Bob Sutton

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Randolph County’s agricultural center receives $1 million grant funding

Randolph County’s agricultural center receives $1 million grant funding

ASHEBORO – The construction project for the new agricultural center in Randolph County is in its infancy, but some key funding has been secured to assist in the programing. The Golden LEAF Foundation announced a $1 million grant for equipment to support training for farmers at the agricultural center in Randolph County. “It’s part of the funding we’re seeking for this project,” said Kenneth Sherin, director of the Randolph County Extension. “We were going to be seeking money through grants. The timing on this was a little earlier than we had anticipated, but it’s going to be good to have.”…
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Early voting launches for primary in Randolph County

Early voting launches for primary in Randolph County

ASHEBORO – Early voting for the March primary begins this week in Randolph County. The early voting window runs Feb. 15 through March 2. There are national, statewide and local contests on the primary ballot. In Randolph County, there are three Republicans on the primary ballot for the board of commissioners in District 5. They are incumbent Maxton McDowell of Asheboro along with Chris McLeod of Denton and Lester Rivenbark of Asheboro. Jane Ledwell-Gant was the lone Democrat to file for the District 5 seat, so she advances to the November ballot. Voters will be asked for a valid photo…
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Randolph County hires Archdale’s Holden as next county manager

Randolph County hires Archdale’s Holden as next county manager

ASHEBORO – The next county manager for Randolph County will come from a city within the county. The county’s Board of Commissioners announced the hiring of Archdale city manager Zeb Holden. He has been in that position in Archdale since 2016 for part of a total of 19 years in local government. The county commissioners reported that there was a pool of 37 applicants from eight states. Holden’s selection came based on “a combination of extensive local government experience, leadership ability, and deep community ties,” according to a release from the commissioners. Holden is an Elon undergraduate with a degree…
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Southwestern Randolph wrestler ramps up for repeat

Southwestern Randolph wrestler ramps up for repeat

Jose Flores is embraced by coach Jacob Clapp with assistant Otto Wolin looking on after winning a state championship last February. (Randolph Record file photo) Reigning state champion aims for another title ASHEBORO – Southwestern Randolph junior Jose Flores has learned during the season what it’s all about to receive extra attention. While that came with certain challenges because of his status, now he wants more of the spotlight as he seeks to repeat as a state champion. “I’m excited about the postseason,” Flores said. “I’ve been working harder than ever. I want to be a two-time (champion).” That quest…
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UCA excels for pressure-packed Class 1-A team title

UCA excels for pressure-packed Class 1-A team title

Uwharrie Charter Academy's wrestling team claimed the top hardware in Saturday's Class 1-A dual team final. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) Eagles wipe out deficit with pins to defend crown GREENSBORO – Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestlers say they thrive on embracing pressure situations. One after another, the Eagles had chances to show that on a big stage Saturday afternoon. Needing to get through most of the back half of the Class 1-A dual team championship meet against Avery County without a glitch, the Eagles clicked time and time again. Then it came down to 215-pounder senior Jaden Maness in the final bout.…
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Trinity wrestlers cap unbeaten run with Class 2-A crown

Trinity wrestlers cap unbeaten run with Class 2-A crown

Trinity's wrestling team poses for a photo after winning the Class 2-A dual team final. (Randolph Record) Bulldogs blow past Seaforth for first dual team championship GREENSBORO – Once Trinity got rolling, there was no stopping the Bulldogs in the Class 2-A dual team state finals. Trinity racked up victories in seven consecutive bouts and came away with a 36-31 triumph against Seaforth on Saturday afternoon at the fieldhouse on the Greensboro Coliseum Complex grounds. Lawson Coltrane clinched the victory and undefeated season for the Bulldogs with a second-period pin in the 170-pound match. “The whole team did it,” Coltrane…
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Commissioner says film’s impact can help Randolph County’s veterans

Commissioner says film’s impact can help Randolph County’s veterans

ASHEBORO – “The Veteran’s Battlefield” is a documentary that focuses on challenges for North Carolina veterans and it’s a valuable production as it relates to Randolph County, Hope Haywood said. “We’re working to have healthier veterans right here in our communities,” said Haywood, a county commissioner. The first of the documentary’s three screenings in Randolph County drew four dozen attendees Sunday to Sunset Theatre in Asheboro. Haywood, who’s the county’s liaison for the documentary, said among the goals is to bring awareness to the plights of veterans in the county. She said it’s the responsibilities of officials on the county…
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UCA, Trinity head to state finals Saturday in Greensboro

UCA, Trinity head to state finals Saturday in Greensboro

Members of the Uwharrie Charter Academy wrestling team pose for a photo after winning the Class 1-A East Region title Wednesday night at home. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record) GREENSOBORO – Trinity and Uwharrie Charter Academy will try to capture state championships in dual team wrestling Saturday afternoon. Trinity is bidding for its first state crown when it takes on Seaforth in the Class 2-A final at noon. UCA (34-1) will tangle with Avery County (30-1) for the third year in a row and for the fourth time in as many tournaments in Class 1-A at 3 p.m. Avery County won in…
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Asheboro police chief to retire, successor named

Asheboro police chief to retire, successor named

Mark Lineberry (Courtesy photo) ASHEBORO – Police chief Mark Lineberry is retiring from the City of Asheboro after more than three decades with the department. The retirement is effective March 1. At that time, assistant chief Robbie Brown will be promoted to police chief, with major Jay Hanson becoming assistant chief. “These two individuals are very capable of leading the Asheboro Police Department and this should be a smooth transition for the department and the City of Asheboro,” the city’s release on the transition said. Lineberry began a career in law enforcement in 1992. He became police chief in October…
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Yarbrough leaves Wheatmore football post

Yarbrough leaves Wheatmore football post

Wheatmore coach Philip Yarbrough, left, talks with quarterback Ben Walker during a 2021 game. (Randolph Record file photo) TRINITY – Philip Yarbrough called it a move that he agonized about before resigning as Wheatmore’s football coach after seven seasons and 13 total years as a coach at the school. But family matters and professional pursuits led him to the conclusion to step down. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “Going to take a step back and catch my breath. There’s a lot going on that I thought it was best for the program. … This is, by far, the hardest decision I’ve…
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