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ROCKINGHAM - Rockingham Middle School congratulates rising seventh graders Loralye Veach and Kiersten Davis for placing first in creative wreath-making at the National Junior Beta Convention held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia, June 12-16, 2018.

Students invited to compete at Nationals must first have placed in the top three in their respective categories at the state-level Beta convention.

The North Carolina state convention was held in February of this year.

More than 12,000 fourth through eighth-graders across the country attended this year’s National Junior Beta Convention, the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America, with more than 500,000 active members and over 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally.

The organization’s goal is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.

Congratulations to Loralye and Kiersten and all of the RMS Beta Club representatives on their achievements! Excelsior!

Editor's note:  It is the policy of the Richmond Observer to print news release material in its original format, as it was received, with minimal, if any, editorial adjustments. 

PINEHURST – All Cash Johnson (center in gray shirt) wanted for his eighth birthday was his friends and family members to donate baby books to the FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Johnson, a former NICU baby, celebrated his birthday on June 28 by donating 21 books for NICU families to read together. 

Johnson is pictured here with mother Mandy Johnson and FirstHealth NICU employees (from left) Sandy Mullin, R.N., BSN, clinical director of the NICU, and Jennifer Bowyer, FNP.

ROCKINGHAM- The Richmond County Board of Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 10 at the Judicial Center in Rockingham.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:01

Christmas Comes to Rockingham in July

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ROCKINGHAM - During the month of July, various merchants, eateries, and service people in Downtown Rockingham will be participating in “Christmas in July.”   Christmas decorations will be plentiful and there will be specials and gifts galore.  An enticing array of possible winnings will also be available through the Christmas in July Raffle, so take your mind off of the heat and join the fun.

RALEIGH - The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) has invited local economic developers from all 100 counties in the state to an event examining five building blocks necessary for rural communities to capitalize on the state’s economic momentum.

“Energizing Rural North Carolina: The Building Blocks of Successful Economic Development,” will be held July 12-13 at The Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst.

The event will explore how infrastructure, workforce, education, health, and leadership shape economic outcomes in rural communities.

The event, which the EDPNC is presenting with key partners including the NC Rural Center, will feature expert speakers and case studies intended to inspire participants to identify and pursue actionable economic development strategies within their own rural communities. 

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ReCONNECT to Community

Institute for Emerging Issues

People across our state are stepping away from community life, threatening our ability to solve our biggest challenges and maintain our economic competitiveness.

The fall 2018 Emerging Issues Forum, ReCONNECT to Community: Increasing Civic Engagement and Dialogue, will identify strategies to re-energize our citizens and launch teams across the state to lead the path to re-connection.  

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ROCKINGHAM - Information received from the Rockingham Police Department in reference to an incident on July 5 at 102 Glenwood Avenue in Rockingham shines more light on the stabbing death of Lacy Morgan, Jr. 

According to an earlier press release, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation. 

A suspect has been questioned but no charges have been filed. The police officer named in the report is J.T. Decello.  

According to the report, a domestic disturbance occurred at the Rockingham address which resulted in a number of assaults by a male subject.

He assaulted two females and two underage males, and also damaged the motor vehicle belonging to one of the female victims. 

During the same domestic situation, the male offender (Lacy Morgan Jr.) died from multiple stab wounds to his back that occurred during the fight. 

Christina Nicole Ingram, a 39-year old female, and K’arvonie Denasia Burton, a 19-year old female, were involved in the incident.

There were also a 15-year old male and 13-year old male named in the report. 

More information is forthcoming from the Rockingham Police Department and will be released as it becomes available. 




Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:05

Quick Work by Hamlet Police Leads to Arrests

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HAMLET - On Friday, June 29th, HPD officers responded to a call from Spring Street in Hamlet at approximately 11:21 p.m.

Steven Lamont Tinley, 46, of that address was arrested and charged with assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats, both misdemeanors.

No bond was necessary as Tinley was processed through the magistrate’s office and issued a trial date of Monday, July 2nd in Richmond County District Court.   

On Saturday, June 30th, HPD officers responded to a call from Jones Street in Hamlet at approximately 12:35 p.m.

Ricardo Aguirre Lopez, 18, of that address was arrested and charged with breaking into and/or entering a residence and attempted breaking into and/or entering a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors.

Lopez was processed through the magistrate’s office and placed under a secured bond of $1000 pending a trial date of Friday, July 13 in Richmond County District Court.     

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 05:03

Vehicle Slides into Guard Rail 

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ROCKINGHAM - Emergency responders were dispatched Monday morning around 10:50 a.m. to a single vehicle accident on Highway 1 in front of the Waffle House.

After hitting the curb the vehicle slid into the guard rail.

Occupants in the vehicle stated that the driver was using his cell phone and took his eyes off of the highway, thus causing the accident.

One occupant was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Responding units were the East Rockingham Fire Department; Cordova Fire/Rescue; First Health Richmond EMS; Richmond County Sheriff’s Office; and North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The accident is being investigated by the Highway Patrol.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 05:01

Current News of Interest

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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 breaking news and/or items of immediate interest garnering attention across the state and/or nation.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 05:02

Leader McCarthy Statement on CFIUS Reforms

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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018:

“For decades, the Chinese government has operated according to the rule, ‘Hide your strength, bide your time.’ The results of this policy have been distressing.

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