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Teacher pay drives lawmakers’ budget votes

ROCKINGHAM — On state Sen. Gene McLaurin’s scales, the good in North Carolina’s $21 billion budget outweighed the bad.McLaurin was one of two Senate Democrats to join a Republican supermajority in voting for the spending plan Thursday. The budget boosts teacher pay by an average of 7 percent without laying off teacher assistants, though experienced educators will see smaller raises. It also nudges state workers’ salaries $500 to $1,000 higher.

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2 face check fraud charges

HAMLET — A woman has been arrested and a man is wanted in connection with a fraud case involving bad checks.Hamlet police say Anquilla Douglas, 34, went into the city’s BB&T branch and cashed several checks written to her by Anthony Jamison, 33, of Rockingham, totaling more than $1,500.Police say both parties knew the checks were “no good.”Douglas was arrested Wednesday night and jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.Police say...

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Man accused of box cutter attack

ROCKINGHAM — A Hamlet man is accused of cutting another man with a box cutter.Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say Glenn Allen Lockey, 48, of Pear Drive, assaulted another man with the tool on Saturday.A warrant was issued for his arrest on Sunday and he was picked up the following day.Lockey is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.Court records show he has no o...

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Community calendar for July 31

The deadline for all Community Calendar items is 4:30 p.m. the day prior to publishing. To list your event, email Matt Harrelson at or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather.Aug. 1DOBBINS HEIGHTS CONCERNED CITIZENS will not meet during the month of August due to the community revivals. Attendees should plan to meet in September....

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2 charged with stealing moped

HAMLET — Police detectives covered three counties to recover a man’s missing moped and arrest the two women accused of stealing it.Lisa English Norton, 47, of Hamlet and Elizabeth Dale Hailey, 34, of Holden Beach, were arrested late Wednesday and booked into the Richmond County Detention Center.Interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker said the theft investigation led detectives from Richmond County to Scotland County and across the state line to Marlboro County, So...

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WW I: Catastrophe without end

This year is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. American troops entered the fray three years after the war started. The war was an intense slaughter of human life.New modern artillery and machine guns were employed, but the European military leaders were unable to adjust, unable to develop new tactics to compensate for the new weapons. Millions of soldiers died and neither side could prevail.

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Police: Woman stole $789 in razors

ROCKINGHAM — A Stanly County woman is accused of stealing nearly $800 worth of razors from a Rockingham drugstore.Rockingham police say Dawn Morris Morris, 44 of Freedom Drive in Albemarle, walked off with “a large quantity of assorted razors” from Walgreens on March 29.An arrest warrant issued April 25 lists the stolen razors’ value at $789.Morris is charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.She was jailed and released S...

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Zaxby’s sets opening date, plans to hire up to 40

ROCKINGHAM — The first Zaxby’s restaurant in Richmond County plans to open its doors as summer fades into fall.Zaxby’s spokeswoman Jamey Ivey said company officials have set a tentative date of Sept. 22 for the eatery’s grand opening. With construction still ongoing, the building on U.S. 74 Business in front of the Aldi supermarket will soon be complete.Crews broke ground on the restaurant in early June, and William Hayden, job superintendent for ...

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County man accused of sex chat with minor

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is accused of sending sexually explicit text and picture messages to a minor in South Carolina.S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson issued a press release Wednesday announcing the arrest of Robert Lee Watson, 37, of Hamlet, on 10 felony charges related to the case: one count of criminal solicitation of a minor and nine counts of felony dissemination of obscene material to a minor.Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years behi...

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OUR VIEW The finger as free speech

The bird. The finger. The Bronx salute. It’s as old as ancient Rome, and over the centuries, the hand gesture hasn’t lost its peculiar power to offend.A sheriff’s deputy in neighboring Anson County was so ticked off over being flipped off that he left the scene of a homicide investigation to arrest a 19-year-old who flashed his middle finger as he drove past.Deputy Vance Bennett charged William Dunlap of Wadesboro with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for...

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Read opposing views, decide for yourselves

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. But he lost ground with other voters who thought he should keep up with congressional issues covered in that newspaper even if he disagreed with its views.More recently, a widely respected conservative political ...

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Workshop offers disaster prep pointers

ROCKINGHAM — A free disaster preparedness workshop for older adults and their caregivers is scheduled from from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at Cole Auditorium.Lunch will be provided, so organizers said each person planning to attend must register by Aug. 4 b calling 910-997-4491.Donna Wright, director of emergency services for Richmond County, said it is important for senior citizens to be prepared in advance for disasters — those that are predicted and those tha...

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