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HAMLET – Richmond Community College has partnered once again with Excelsior College to map out transfer pathways to advanced degrees.

RichmondCC graduates of the Information Technology Support and Cybersecurity programs can now transfer up to 90 credits to Excelsior College to earn a bachelor’s degree in these fields. 

This announcement comes in October, which is “Cyber Month.”

Thursday, 25 October 2018 05:02

Rural and Agricultural Interests

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ROCKINGHAM - As part of the ongoing mission of the Richmond Observer to provide expansive coverage of current events, we offer the following links to allow ease of access to news garnering attention across the state and/or nation.  These particular links relate to items of interest in conjunction with Hurricane Florence and its effects on NC’s rural communities and agricultural developments.

HAMLET — Police are searching for a suspect in a lunch-hour shooting at the Richmond County Soup Kitchen.

The incident happened just after 12:30 Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot by the soup kitchen on Hamlet Avenue, according to Capt. Randy Dover.

Dover said the male victim was grazed in the side and required medical attention, but his injury wasn’t serious.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 05:06

Hamlet's 37th Seaboard Festival Set for Saturday

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HAMLET - For the 37th consecutive year, the Seaboard Festival will be held this Saturday on Main Street in Hamlet, NC from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Planning starts in January of each year by the Seaboard Festival Committee, a group comprised entirely of volunteers, with Chuck Cobb as its chairman for 2018.

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.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 05:05

Chiari Walk Scheduled for October 27 in Aberdeen

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ABERDEEN - Chiari Malformation is not a well-known disease, but Jenni Nielsen hopes to increase awareness at the “Conquer Chiari Walk Across America” at the Aberdeen Lake Park on October 27.  Jenni was diagnosed 19 years ago with Chiari and her daughter, Skyler, who is now 10 years old, was diagnosed at 10 months old with Chiari as well.  This is Jenni’s fourth year as a volunteer in Aberdeen for Chiari and the fourth year she has held a walk in Aberdeen. 

PINEHURST – The Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (MRH) has been granted full accreditation by the Commission for Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT).


Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is specialized training for people of all faiths who want to work in the ministry of hospital chaplaincy. The program at MRH teaches chaplains how to address the unique spiritual and religious needs of patients and families coping with a medical crisis. Accreditation from CAPPT acknowledges the strength and quality of the program.

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce an $841,151 U.S. Department of Education grant to improve college and career preparedness for Lumbee Indian youth, with a particular emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 05:03

Hamlet Depot's 3rd Annual Ghost Tour

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HAMLET - The Ghost Tour of the Hamlet Depot and the surrounding area, led by the Pee Dee Region Paranormal group (PDRP), is officially over and was an "insightful" success.  People came from all over North Carolina to participate in the tours and everyone had a great time.

ROCKINGHAM — One congressional candidate has some heavy hitters stumping for him on the campaign trail.

Former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee will be making several stops throughout the 9th Congressional District on Wednesday, including in Richmond County, encouraging voters to choose Republican Mark Harris.

He is scheduled to be at the early voting location, the Cooperative Extension office on Caroline Street, around 1:45 p.m., before heading west for appearances in Anson and Union counties later in the afternoon.

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