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Petty, ‘The King’ of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family’s true legacy

Petty, ‘The King’ of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family’s true legacy

Richard Petty and his granddaughter Montgomery Lee Petty, then 14, take part in a 2000 news conference announcing the founding of Victory Junction Gang Camp. (The Associated Press) Richard Petty, with a record 200 Cup Series wins, seven championships and a first-ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame, is considered NASCAR’s greatest driver. He is spending the season celebrating 75 years of NASCAR participation by his famous family — basically since the inception of the stock car series in 1948 — and reflecting on the legacy that will be left behind. As he approached his 87th birthday, celebrated Tuesday ahead…
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Ross Stores to build distribution center in Randleman

Ross Stores to build distribution center in Randleman

More than 850 new jobs expected by 2026 RANDLEMAN – Ross Stores, a Fortune 500 company, is planning to build a Southeastern region distribution center in Randleman, state officials announced Tuesday. The distribution center will add 852 jobs to Randolph County by late in 2026. It's an investment listed at $450 million. The Randleman site – covering about 330 acres near N.C. 74 in the northwest corner of Randleman – will be the company's ninth distribution center. It will be in a 1.7 million square-foot facility on 330 acres for warehousing, fulfillment, and packing operations. Ross Stores is a $20 billion,…
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Board of Education passes support for Randolph County School System growth plan

Board of Education passes support for Randolph County School System growth plan

Construction of a new Liberty Elementary School and Randleman High School are the main focus of the plan ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Schools Board of Education approved the first phase of the school system’s growth plan at its final March meeting. “Phase one of our growth plan is really focused on facility and student assignment needs associated with our current school facilities,” superintendent Stephen Gainey said. The two main items are the construction of a new elementary school in Liberty and high school in Randleman. “The preference will be to build Randleman High School and Liberty Elementary at the same…
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New Miss Randolph County is crowned

New Miss Randolph County is crowned

RANDLEMAN — A 21-year old from Southern Pines is the new Miss Randolph County. Ashley Leonard, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, took home the title in a competition Saturday evening and will represent Randolph County next year in the Miss North Carolina competition. Ila Monical, 15, was crowned Miss Randolph County Teen. She’s a sophomore at Topsail High School in Hampstead. The competition was sponsored and operated by the Kiwanis Club of Asheboro and took place at Randleman Elementary School auditorium. The 10 contestants competed in categories of private interview, health and fitness, talent,…
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Ag teacher finds right fit at Randleman

Ag teacher finds right fit at Randleman

Teacher of the Year Mark Walker, center, is flanked by RCSS superintendent Stephen Gainey, left, and Randleman principal Corey Phillips at last week’s banquet. (Photo courtesy of RCSS)   RCSS honors Walker with annual award RANDLEMAN – Once Mark Walker became involved with agricultural education, he sensed that would be his best avenue to make a difference at Randleman High School. He stuck with it and he was rewarded for his decades in that capacity as the Teacher of the Year for the Randolph County School System. “I hope I can be more of a voice and do more to…
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After years at Randleman, Hamilton becomes principal at Providence Grove

After years at Randleman, Hamilton becomes principal at Providence Grove

 Dennis Hamilton (Courtesy photo) CLIMAX – It’s a different location for high school principal Dennis Hamilton, but the people connected to Providence Grove are plenty familiar to him. Hamilton had administrative roles at Randleman for two decades. “I was given an opportunity to take a new adventure at a different school,” Hamilton said. He’s the new principal at Providence Grove after holding a similar position at Randleman. Hamilton was principal of Randleman Middle School when the Providence Grove district was formed and so in 2008 there was a new high school in the Randolph County School System. Many of the…
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Randleman golf farm set stage for Hall of Fame

Randleman golf farm set stage for Hall of Fame

Here’s Ellen Griffin with stock-car driving legend Richard Petty, who was at the Randleman farm to pick up a child after a golf lesson. (Courtesy photo) Former instructor created foundation for teaching, playing careers RANDLEMAN – From what was farmland in Randleman to much bigger stages, Ellen Griffin helped grow the game of golf. While that was decades ago, her legacy lives on. “It’s unbelievable people still remember her,” said Charlie Griffin, her nephew. Last week, Griffin was inducted posthumously into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame at Raleigh Convention Center. She was a golf instructor and helped form…
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Randleman’s Petty statue honors driver for many deeds 

Randleman’s Petty statue honors driver for many deeds 

RANDLEMAN – Hundreds of residents and fans gathered Saturday afternoon in Randleman to see the unveiling of a statue of the “King of NASCAR” himself, Richard Petty, at the new Richard Petty Tribute Park.  The event was the culmination of five years of planning and fundraising by the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority, which raised the funds for the statue and park, along with a donation from NASCAR.  The public ceremony took place on Hilliary Street, behind the police station and next to the library.  The opening ceremony drew a crowd estimated of more than 200 people, consisting of the…
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Plane crash kills one, injures Randleman man

Plane crash kills one, injures Randleman man

Emergency crews responded to the scene of a small plane crash on U.S. 421 last week at the Monnett Road bridge. (Scott Pelkey/Randolph Record) JULIAN – A small plane crashed last week in the vicinity of U.S. 421 southbound near the Guilford County-Randolph County line, killing one person. The single-engine Vans RV-12 went down on an embankment late in the morning April 11 south of Greensboro Executive Airport. It impacted traffic on U.S. 421 near Monnett Road. Kurtis Williams, 52, of Kernersville died at the scene of the crash. He was the pilot. A passenger was James Foecking, 39, of…
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College baseball: Thomas notches wins at UNCG; Gardner receives USA South honors

College baseball: Thomas notches wins at UNCG; Gardner receives USA South honors

Luke Thomas at UNCG Several alums from Randolph County schools have produced notable opening stretches in their collegiate baseball careers. Providence Grove alum Luke Thomas was the winning pitcher in his collegiate debut, throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings when UNC Greensboro defeated Northeastern on Feb. 18 in the second game of the season. The Spartans scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The next day, Thomas took the loss when giving up four late-inning runs to Northeastern. In the season’s second week, Thomas had two outings against Notre Dame, throwing one hitless inning in the second game…
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