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ROCKINGHAM — Farmers and Merchants Bank shelled out more than a quarter-million dollars within six months, paying four years worth of taxes and interest on Rockingham Speedway, according to county tax records.
The 244.24 acre property, valued at $6.85 million, has an annual tax bill of roughly $56,000.
According to a verified complaint file

Bank pays off speedway taxes

ROCKINGHAM — Farmers and Merchants Bank shelled out more than a quarter-million dollars within six months, paying four years worth of taxes and interest on Rockingham Speedway, according to county tax records. The 244.24 acre property, valued at $6.85 million, has an annual tax bill of roughly $56,000. According to a verified complaint file

First Baptist Church of Clinton is offering a special opportunity to the community next weekend, giving young students the change to meet and greet with a variety of local community members and find some momentum in their career path.
On Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m.-noon, students ages 10 to 17 can come and meet and learn about jobs and careers.

Community career day comes to First Baptist

First Baptist Church of Clinton is offering a special opportunity to the community next weekend, giving young students the change to meet and greet with a variety of local community members and find some momentum in their career path. On Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m.-noon, students ages 10 to 17 can come and meet and learn about jobs and careers.

ROCKINGHAM — What began as an incentive to increase attendance at East Rockingham Elementary School on Fridays blossomed into a cooperative education experience that made reading fun — the “Rocking Readers' Club.”
It began in October 2014 and wrapped up a successful first year last week.
“We had a vision and were loo

Reading club lets students try teaching

ROCKINGHAM — What began as an incentive to increase attendance at East Rockingham Elementary School on Fridays blossomed into a cooperative education experience that made reading fun — the “Rocking Readers' Club.” It began in October 2014 and wrapped up a successful first year last week. “We had a vision and were loo

PAGELAND, S.C. — Police have arrested four men in connection with the shooting of a store clerk during a Sunday robbery.
Devonte Rivers, 19, of Pageland is being charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and use of a weapon in a felony crime. Authorities have also taken three other men into custody in connection with the robbery.
Elontea

4 charged in robbery, shooting

PAGELAND, S.C. — Police have arrested four men in connection with the shooting of a store clerk during a Sunday robbery. Devonte Rivers, 19, of Pageland is being charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and use of a weapon in a felony crime. Authorities have also taken three other men into custody in connection with the robbery. Elontea

Deputy 'justified' in shooting

A Sampson County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect last month was justified in his actions due to the apparent danger posed by the man, who wielded a shotgun as he approached the deputies, District Attorney Ernie Lee said Thursday. On April 12, Jason Lee Evans, 32, of Harrells, was fatally shot by Sheriff's Deputy Louis

ROCKINGHAM — It's like deja vu all over again.
Last season the Richmond Senior softball team advanced to the fourth round of the state 4A East Region and faced an undefeated Cape Fear squad on the road. The Colts came into the game with a 25-0 record and the Raiders set a school mark with 28 straight victories.
Cape Fear managed to inch pas

Raiders, Spartans set for battle

ROCKINGHAM — It's like deja vu all over again. Last season the Richmond Senior softball team advanced to the fourth round of the state 4A East Region and faced an undefeated Cape Fear squad on the road. The Colts came into the game with a 25-0 record and the Raiders set a school mark with 28 straight victories. Cape Fear managed to inch pas

PAGELAND — Police have arrested four men in connection with the shooting of a store clerk during a Sunday robbery.
Devonte Rivers, 19, of Pageland is being charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and use of a weapon in a felony crime. Authorities have also taken three other men into custody in connection with the robbery.
Elontea Meado

4 charged in robbery, shooting

PAGELAND — Police have arrested four men in connection with the shooting of a store clerk during a Sunday robbery. Devonte Rivers, 19, of Pageland is being charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and use of a weapon in a felony crime. Authorities have also taken three other men into custody in connection with the robbery. Elontea Meado

ROCKINGHAM — It was like Oscars night at Richmond Senior High School Thursday evening as the Academic Awards Banquet kicked off at 7 p.m. attended by those outstanding students who waited patiently, anticipating what scholarships and recognition they might receive.
School officials dedicated this year's ceremony to one of their own in a spec

Raiders claim awards, honors

ROCKINGHAM — It was like Oscars night at Richmond Senior High School Thursday evening as the Academic Awards Banquet kicked off at 7 p.m. attended by those outstanding students who waited patiently, anticipating what scholarships and recognition they might receive. School officials dedicated this year's ceremony to one of their own in a spec

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was known for being a tad bit conservative and following conventional football wisdom when he was first hired.
Rivera's tenure with Carolina was about to come to an abrupt end after he infamously elected to kick a field goal when facing a fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 21 with 1:42 left in the game. At the time, the

Castellano brings a gambler's mentality to the Raiders

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera was known for being a tad bit conservative and following conventional football wisdom when he was first hired. Rivera's tenure with Carolina was about to come to an abrupt end after he infamously elected to kick a field goal when facing a fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 21 with 1:42 left in the game. At the time, the

PINEHURST — The three neurosurgeons with FirstHealth Neurosurgery are now using a new medical device that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for two-level cervical disc replacement surgery.
Drs. Dennis Campbell, Larry Carson and Bruce Jauffman are the only neurosurgeons in this region using the Mobi-C cervical dis

FirstHealth offers new spinal surgery

PINEHURST — The three neurosurgeons with FirstHealth Neurosurgery are now using a new medical device that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for two-level cervical disc replacement surgery. Drs. Dennis Campbell, Larry Carson and Bruce Jauffman are the only neurosurgeons in this region using the Mobi-C cervical dis

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 mharrelson@civitasmedia.com or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather.
May 22
YARD SALE from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church on U.S.

Community Calendar

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 mharrelson@civitasmedia.com or call 910-817-2674. Please send an email or call as soon as possible if your event is canceled due to weather. May 22 YARD SALE from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church on U.S.

Community Bulletin Board

Plain View Fire Dept. — will have their budget meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. Newton Grove July 4th Pageant — will be July 5 at the Newton Grove Park. Applications for Petite, Tiny and Little Misses are available at the town hall. Please get your applications and turn them in as soon as possible. Honeycutt Reunion — J

Dorothy (Dodie) Smith wrote a novel in 1956 entitled “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” naming the canine hero “Pongo” after her own pet Dalmatian which was the first of nine Dalmatians she would eventually own.
She got the idea for her novel when a friend mentioned Dalmatians would make a great fur coat. In 1961 Walt Di

101 Dalmatians coming to local theater

Dorothy (Dodie) Smith wrote a novel in 1956 entitled “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” naming the canine hero “Pongo” after her own pet Dalmatian which was the first of nine Dalmatians she would eventually own. She got the idea for her novel when a friend mentioned Dalmatians would make a great fur coat. In 1961 Walt Di

I used to be so broken, lost, empty.
A heart with no beat.
A singer with no song to sing .
So I know the feeling
The silence is deafening
But in your pain lies a blessing
A sweeter song of victory
So keep walking ,walking,walking
Though it seems so far.
No matter who you are
See, there is one thing that I know
Life it can leave ,You so b

The signs are in our valley of decisions

I used to be so broken, lost, empty. A heart with no beat. A singer with no song to sing . So I know the feeling The silence is deafening But in your pain lies a blessing A sweeter song of victory So keep walking ,walking,walking Though it seems so far. No matter who you are See, there is one thing that I know Life it can leave ,You so b

LAURINBURG — Shalonda Taylor, owner of the Scoop N Dip ice cream shop, is seeing early success in her business thanks in part to advice she received from free one-on-one counseling and free workshops offered through Richmond Community College's Small Business Center.
“Taking advantage of the services offered through the Small Business

Scoop shop credits RCC for sweet success

LAURINBURG — Shalonda Taylor, owner of the Scoop N Dip ice cream shop, is seeing early success in her business thanks in part to advice she received from free one-on-one counseling and free workshops offered through Richmond Community College's Small Business Center. “Taking advantage of the services offered through the Small Business

GARLAND — After several months of work, a water reading meter project that expedites the process is now complete.
“Garland residents no longer see a water meter person going from house to house to read water meters over a two-day period,” Mayor Winifred Hill Murphy stated. “Office staff will no longer have to wait for the r

Garland water meter project complete

GARLAND — After several months of work, a water reading meter project that expedites the process is now complete. “Garland residents no longer see a water meter person going from house to house to read water meters over a two-day period,” Mayor Winifred Hill Murphy stated. “Office staff will no longer have to wait for the r

A Clinton woman has been jailed after a heated domestic situation erupted into a blaze inside the residence.
Jacqueline Lee Steed, 53, of 46 Hurricane Lane, Clinton, has been charged with first degree arson. She was taken into custody at the Sampson County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday morning and jailed under $75,000 secured bond.
She is expe

Clinton woman jailed on arson charge

A Clinton woman has been jailed after a heated domestic situation erupted into a blaze inside the residence. Jacqueline Lee Steed, 53, of 46 Hurricane Lane, Clinton, has been charged with first degree arson. She was taken into custody at the Sampson County Law Enforcement Center Wednesday morning and jailed under $75,000 secured bond. She is expe

On Nov. 18, 1981, Salemburg Bobby Strickland convened his first meeting as mayor of the town of Salemburg. Some 34 years later, Strickland announced to his board that he would not seek re-election to the post.
He made it official during Thursday night's town board meeting, reading a letter stating his intention not to run again.
In an exclusive i

Salemburg era ending

On Nov. 18, 1981, Salemburg Bobby Strickland convened his first meeting as mayor of the town of Salemburg. Some 34 years later, Strickland announced to his board that he would not seek re-election to the post. He made it official during Thursday night's town board meeting, reading a letter stating his intention not to run again. In an exclusive i

Local sports briefs

Swimming lessons set for Rockingham The city of Rockingham Parks and Recreation Department will continue accepting applications for its youth swimming lessons. The cost is $40 per session and a discount is available for a family that registers two or more children. There will be three sessions and children will be divided by age group (4 to 6 and

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record the account of Jesus going to the country of the Gadarenes and casting out the unclean spirit named “Legion”. Most remember a bit of this account, because it is the one where the evil spirit requested to enter into a herd of swine rather than to be sent away. Jesus allowed it and then the herd of swine

Lessons from the casting out of legion

Matthew, Mark and Luke all record the account of Jesus going to the country of the Gadarenes and casting out the unclean spirit named “Legion”. Most remember a bit of this account, because it is the one where the evil spirit requested to enter into a herd of swine rather than to be sent away. Jesus allowed it and then the herd of swine





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