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  • Norman Council approves budget, plans to voice frustrations
    NORMAN — Town Council on Monday approved the final version of their budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021. At the advice of the town’s accountant, the council previously agreed to publish a version of the budget that didn’t factor in the Richmond County Board of Commissioners’ decision to change the ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-03-2020
  • County approves budget, addresses silence on ad valorem issue
    ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the county budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 which closed an existing $4.5 million gap with the help of broad budget cuts and addressed the county’s reliance on solid waste fund transfers. The budget is balanced at $53,071,073 and County ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-02-2020
  • Robinette Building construction delayed by COVID-19 case on site
    ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Community College officials will have to wait a little while longer before they get the green light to move into the new Kenneth and Claudia Robinette Building in downtown Rockingham. RCC Vice President and CFO Brent Barbee announced in Tuesday’s regular meeting of the college’s Board of ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-02-2020
  • Rockingham man charged in weekend murder
    ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday charged Kenneth Franklin Battley, 57, of Rockingham with the murder of Donald Wayne Coats this weekend. Deputies were called to a residence on Broadway Street in Jefferson Park on Sunday, May 31 for a welfare check, according to a press release. ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-02-2020
  • Virus hurts NC counties’ hurricane readiness
    As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina’s coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 counties in the state’s coastal management zone told The Associated Press that COVID-19 is ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-02-2020
  • NC cities impose curfews in protests’ aftermath
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s capital city enacted a curfew Monday after two nights of protests over the latest killing of a black man by police led to street fires, store break-ins, and fireworks thrown at officers. Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said in a statement that the curfew will run each ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-02-2020
  • Local protesters show support for national movement
    ROCKINGHAM — A group of about two dozen protesters took to the streets Sunday to protest police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 25. They gathered in the Walmart parking lot around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon and later in the ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-01-2020
  • RCC Trustees, school board to hold meetings
    HAMLET — The Richmond Community College Board of Trustees and Richmond County Board of Education will hold their respective regular meetings on Tuesday. Neither meeting will be held in person. The RCC Trustees will use a call-in format with no video for their meeting at noon, and the school board ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-01-2020
  • Rockingham cancels summer Parks and Recreation programs
    ROCKINGHAM — The city’s Parks and Recreation Department announced in a Monday Facebook post that all of its summer offerings have been canceled because of restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. City Manager Monty Crump and Rockingham Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Davis for several weeks had been discussing ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 06-01-2020
  • A third Richmond County patient has died from COVID-19
    ROCKINGHAM — A third person in Richmond County died from COVID-19 Saturday, according to the Richmond County Health Department. The deceased was hospitalized outside of Richmond County after being diagnosed earlier this month. “Please join us in our sympathy for the family and friends of this resident of Richmond County ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 05-31-2020
  • Health club owner cited for reopening
    ROCKINGHAM — Blake Altman, owner of Evolution Health Club in Rockingham, has been charged with a misdemeanor for violating Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order after prematurely reopening his business this week. Altman said he did so because following the rules was no longer sustainable. He closed in March following the ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 05-30-2020
  • RCC offering free training to help churches re-open safely
    HAMLET – North Carolina is now in Phase II of the re-opening process, and many are anxious to return to their normal places of worship. Richmond Community College and the Small Business Center will be assisting local churches and places of worship in reopening in a safe manner. The Small ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 05-30-2020
  • As Trump deadline approaches, NC asks for details on RNC safety
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s top health official asked Friday for more details on how GOP leaders will protect attendees of a Republican National Convention this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump has threatened to move his formal renomination elsewhere if he does not soon get guarantees of being ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 05-30-2020
  • Graduating seniors to take ‘victory lap’ at Speedway
    ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County’s senior class of 2020 will take a “victory lap” around the Rockingham Speedway on June 12 in place of their normal graduation ceremony, the school system announced Friday. The lap will allow the seniors and their families to gather in a large procession while social distancing. ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 05-29-2020
  • Norman to discuss budget, future
    NORMAN — With the town’s fiscal outlook in serious turmoil, the Town Council here will discuss how their budget looks going forward during their regular meeting on Monday night. All of Richmond County’s municipalities were projected to lose significant portions of their sales tax revenue because of the county commissioners’ ... read more
    Source: Daily JournalPublished on 05-29-2020
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