C.K. Craven

C.K. Craven

RICHMOND COUNTY - The following announcements have been forwarded to the Richmond Observer for immediate posting.

We will endeavor to maintain an ongoing listing of any such information as it is received throughout the duration of the aftermath effects of Florence.

RICHMOND/SCOTLAND COUNTY AREA – Please take note of the following alerts and announcements in relation to this weekend’s storm and its aftermath for the Richmond County/ Scotland county areas:

Richmond County Schools are CLOSED today (Monday, 17 September)

Richmond Community College is CLOSED today (Monday, 17 September)

Richmond County Water Supply is functioning NORMALLY - there is NO “boil order” in effect

Richmond County is under a FLASH FLOOD WARNING until 6:15 a.m. today (Monday, 17 September)

Richmond County is under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH until 8:00 p.m. today (Monday, 17 September)

HAMLET - “I doubt … whether any convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better constitution; for, when you assemble a number of men, to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views.  From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected?  It therefore astonishes me, sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does.” – Benjamin Franklin, addressing the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787 

Today, 17 September 2018, is the 231st anniversary of the signing and promulgation of our United States Constitution.  While commemoration of this date may or may not be on your list of priorities (surveys indicate that fully one-third of college graduates cannot even identify the Bill of Rights as a name given to the first group of Constitutional amendments and that nearly 10% of them think that Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court [American Council of Trustees and Alumni, September, 2015], so odds are that many of us are similarly unaware of the significance of Constitution Day), it would behoove us all to perhaps take a cursory glance into the history of this document. 

So, exactly what does (or should) our Constitution mean to us, and why bother thinking about it in the first place?  Well, for starters, how about our basic rights and liberties, all of which are (quite unfortunately) generally taken for granted?  Indifference to such things by our founding fathers would have certainly resulted in a much different life for all of us.

The U.S. Constitution has now persevered for over two centuries, preserving the rights and freedoms that are deemed to be just as important now as they were over two-hundred years ago.  But the cited remarks of the venerable Benjamin Franklin notwithstanding, the Constitution itself has had to adjust and acclimate to the changing times of our society’s history.  Its image of strength and stability has been tested throughout our nation’s development; our “Constitutional liberties” have not always been what they are today.  Alas, dare I say it:  The U.S. constitution has never been perfect.  

What is a “constitution” but a general standard by which laws, regulations, policies, rules, customs, mores, folkways, etc., are to be measured and subsequently adopted or rejected?  Just as is true with all such things, compromises have historically exemplified the rule rather than the exception; our U.S. Constitution is a prime example of such. 

The original precipitating mindset that resulted in the formulating of our “new” Constitution did not commence that way at all; rather, a gathering of representatives from twelve of the thirteen states (Rhode Island did not participate) “for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation” - our original “constitution” that had been in place for over six years - was the objective of the fifty-five delegates who convened in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in May of 1787.  But it was soon apparent that an entirely new approach to government was in order. 

But even this new and improved document was not without controversial “issues.”  While well-constructed and seemingly balanced in the application of powers, serious omissions remained.  The addition of the Bill of Rights (i.e., the first ten amendments) in 1791 helped to solidify the credibility of this new document in the minds of the respective states, but it would still take another two centuries of adjustments before many of the glaring problems could be alleviated.  Constitutional amendments were subsequently required to address issues with the Electoral College; slavery; women’s rights; voting age requirements; poll taxes; length of time between the presidential election and the inauguration; number of terms permitted for a president; succession to the presidency and vice-presidency; societal usage of alcohol; etc.  

So yes, our Constitution has indeed served as the proverbial beacon of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as embodied in our Declaration of Independence, but it has not been without significant difficulties, ongoing debates, active social struggles, deadly violence between political factions, and even a “war between the states” that have all characterized our society’s continuous efforts to ensure that our country is truly represented by a “government of the people.”   

No, the Constitution has never been quite as “perfect” as Ben Franklin proclaimed it to be on this date 231 years ago, but … what would our life in the United States be like without it? 

Happy Constitution Day, America!  

HAMLET – With the imminent approach of Hurricane Florence commanding our attention, perhaps a brief review of some of the most memorable storms to affect our area is in order.

Although historical records of hurricane hits along the coast of the Carolinas cannot be deemed to be complete (official denotations have been kept only since 1851), meteorologists and amateur weather-watchers have attempted to document such events for hundreds of years.

According to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller, only seven “major” hurricanes have actually hit our immediate coast between Savannah and Cape Hatteras in the past 140 years.  This surprisingly low number must be offset by the sheer amount of damage and loss of life incurred in conjunction with these monster storms.

Friday, 31 August 2018 05:05

Labor Day

HAMLET – Monday, September 3, is the date of 2018’s recognition of Labor Day.  This is a public holiday that has been officially celebrated on the first Monday in September as early as 1887 (when it was first established as a recognized holiday in the state of Oregon) and informally for the five years prior (1882-1886).

Honoring the American labor movement of the late-19th century, Labor Day is intended to pay homage to the workers who have contributed directly to the strength, prosperity, and economic solvency of our nation. 

ROCKINGHAM - Mrs. Mary McKinnon of the Beaverdam Community in the northern region of Richmond County has seen more history than most.  At the notable age of 95 (she will be 96 in December), “Miss Mary” remains sharp in her recall of her early days in the area.

“We worked all the time, we didn’t have much, and we walked everywhere we went.”

HAMLET - Do the words "friggatriskaidekaphobia" or “paraskevidekatriaphobia” sound familiar?  Probably not, but studies indicate that approximately 20 million Americans (and up to 33% of Britons) suffer from it (the words have the same meaning).  No, it is not one of those sexually transmitted infections or a variant strain of the bubonic plague; rather, it is nothing more than the fear of Friday the thirteenth.

HAMLET - On Friday, June 29th, HPD officers responded to a call from Spring Street in Hamlet at approximately 11:21 p.m.

Steven Lamont Tinley, 46, of that address was arrested and charged with assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats, both misdemeanors.

No bond was necessary as Tinley was processed through the magistrate’s office and issued a trial date of Monday, July 2nd in Richmond County District Court.   

On Saturday, June 30th, HPD officers responded to a call from Jones Street in Hamlet at approximately 12:35 p.m.

Ricardo Aguirre Lopez, 18, of that address was arrested and charged with breaking into and/or entering a residence and attempted breaking into and/or entering a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors.

Lopez was processed through the magistrate’s office and placed under a secured bond of $1000 pending a trial date of Friday, July 13 in Richmond County District Court.     

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

HAMLET – Shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 1st, Hamlet police officers were called to a residence at 108 Ellenten Street in regard to a report of shots being fired.  Upon arrival, officers found a large contingent of individuals engaged in a “party” atmosphere.

HAMLET - The Hamlet Police Department continues to actively pursue any and all leads for a man wanted on charges of attempted murder.

HPD is requesting any information that may be available to assist them with their ongoing search for Thomas Terry III subsequent to the serious wounding of an individual in Hamlet on Saturday, June 2nd.  

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on that date, HPD responded to a “shots fired” call on Washington Avenue.  

Upon arrival, officers found a black male victim being assisted into a vehicle for transportation to the hospital. 

The victim had multiple gunshot wounds and was subsequently transferred to another undisclosed medical facility in “serious” condition.

Investigation led to the filing of attempted first degree murder charges against Terry who remains at-large at this time.

Anyone with any information as to Terry’s whereabouts is asked to call HPD at 910-582-2551 or Crime Stoppers at 910-997-5454 (through whom a cash reward may be available).

Terry’s last known address was 135 Pine Circle Drive in Rockingham.



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