Rita Thames

Rita Thames

ROCKINGHAM – Pastor Gary Richardson has lengthy experience working with those afflicted by addiction and/or homelessness, having once been affiliated with the Dream Center of Los Angeles.

Friday, 11 August 2017 17:32

Countdown to Kindergarten!


An enjoyable time was had by all at Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham as the regional children’s museum partnered with Richmond County Schools for a back-to-school event called ‘Countdown to Kindergarten’.

Friday, 11 August 2017 07:40

If You’re Ever in Savannah…

Most days, James Lee Frazier, Jr. can be found sitting on a bench in Johnson Square, Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Frazier has appointed himself a one-man welcoming committee for his beloved city, and can be heard pleasantly saying, “Welcome to Savannah!” to passersby, or singing songs about the city he loves in a rich baritone. Frazier has seen many changes in his city and eloquently speaks of them.

Friday, 04 August 2017 09:17

Living After Losing

Many have experienced the loss of a loved one and felt the overwhelming emotions of profound grief and fear that accompany the experience. It is too easy for some to be drawn into the depths of depression and reside there, while others make the conscious choice to move forward with their lives. Debbie Spears chose to move forward. It took her awhile to get to that point, but she chose to use her experience to help others who have also experienced loss.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” ~Ephesians 6:10

Friday, 28 July 2017 08:16

We Are Richmond: Roger Dawkins

Like other towns, Rockingham has its share of talented artists. Singer/songwriter artist Roger Dawkins, lead singer of the band, Underwater Trailer Park, has lived in Rockingham all his life. He grew up listening to rock and roll and watching The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, while Pink Floyd is his all-time favorite band. Dawkins’ career in music began in 1990 when he, his nephew, and a friend “started jamming.” Dawkins proclaims he wasn’t a very good guitar player but says “I could pick enough to figure out the song.” His friend, however was a very good guitar player. Between the three of them they played old cover songs, blues, rock, and jazz. Then he began writing some lyrics; he got a riff in his head and before he knew it he had a song. He thought, “That sounds pretty good!” As it turned out, this was the first among many songs he was to record. Dawkins says his first two songs, Ball and Chain, and Back in the Day, were recorded at Luap Studios in Rockingham. He had some other lyrics in mind and decided to see what he could do with them. Over time, Dawkins wound up with enough material for an entire album of original songs. That was four years ago. As of today, Dawkins has recorded 22 songs, waiting to record the last two for his second album at Red Arrow Studio in Seneca, South Carolina.

Sometimes one may ask when considering a mission trip, “How do I know if God is really telling me to go and serve?” In Mark 10:45, Jesus says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Monday, 24 July 2017 11:22

Richmond County Farmers Market

J.A. Bolton, current Secretary and Treasurer of The Richmond County Farmers Market Association, has a long history with the Farmer’s Market in Richmond County.

Monday, 24 July 2017 10:19

A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

Reef-lined beaches, lush rainforests and reggae music are visions that often come to mind when one thinks of Jamaica. Youth group leaders from Mt. Olive Baptist Church recently gained a different perspective of this island.

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