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I know this is not my normal column subject matter. I hope this leaves you with the desire to have your voice heard for those whose voices are often ignored.
Having the animal control officers under the management of the sheriff's department proved catastrophic for Chesterfield County in 2011 when 22 dogs were shot and buried in the landfill near

Don't mess with animal control success

I know this is not my normal column subject matter. I hope this leaves you with the desire to have your voice heard for those whose voices are often ignored. Having the animal control officers under the management of the sheriff's department proved catastrophic for Chesterfield County in 2011 when 22 dogs were shot and buried in the landfill near

ROCKINGHAM — The Butler did it.
Joe Butler, that is.
The senior right-hander tossed a three-hitter and struck out 13 to lead Richmond Senior to a 2-1 win over Pinecrest in a Southeastern Conference clash Tuesday night at Raider Field.
“That's probably a career high,” Butler said about his 13 strikeouts.
Butler recorded a strik

Butler cleans up vs. Pinecrest

ROCKINGHAM — The Butler did it. Joe Butler, that is. The senior right-hander tossed a three-hitter and struck out 13 to lead Richmond Senior to a 2-1 win over Pinecrest in a Southeastern Conference clash Tuesday night at Raider Field. “That's probably a career high,” Butler said about his 13 strikeouts. Butler recorded a strik

LAURINBURG — A 29-year-old Burger King cashier was charged with two counts of fraud after taking a Laurinburg police officer's debit card on a spending spree, according to Laurinburg police Capt. Terry Chavis.
Latrish Michelle Melvin, of 1401 Tara Drive, is charged with one misdemeanor and one felonious count of financial card theft. She sig

Police: Cashier used cop's debit card

LAURINBURG — A 29-year-old Burger King cashier was charged with two counts of fraud after taking a Laurinburg police officer's debit card on a spending spree, according to Laurinburg police Capt. Terry Chavis. Latrish Michelle Melvin, of 1401 Tara Drive, is charged with one misdemeanor and one felonious count of financial card theft. She sig

ROCKINGHAM — With three Southeastern Conference contests remaining in the season, it is a juggling act for Mike James.
The Richmond Senior boys tennis coach is trying to keep his team focused not only on trying to finish second in the conference to qualify for the 4A dual team playoffs, but doing well individually for seeding purposes for th

Raiders roll past Rams in tennis

ROCKINGHAM — With three Southeastern Conference contests remaining in the season, it is a juggling act for Mike James. The Richmond Senior boys tennis coach is trying to keep his team focused not only on trying to finish second in the conference to qualify for the 4A dual team playoffs, but doing well individually for seeding purposes for th

Leutz to speak at Dublin's LuMil Vineyard

DUBLIN — Graduates of the University of North Carolina and their guests are welcome on April 16 to hear Dr. James Leutz, a longtime history professor at UNC, speak at LuMil Vineyard Barrell Room in Dublin. The event, which includes a socal and dinner, begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Leutz is now chancellor emeritus at the Un

Community Bulletin Board

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 319 — meeting 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2. FMI Helen Faison, 592-6060. American Legion Post 319 — meeting 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 7. FMI Robert L. Brown, 590-2781 Sampson County's 1st Annual Teen Health Fair — April 30, 2015, 6-8 p.m., at Clinton High School. Free and open to public. FMI call 910-5

Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker could walk out of a North Carolina prison this month after a year behind bars on public corruption charges.
Parker's maximum two-year sentence is set to end sometime in April, according to Peter O'Boyle of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. His probation will begin immediatel

Ex-sheriff to leave prison this month

Former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker could walk out of a North Carolina prison this month after a year behind bars on public corruption charges. Parker's maximum two-year sentence is set to end sometime in April, according to Peter O'Boyle of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. His probation will begin immediatel

ROCKINGHAM — It's been seven up and seven down for the Richmond Senior softball team, but Tuesday night's win over Pinecrest didn't come without some hiccups.
The Raiders defeated the Patriots 10-8 to move to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play after an up and down night from the home team.
The Raiders were up 3-2 in the bot

Raiders power past Patriots

ROCKINGHAM — It's been seven up and seven down for the Richmond Senior softball team, but Tuesday night's win over Pinecrest didn't come without some hiccups. The Raiders defeated the Patriots 10-8 to move to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play after an up and down night from the home team. The Raiders were up 3-2 in the bot

Summer is just around the corner. Now is the time to start planning activities that will keep your child learning and off the couch. 4-H Summer Fun consists of a series of educational activities designed to make the most of summer vacation by encouraging youth to learn with productive activities that are fun!
4-H Summer Fun is open to youth regard

Summer fun awaits for Richmond County kids

Summer is just around the corner. Now is the time to start planning activities that will keep your child learning and off the couch. 4-H Summer Fun consists of a series of educational activities designed to make the most of summer vacation by encouraging youth to learn with productive activities that are fun! 4-H Summer Fun is open to youth regard

ROCKINGHAM — Thomas Henry Ingram, known as “Pete,” testified against his uncle Alexander Ingram in the 2012 beating death of Michael Collins in court Tuesday.
“Pete” Ingram said earlier in the day, the two had been raking pine straw for about six or seven hours and baled it up.
“He got the money and he took me

Co-defendant testifies against uncle in murder trial

ROCKINGHAM — Thomas Henry Ingram, known as “Pete,” testified against his uncle Alexander Ingram in the 2012 beating death of Michael Collins in court Tuesday. “Pete” Ingram said earlier in the day, the two had been raking pine straw for about six or seven hours and baled it up. “He got the money and he took me

Army Special Forces to conduct training in uptown Wadesboro

WADESBORO — Today, Army Special Forces Robin Sage students will conduct a training exercise on the Tollison Building in uptown Wadesboro at the intersection of North Washington and East Morgan streets. This Robin Sage training exercise will occur between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and will feature “blank” gunfire noises. While these g

Nowadays with preventive health care being the focal point of a healthy lifestyle, we are seeing foam-rolling become more prevalent than ever.
A foam roller is essentially a form of myofascial release or self-massage in which you use a dense foam tube to roll out connective tissue that can ball up directly under the skin and cause tightness and pa

Foam-rolling: A self-massage technique

Nowadays with preventive health care being the focal point of a healthy lifestyle, we are seeing foam-rolling become more prevalent than ever. A foam roller is essentially a form of myofascial release or self-massage in which you use a dense foam tube to roll out connective tissue that can ball up directly under the skin and cause tightness and pa

Midway's Dylan Hardison pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while walking no batters and striking out 7 en route to a 10-0 win over Union.
Tyler Pope pitched the final inning to get some work in for Midway. He struck out a batter and retired the side in order.
Midway jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings then had a five-run

Midway drops Union 10-0

Midway's Dylan Hardison pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, while walking no batters and striking out 7 en route to a 10-0 win over Union. Tyler Pope pitched the final inning to get some work in for Midway. He struck out a batter and retired the side in order. Midway jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings then had a five-run

Crowds converged on Cheraw last weekend as the town held its 40th annual Cheraw Spring Festival under sunny skies.
“We are glad to have good weather,” said Mayor Andy Ingram.“I think the cool breeze kind of kept some people away, because in the morning's it's been kind of cool. Overall it's been a huge success, people walking aro

Festival blends history, fun

Crowds converged on Cheraw last weekend as the town held its 40th annual Cheraw Spring Festival under sunny skies. “We are glad to have good weather,” said Mayor Andy Ingram.“I think the cool breeze kind of kept some people away, because in the morning's it's been kind of cool. Overall it's been a huge success, people walking aro

McLeod Health has announced an agreement to operate Cheraw's Chesterfield General Hospital and Bennettsville's Marlboro Park Hospital.
The Florence-based health care group signed a letter of intent to operate the two hospitals, McLeod Health officials said Tuesday.
The future for both hospitals seemed uncertain after the April 2014 announcement f

McLeod to run local hospitals

McLeod Health has announced an agreement to operate Cheraw's Chesterfield General Hospital and Bennettsville's Marlboro Park Hospital. The Florence-based health care group signed a letter of intent to operate the two hospitals, McLeod Health officials said Tuesday. The future for both hospitals seemed uncertain after the April 2014 announcement f

Trash day moved up

Trash day has been moved up this week for city residents who normally get theirs collected on Friday. Due to Good Friday, the City of Clinton offices are closed and Friday, April 3, garbage will be picked up Thursday, April 2, Stacey Ray, senior administrative specialist for the Clinton Public Works and Utilities Department. Trash collection will

ROCKINGHAM — A nephew pointed the finger of blame at his uncle from the witness stand in the 2012 killing of Michael Collins.
After gambling away his money at the Norman General Store, Alexander Ingram returned hours later and beat the owner to death with a hammer, Henry Thomas “Pete” Ingram told jurors Tuesday.
Both men are cha

'My uncle killed that man'

ROCKINGHAM — A nephew pointed the finger of blame at his uncle from the witness stand in the 2012 killing of Michael Collins. After gambling away his money at the Norman General Store, Alexander Ingram returned hours later and beat the owner to death with a hammer, Henry Thomas “Pete” Ingram told jurors Tuesday. Both men are cha

Kierre Clark, center, was recently crowned Miss Lakewood. She also won the overall Talent Award donated by 2014 Miss LHS, Kelsey Royal. Also pictured is first runner-up and Extra Effort award winner Madelyn James and second runner-up and Miss Congeniality Jamie Autry.

Miss LHS and her court

Kierre Clark, center, was recently crowned Miss Lakewood. She also won the overall Talent Award donated by 2014 Miss LHS, Kelsey Royal. Also pictured is first runner-up and Extra Effort award winner Madelyn James and second runner-up and Miss Congeniality Jamie Autry.

The Midway Lady Raiders' softball team won games on Monday, over Lakewood, and Tuesday, at home against Union. MHS won 8-1 over LHS and 19-2 over Union in five innings.
Blythe Best pitched in the 8-1 win over Lakewood for MHS. She allowed 2 hits and no earned runs. Leah Williams and Haley West each had two hits in the win.
In the win over Union,

Lady Raiders grab conference wins

The Midway Lady Raiders' softball team won games on Monday, over Lakewood, and Tuesday, at home against Union. MHS won 8-1 over LHS and 19-2 over Union in five innings. Blythe Best pitched in the 8-1 win over Lakewood for MHS. She allowed 2 hits and no earned runs. Leah Williams and Haley West each had two hits in the win. In the win over Union,

Millstone 4-H to host youth hunter skills championship

ELLERBE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the 37th annual Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament — the state championship for pre-collegiate shooting sports — on April 25 at the Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe in Richmond County. The commission conducted nine regional competitions in March, with hundreds of m





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