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Anson unemployment continues to increase

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The unemployment rate for Anson County continued an upward trend in August, according to a report released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The August 2014 unemployment rate for Anson was 8.7 percent, up 0.7 percent from July.Unemployment rates have been gradually increasing since April, when unemployment was just 6.9 percent in Anson, the lowest rate in recent years. In December 2013, Anson’s unemployment dipped below 8 percent for the first time in five years.The latest 8.7-percent rate means that of Anson County’s workforce of 10,587, a total of 917 people received unemployment benefits for the month of August.


Town of Wadesboro debuts new website

WADESBORO — The town of Wadesboro invites everyone to view its completed new website by visiting either or Also, the town would like to thank residents who gave feedback on what they wanted from the website. T...

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Will American ground troops be sent to fight ISIS?

With the United States dropping bombs on yet another Muslim country, we might benefit from a close look at President Obama’s anti–Islamic State strategy.Obama and his spokespeople are always quick to make two points: first, that no American ground forces will be sent into combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and second, that the United States will merely be part, albeit a leading part, of a broad coalition of Arab and NATO countries.The ...

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Celebrating the power of women in our district

Last week, my wife, Renee, and I hosted a Women’s Symposium to highlight the tremendously positive impact women have on our economy and our communities and unite local leaders to discuss ideas that advance opportunities and return decision-making power back to our families and away from Washington. I don’t think I need to tell you that our economy and our nation face a lot of challenges right now, and I’m so grateful for all of the women who attended the summit to help solve...

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Lady Cats lose away games last week

The Lady Cats lost both of their away conference matches last week to Piedmont and Marvin Ridge.Last Tuesday, the girls played against Piedmont and lost 1-3. In the first set, they won 28-26. They lost the second set 12-25, the third set 19-25, and the fourth set 12-25.The girls faced Marvin Ridge last Thursday, losing all three sets. The sets ended 12-25, 9-25, and 8-25, respectively.These losses give the team an overall 6-4 season and a 1-4 conference, accor...

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Banquet honors local farmers

The 2014 Farm-City Week Dinner was well-attended last Tuesday, and several local citizens won awards.The county also recognized the centennial celebration of Cooperative Extension this year. Earlier in the year, the local office held a birthday party, and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension also held a celebration in Raleigh.

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Annual Ag Expo & Fair draws participants from throughout region

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...

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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 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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