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HAMLET - Starting off with old business, an update on the improvements at Jack Breeden Park in south Hamlet was encouraging.  The repaving of the court has been completed and the fencing will be finished in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.  

The city manager asked the council’s wishes regarding other additions that have been mentioned at previous council meetings, such as a 18’x 21’ shelter with two picnic tables, all anchored by a concrete pad, benches for the ball court sidelines, four new basketball goals to replace the existing ones, and security lighting.  The council was unanimous in giving the go-ahead to include all of those items so that the area could be finished out nicely.  As Councilman Martin stated, “If we are going to do it, let’s do it right.”


RICHMOND  COUNTY - The Post Florence Mosquito Control and Spraying Project for Richmond County is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 05:04

Richmond County Fair Opens October 9 in Hamlet

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HAMLET - Thousands of Richmond County citizens and folks from surrounding areas are expected to attend the 61st Annual Richmond County Fair, which runs through Saturday, October 13.

The Fair is sponsored by the Lions Club, with the proceeds going to assist those in the community with visual difficulties.

The fairgrounds are located across from the Hamlet City Lake at the intersection of Highway 74 and Lewis Breeden Drive. Gates opened to the general public at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 9. 

Regular admission is $5; wristbands for unlimited rides are priced at $20. Gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

RALEIGH – Tomorrow, hundreds of people in communities statewide will put on their tennis shoes for the walking event of the year – National Walk to School Day

Communities across North Carolina will celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10 with more than 250 events scheduled across the state.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:03

Scotland County Highland Games

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LAURINBURG - Last week-end Scotland County hosted their largest tourism event of the year. It was the tenth anniversary of the Scotland County Highland Games.

The event started at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5th with a whiskey tasting and "in-gathering" at the Storytelling Arts Center in downtown Laurinburg. As the evening went by, the event moved to St. Andrews University with a clan reception and a piping concert.

Saturday’s events were held on the grounds of the beautiful N.C. Rural Heritage Center (John Blue Complex) just out of Laurinburg. These events included all types of Scottish athletic games (heavy weight throw; Scottish hammer throw; turning of the caber; sheaf toss; and weight over bar). Other competitions included piping, drumming, Highland dance, and harping. Sheep dog demonstrations were held twice during the day and entertainment from the many stages around the center made for a wonderful day.

Sunday’s event, Kirkin’ of the Tartans Worship Service, was held at the Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church located on McFarland Road. This church was founded in 1797 by some of the many Highland Scots that had migrated up the Cape Fear River and even into the Pee Dee River valley.

No large event can happen without good leadership and volunteers. After the Flora MacDonald Highland Games discontinued after thirty years in near-by Red Springs, Mr. Bill Caudill of Scotland County was asked to take a leadership role in bringing the games to Scotland County.  With lots of help from vice-chair Beacham McDougald, the Scottish American Community, Scotland County Tourism Development Authority, and with many sponsors and volunteers, the Scotland County Highland Games became a reality.

One of the highlights of the Scottish Games is the opening ceremony. This year there was a surprise element in the procedure: Ms. Carol McCall and others presented Mr. Bill Caudill with a plaque from the state of N.C. This award was the prestigious “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” for his service in the local community. Mr. Caudill said, “It is my greatest hope on this 10th Anniversary that we have started something that will continue to celebrate the Scottish cultural heritage of this region for many years to come.”



ROCKINGHAM— Downtown’s semiannual sidewalk soirée is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, despite the threat of wind and rain from Hurricane Michael.

The streets will be lined with balloons marking the areas for Affair on the Square and a variety of vendors peddling their wares including bath and body products, cosmetics, jewelry, and edibles, according to Sharon Nichols of the Rockingham Downtown Corporation Events Committee.

“We have some new vendors this fall with boating and fishing gear as well as artisan dip mixes,” she said.

Hamlet - The Hamlet Police Department recently made arrests as direct results of vigilance and astute detection.

ROCKINGHAM – The following press releases were disseminated by the Richmond County Health Department and Richmond County Emergency Services, respectively. 

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

ROCKINGHAM — Some might think mixing alcohol and politics is a bad idea, but one local group is doing just that.

Richmond Young Professionals is hosting its second Pints and Politics event Tuesday, where constituents can have a brew or two and ask questions of candidates for office.

RYP member David Stogner said the addition of beer is a way to bring out some young adults who might not otherwise get involved.

“We thought it would lighten the mood a little bit,” he said. “We didn’t want it to be stale … just a light atmosphere, so people felt that they could have a one-on-one conversation with somebody running for office.”

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