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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 05:04

2018 AANC Rookie Champion - Keith Whitley

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ROCKINGHAM - The Auctioneer Association of North Carolina “AANC” conducted its summer conference and Rookie Auctioneering Competition in Cary North Carolina on June 15th and 16th.  

The AANC would like to extend congratulations to the new 2018 AANC Rookie Auctioneer Champion Keith Whitley. 

ROCKINGHAM - Dr. John Stevenson opened the meeting by welcoming all members and guests to the June 18th meeting of the society.

The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. John Peacock from Wilson, N.C.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s (NC-09) landmark legislation to modernize the national security review process of potential foreign investments in the United States. 

Chinese investment in the United States increased more than 900 percent between 2010 and 2016.  Much of this investment was part of a strategic, coordinated Chinese government effort to target critical American infrastructure and defense applicable technologies.

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will be accepting orders for seedlings on July 2. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for nearly 50 species of conifers and hardwoods annually, including an expanded selection of control mass-pollinated loblolly pine seedlings. These seedlings offer superior growth, form and disease resistance due to solid nursery research and production experience.

RICHMOND COUNTY - The Richmond County School Board met for the second time this month on Thursday, June 28 at 12 noon in Hamlet, with a full  agenda and a large crowd of staff and family members present. Newly elected School Board members Pat Campbell and Daryl Mason, in addition to returning members Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Joe Richardson, took their oaths of office with Superior Court Clerk Vickie Daniel in charge of the ceremony.

ROCKINGHAM - Sheriff James Clemmons reports the arrest of Terry Levon Watkins, 39, of Crescent Drive in Rockingham for a total of seven charges.  

On Monday, June 25th, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident on Pauline Drive in Rockingham.  The caller reported that an elderly woman had been assaulted and robbed.

HAMLET - The Hamlet Police Department is actively coordinating with the North Carolina Division of Community Corrections, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, the Rockingham Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with “Operation Thunderstruck,” a vigilant and aggressive focus upon finding and apprehending drug offenders.

As part of this operation, Craig Henderson, 21, of 321 Oak Street in Hamlet was arrested on Tuesday, June 19th and charged with simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance (misdemeanor); possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce (misdemeanor); possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and/or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance (felony); maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of manufacturing, selling, and/or delivering a controlled substance (felony); and felonious possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance (felony).

This case was a prime example of how well our local law enforcement agencies coordinate and cooperate in the pursuit of justice.  This arrest in particular was a direct function of the due diligence of the probation officer under whom Henderson had been placed for correctional supervision, as well as the active support of the HPD in providing back-up assistance for the search of the residence and surrounding area.

Henderson was processed into the Richmond County Detention Center under a secured bond of $25,000 pending his first appearance in Richmond County District Court on Thursday, June 28th.





ROCKINGHAM - If you had stopped by Dunkin’ Donuts on Highway 74 in Rockingham last Saturday morning, you may have seen a group of ladies talking, but it wasn’t about the newest coffee or donut flavors. Their topic of conversation was the new line of Young Living Essential Oils which was introduced last month in Salt Lake City, Utah, to over 30,000 people at the annual national convention.

ROCKINGHAM - The Ol Skool Tribe, a well-known group of Richmond County motorcycle riders, spent a hot Saturday afternoon on June 23 frying up over 50 pounds of fish for the homeless on West Broad Avenue in Rockingham.

President Gary Holt and John Austin, assisted by Pam Carter, worked through the sweltering heat as they prepared the meal. Their tent was set up under a large shady tree that overshadows the parking lot between La Cabana and the Shell gas station.

Friday, 29 June 2018 05:02

Current Events Warrant Attention

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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 nation.

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