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Annual Ag Expo & Fair draws participants from throughout region

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Although the annual Ag Expo & Fair had to relocate from its normal venue at the Lockhart-Taylor Center, contributing to a smaller number of fair-goers, many contestants still made it out to show their livestock, agricultural products and homemade projects last weekend.Bruce Shankle won best in show in field crops for his fescue hay. In horticulture, Mark Mills won in the adult category with his sweet peppers, teenager Katie Edwards won with her grapes, and Jack Flake won in the pre-teen category with his hot peppers. Hazel Morris won with the best flower specimen with one stem or bloom. Melissa Mills also took home a prize for her grape jelly.

 

Raiders defeat Bearcats, 42-6

ROCKINGHAM — Despite Richmond’s lax offense versus Anson Friday night, the Raiders still managed to pull off a 42-6 victory over the Bearcats.The game was Richmond Senior High’s Homecoming game and gives the Raiders a 6-0 record, while the Bearcats drop to 1-5 overall.The contest was marred by a scuffle following a Richmond kickoff with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter. Three Anson players were kicked out of the contest.“They were ej...

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Anson sheriff awards $12,000 to Anson County Schools

The Anson County Sheriff’s Department gave over $12,000 to the school system on Monday.Sheriff Tommy Allen gave Superintendent Michael Freeman a check for $12,127, Allen said. The money was a collection of seized drug monies from cases where the judges ordered the money to be given to the school system.Both Allen and Freeman agreed that the funds should be used to update and improve school security. “When I talked to Superintendent Michael Freeman, we discuss...

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CROP Hunger Walk planned for Oct. 5

The annual Anson County CROP Hunger Walk is Oct. 5.The community event, starting at First United Methodist Church in Wadesboro, will support the local hunger relief programs of Faith Based Ministries and Anson Crisis Ministries, and the world hunger fighting efforts of Church World Service, a 67-year-old humanitarian relief and development organization. Programs include assisting families with hurricane and tornado recovery in the United States, assisting famine refugees in Africa ...

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‘Bearcat Bandit’ arrested Friday

HAMLET — Investigators with the Hamlet Police Department captured the “Bearcats Bandit” Friday after an anonymous tip from a resident identified her from photographs published in the Anson Record’s sister newspaper, the Richmond County Daily Journal, and posted on both newspapers’ Facebook pages.Amanda Gainey, 31, was accused of using another person’s debit card without permission — first withdrawing less than $100 from a Hamlet bank machin...

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Celebrate agriculture this weekend at local events

The annual youth livestock show and ag fair are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Both will be held at new locations with a change in times.Starting on Thursday, fair entries will be received at the Cooperative Extension Center on McLaurin Street from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Judging will take place on Friday.The weekend’s festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday at Circle G Arena in Lilesville with the 4-H Youth Livestock Show.Friday&#...

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Clean drinking water should not be taken for granted

The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, passed, making North Carolina the first state to adopt a comprehensive plan to clean up its coal ash dumps. I voted for the bill. It is a good first step. However, it goes neither far enough, nor fast enough. The Yadkin-Pee River is the lifeline for this region, prov...

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Working hard in Washington for our district

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s Eighth District. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find commonsense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I have strived to define myself not only by my actions as someone who get...

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Documenting the history of the Pee Dee River

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part 1 of a story that has been reprinted from The Richmond County Daily Journal. Part 2 will be featured in next week’s issue.)Now a sportsman’s paradise and boating playground, the Great Pee Dee River once had a commercial purpose — fishing and transportation.Twin bridges today provide a traffic crossing of the river at a single point. Less than a century ago, traffic crossed on ferry barges at several locations ...

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Bearcats lose Homecoming game, 35-7

The Bearcats lost their homecoming game to Purnell Swett 35-7 last Friday.While the Bearcats failed to score in the first three quarters, Purnell Swett made 21 points in the first quarter alone. In the final quarter, the Bearcats made 7 points to Purnell Swett’s 14, ending the game 35-7.This loss gives the team an overall season of 1-4, according to the high school sports website MaxPreps.com. Their sole win was a 35-8 victory against South Stanly on Sept. 5....

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Old hospital buildings vandalized

Two early 1900s-era brick buildings on the site of the former Anson Community Hospital have been vandalized so badly that they are now unsafe to enter, County Manager Lawrence Gatewood said.More than 40 local agencies and businesses have benefited from many items taken from the main hospital by permission, but unknown vandals attacked the two brick buildings sometime in August.“The entire HVAC unit from the back of the building is missing,” Gatewood told the ...

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AEDC discusses Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership

The newly formed Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership was the main topic of discussion at the monthly Anson Economic Development Corporation meeting on Thursday.AEDC chairman Chuck Horne represents Anson County on the partnership’s board and gave the group a detailed report.The Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership was formed after the North Carolina legislature abolished economic development partnerships as they had existed before. Ans...

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N.C.’s August unemployment rate inches higher

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, increasing 0.3 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 6.5 percent. The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.North Carolina’s August 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 28,666 over the month to 4,340,873, and increased 28,938 over the year. The number of people un...

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Groups file lawsuit against Duke Energy Power Plant in Hamlet

On Wednesday at a press conference in Raleigh, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League and the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County released their legal challenge to the state air permit for Duke Energy’s combustion turbine electric power plant in Hamlet. The groups charged the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources with failure to regulate the powerful utility and protect public health.

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HOLLA! Eagles soar in first tennis match

On Sept. 6, the HOLLA! Eagles tennis team traveled to Charlotte to compete in a round robin tennis tournament at the Sugaw Creek Recreation Complex.Saturday’s was the first official match for the eager Eagles since the HOLLA! tennis program was jump-started by the HOLLA! Let’s MOVE Fitness Program to fight obesity among youth, three years ago.It proved to be a challenging, yet rewarding day for the for the young Eagles. The match-ups were randomly selected ac...

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New lessons from old wars

At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at UNC-Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.I will tell you about his response in a minute.The World War I conference was one of a series of planned events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that Great War and to learn what lessons might help us deal with present day challenges.

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We shouldn’t wait for terrorist attacks before taking action

Last week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by cowardice and hatred for our way of life. Thirteen years later, we remember the innocent lives lost and the sacrifices that were made; we remember the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair; and we remember the heroism and courage of our...

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Board of Elections, Lilesville FD come to agreement on voting location

The Board of Elections passed new rules for its voting facilities after hearing from the Lilesville fire chief about scratches on the department’s floors.Last month, the board rejected a bill from the Lilesville Fire Department when the department alleged that its floors had been scratched during elections earlier this summer. After deciding the marks may have appeared from an event after the elections, the board declined to pay the bill. County Manager Lawrence Gatewood late...

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