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PINEHURST – FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has been rated high performing in four areas used in the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever ratings of Best Hospitals in Common Care.
The new ratings were determined during an evaluation of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. FirstHealth Mo

U.S. News hospital rankings recognize FirstHealth

PINEHURST – FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital has been rated high performing in four areas used in the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever ratings of Best Hospitals in Common Care. The new ratings were determined during an evaluation of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. FirstHealth Mo

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 • May 28 —James Dwight Fann, 68, of 2099 N. Salemburg Hwy., Salemburg, was charged with trespassing. Bond set at $500; court date is July 8

Midway and South Granville will need one more game to decide the champion of the East Region in the NCHSAA 2A Playoffs. After winning game one, the Raiders fell in Creedmoor against the hometown Vikings, 3-1 on Thursday evening.
Midway got a great pitching performance from Senior Ryan Lee. Lee walked no batters and allowed just 6 hits. His one mis

South Granville tops Midway in game two of Eastern Championship

Midway and South Granville will need one more game to decide the champion of the East Region in the NCHSAA 2A Playoffs. After winning game one, the Raiders fell in Creedmoor against the hometown Vikings, 3-1 on Thursday evening. Midway got a great pitching performance from Senior Ryan Lee. Lee walked no batters and allowed just 6 hits. His one mis

Linda Jewell-Carr, principal of Union Elementary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal's Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of

Local principal completes leadership program

Linda Jewell-Carr, principal of Union Elementary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal's Association (NCPAPA) in partnership with the North Carolina Department of

Deadline for Hot Mamas softball signups set Tuesday

ELLERBE — Signups for the Hot Mamas softball league's 2015 season are continuing at Ellerbe Town Hall for individuals who want to join but do not have a team. The next coaches/captains' meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Millstone Community Building. This is the final meeting to enter a team into the league. Coaches should bring

Last week in the Legal Corner, we discussed in some detail ways couples can agree in writing what terms will apply if either party chooses to later separate or get a divorce. But what happens in cases where the parties do not have any agreed terms in writing — and more importantly, are not able to agree on any terms?
This week, let's cover c

When divorce gets messy, judges divide property

Last week in the Legal Corner, we discussed in some detail ways couples can agree in writing what terms will apply if either party chooses to later separate or get a divorce. But what happens in cases where the parties do not have any agreed terms in writing — and more importantly, are not able to agree on any terms? This week, let's cover c

Summer sport camps

Baseball camp slated for RSHS The annual Richmond Senior Baseball Camp for children 6 to 12 years of age is scheduled for June 15 to 17. The cost is $60 per child and includes a T-shirt. Each session will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Campers are responsible for bringing their own equipment — shoes, gloves and bats. The camp will be run by member

Last year I just knew someone would have written something about the June 6 anniversary of D-Day, and the 1944 allied attack on fortress Europe during World War II. It did not happen.
I did write a letter to the editor telling our veterans that I was sorry for not doing so myself , and I am still sorry for that inconsiderate non-mention of our vet

Stand up for our veterans

Last year I just knew someone would have written something about the June 6 anniversary of D-Day, and the 1944 allied attack on fortress Europe during World War II. It did not happen. I did write a letter to the editor telling our veterans that I was sorry for not doing so myself , and I am still sorry for that inconsiderate non-mention of our vet

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A large crowd joined members and staff of Swift Printing at 617 E. Broad Ave. in Rockingham Friday to celebrate and cut the ribbon for their new office. Speakers for the ceremony included Richmond County Chamber Board Chairman Brian Baucom, Commissioner Thad Ussery and co-owners Leondas Paul III and Leon Paul provided closing rem

Contributed photo A large crowd joined members and staff of Swift Printing at 617 E. Broad Ave. in Rockingham Friday to celebrate and cut the ribbon for their new office. Speakers for the ceremony included Richmond County Chamber Board Chairman Brian Baucom, Commissioner Thad Ussery and co-owners Leondas Paul III and Leon Paul provided closing rem

HAMLET — After 16 years as a city councilman, Pat Preslar says he will not seek re-election this fall, but he plans to stay involved in Hamlet as an active citizen alongside the 6,000 residents he has represented and served for the past decade and a half.
Preslar grew up on County Home Road just outside of Hamlet and joined the U.S. Army aft

Preslar reflects on life spent in public service

HAMLET — After 16 years as a city councilman, Pat Preslar says he will not seek re-election this fall, but he plans to stay involved in Hamlet as an active citizen alongside the 6,000 residents he has represented and served for the past decade and a half. Preslar grew up on County Home Road just outside of Hamlet and joined the U.S. Army aft

ROCKINGHAM — The Autism Society of North Carolina's Richmond County chapter will be hosting its fifth annual Strike Out Autism event from 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 15 at Striker's Bowling Center.
Local residents can join the bowling event by registering in advance or coming to the event. The cost is $10 per person, $50 for a team of five and $50

Strike Out Autism set June 15

ROCKINGHAM — The Autism Society of North Carolina's Richmond County chapter will be hosting its fifth annual Strike Out Autism event from 6-9 p.m. Monday, June 15 at Striker's Bowling Center. Local residents can join the bowling event by registering in advance or coming to the event. The cost is $10 per person, $50 for a team of five and $50

MOUNT GILEAD — To celebrate World Atlatl Day, local residents can test their survival skills at Town Creek Indian Mound's inaugural Archeaolympic Games from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6.
Contenders can try their hand at fire-making by bow-drill, demonstrate accuracy in throwing Atlatl spears or by playing a game of Chunky, and compete

Historical site hosts spear-throwing competition

MOUNT GILEAD — To celebrate World Atlatl Day, local residents can test their survival skills at Town Creek Indian Mound's inaugural Archeaolympic Games from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Contenders can try their hand at fire-making by bow-drill, demonstrate accuracy in throwing Atlatl spears or by playing a game of Chunky, and compete

RALEIGH — The state's seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March's revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent.
North Carolina's April 2015 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The num­ber of people e

Statewide unemployment inches upward in April

RALEIGH — The state's seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March's revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent. North Carolina's April 2015 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The num­ber of people e

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 30
YARD SALE AND DINNER SALE starting at 7 a.m. at Greater Diggs Chapel

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 30 YARD SALE AND DINNER SALE starting at 7 a.m. at Greater Diggs Chapel

The Midway Raiders took game one of the three game series against South Granville High School in the NCHSAA 2A State Playoffs' Eastern Championship on Wednesday night by defeating the visiting Viking team, 6-5.
It was a game that seemed to belong to Midway a couple of times. But both teams kept battling back and seemed to have an answer for each o

Midway takes game one in Eastern Final

The Midway Raiders took game one of the three game series against South Granville High School in the NCHSAA 2A State Playoffs' Eastern Championship on Wednesday night by defeating the visiting Viking team, 6-5. It was a game that seemed to belong to Midway a couple of times. But both teams kept battling back and seemed to have an answer for each o

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he'll veto a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties.
His decision, announced hours after lawmakers gave their final approval to the measure, puts him at odds with social conservatives in his Republican Party and GOP legislative l

McCrory to veto gay marriage objection bill

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he'll veto a religious exemption bill that would allow some court officials to avoid gay marriage duties. His decision, announced hours after lawmakers gave their final approval to the measure, puts him at odds with social conservatives in his Republican Party and GOP legislative l

In observance of North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week this week and the start of hurricane season just days away, Sampson County emergency officials are urging everyone to make prepare for the worst.
Sampson County Emergency Management has encouraged residents to plan now for hurricane season, as well as other natural disasters and severe st

Bracing for impact

In observance of North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week this week and the start of hurricane season just days away, Sampson County emergency officials are urging everyone to make prepare for the worst. Sampson County Emergency Management has encouraged residents to plan now for hurricane season, as well as other natural disasters and severe st

ROCKINGHAM — A spreading stove fire led to the response of three fire departments late Thursday afternoon.
Bryan Cloninger, deputy chief of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department, said someone inside the home at 117 Watkins Loop Road was cooking when a fire started and spread up the wall into the attic.
He said the fire was mainly containe

Fire destroys kitchen

ROCKINGHAM — A spreading stove fire led to the response of three fire departments late Thursday afternoon. Bryan Cloninger, deputy chief of the Northside Volunteer Fire Department, said someone inside the home at 117 Watkins Loop Road was cooking when a fire started and spread up the wall into the attic. He said the fire was mainly containe

Have you ever been in an 'existing' only state of being? This state of being is when you're merely existing in life and not living.
Joy and happiness is at a low. Your mind is in constant chaos, barely in the present moment; your mind is already trying work things out for the next day, month and year! Existing from pay check to pay check. Existing

It is our vision that resides in us

Have you ever been in an 'existing' only state of being? This state of being is when you're merely existing in life and not living. Joy and happiness is at a low. Your mind is in constant chaos, barely in the present moment; your mind is already trying work things out for the next day, month and year! Existing from pay check to pay check. Existing

ROCKINGHAM — A woman facing a murder charge in the death of her mother-in-law has refused a plea deal.
Dean Bowman, a special prosecutor from the N.C. Attorney General's Office, told Superior Court Judge Gale M. Adams Thursday afternoon that the state had offered a deal to Paige Shelton Harris, which she rejected.
The judge asked for the pl

Harris rejects plea deal in murder case

ROCKINGHAM — A woman facing a murder charge in the death of her mother-in-law has refused a plea deal. Dean Bowman, a special prosecutor from the N.C. Attorney General's Office, told Superior Court Judge Gale M. Adams Thursday afternoon that the state had offered a deal to Paige Shelton Harris, which she rejected. The judge asked for the pl





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