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Reef-lined beaches, lush rainforests and reggae music are visions that often come to mind when one thinks of Jamaica. Youth group leaders from Mt. Olive Baptist Church recently gained a different perspective of this island.

ROCKINGHAM - Richmond County Hospice, Inc. has been named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

Friday, 07 July 2017 09:54

THIS WEEK'S FEATURE STORY: A Walk for Life

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Inspiration can take many forms. For Rev. James Brigman, Jr., pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church and his wife, Lori, it comes in the form of a child. The child is their 9-year-old daughter, Lauren Faith Brigman, who is a CAP/C (Community Alternative Program/children) child. This means Lauren is considered medically fragile for life.

The CAP/C program is a Medicaid waiver program created to provide services for medically fragile children under 21 who are at risk of institutional care. It allows children who need long-term nursing care to stay at home with their family instead of having to stay in a nursing home or hospital. This program allows Lauren Faith to receive in-home services while her parents work. The Brigmans are concerned that cuts will be made in Medicaid, endangering the CAP/C program that her mother says has kept Lauren Faith alive since her birth in Chapel Hill as a 1 lb. 11 oz. preemie. During her 2nd month of pregnancy, Brigman contracted a rare virus, which affected the development of her unborn child’s brain.

ROCKINGHAM - With the heat index around 101, all ages still showed up at the Plaza Jam to see The Entertainers. The 7 member group was founded in 1980 and originated in R&B as well as Beach Music. They also played a diverse selection to suit everyone, and encouraged people to get up and dance. They have played at some of the finest places in Myrtle Beach as well as along the East Coast, and they have their own albums.

ROCKINGHAM— The magic was in the air as the Richmond Raiders traveled to the National Beta Club Convention in Orlando, Florida to showcase their unique talents and academic abilities.

To cool down on a hot, summer day, what better treat than ice cream? It doesn’t have to be summertime though, to enjoy ice cream from Twisted Treats, a local ice cream shop owned and operated by Chris and Ashley Turner. The Turners opened Twisted Treats in August of last year. They sought a business that would benefit the community.

ROCKINGHAM —The Rockingham Police Department is taking an initiative that leaves no questions about what your ride should be after consuming alcohol.

ELLERBE -- Hotdogs, watermelon races and fireworks all symbolize the significance of Independence Day. And for the Ellerbe Lions Club, Tuesday's annual Fourth of July Jamboree was a success at both celebrating and bringing the community closer together.

Hamlet City Manager Jonathan Blanton published an open letter to the citizens of Hamlet and the surrounding communities yesterday on the city's Facebook page, defending the city's decision to cancel July 4 festivities. Below is the complete transcript of that letter:

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:57

Melvin Family Establishes Scholarship

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HAMLET —Kenny and Leah Melvin recently established the Dr. R. Kenneth Melvin Memorial Scholarship in memory of Melvin’s father, who served as the third president of Richmond Community College for eight years.

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