Richmond County Daily Journal

Laurinburg Police charge 16-year-old in 2021 murder

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg Police announced an arrest in a 2021 double homicide. According to a release from the department, a 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Linda Hatcher Taylor, 71, and her daughter Jennifer Gayle Locklear, 43. The bodies of the women were discovered on October 29, 2o21 in a home on South Pine Street.

Sheriff’s Office Crime Report: June 30

ROCKINGHAM — At 12:13 p.m., deputies responded to a residence on Wildwood Road following a report of an unknown person stealing personal information. The case is active. ROCKINGHAM — At 10:47 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Greenlawn Drive following a report of a stolen convertible Camaro that was subsequently scrapped. The case is active.
Picture for Sheriff’s Office Crime Report: June 30

Tom Campbell | Elections matter

There’s not much middle ground regarding the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. I’ve listened to some praising our Justices as well as others, usually louder, vilifying them. But after the rhetoric wanes a bit there’s one common ground on which most all can agree: elections matter.

John Hood | Voter ID should have been settled

RALEIGH — Movie sequels are almost always worse than the original films. Notable exceptions, such as this summer’s Top Gun: Maverick, merely prove the rule. For every Empire Strikes Back, there’s a Highlander 2: The Quickening, Halloween Kills, and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol. If efforts...

Wildlife Commission announces 2022 wild turkey harvest totals

RALEIGH — Results from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s 2022 Wild Turkey Harvest Summary report shows that hunters statewide recorded 20,576 birds harvested statewide in 2022, including 1,777 birds that were taken during youth season. The total falls short of the past two years’ record-breaking totals, however it remains strong compared to totals prior to 2020.

Richmond County Hospice dance fundraiser back for 2022

After an unplanned siesta, it’s time to fiesta — Taste of the Sandhills showcasing Dancing with the Stars is back for 2022. For the fifth year, Richmond County Hospice will host its Taste of the Sandhills Showcasing Dancing with the Stars fundraiser at The Cole Auditorium. This year’s fiesta- themed event will be held Saturday September 10th from 6-11pm on. RCH’s biggest and brightest fundraiser of the year raises funds to benefit our benevolent and bereavement programs.

Why swimming is good for everyone

Swimming is a great way to beat the heat! The cool water instantly refreshes the body, mind, and spirit. Swimming has lots of great benefits for your health. It is one of the few forms of exercise that has minimal wear and tear on the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming is the fourth most popular activity in the United States.

Cooper responds to Roe v. Wade ruling

RALEIGH — On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “For 50 years, women have relied on their constitutional right to make their own medical decisions, but today that right has been tragically ripped away. That means it’s now up to the states to determine whether women get reproductive health care, and in North Carolina they still can. I will continue to trust women to make their own medical decisions as we fight to keep politicians out of the doctor’s exam room.”

Rookie all-star team wins district tournament

The Rookie team from Anson Athletic Youth Association All Star team won the 2022 District 1 Tournament earlier this month. The team remained undefeated through the tournament until their championship game where they took one loss to a very talented Mt. Pleasant team but came back in Game 3 and won the District. By winning the district, the team won a bid to the 2022 NC Dixie Youth AA State Tournament in Winnabow, NC. The tournament starts July 8th and runs through July 13th.

Sheriff’s Office Crime Report: June 28

ROCKINGHAM — At 9:30 a.m., deputies responded to Motlow Lane following a report of a stolen Nissan Murano, valued at $10,000. The case is active. ROCKINGHAM — At 7:37 p.m., deputies responded to a residence on Lake Road following a report of two stolen vehicles, totaling $3,000. The case is active.

John Hood | Will Joe Biden really go stag?

RALEIGH — Soaring prices. Social unrest. A resurgent Russia. A military withdrawal followed by the collapse of a pro-American regime in Asia. A feckless and unpopular Democratic president. Today’s parallels to the 1970s are obvious, ominous, and oft-observed. But we’re not quite there yet — and it isn’t just...

Raider Elite Youth seeking interested athletes

ROCKINGHAM — The Raider Elite Youth Football Team is seeking more athletes, specifically for their 8U and 12U teams. “That age range has been really hard to get in the past few years,” said Raiders Elite Organizer John Carter about the 12U program. When the pandemic struck in...

Sheriff’s Office seeks information in Montgomery County murder

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Star, NC police department, is seeking any information involving the murder of a 53-year-old store clerk in Montgomery County Saturday night. At 10:08 p.m. on Saturday, a black male walked into the Quik Chek on South Main...