ROCKINGHAM — Family medicine physician Mary Catherine Moree, M.D., is looking forward to taking care of people in her hometown.

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HAMLET — Creative artwork  and the sound of music filled Cole Auditorium for the fourth annual Richmond Senior High School Spring Showcase on May 23.

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ROCKINGHAM — Fifteen Richmond Senior High School students swore an oath Wednesday afternoon to defend the nation.

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NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Seaman Apprentice Zoriah Johnson, a Rockingham, North Carolina, native, wanted to continue her family tradition of military service.

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ROCKINGHAM — The reported sound of gunfire led Richmond County sheriff’s deputies out to Richmond Senior High School Tuesday morning.

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HAMLET — Richmond Senior High choral student Ashleigh Adamson wasn’t expecting what she received Thursday morning: a full music scholarship from Methodist University.

The presentation was made by Dr. Susan Durham-Lozaw and Dr. Michael Martin from Methodist University in front of the chorus at Cole Auditorium.

“I was very surprised!” she said. “My grandma had told me that they were going to be taking pictures … but I hadn't thought it would be anything like a full tuition scholarship.”

The private Fayetteville college was one of several institutions the senior applied to ― the others being Elon University, the N.C. School of the Arts and Wingate University — Adamson said “it was definitely the school that I felt I could make a home at.”

Adamson said she began singing when she was about 4 or 5 years old.

“She was about 4 when she heard the “Queen of the Night” aria from Mozart's “The Magic Flute,” and started hitting the high notes while playing around the house,” said her mother, Cherri Wilson Adamson. “After that, it never stopped. She started singing everything she could find online from all genres of music. It's in her blood and soul.

“I am very proud and she amazes me every day!” her mother continued. “She has worked so hard for this. She practices all the time.”

Adamson comes from a musical family background, with her grandmother, Glenda Sherrill, singing and playing a variety of instruments including piano, guitar, banjo and bagpipes.

“Everyone has always sang in choirs, whether church choir or school choirs,” she said. “Music is such a passion for me because I find it really lets me escape to another world and convey to others how I feel.” 

But family isn’t her only personal influence, with choir director Erin McNair topping the list.

“She has gone above and beyond for me and I couldn't ask for a better choir director and mentor,” Adamson said. “My family and best friends are also another big influence because they have had my back and supported me from day one, as well as the chorus, who has also supported me through everything.”

While her favorite types of music are pop and alternative, Adamson said she finds “that there's something very special about classical music that just can't be beat by any other genre.”

After graduating, Adamson hopes to jumpstart a career in opera or on Broadway.

She also plans on going to graduate school “to further my vocal skills and my knowledge of vocal technique as I would also love to teach voice.”

 

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Over the summer, three Richmond Senior High School students were invited by American Legion Post 147 to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity — to attend Tar Heel Boys State and Girls State.  Boys State and Girls State are weeklong programs that bring people together from all over the state to run an imaginary state-sized government. All the delegates come from different upbringings and lifestyles which leads to quite a diverse crowd.

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ROCKINGHAM — Rumors of a possible threat at Richmond Senior High School led to an increase in security Friday morning.

According to Briana Goins, public information officer for Richmond County Schools, the rumor of a threatening photo “was supposedly” circulating on social media Thursday night.

An investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office was assigned to look into it and determined that “there was never a threat made,” according a statement from Sheriff James Clemmons.

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MAXTON, N.C. – Perhaps jumping out of a perfectly good airplane doesn’t sound like a good time for some. But for several members of Richmond Senior High School’s faculty, there is nothing more exhilarating, and has left the feeling of adrenaline rushing through their bodies.

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