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Even though we were out of session, the month of January was very busy for me. A few highlights include a luncheon meeting with UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle R. Carter, and a legislation briefing with Scotland Health Care President Greg Woods. On Jan. 12-13, I attended the Holshouser Legislative Retreat in Greensboro and heard from many of the leadi

Back to work in the people's House

Even though we were out of session, the month of January was very busy for me. A few highlights include a luncheon meeting with UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle R. Carter, and a legislation briefing with Scotland Health Care President Greg Woods. On Jan. 12-13, I attended the Holshouser Legislative Retreat in Greensboro and heard from many of the leadi

ROCKINGHAM — A convicted Richmond County drug dealer was arrested Tuesday on charges of selling cocaine.
Sheriff's deputies took 59-year-old Emmanuel “Man” Gray Everett of Adignora Lane, Rockingham, into custody on warrants for arrest, Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Jay Childers said in a Friday release.
Everett is charged with

Drug convict accused of selling cocaine

ROCKINGHAM — A convicted Richmond County drug dealer was arrested Tuesday on charges of selling cocaine. Sheriff's deputies took 59-year-old Emmanuel “Man” Gray Everett of Adignora Lane, Rockingham, into custody on warrants for arrest, Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Jay Childers said in a Friday release. Everett is charged with

Forget the pop stars, pro athletes and the endless parade of new-school celebrities who are famous for being famous.
Richmond County doesn't have to look beyond its borders to find real-life role models for the next generation of businesspeople, parents and local leaders.
Two trailblazers who have spent their lives making our slice of the Sandhil

OUR VIEW McQueen, McLaurin serve as role models for Richmond County

Forget the pop stars, pro athletes and the endless parade of new-school celebrities who are famous for being famous. Richmond County doesn't have to look beyond its borders to find real-life role models for the next generation of businesspeople, parents and local leaders. Two trailblazers who have spent their lives making our slice of the Sandhil

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Daleesia McDonald, second from right, a seventh-grader at Ellerbe Middle School, won the school spelling bee with the championship word being limelight. James Melton, second from left, an eighth-grader, was the runner-up in the bee. Both are pictured with Principal Melvin Ingram and Ellerbe's wildcat mascot.

Contributed photo Daleesia McDonald, second from right, a seventh-grader at Ellerbe Middle School, won the school spelling bee with the championship word being limelight. James Melton, second from left, an eighth-grader, was the runner-up in the bee. Both are pictured with Principal Melvin Ingram and Ellerbe's wildcat mascot.

HAMLET — A toy gun brought to Fairview Heights Elementary School Thursday caused confusion and alarm as students and parents speculated over whether a real weapon had been on school grounds.
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman said she'd like to assure the Fairview Heights community that no students were ever in any dang

Student brings toy gun to elementary school

HAMLET — A toy gun brought to Fairview Heights Elementary School Thursday caused confusion and alarm as students and parents speculated over whether a real weapon had been on school grounds. Richmond County Schools Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman said she'd like to assure the Fairview Heights community that no students were ever in any dang

10 county students earn Wingate honors

WINGATE — Ten Richmond County students were named to Wingate University honors lists for the fall 2014 semester. President's List honorees are Rebecca Gibson and Alyssa Haywood of Rockingham and Jennifer Mills of the Marston community. The President's List at Wingate University is composed of undergraduate students who earned a grade-point

For the month of January, the Legal Corner has focused on the various types of bankruptcy filings and their advantages and disadvantages. One of the major advantages discussed was the ability to discharge or in other cases repay certain debt.
One of the disadvantages was that certain debt could not be discharged such as income taxes, where in many

Bankruptcy can sometimes erase tax debt

For the month of January, the Legal Corner has focused on the various types of bankruptcy filings and their advantages and disadvantages. One of the major advantages discussed was the ability to discharge or in other cases repay certain debt. One of the disadvantages was that certain debt could not be discharged such as income taxes, where in many

Quate McKinzie scored 17 points as Harrells Christian Academy easily defeated Fayetteville Christian Academy 74-49.
HCA jumped out to an early 21-15 lead after the first quarter as McKinzie scored 6 in the opening frame and Marcus Scarborough scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter, including a 3-6 total from three point range.
By halftim

Harrells rolls past Fayetteville Christian Academy

Quate McKinzie scored 17 points as Harrells Christian Academy easily defeated Fayetteville Christian Academy 74-49. HCA jumped out to an early 21-15 lead after the first quarter as McKinzie scored 6 in the opening frame and Marcus Scarborough scored 11 of his 15 points in the first quarter, including a 3-6 total from three point range. By halftim

RAEFORD — After combining for just five points in the first half, there was no truth to the rumor Richmond Senior coach David Laton was going to call in a missing persons report on Lavell Ellerbe or T.J. Watkins.
That was a good thing, because both rose to the occasion in the second half, especially in the two overtimes, to lift Richmond to

Raiders shock Bucks in 2 OT

RAEFORD — After combining for just five points in the first half, there was no truth to the rumor Richmond Senior coach David Laton was going to call in a missing persons report on Lavell Ellerbe or T.J. Watkins. That was a good thing, because both rose to the occasion in the second half, especially in the two overtimes, to lift Richmond to

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Michael Rush was sworn in to the Richmond County Schools Special Police on Thursday. He is a graduate of Richmond Senior High School and has retired after 30 years with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Rush will be assigned to Richmond Senior High. He is pictured at right, along with RCS Police Chief Marc Terry, Superintende

Contributed photo Michael Rush was sworn in to the Richmond County Schools Special Police on Thursday. He is a graduate of Richmond Senior High School and has retired after 30 years with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Rush will be assigned to Richmond Senior High. He is pictured at right, along with RCS Police Chief Marc Terry, Superintende

CrimeWatch

(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff's Office daily jail report.) Arrests • Jan. 29 — Henry Landon Tew III, 24, of 399 Lauren Lane, Godwin, was charged with stalking. Bond was set at $1,000; court date is Feb. 26.

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Rohanen Middle School students making the all-A honor roll for the second nine weeks are, front row from left, Kacee Hoffman, Jennifer Cox, Maggie Cook and Jaelynn Jackman. In the second row from left are Kayla Luther, Elizabeth Ollis, Letticia Ocampo and James Brooks. In the third row from left are Jonah Smith, Tyler Watts, Cale

Contributed photo Rohanen Middle School students making the all-A honor roll for the second nine weeks are, front row from left, Kacee Hoffman, Jennifer Cox, Maggie Cook and Jaelynn Jackman. In the second row from left are Kayla Luther, Elizabeth Ollis, Letticia Ocampo and James Brooks. In the third row from left are Jonah Smith, Tyler Watts, Cale

Rockingham woman wins $10K lottery prize

ROCKINGHAM — A lucky local woman has won $10,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery's Mega Millions game. Sarah Wall of Rockingham won the cash prize in the Jan. 23 Mega Millions drawing, according to a release from the state lottery. The biggest win of the week went to Jarrod Martin, who matched all five numbers in the Jan. 22 Cash 5

ABERDEEN — A registered sex offender with a history of hiding from local authorities is again accused of giving sheriff's deputies the slip.
Daniel Joseph Ketchum Jr., 34, whose last-known address is 189 Batchelor Farm Road south of Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday evening after Moore County deputies say he moved to a new address without noti

Deputies: Sex offender failed to register

ABERDEEN — A registered sex offender with a history of hiding from local authorities is again accused of giving sheriff's deputies the slip. Daniel Joseph Ketchum Jr., 34, whose last-known address is 189 Batchelor Farm Road south of Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday evening after Moore County deputies say he moved to a new address without noti

ROCKINGHAM — NASCAR may no longer be around in Richmond County, but one of the sport's top journalists still calls Rockingham home.
Ryan McGee, a Rockingham native and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, was named the National Motorsports Press Association's Writer of the Year for the third time in his career Sunday. McGee previously rece

Racing roots gives ESPN's McGee his big break

ROCKINGHAM — NASCAR may no longer be around in Richmond County, but one of the sport's top journalists still calls Rockingham home. Ryan McGee, a Rockingham native and a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, was named the National Motorsports Press Association's Writer of the Year for the third time in his career Sunday. McGee previously rece

During halftime of their game Friday night against Fayetteville Christian Academy, Harrells Christian Academy was honored by the Kay Yow Foundation. HCA raised more money for the foundation than any other school in North Carolina, and has raised over $30,000 in the past six years.
Here is information about the foundation from KayYow.com. “Ka

HCA honored by Yow Foundation

During halftime of their game Friday night against Fayetteville Christian Academy, Harrells Christian Academy was honored by the Kay Yow Foundation. HCA raised more money for the foundation than any other school in North Carolina, and has raised over $30,000 in the past six years. Here is information about the foundation from KayYow.com. “Ka

ROCKINGHAM — When Yvette Potts was passed over for a promotion three years ago, she wondered what she had done wrong.
Little did she know that her promotion was already being planned by newly elected Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel, who had something sneaky and surprising in the works.
This is but one of the memories Potts laughed abo

Courthouse was her calling

ROCKINGHAM — When Yvette Potts was passed over for a promotion three years ago, she wondered what she had done wrong. Little did she know that her promotion was already being planned by newly elected Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel, who had something sneaky and surprising in the works. This is but one of the memories Potts laughed abo

This is being written as a very short history of our problems with Iran. There is a much bigger picture to look at, but there is not enough room to go any further on this page or at this time. I hate to be the one to say it but we (our past administrations) are part of the problem, and we do have to take part of the blame.
The Iranian government h

The Iranian quest for revenge

This is being written as a very short history of our problems with Iran. There is a much bigger picture to look at, but there is not enough room to go any further on this page or at this time. I hate to be the one to say it but we (our past administrations) are part of the problem, and we do have to take part of the blame. The Iranian government h

RAEFORD — The start to the second-time through the Southeastern Conference wasn't much better than the first one for Richmond Senior.
After scoring the opening basket of the contest, things didn't get better for Richmond as Hoke pulled away for a 68-32 victory Friday night at McDonald Gymnasium.
The contest was knotted at 4 when Hoke closed

Bucks keep Raiders in tailspin

RAEFORD — The start to the second-time through the Southeastern Conference wasn't much better than the first one for Richmond Senior. After scoring the opening basket of the contest, things didn't get better for Richmond as Hoke pulled away for a 68-32 victory Friday night at McDonald Gymnasium. The contest was knotted at 4 when Hoke closed

HAMLET — Colds and the flu often occur around the same time of year and both have similar, unpleasant symptoms.
While it can be hard to differentiate between the two, doctors at Sandhills Regional Medical Center say it's important to distinguish the cause of your symptoms to determine the best course of treatment.
THE COMMON COLDThe most co

Cold or flu? Doctors explain the difference

HAMLET — Colds and the flu often occur around the same time of year and both have similar, unpleasant symptoms. While it can be hard to differentiate between the two, doctors at Sandhills Regional Medical Center say it's important to distinguish the cause of your symptoms to determine the best course of treatment. THE COMMON COLDThe most co





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