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ROCKINGHAM — “It’s been a good trip,” outgoing Commissioner Thad Ussery said during a reception in his honor Monday afternoon.

A swarm of family members, county employees and friends came out to the Richmond County Airport to wish him well hours before his final meeting.

Among those was former two-term commissioner H.L. Webb, who said Ussery was “very humble” and “very informative.”

“He has been a good asset to Richmond County,” Webb said.

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ROCKINGHAM — The flurry of voters hitting the polls won’t be the only storm on Election Day.

The National Weather Service is calling for strong to severe thunderstorms to sweep across the state Tuesday afternoon.

How that will impact voter turnout is yet to be seen.

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ROCKINGHAM — One Richmond County lawyer will soon be donning a black robe and wielding a gavel.

Longtime attorney Stephan B. Futrell was recently appointed to the bench last week by Gov. Roy Cooper to fill the spot soon to be vacated by Superior Court Judge Richard Brown.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 18:30

Ashley Chapel Church Fire Deemed Suspicious

ROCKINGHAM — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers are investigating an early morning fire at a Richmond County church.

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call of a fire at Ashley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church on Mizpah Road just before 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge.

The responding deputy saw smoke coming from the church, pulled to the back of the building and saw a window had been damaged, Gulledge said. He then grabbed the fire extinguisher from his patrol car to keep the flames down.

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ROCKINGHAM — Several students will face criminal charges following a fight at Richmond Senior High School Wednesday morning.

Richmond County Schools spokesperson Briana Goins said no students were seriously injured and no weapons were involved.

Although the school was never officially on lockdown, Goins said the front and back gates to the school were temporarily closed to secure the campus.

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HAMLET— The father of a man wanted in connection to a midday shooting on Wednesday is pleading for his son to turn himself in.

Edward Sloan Sr. said he just found out Thursday that police were looking for his son, also Edward Sloan, who is accused of shooting another man outside the Richmond County Soup Kitchen just after 12:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators did not release the suspect’s name until Thursday morning.

Surrendering, he said, calling from the Hamlet Police Department, “would be the best thing and the only thing” his son could do.

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ROCKINGHAM — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee shook hundreds of hands Wednesday in the first of four stops campaigning for House hopeful Mark Harris.

A large crowd of conservatives, including local pastors and politicians, awaited the Republican heavyweight’s arrival in the parking lot of the Richmond County Cooperative Extension office, which is serving as an early voting site.

Huckabee took the time to pose for photos — including a selfie with Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton — sign autographs and briefly speak with those in attendance.

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ROCKINGHAM — Domestic violence comes in “all shapes,” according to Ellerbe native Kristi Richardson King.

And she should know.

King and Bridget Little both shared their personal experiences of losing family members to domestic violence during a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening sponsored by New Horizons Life and Family Services.

With the walkway of the old courthouse lined in purple and white balloons, each woman told those gathered holding candles about their respective family’s tragedy.

King’s parents were murdered by her brother eight years ago.

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HAMLET — The Dixon family is all too familiar with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Their patriarch, 81-year-old Hayden Dixon, was first diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 74.

His son Darin said the experience is like a rollercoaster.

“(There are) some good days, some not-so-good days,” he said. “We never say ‘bad.’”

Darin Dixon said the disease has progressed more in the past year and his father is now in stage six of seven and is under total care 24-7.

About 40 members of the family, with purple T-shirts denoting them as the Dixon Ramblers, joined with more than 100 others others Saturday for the inaugural Alzheimer’s Walk Fundraiser, sponsored by the Richmond County Dementia Capable Action Team, at Cole Auditorium Saturday morning.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 17:00

Ellerbe B&E Arrests Lead to Recovery of Stolen ATVs

ELLERBE — The arrests of two men accused in a break-in over the weekend led to the recovery of several ATVs and other property reportedly stolen in the area.

Deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday responded to a call of a break-in in progress on Bennett Road, with the homeowner reporting he saw two individuals break into his building and run into the woods, according to a press release issued Thursday.

With K-9s on the trail, deputies found 20-year-old Zachery Earl Cribb, of Laurel Hill, and 34-year-old Drayson Dewayne Deese, of McColl, South Carolina.

After interviewing the suspects, investigators say they were able to tie Cribb to several other crimes and recover some of the property.

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