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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.

Hamlet, N.C. (May 24, 2018) – AMVETS Post 316 and the Ladies Auxiliary has established a scholarship targeting female military veterans enrolling at Richmond Community College.

ROCKINGHAM - Patriotic music played in the background as many veterans and relatives thereof, friends, and community members arrived on Saturday morning, May 26, for the Memorial Day Remembrance at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4203 in Rockingham.  The Reverend Sam Standridge, who is the local AMVETS commander, served as the Master of Ceremonies, introducing the guests and speakers on hand to remember the many men and women who died while serving our country.

Thursday, 31 May 2018 05:05

Vehicles Collide on Mill Road

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EAST ROCKINGHAM - Emergency Communications received a call around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night.

When responders arrived on the scene they discovered that two vehicles had collided at the intersection of Mill Road and Church Street in East Rockingham.

Involved in the accident was a blue Toyota sedan and a gray Toyota sedan.

Witnesses on the scene stated that the gray vehicle pulled out of Church Street, was hit by the blue sedan, and was pushed into a power pole before stopping in Mill Road.

The driver in the blue vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Another passenger was treated at the scene but did not need to be transported.

The driver of the gray vehicle had no injuries.

Units responding : East Rockingham Fire Department; First Health Richmond EMS;  Rockingham Rescue; and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The accident is being investigated by the Highway Patrol.

HAMLET - Like many careers, visual art is a heavily male-dominated industry.  However, in Richmond County, Alexandria Baker is a competitive and award-winning artist. 

Having won eight art awards and attending North Carolina’s Governor’s School West, Alexandria is an academically and artistically successful artist. 

At the age of six, Baker won her first art competition for a local competition and continued to win awards at district and state level.

HAMLET - The Hamlet Police Department issued charges for cocaine and marijuana possession, driving while impaired, and numerous traffic safety violations in a span of one week. 

On Tuesday, May 15th, a traffic stop on East Main Street led to charges of felony possession of cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:05

Norman Memorial Day Service

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NORMAN - The American flag on the square fell limp and at half-mast as the annual Norman Memorial Day Service began Monday evening. 

With about eighty people in attendance at the Norman Community Building, Ms. Caitlin Batten opened the service by singing the National Anthem.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:06

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Tractor Supply

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ROCKINGHAM -  Tuesday weather was gloomy but the smiles on the faces of employees of the new location of Tractor Supply in Rockingham lit-up the store. 

Many dignitaries of Richmond County came to officially welcome the new buisness to our community. 

Opening the ceremony was Seth Allen of the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Allen gave a warm welcome to store manager Daniel Ward and other Tractor Supply employees.

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.

HAMLET - Hamlet police officers continue to seek information regarding two separate cases of shots being fired.

The first incident involved a report of the firing of shots at Washington Court Apartments at 10:34 p.m. on Monday, May 7th. 

Upon arrival, officers found a parked vehicle with the back window shot out. 

A window in an apartment had been shot through as well. 

Offices spoke to several residents, all having heard the shots being fired, but no one could identify a suspect. 

The second occurrence of shots being fired was reported on Thursday, May 17th at 7:53 p.m. 

Officer responded to 320 Spring Street subsequent to a report of a subject having been shot.  Upon arrival, officers found the victim sitting on the porch with a bullet wound to the right leg.  The wound was deemed to be non-life-threatening.  

The victim stated that he had been walking on Kent Street when he was shot, but had no idea as to who the perpetrator may have been. 

It was thought that a shot may have been fired at the Spring Street residence as well. 

These incidents remain under HPD investigation. 

Anyone with any pertinent information is asked to contact the Hamlet Police Department at 910-582- 2551.

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