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Hamlet, N.C. (October 3, 2018) – Starting this spring semester, Richmond Community College will be offering “Evening College” that will allow people to take more face-to-face classes in the evening and complete more degrees taking only evening classes. 

Dr. Dale McInnis, president of RichmondCC, spoke to the Board of Trustees at its meeting on Tuesday about the need to accommodate people ages 25-50 who have a full-time job or take care of family needs during the day.

Hamlet – Richmond Community College’s Clay Shooting Classic is back to give sports men and women a chance to compete on one of the most exciting sporting clay courses you will find.
Friday, 05 October 2018 05:02

This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Florence Response

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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from last week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast. 

Hurricane Florence devastated parts of North Carolina with unprecedented flooding and road closures, but this week brought some positive news. Sections of Interstates 95 and 40, which were closed for about a week, reopened, as did other key routes in many southeastern counties.

Personnel across the department played a key role in preparedness and response.

RALEIGH – Fall is one of the most anticipated times of year for agritourism operations, but the devastation from Hurricane Florence has left many farmers unsure if they will be able to offer pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other agritourism activities this year. 

“Agritourism farms in Eastern North Carolina were most affected, but we’ve received reports of damage from flash flooding and high winds in the Triad, Charlotte metro and other parts of the state as well,” said NCDA&CS agritourism marketing specialist Annie Baggett.

Several farms were already open for the fall season before Hurricane Florence made landfall. Many of them had to close for two weekends or more. Baggett said the lost revenue has a major impact on farmers who use agritourism to supplement their farm income. The impact is even greater for farmers who also had major crop damage from the hurricane.

ROCKINGHAM — A group of Richmond County motorcycle riders raised more than $5,000 last month for the Andy’s Foundation.

On Wednesday, Chris Cox of Ol Skool Tribe Riding Club presented a check for $5,042 to J.R. Cottle of Hwy 55 in Rockingham following a ride on Sept. 22.

Cox said this was the second time Ol Skool Tribe has made a charitable run for the Foundation.

ROCKINGHAM- Hurricane Florence brought much destruction to North and South Carolina, leaving many residents facing food shortages as a result of power outages ruining refrigerated and frozen items.  

On September 28, Governor Roy Cooper declared Richmond County open for Disaster Food and Nutrition Benefits (D-SNAP). 

Richmond County Social Services Director Robby Hall recently updated the County Commissioners on the program which runs through this Saturday.

According to Hall, the D-SNAP program will is running a total of eight days (September 28 - October 6) including Saturdays. 

As of October 1, DSS had processed 3,906 applications and provided approximately $1,349,208 in benefits for citizens who have experienced economic hardship due to the hurricane.   The average benefit per household of three is $504.00.

ROCKINGHAM — Thursday night will be a time for Richmond County residents to “Be young, be foolish, but be happy.”

Legendary R&B group The Tams will take the stage as Plaza Jam, the city’s summer outdoor concert series, comes to a close.

The Atlanta-based group was founded in 1960 and had several top 10 hits. They have been honored with two gold records and several awards and were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, according to their website.

Rockingham, NC-FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams began working around Richmond County on Wednesday, October 3rd at 09:00 AM.

They began working in Rockingham and Hamlet and will move throughout the county over the next week or two.

FEMA employees will be wearing vests and carrying federally issued IDs with a data chip.

These IDs will also have a hologram that will be visible when turned to the side.

FEMA representatives will not be asking for money or payment of any kind.

Be aware of potential scammers and make sure any personal information that you are sharing is necessary for FEMA purposes and is provided only to persons with official identification.

If you are uncertain and would like to verify the credentials of any FEMA representative, please call 9-1-1.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 05:04

Therafirm to Celebrate US Manufacturing Day 2018

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HAMLET – A local company, Therafirm, is proud of their contribution to US-made products and will celebrate accordingly on US Manufacturing Day.

On Friday, October 5, along with other US manufacturers, local textile manufacturer Therafirm will celebrate the proud American manufacturing heritage on US Manufacturing Day.  The celebration will consist of a biscuit bar breakfast prepared by executives and managers as a gesture of thanks to its employees.

PINEHURST – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $100,000, one-year network planning grant to FirstHealth Community Health Services to assist with opioid prevention, treatment and recovery across a 10-county region. 

This grant falls on the heels of the news that FirstHealth was also awarded a $600,000, three-year grant from HRSA to expand health care services in Richmond and Moore counties by increasing access and assistance for opioid use disorder. 

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