William R. Toler

William R. Toler

ROCKINGHAM — Some might think mixing alcohol and politics is a bad idea, but one local group is doing just that.

Richmond Young Professionals is hosting its second Pints and Politics event Tuesday, where constituents can have a brew or two and ask questions of candidates for office.

RYP member David Stogner said the addition of beer is a way to bring out some young adults who might not otherwise get involved.

“We thought it would lighten the mood a little bit,” he said. “We didn’t want it to be stale … just a light atmosphere, so people felt that they could have a one-on-one conversation with somebody running for office.”

ROCKINGHAM — North Carolina, still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is in for another round of tropical weather.

Hurricane Michael is expected to strong winds and more rain as it moves north through the Southeast later this week.

The storm, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane early Monday afternoon, was just off the western coast of Cuba at 2 p.m. and is expected to make landfall on the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County residents could soon start seeing relief from mosquitoes which have swarmed the southeastern part of the state since Hurricane Florence swept through earlier this month causing massive flooding.

The Health Department will be contracting with a pest control service next week to ground spray for the insects next week, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon.

Testing recently performed by the health department indicated that up to 50 mosquitoes could land on a person within a minute.

Richmond County was allotted $55,112 out of $4 million Gov. Roy Cooper released for mosquito abatement in the 28 counties declared disaster areas, Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell told commissioners on Tuesday. 

ROCKINGHAM — Thursday night will be a time for Richmond County residents to “Be young, be foolish, but be happy.”

Legendary R&B group The Tams will take the stage as Plaza Jam, the city’s summer outdoor concert series, comes to a close.

The Atlanta-based group was founded in 1960 and had several top 10 hits. They have been honored with two gold records and several awards and were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, according to their website.

Ken Paxton needs a refresher course in First Amendment jurisprudence.

You’d think, being the attorney general of Texas, he would know better.

Paxton upheld the expulsion of a high school senior who was sent home permanently because she refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, according to USA Today.

India Landry, 18, said she didn’t stand because she doesn’t believe the flag stands for liberty and justice for all, as stated in the closing of the pledge.

HAMLET— The Richmond County Board of Education got a clean bill of fiscal health, according to an audit report presented at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Dale Smith, of Anderson Smith & Wike, told school board members that there were no internal control weaknesses, questionable costs or improper use of grant funds. He added that there were no issues at the individual schools.

“It appears that the bookkeepers at all of the schools are doing a good job,” he said. “Overall, the audit went very smoothly, no major issues were noted, the district appears to be in excellent financial condition.”

ROCKINGHAM — Gov. Roy Cooper visited Richmond County early Monday afternoon to thank first responders for their efforts during Hurricane Florence as he continues to tour affected areas.

The governor was greeted by Emergency Services Director Donna Wright and County Manager Bryan Land as he walked into the county Emergency Services Complex.

Wright gave him a very brief history of how the building came about as she led him to a conference room where photos of the county’s roads damaged during the storm were projected onto a screen. 

She also told them how her department helped take the 911 loads from other counties that lost communications.

“I really appreciate you guys stepping up and doing what you needed to do,” Cooper told Wright and the other first responders in the room, which included Sheriff James Clemmons and Rockingham’s police and fire chiefs, Billy Kelly and Harold Isler.

ROCKINGHAM — As Hudson Brothers Deli entered its 39th year of being in business this week, there was no business.

The downtown restaurant and bar suffered water damage on all four floors of the building following the heavy rains of Hurricane Florence. The culprit: a leaky roof.

“We were going to remodel anyway because of the new college,” said Robin Roberts, manager of the establishment. “We’re just going to do it a little sooner now.”

It took nearly two weeks for dehumidifiers to withdraw moisture from the inside of the building.

ROCKINGHAM — The Hitchcock Creek Greenway on Steele Street is closed until further notice because of damage from Hurricane Florence.

The city of Rockingham made the announcement via a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The walking trail is washed out in places, the picnic and playground areas need to be cleaned, wood chips need to be replaced and there are several trees down around the park and in the creek, according to City Manager Monty Crump.

ROCKINGHAM — North Carolina’s First Lady got a glimpse of Richmond County’s public education system Thursday as she toured Rockingham Middle School.

Kristin Cooper was led around the campus by Principal Theresa Gardner and Superintendent Dr. Cindy Goodman, making short stops in various classrooms while teachers instructed in language arts, social studies, math and music.

After visiting the old-school auditorium, the governor’s wife briefly joined the chorus class, singing, clapping and swaying her hips to the song.

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