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ROCKINGHAM — The chill in the Friday night air seemed fitting for ghost stories, which were offered by Pee Dee Region Paranormal.

Those stories were more informative than spooky as more than two dozen people were led around downtown listening to accounts of spirit sightings.

Their guide: Scott Tomestic, a member of the paranormal investigation team and descendant of Nicholas Noyes, official minister during the infamous Salem witchcraft trials.

Donning a cape, top hat and dark spectacles, Tomestic told tales of tragic death, murder and apparent apparitions.

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ROCKINGHAM— Downtown’s semiannual sidewalk soirée is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, despite the threat of wind and rain from Hurricane Michael.

The streets will be lined with balloons marking the areas for Affair on the Square and a variety of vendors peddling their wares including bath and body products, cosmetics, jewelry, and edibles, according to Sharon Nichols of the Rockingham Downtown Corporation Events Committee.

“We have some new vendors this fall with boating and fishing gear as well as artisan dip mixes,” she said.

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ROCKINGHAM — A group of Richmond County motorcycle riders raised more than $5,000 last month for the Andy’s Foundation.

On Wednesday, Chris Cox of Ol Skool Tribe Riding Club presented a check for $5,042 to J.R. Cottle of Hwy 55 in Rockingham following a ride on Sept. 22.

Cox said this was the second time Ol Skool Tribe has made a charitable run for the Foundation.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 21:15

The Tams to Close Out Rockingham's Plaza Jam Series

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.

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ROCKINGHAM — Call it a wall-breaking ceremony.

Instead of golden shovels, local dignitaries and representatives from several foundations wielded golden hammers to strike the wall of a former men’s clothing store that will soon be the site of Richmond Community College’s downtown campus in Rockingham.

“What a great day for Richmond County, Rockingham and Richmond Community College,” RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis said at the start of Monday’s ceremony.

McInnis lauded how the campus was “a different kind of project,” with the way it was funded and because the city actually took the lead.

“It takes a team to make anything happen and we’ve got a great team here,” he said.

Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris said the idea for the downtown campus came about five years ago when Brian Collier, executive vice president of the Foundation for the Carolinas, took local leaders on a bus tour to Hartsville, South Carolina, and they saw how Coker College had impacted that town.

In 2015, McInnis said he was approached by Morris and Mayor Pro Tem John Hutchinson about building a satellite campus in the downtown area.

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ROCKINGHAM ― Mayor Steve Morris had a bit of paperwork to sign following a special meeting Thursday evening after the City Council approved a resolution to accept the conditions set forth by the USDA on a permanent financing loan for the Richmond Community College downtown campus.

The vote was unanimous with Councilman John Hutchinson giving his “aye” over the phone.

Larry Sampson, a loan specialist with the USDA, rapidly went over the conditions for the $6.75 million loan which the city will have to pay back over a 25-year period at 3.875 percent interest. Sampson said if interest rates decrease during the span of the loan, then the rate will also. However, the loan rate is locked at 3.875 percent and will not go any higher.

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ROCKINGHAM — There are currently nine roads closed in Richmond County in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Some of the roads could be open as early as this week, while others may take a month or two to repair.

Derby Road is closed due to flooding between McBride Road and Sycamore Lane north of Hoffman. DOT officials expect it to be open again by Sept. 27.

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County was spared the severity of damage from Hurricane Florence seen by surrounding counties and Emergency Services Director Donna Wright contributes that to prayer and early planning.

“We were very fortunate,” she said early Tuesday afternoon on the flooded banks of Hitchcock Creek in Cordova. “That storm literally split and went around east and west of Richmond County.

“If you’ll look at the radar, the thinner bands actually are what were over us,” she continued. “The harder, more dangerous (weather) came to Scotland and to Anson and went up to Moore … 20 miles east or west could have been us, it was supposed to have been us … it was prayer (that kept the county out of danger).”

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Collaboration Grows Shopping Experience Downtown Rockingham

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RICHMOND COUNTY – With just days before city council elections, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7th, the RO offers its final election preview.

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