Blog

Randolph County budget holds property tax rate steady

Randolph County budget holds property tax rate steady

Despite $3 million shortfall, commissioners won’t raise taxes ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Board of Commissioners plans to hold property tax rates steady, after a series of meetings during the last two weeks brought commissioners to a total budget of just below $192 million. The rate will remain at $0.50 per $100 valuation thanks to growth in the tax base as well as higher than anticipated sales tax collection. The county had to work around a $3.3 million Medicaid Hold-Harmless shortfall from the prior year and, instead of raising taxes, budgeteers aimed to redirect some recurring financial resources to the…
Read More
Results vary for American Legion teams as season heats up

Results vary for American Legion teams as season heats up

Post 45 and Post 81 are scheduled to meet twice across a five-night period ASHEBORO – There has been a sampling of results for Liberty Post 81 and Randolph County Post 45 through the first few weeks of the American Legion baseball series. It’s about to get serious for these teams with league play picking up after a layoff. Post 81 racked up a 9-3 record through last week. Randolph County checked in at 3-5, though its roster of available players had been limited because of the high school postseason. Randolph County and Liberty meet for the first time since…
Read More
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Troy Carver

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Troy Carver

Uwharrie Charter Academy, baseball Carter has been a key member of back-to-back state championship teams with the Eagles. The senior infielder has been a steady performer in the field and at the plate. Carver scored the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the state championship series against Northside-Pinetown in Holly Springs. The next day in Game 2, which turned out to be the title-clinching game, he had one of the team’s hits. UCA has racked up 50 victories across the past two seasons.
Read More
Asheboro/Randolph Chamber looks to replenish staff following hiring of new president

Asheboro/Randolph Chamber looks to replenish staff following hiring of new president

ASHEBORO – Now it’s about putting the personnel and parts in place for the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. Adam Deathe, a man with international connections, has been hired as the new president and chief executive officer. The Chamber’s board of directors announced last week that Deathe will take the position that has been vacant since the end of October. “It has been a rigorous process,” said HR Gallimore, who’s chair of the Chamber’s executive committee. “We hope we didn’t leave a stone unturned.” Deathe has been president of Warroad Community Development in Warroad, Minnesota. “I have been looking for the…
Read More
Man flees police, enters Asheboro house before arrest

Man flees police, enters Asheboro house before arrest

ASHEBORO – An Asheboro man fled from a traffic stop and barricaded himself in his residence on West Presnell Street on Tuesday. Four elderly residents were also inside the home, Asheboro Police said. The incident ended with the arrest of Michael Wilcox, 53. The police report says police attempted to conduct a traffic stop late Tuesday morning, when the driver refused to stop, drove a short distance, exited his vehicle and entered a house. The residents were removed from the home and transported to a local senior facility, police said. By mid-afternoon, the Asheboro Police Department's SWAT team entered the…
Read More
ZooKeepers experience early ups, downs in CPL

ZooKeepers experience early ups, downs in CPL

Asheboro ZooKeepers teammates greet Alex Kean after his home run Saturday night against the Boone Bigfoots. (Asheboro ZooKeepers) ASHEBORO – A mix of results has been the norm for the Asheboro ZooKeepers in the opening weeks of the Coastal Plain League baseball season. So with a two-game winning streak, the ZooKeepers held a 6-7 record through Monday. On Sunday in Boone, Ryan Kennell and Zach Evans each had three hits as the ZooKeepers upended the Boone Bigfoots 9-8 in 10 innings. Davis Germann provided the go-ahead single in the four-run final inning. Owen Simmons and Mason Manriquez handled the pitching…
Read More
Asheboro’s Davidson places 13th in N.C. Amateur

Asheboro’s Davidson places 13th in N.C. Amateur

DURHAM – Sam Davidson of Asheboro tied for 13th place in the North Carolina Amateur, which wrapped up Sunday at Croasdaile Country Club. Davidson, who tied for the runner-up spot in the tournament last year, finished at 2-under par 282 after rounds of 71, 72, 69 and 70 across four days. The champion was Oak Island’s Walker Isley, who won by a tournament-record 15 shots. Isley, a UNC Wilmington golfer, finished at 25-under 259 following rounds of 70, 63, 64 and 62. Cary’s Hampton Roberts was second at 10 under. Archdale’s Joshua Spell, who a week earlier won the Asheboro…
Read More
Charges upgraded on youth in Asheboro shooting case

Charges upgraded on youth in Asheboro shooting case

ASHEBORO – There are upgraded charges against the youth who has been arrested regarding the death of Southwestern Randolph High School student Pedro Ortiz-Perez. The unnamed suspect, whose name isn’t being released because of his age (16), faces upgraded charges of first-degree murder. That came after a grand jury session earlier this month. The suspect remains in a juvenile detention facility in Rowan County. Ortiz-Perez died May 14 from gunshot wounds stemming from a shooting nearly two weeks earlier near North Asheboro Park. He was a high school soccer player and near the end of his sophomore year at Southwestern…
Read More
Southwestern Randolph Cougars turn to Lagrama as baseball coach

Southwestern Randolph Cougars turn to Lagrama as baseball coach

Ed Lagrama (Courtesy photo) ASHEBORO – Ed Lagrama filled in at the end of the recent season as Southwestern Randolph’s interim baseball coach. Now, he’ll be the coach moving forward. Lagrama is a former softball coach at Southwestern Randolph. His interim role came when the school sought a replacement for first-year coach Brian Gusa. The Cougars went 3-4 under Lagrama’s direction to complete a 9-15 season. Lagrama had a connection to the baseball team as an assistant coach under Tyler Clapp and also helped when Ethan Marsh led the program. So when principal Brian Hodgin called to ask him to…
Read More
Mayfield, Henriksen split Grand National Super Series races at Caraway

Mayfield, Henriksen split Grand National Super Series races at Caraway

Jeremy Mayfield, right, was the winner of one of the June 1 features at Caraway Speedway. (Courtesy photo) SOPHIA – Jeremy Mayfield and AJ Henriksen put on quite the show in the first of two 50-lappers for the Grand National Super Series teams last Saturday night at Caraway Speedway. Mayfield edged Hedriksen, the fast qualifier, by .306 seconds. Kevin Korner finished third ahead of Donnie Doster, Bob Schadt, Lauren Butner, Larry Wilcox and Joe Wilder. Henriksen had a better result in the second feature, winning in front of Mayfield followed by the same order as the first race for third…
Read More