Amy Guinn

Amy Guinn

HAMLET — Several contributing factors will give city residents a little extra time to get their water bills paid.

HAMLET — City leaders last week unanimously approved a zoning-change request, allowing an auto-restoration business to open on Raleigh Street.

HAMLET — The beginning of December starts the stampede of Christmas programs, parades, parties and other holiday commitments that can enjoyed this time of year. One such event was the Christmas concert performed by the RichmondCC choir Tuesday evening.

HAMLET — The business of Tuesday’s City Council meeting lead off with discussion concerning the policy to regulate alcohol use in the Depot Rotunda for those renting the venue.  

It had been decided at the October meeting that instead of requests being presented to the council for approval, the request would be handled by the city manager. The request needs to be submitted at least 45 days prior to the event and applies to malt beverages and unfortified wine only.

An ordinance to demolish a residence at 405 Cheraw Road was approved. City Clerk Gail Strickland said the home had burned several years ago and the homeowner has not made any effort to clean up the property. The fact that the structure is open and unsecured also presents a concern.

The topic of Christmas bonuses was an addition to the agenda, with the motion made to give full-time employees a $250 bonus and part-time employees a $100 bonus.  

The council also approved the purchase of an excavator.

Billy Stubbs, public works director, requested an excavator to use in areas such as East Rockingham where spaces are tight for current equipment owned by the city. He said these areas are hard to work in and the larger equipment is a problem in the rainy season.

The city has been paying outside contractors who have the smaller equipment to do this work and he said the city’s purchase of the excavator would pay for itself quickly. 

Other items on the agenda were:

  • a mayoral proclamation making November National Palliative Care Month
  • the approval of tax releases
  • policy regarding the police department Tsunami camera footage access

The city manager’s report:

  • Basketball registration at city hall is Nov. 5-Dec. 7 at $35 per child, late registration is Dec. 10-14 at $45 per child
  • Nov. 26 is the Hamlet Christmas tree lighting beginning at 5:30 in the city park 
  • Dec. 6, the Christmas parade starting at 3:30
  • Dec. 8, Christmas on Main Street
  • Dec. 14, Olde Fashioned Christmas on Hamlet Avenue

Contact city hall at 910-582-2651 for more details on any of the above events. The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at city hall.

HAMLET - For the 37th consecutive year, the Seaboard Festival will be held this Saturday on Main Street in Hamlet, NC from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Planning starts in January of each year by the Seaboard Festival Committee, a group comprised entirely of volunteers, with Chuck Cobb as its chairman for 2018.

ABERDEEN - Chiari Malformation is not a well-known disease, but Jenni Nielsen hopes to increase awareness at the “Conquer Chiari Walk Across America” at the Aberdeen Lake Park on October 27.  Jenni was diagnosed 19 years ago with Chiari and her daughter, Skyler, who is now 10 years old, was diagnosed at 10 months old with Chiari as well.  This is Jenni’s fourth year as a volunteer in Aberdeen for Chiari and the fourth year she has held a walk in Aberdeen. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:05

Hamlet Police Department Arrests

HAMLET - On Tuesday, October 16, the Hamlet Police Department was called to the scene of a fight at the intersection of Rice Street and Oak Street. There were four persons involved in the scuffle.

ROCKINGHAM - On October 11, the Richmond County Sheriff’s office received a call of a possible gunshot victim on Sam Richardson Road in Rockingham.

When deputies arrived, they found two females with gunshot wounds. 

Both were transported by EMS to First Health Richmond where they were evaluated and sent on to separate trauma centers.

HAMLET - Backpack Pals for Richmond County, a group that provides weekend meals to children in need throughout the community, received a $1,000.00 donation from local company Enviva. 

A leading global energy company specializing in sustainable wood biomass with operations in Richmond County, Enviva's generous donation will be used to purchase food for the program.

HAMLET - The Hamlet Police Department closed out last month with three arrests.

A routine check of a license plate precipitated the arrest of Carlos Jermaine Bostick, 28, on Wednesday, September 26. 

A Hamlet police department patrolman ran the plate and found it to be expired since March.

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