Chuck Thames

Chuck Thames

ROCKINGHAM — Things “are going well” at the Place of Grace Campus, the Rev. Gary Richardson told the Richmond County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

EAST ROCKINGHAM — If the excitement and participation of students is an indicator of a healthy school, East Rockingham Elementary is on the right track. 

ROCKINGHAM — History repeated itself Tuesday night as residents again came out against a proposal to allow bed and breakfast inns in the Historic District.

 

ROCKINGHAM-  “What do we have to do to get water for area residents?”  

That was the question posed to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night by Preston Waddell, chairman of Wolf Pit precinct No. 4. He said he was speaking on behalf of citizens of that area.  

ROCKINGHAM-  “In just nine weeks with $900 I can get a job making $30,000-40,000?” 

“Yes sir,” said Dr. Dale McInnis, president of Richmond Community College. 

Commissioner Don Bryant posed the question following McInnis’ report to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening.  

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County ranks 91 out of North Carolina’s 100 counties in overall health outcomes — with 100 being the worst — according to the latest State of the County Health report.

EAST ROCKINGHAM — The new Place of Grace Campus, located in the former Rohanen Middle School, is set to host “Forest of Hope,” a fundraiser for The Richmond County Rescue Mission, this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17.  

Place of Grace Campus is home to the Richmond County Rescue Mission and money from this fundraiser will assist with needed upgrades to the facility.

ROCKINGHAM- The Rockingham City Council met Tuesday evening at City Hall and conducted their regular monthly meeting.  During the invocation, Rev. Allan Bingham of First United Methodist Church spoke of Rockingham’s motto as displayed on the seal in the council chambers of city hall.  The motto says “A City Looking Forward” and Bingham stressed the importance of looking forward and referenced Jeremiah 29:7 which begins “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you ... ” (New American Standard Bible).  Bingham offered encouragement to the council as they set about doing the work to improve our city and community.  

ROCKINGHAM- Hurricane Florence brought much destruction to North and South Carolina, leaving many residents facing food shortages as a result of power outages ruining refrigerated and frozen items.  

On September 28, Governor Roy Cooper declared Richmond County open for Disaster Food and Nutrition Benefits (D-SNAP). 

Richmond County Social Services Director Robby Hall recently updated the County Commissioners on the program which runs through this Saturday.

According to Hall, the D-SNAP program will is running a total of eight days (September 28 - October 6) including Saturdays. 

As of October 1, DSS had processed 3,906 applications and provided approximately $1,349,208 in benefits for citizens who have experienced economic hardship due to the hurricane.   The average benefit per household of three is $504.00.

ROCKINGHAM- The Richmond County Board of Commissioners held their regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.   In his monthly report, County Manager Bryan Land discussed the recent hurricane event and the county’s response. 

“I’m very pleased we are finally getting back to a sense of normalcy after Hurricane Florence,” said Land.  “We were extremely fortunate in Richmond County; our neighbors to the east were not as fortunate.”  

Land thanked all the county employees, as well as the local first responders who braved the storm to serve the citizens of Richmond County.  Land suggested that the extensive pre-planning that has been done in recent times was a significant factor in the success of the efforts locally.

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