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RICHMOND COUNTY - Pee Dee Electric is restoring power across the county, and is reporting as of 10:30pm Monday night that less than 300 people are now without power.

Earlier tonight, hundreds of citizens in the county were without power, and it seems a downed tree from heavy winds was largely to blame.

A tree fell across the road on Washington Street Extension earlier this evening, downing power lines and leaving people without power for hours. NC Department of Transportation and Pee Dee Electric were on the scene working to restore power and are continuing to do so until power is restored to all citizens in the county.

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HAMLET -- Announced Monday afternoon by Richmond County Schools public information officer Briana Goins, RCS will operate on a two-hour delay schedule as the effects of Hurricane Irma move into the region overnight Monday into Tuesday morning.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 07:29

Accident Report: Multiple Car Wreck on US 74

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ROCKINGHAM -- Over the weekend, Rockingham Fire Department was dispatched Saturday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. to a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 74 and Biltmore Drive in Rockingham near Kentucky Fried Chicken.

ROCKINGHAM – For Richmond County residents looking to scavenge up something fun to do locally. Richmond Young Professionals will be hosting its inaugural “Chamber Chase” event.

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to pass Hurricane Harvey disaster relief legislation on Wednesday.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, $110 million in FEMA public assistance already designated for North Carolina was temporarily frozen to fund immediate, life-threatening needs in Texas.  With today’s appropriation of specific funds for Hurricane Harvey, FEMA can resume ongoing relief projects in North Carolina.

“The people of Lumberton, Fayetteville, and Elizabethtown know first-hand the devastation experienced by our friends in Texas,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Sadly, they also know how long it can take to recover.  Today’s vote to help both North Carolina and Texas is just the next step in my long-term commitment to securing necessary disaster relief funding for Cumberland, Bladen, and Robeson.”

Today, Congressman Pittenger also wrote Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long, and House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen to remind them of ongoing needs in North Carolina:

Hurricane Matthew caused an estimated $4.8 billion in damage, including 98,000 homes and 19,000 businesses in North Carolina.  While the federal government executed an emergency disaster relief plan, the recovery effort and need for assistance is far from over.  In North Carolina alone, 1,900 families were displaced from their homes, with 82,000 people applying for FEMA grants due to housing damage, destruction of personal property, and other expenses in the wake of the storm.  A year later, 142 families still remain in manufactured housing units,” writes Congressman Pittenger. 

The Hurricane Harvey funding legislation provides $7.85 billion for relief projects, fully addressing President Trump’s supplemental request for short-term response needs.

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who in June urged his colleagues to support legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” had this response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Congress makes the law, and so President Trump is correct to ask Congress to fully review and act on the DACA issue. 

“We must not facilitate ongoing subterfuge of strong immigration policy in any consideration of DACA.  We must secure our border, eliminate sanctuary cities, and end efforts to shield illegal immigrants from the rule of law.”   

ELLERBE, N.C. – There is now a place in Richmond County where farmers, consumers and distributors can meet to better serve the community with fresh food. Thursday morning, the Sandhills AGInnovation Center opened its doors for the first time to offer local residents a higher quality product.

HAMLET -- Learn the steps for establishing a nonprofit organization in the state of North Carolina by signing up for a free seminar offered through the Small Business Center at Richmond Community College.

ROCKINGHAM -- According to Rockingham Police Department Detective Shawn Paxton, a local man was arrested late last month on felony child abuse charges stemming from a thorough investigation.

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