Contributed Story

Contributed Story

PROVIDENCE, RI - It is no secret that professional soccer is not the most popular sport in the United States. It may not even make the top five. For the rest of the world, however, soccer (or football, as non-Americans say) is by far the favorite, especially during the FIFA World Cup.

CONCORD - "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in" -  Rachel Carson.

At this time of year, the beginning of summer, I always take time to think back to my favorite summer memory:  my Uncle Dan spending time with me sharing the wonders of the Catawba Worm Tree. 

It was early in the morning, not quite time for kids to be out playing.  I was swinging on the front porch, uncertain as to what the day would bring, but it was summertime, so the possibilities seemed endless.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 05:04

The Mandela Effect

WILMINGTON - Nelson Mandela, the globally respected anti-apartheid activist, is widely known for his 27 year imprisonment within his home country of South Africa.  He was locked up due to his civil disobedience demonstrations in an effort to establish equality for all of his country’s citizens.

Recently, Mandela has garnered Internet fame as the original example of a strange (and sometimes spooky) phenomenon.

Monday, 25 June 2018 05:03

The Making of a Quail Hunter: Part 2

HAMLET - The beginning of my life-long quest to become a quail hunter began when I was six years old.  About the month before Christmas, my mind was not focused on ABC’s, See Spot Run or 2 + 2 = 4, but on only one thing – a new Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.  Some of the older boys in the neighborhood already had them and lust was on my mind.  Finally, Christmas day arrived and there it was!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:02

A Southerner in New England

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - I was born a North Carolinian. I am now a Rhode Islander. After spending two and a half years in the nation’s smallest state, I am in a unique position because I have lived the best of both worlds. This exposure has led me not only to have a stronger appreciation of the broader United States but also to start dissecting the stereotypes and misconceptions of North and South.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:03

The Making of a Quail Hunter: Part 1  

HAMLET - In 1951, I was born in a small North Carolina town appropriately named “Hamlet” by John Shortridge, the Scottish proprietor of a woolen mill on Marks Creek. 

I knew two things from the time I was very young – I did not want to be in the grocery store business or mayor!  My dad, born in 1902, was the owner of a small neighborhood grocery store and a five-term mayor of our town.  He operated a credit business and people tended to forget they owed a bill after they consumed their goods and the mayor’s phone was open season for complaints, e.g., “They didn’t pick my garbage up,” etc. 

ROCKINGHAM - The Richmond Community Theatre (RCT) is facing proposed budget cuts by the Rockingham City Council in the 2018-2019 City Budget and the issue has captured the attention of many Richmond County citizens.  

The RCT Board of Directors recently disseminated a letter asking for concerned parties to contact the mayor, city council members, and the city manager in an attempt to facilitate the reinstatement of eliminated monies previously used for the benefit of the Theatre. 

ROCKINGHAM - An anonymous "Letter to the Editor" was recently forwarded to the attention of the Richmond Observer.  While there is certainly nothing unusual about such an occurrence, this particular missive was deemed appropriate for a Monday morning as we commence yet another week of whatever life may present.  It is posted below with no editorial alterations (beyond technical requirements), as is our policy.  You may wish to reflect upon these "pearls of wisdom" as you consider what it really means to live in Richmond County, North Carolina.

RICHMOND COUNTY - From April 26th-30th two high school students from Richmond Country traveled to Boston Massachussetts to participate in a Moose Lodge Youth Awareness scholarship competition.

High school senior Latasha Baker and state winner and high school junior Kyle Goodwin were two of the three high school students from North Carolina, alongside Victoria Owens from Elizabeth City, chosen to participate in the competition.

RICHMOND COUNTY - Richmond Senior High School senior student Cameron McDonald recently received a scholarship from the Methodist University Full-Tuition Music Scholarship fund.  This stipend is ostensibly valued at up to $180,000 and serves to recognize Cameron for his superior skills in music.

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