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Randolph students to get Election day, March 5, off

Randolph students to get Election day, March 5, off

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Schools Board of Education tweaked this year’s school calendar at its Monday, Feb. 12. meeting, adding election day — Tuesday, March 5 — as an additional teacher work day. “Due to the March 2024 primary election being held on March 5, 2024 as well as… several schools… being used as polling sites, the following revision is being recommended for approval,” said executive director of operations Dale Brinkley. ‌“With all of this going on, we just felt like it was an appropriate safety measure with the presidential primaries,” said Superintendent Stephen Gainey. He told the board…
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Gun taken from Eastern Randolph student

Gun taken from Eastern Randolph student

RAMSEUR – A student was found with a firearm at Eastern Randolph High School on Friday, deputies said. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that a school resource officer received a report that a student had a gun on campus. The school resource officer found the student, and a search of the student led to the officer confiscating the gun. The firearm was secured without incident. The name of the student wasn’t released based on North Carolina laws. Parents in the district were notified of the incident. Principal Susan Chappell’s message included: "As noted, law enforcement…
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Check early voting numbers in Randolph County

Check early voting numbers in Randolph County

ASHEBORO – More than 1,300 voters went to the polls in Randolph County during the first four days of early voting for March’s primary. Early voting began last Thursday. On the first day, there were 504 voters, followed by 424 last Friday, 241 on Saturday and 146 on Sunday. The highest turnout each day was at the Randolph County Board of Elections in Asheboro. There was a four-day total of 557 at the Asheboro location. The four-day totals for the other three sites were as follows: Braxton Craven School in Trinity (343), Randleman Civic Center (229) and Franklinville United Methodist…
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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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Rep. Hudson meets with farmers, discusses ag and rural issues

Rep. Hudson meets with farmers, discusses ag and rural issues

SILER CITY — Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-09) joined farmers and agricultural interests for a discussion on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Bestfood Cafeteria in Siler City. In between bites of fried chicken and refills of sweet tea, Hudson talked about the importance of the agriculture industry in North Carolina. “Our farmers are backbone of our communities and in addition to providing us with the most abundant, cheapest food in the world, the food and fiber we need to survive as a country comes from our farmers,” Hudson told North State Journal. “I’ve always been committed to helping them fight off federal…
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Welcome!

Welcome!

Asheboro City School board members cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Asheboro High School Welcome Center in Bear Creek on Feb. 7. The Welcome Center will serve as a community hub for learning, collaboration, and innovation. Located within the newly renovated Global Innovation Center, the Welcome Center will provide a wide range of information and resources including school supplies, computer access, and material about community resources useful for families. The Welcome Center has two rooms for community use: the Welcome Center room and the Comet Community Corner room to be used for classes and educational sessions for…
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US cattle herd hit generational low as beef prices continue to rise

US cattle herd hit generational low as beef prices continue to rise

RALEIGH — The U.S. cattle supply is at its lowest level since 1951. That low supply will likely drive beef prices to record highs. The supply shortage is being driven by many factors, including droughts, inflation and a burgeoning wave of regulation and activism directed at curbing beef consumption and production. Amidst this backdrop, the future of beef within diets and its role in the agricultural sector is being highlighted by farmers, consumer groups and policymakers. A December memo released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recommends reducing the amount of beef in diets, increasing non-meat alternatives,…
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Providence Grove receives $500k from Toyota for jobs program

Providence Grove receives $500k from Toyota for jobs program

CLIMAX — Communities In Schools “Jobs For North Carolina’s Graduates” (JNCG) program will open a new site at Providence Grove High School in Randolph County after receiving $500,000 from Toyota North Carolina. It’s the second JNCG site in Randolph County, which was also funded by the carmaker. “We’re thrilled to launch a second Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates program right here in Randolph County thanks to Toyota North Carolina’s generous support of CIS,” said Paula Owens, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Randolph County in a statement. “As a sister site to the program opened last year at Asheboro…
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