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We're only a few days away from Christmas — one of my favorite holidays of the year. Through all the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, I hope you've had time to wrap all your gifts, trim the tree and hang your stockings by the fireplace.
I've been fortunate to be able to spend the last few days in Concord, meeting with constituents,

Nominating academy cadets a privilege

We're only a few days away from Christmas — one of my favorite holidays of the year. Through all the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, I hope you've had time to wrap all your gifts, trim the tree and hang your stockings by the fireplace. I've been fortunate to be able to spend the last few days in Concord, meeting with constituents,

WHISPERING PINES — A convicted robber from Rockingham accused of absconding from probation was captured Sunday in Moore County.
Police in the village of Whispering Pines arrested 29-year-old Ronnie Lee Leak Jr. of 818 Armistead St., Apartment A, Rockingham. He was booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage under a combined $7,

Rockingham probation absconder caught

WHISPERING PINES — A convicted robber from Rockingham accused of absconding from probation was captured Sunday in Moore County. Police in the village of Whispering Pines arrested 29-year-old Ronnie Lee Leak Jr. of 818 Armistead St., Apartment A, Rockingham. He was booked into the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage under a combined $7,

They just could not bring themselves to shake hands with their former enemies.
A few weeks ago on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we remembered earlier reunions when some American servicemen met the Japanese pilots who had attacked them so many years earlier.
Some Americans shook hands with their former enemies and exchang

Remembering the past, but not chained to it

They just could not bring themselves to shake hands with their former enemies. A few weeks ago on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we remembered earlier reunions when some American servicemen met the Japanese pilots who had attacked them so many years earlier. Some Americans shook hands with their former enemies and exchang

2 men shot in motel room

SOUTHERN PINES — Police say two men were shot and wounded early Sunday in a room at the Econo Lodge motel. Police were called to the motel at 408 W. Morganton Road at 3:30 a.m. after 911 callers reported hearing gunshots inside a guest room. Officers found two men who had been shot and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Police have no

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(The public reports listed below are provided by the Sampson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol via the Sheriff's Office daily jail report.) Arrests • Dec. 21 — Joseph George Hood, 36, of 821 Vann Road, Clinton, was charged with simple assault. No bond was set; court date is Jan. 26. &#

Passerby witnesses a mother's hardship

To the editor: I hope she sees this. A couple of weeks ago, I turned on Midway Road going to my church when I saw a lady — don't know her name — putting stuff beside the road and crying her heart out. I asked what was wrong and she said everything she owned was going beside the road because people wanted her home gone. She said he did

ELLERBE — Tom McInnis will be sworn as Richmond County's state senator Jan. 3 in the Ellerbe Middle School auditorium, the senator-elect announced Monday.
The swearing-in is planned for 10:30 a.m. at the 128 Ballard St. school just west of U.S. 220. No ticket is required and the public is welcome.
“While the ceremonial swearing-in of

McInnis to be sworn in Jan. 3

ELLERBE — Tom McInnis will be sworn as Richmond County's state senator Jan. 3 in the Ellerbe Middle School auditorium, the senator-elect announced Monday. The swearing-in is planned for 10:30 a.m. at the 128 Ballard St. school just west of U.S. 220. No ticket is required and the public is welcome. “While the ceremonial swearing-in of

ROCKINGHAM — Phony IRS agents who dialed Larry Clay's number picked the wrong senior to scam.
A retired certified public accountant, Clay knew immediately when he heard a voicemail message from the fraudsters that they did not represent the Internal Revenue Service.
“I know from almost 40 years of experience with the IRS that they don

IRS phone scam targets Richmond County

ROCKINGHAM — Phony IRS agents who dialed Larry Clay's number picked the wrong senior to scam. A retired certified public accountant, Clay knew immediately when he heard a voicemail message from the fraudsters that they did not represent the Internal Revenue Service. “I know from almost 40 years of experience with the IRS that they don

Employment more complex than some realize

To the editor: In his Dec. 19 letter, Donald Auman noted that a “quick glance” at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website “destroys any claim on baby boomers' negative effect on the (labor force participation rate).” He should have taken a closer look. The BLS' “Labor Review” letter for one year ago, focusing on

The Christmas in the City Gingerbread Decorating activity sponsored by the Sampson Arts Council was a 'sweet success' again this year with approximately 270 in attendance. Taking home first place honors included Ethan Donatelli, age 10; in the children's division, Makenzie Dumpson, age 5 and Kaitlin Faison, age 4; and in the family division, top ho

Gingerbread decorating was 'sweet success'

The Christmas in the City Gingerbread Decorating activity sponsored by the Sampson Arts Council was a 'sweet success' again this year with approximately 270 in attendance. Taking home first place honors included Ethan Donatelli, age 10; in the children's division, Makenzie Dumpson, age 5 and Kaitlin Faison, age 4; and in the family division, top ho

ROCKINGHAM — Juan clutched his new teddy bear in a bear hug. David's eyes lit up along with the blinking lights on his Tonka fire truck.
Christmas came a few days early for seven kids at Pence Place, an East Rockingham home for special-needs children. The Rebel Dawgs Riding Club brought armfuls of brightly wrapped gifts to the facility on Su

Bikers bring bounty for Pence Place kids

ROCKINGHAM — Juan clutched his new teddy bear in a bear hug. David's eyes lit up along with the blinking lights on his Tonka fire truck. Christmas came a few days early for seven kids at Pence Place, an East Rockingham home for special-needs children. The Rebel Dawgs Riding Club brought armfuls of brightly wrapped gifts to the facility on Su

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