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City of Asheboro approves Social Alcohol District

City of Asheboro approves Social Alcohol District

ASHEBORO – The City of Asheboro Council met Thursday where they finally made a decision in regards to the Downtown Asheboro Social District.  The debate on the creation of the Downtown Asheboro Social District continued from the last meeting and upon the conclusion of public comments, the council voted in favor of creating the district with one dissenting vote. The social alcohol district will allow for the carry and consumption of alcohol in specially designated containers from Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm, in the specified area. “We as a council have listened impartially to each person and each concern,”…
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Abortion ban after 15 weeks signed into law in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a 15-week abortion ban into law last week as the state joined a growing conservative push to restrict access to the procedure ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that could roll back abortion rights in America. “This will represent the most significant protections for life that have been enacted in this state in a generation,” DeSantis said as he signed the bill at an evangelical church in the city of Kissimmee. Republicans nationwide have moved to place new restrictions on abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled it would uphold a…
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GOP states eye voting system upgrades

GOP states eye voting system upgrades

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For years, Tennessee Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro’s call to require the state’s voting infrastructure to include a paper record of each ballot cast has been batted down in the Republican-dominated Legislature. But as the fallout around the 2020 presidential election — and some GOP voters’ distrust of voting machines — Tennessee Republican lawmakers who have held off are coming around on a paper-backed mandate. A similar scenario is playing out in some of the five other states -- most of which are Republican-led -- that do not currently have a voting system with a paper…
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South Carolina inmate picks firing squad over electric chair

South Carolina inmate picks firing squad over electric chair

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina prisoner scheduled to be the first man executed in the state in more than a decade has decided to die by firing squad rather than in the electric chair later this month, according to court documents filed Friday. Richard Bernard Moore, 57, is the also first state prisoner to face the choice of execution methods after a law went into effect last year making electrocution the default and giving inmates the option to face three prison workers with rifles instead. Moore has spent more than two decades on death row after being convicted of…
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REMC seeks grant applicants from teachers

REMC seeks grant applicants from teachers

ASHEBORO — Local educators can apply for a Bright Ideas grant from Randolph Electric Membership Corp. through Sept. 15. The grants, offered annually to teachers to bring creative classroom learning projects to life, support innovative projects that energize classroom learning and enhance student success. Educators can apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com “We are pleased to continue our long history of supporting teachers and students with grants that fulfill needs in local classrooms,” said Nicole Arnold, communications and public affairs manager at Randolph EMC. “As a community-focused organization, we are committed to building a brighter future for our students and our region,…
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Four charged in catalytic converter theft ring

Four charged in catalytic converter theft ring

ASHEBORO — Members of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office were involved in weeks of investigating before announcing arrests that what has been described as a theft ring targeting catalytic converters. The investigation stretched to multiple counties. Eventually, charges were filed against James Kennedy Jr., 28; Ricky Shawn Morris, 38; Christopher Allen Bolling, 37; and Christopher Cole Lawson, 35.  Police reported that catalytic converters were taken from a variety of locales. Automobiles owned by some of the victims were simply in parking lots. “It takes a lot of money to replace those converters,” Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt said. “That’s money…
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Joint investigation yields fentanyl, meth charges

Joint investigation yields fentanyl, meth charges

ARCHDALE — An investigation by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office resulted in a sizeable drug bust last week. Deputies who were part of the Vice and Narcotics Division collected “a trafficking amount” of fentanyl and methamphetamine from a Spencer Road home. Firearms and drug paraphernalia were also seized. The haul of drugs included: 1.7 pounds of Fentanyl and nearly a pound of methamphetamine. Deputies also seized bath salts and steroids. The investigation began at the home of Donald Robert Lynch located on Spencer Rd. in Archdale. After Randolph County deputies executed a search warrant at the home, the Chatham County…
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Moore County School Board keeps controversial ‘George’ on the shelves

Moore County School Board keeps controversial ‘George’ on the shelves

RALEIGH — On March 14, the Moore County Public Schools Board held its regular monthly meeting which included discussion on the state’s Pre-K through fifth grade reading initiative and a vote on whether to keep the controversial book “George” in the county’s public school libraries.  The board revisited the recommendations made by the District Media and Technology Committee to keep the controversial book “George” in two of the district’s school libraries: McDeeds Creek Elementary and Union Pines High School. The book has been heavily criticized by parents for its sexual content and transgender storyline. The book, written by Alex Gino,…
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Chamber honors locals, installs new leaders

Chamber honors locals, installs new leaders

New chamber chair Nicki Hill presents 2020-2021 Chair Kelly Heath with a plaque to recognize her service to the Chamber. (North State Journal) ASHEBORO — After a pandemic delay and during a trying time for many local businesses, there was still much to celebrate for the Randolph County business community. The Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner Friday night at Pinewood Country Club. The celebration marked the business group's 96th annual meeting and included awards for citizen of the year, emerging leader, volunteer of the year, woman business leader, and business, industry, and organization of the year.…
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Gas prices continue to rise

Gas prices continue to rise

Gas prices are advertised at $4.19 per gallon, Monday, March 7, 2022, in downtown Asheboro. (PJ WARD-BROWN/The North State Journal) ASHEBORO — Governors and state lawmakers across the U.S. are scrambling to provide relief from soaring prices at the gas pump. Gas prices were climbing before Russia invaded Ukraine. With Russian crude out of the energy mix in the U.S., fuel prices will likely continue to climb as inflation reaches new high across the U.S. economy. In Asheboro, regular unleaded gasoline topped $4.00 this week with prices as high as $4.19 on Monday. Diesel fuel exceeded $5.00. In announcing a…
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