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City, Mall agree on lease

Water Department will move its services for customers into Asheboro Mall; new office could be ready in 90 days

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Land development plan survey results

Citizens offer opinions, suggestions, for future growth in Asheboro

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Not always easy getting a degree

But these RCC students finished, despite the circumstances in front of (or behind) them

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Statue now behind bars

A new eight-foot wrought iron fence is protecting the Confederate Memorial statue

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So long, Solarium

A look back at what was once a big deal on top of Randolph County’s hospital

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Zoo City social district expands

Here’s what that means, and the updated rules within that district

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911 dispatcher talks caller from jumping off bridge

Dispatcher honored for her professionalism

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RCC named to two top college lists

More honors for Randolph Community College

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City Council to hold special called meeting Friday

Asheboro City Council to discuss locating its water office at Mall

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Growing pains

Asheboro City Council postpones Golda Avenue development 

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Commissioners begin update of Growth Management plan in light of pair of Toyota, Wolfspeed developments

Commissioners look to update Growth Management Plan, with a focus on the northeast corner of the county.

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APD announces year-end award winners

Paul Maness was selected Officer of the Year

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Commissioners make decisions on budget items

Board of County Commissioners covers a lot of ground at Jan. 3 meeting.

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City Council amends subdivision regulations

Asheboro Council members respond to investigation of subdivision regulations within city's jurisdiction.

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It's a good time to do the Zoo

Winter is a great time to visit the Zoo

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RCC announces fall semester honors

RCC announces fall semester honors

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Public Health office enters partnership

Randolph County to provide dental services

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Lantern Rescue

Organization in Asheboro has saved nearly 1,000 people around the world from human trafficking, persecution, and conflict and crisis

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Fire Department trains for different types of rescues

Asheboro firefighters complete trench rescue training

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Zoo City Social District expanding

The Asheboro City Council voted to expand the Social District downtown

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Randolph County showcased in debut novel

Author Q&A: Judith Turner-Yamamoto weaves local life into her first book

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Learn to Fly: RCC, UP Aviation partner for Ground School

RCC and UP Aviation form partnership to offer Ground School training

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Attacker dies from knife wound

Juvenile in Trinity kills man while defending himself

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City will annex new Cancer Center

But not without some grumbling, debate: ‘We’ve got to think of the future of health care’

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County commissioners nearly unanimously vote for no changes

Board reorganization means more of the same

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Old Courthouse to museum?

Courthouse renovation, museum project could cost $4 million

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Tot Hill Farm Golf Club sold

Local golf club is sold to South Carolina businessman

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Heart of NC hosts media visit to zoo, potters and orchard

The Heart of NC helped spread the word of what’s in Randolph County to media representatives

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Substation vandalism in Moore affects some REMC customers

Law enforcement searching for clues to attackers identities in Moore County

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Renowned local golfer dies at 62

Champion local golfer Tony Concutelli won eight City-Am titles

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Star cancellation has Randolph roots this year

Design winner Donna Adams of Level Cross eyed ‘something simple’

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Growth is coming: Now what?

Chamber retreat outlines effects of big wave of people, jobs headed this way.

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RCC seeking input in presidential search

RCC asking residents to complete survey or join a forum.

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Furniture maker closes overnight

United Furniture sends virtual pink slips to all employees

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Sheriff's Department to hold Open House

The Sheriff's Department is in the holiday spirit.

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Confederate statue vandalized with graffiti

The Confederate statue on Randolph County land in the heart of the city of Asheboro has been the center of increased consternation in recent years.

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Meat processing plant near Zoo?

Rezoning request stirs debate and opposition from Zoo; decision tabled until January

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Area hospitals work together to limit visitation from children

The spread of respiratory illnesses leads to the need of more restrictions

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New fire station for Asheboro?

Growing population means adding an additional station, Fire Chief Summers tells City board

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Time to look ahead

Liberty begins to plan for the effects of two megasites

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Study: Foster care up 82% in Randolph since 2016

Commissioners also approve expansion for Sheriff's Department, property purchase for pump station

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Decision time: It's up to you

It's renewal season for your Hub subscription.

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Local election results

No surprises in the results of the Nov. 8 mid-term elections. 

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That time of year

Photographer Eric Abernathy has perfect timing on this fall colors shot.

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Asheboro sponsoring Gifting Tree Project

Asheboro Parks & Rec again sponsoring the Gifting Tree Project.

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Officials get look at Church Street Lofts progress

The Asheboro City Council got a tour of the former hosiery mill that is being converted into senior apartments. 

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Battery up!

REMC opens cutting-edge battery energy storage system.

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RCC Nursing program ranked No. 3 in the state

Website gives Randolph Community College's Nursing program a huge shout-out.

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Ghost Walks wrap up

The popular Ghost Walks have become an Asheboro Halloween tradition.

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Leadership Randolph graduates another class

Leadership Randolph has now graduated more than 850 in the program.

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Asheboro man rides Tour de France stage

A local man figured out a novel way to take his wife to France: he bicycled a stage of the famous Tour de France.

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Tori Goss is new Miss Randolph County

Tori Goss was crowned Miss Randolph County this past Saturday.

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Stars and Stripes as part of the 6th annual Field of Honor.

The Field of Honor will be back during the weekend of Nov. 11-13 at South Asheboro Middle School. 

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Early voting begins on Oct. 20

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 14 for the 2022 midterm elections. Early voting begins Oct. 20.

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Confederate statue dominates public comments at city council meeting

The resolution asking to move the Confederate statue in front of the Historic 1909 Courthouse, passed last month by the Asheboro City Council, brought a flurry of pros and cons at the Oct. 6 meeting.

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City Council approves another townhome community


The City of Asheboro is expanding south, with approval of a new development of 44 duplexes on Crestview Church Road.

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Ian’s major damage from fallen trees

Emergency Services Director Donovan Davis reported to the county commissioners that the major damage done by Hurricane Ian was due to downed trees. 

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Notice to City of Asheboro water customers

The City of Asheboro will be switching to free chlorine as its primary disinfection treatment on Nov. 1

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NC Attorney General addresses county drug collaborative

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein came to Asheboro last week to talk about efforts to address the opioid crisis in the local community. 

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Toyota invests $1 million in local STEAM education initiatives

Toyota STEAM investment: $500,000 to go to Communities in Schools in Randolph, and $500,000  to North Carolina A&T

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Ian pays Randolph a visit

Many Randolph residents lost power Friday as Ian rolled through the region. 

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TDA celebrates 25 years, dedicates Phil Kemp Room

The Tourism Development Authority celebrated its 25th anniversary by dedicating its new office and the Phil Kemp Meeting Room.

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Chamber seeking nominations

The Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards. 

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New business park will also benefit Randleman

Randleman will also see benefits from the newly planned I-74 industrial Center, a 160-acre site at the interchange of Interstate 74 and U.S. Highway 311.

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'This feels like Maria'

Just five years after Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Fiona devastates Puerto Rico once again. Lorraine Trotter writes about the impact of the current storm on the friends she made there in 2018.

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Two found shot to death in Asheboro Home

Asheboro Police said Monday that two persons were found shot to death in a home on Hamlin Street.

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Dr. Jones remembers Queen Elizabeth II

Former director of the N.C. Zoo Dr. David Jones had many opportunities to talk to Queen Elizabeth in his roles at the London Zoo prior to coming to Randolph County.

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Zoo loses Olivia the rhino, one of its oldest residents

Olivia, a white rhinoceros who lived at the NC Zoo for more than 30 years, has died.

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Wolfspeed means more than jobs to Randolph County

Wolfspeed's plan to build a semiconductor plant in Chatham County could create some major changes in eastern Randolph County beyond the 1,800 new jobs it creates.

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REMC internship powers teacher to upgrade curriculum

Trinity High School teacher gained valuable experience at a three-week internship with REMC.

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City of Asheboro asks for statue to be moved

The City Council of Asheboro passed a resolution on Sept. 8 weighing in on the Confederate statue that sits on the Randolph County Courthouse property, voicing its opinion that the controversial statue be moved. 

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PEMMCO gets OK for state grant

The Asheboro City Council has agreed to apply for a $100,000 building reuse grant for PEMMCO Manufacturing, a producer of machined components for large industrial uses.

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County commits to new I-74 industrial park

The I-74 industrial park in Sophia is moving forward after the County Commissioners voted to purchase 30 acres to qualify for utility grants. 

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Ms. Miller goes to Washington

RCC’s Stacey Miller visits White House as part of Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative launch 

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Franklinville NC Textile Museum is coming to Randolph County

Forty years of effort is finally bearing fruit as efforts to bring the North Carolina Textile Museum to Franklinville. 

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Pariz begins service as board chair for Randolph Partnership for Children

Six honored as exemplary volunteers at Annual Meeting and Volunteer  Recognition Breakfast of the Randolph Partnership for Children.

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Apprenticeship Randolph honors 12 graduates, signs 17 more 

Apprenticeship Randolph honors 12 graduates while signing up 17 newcomers to the program. 

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‘World’s largest groundbreaking’ opens Asia construction

North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and seemingly a cast of thousands helped the North Carolina Zoo break ground on its new Asia continent habitat.

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RCC begins its 60th year

Randolph Community College recently kicked off its 60th year with a breakfast and convocation. 

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Collaboration made American Legion regional a success

American Legion Regional organizers thank Heart of NC Visitors Bureau, other contributors, for success of the tournament.

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There's a New Bus Line Serving Asheboro

Sunway Charters has begun a new Mid-State Express Bus Service that runs from Fayetteville to Winston-Salem and back with connections in Lexington, High Point, Asheboro, Siler City and Sanford. 

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Old rail depot is gone

The historic rail depot on White Oak Street has been taken down after the Asheboro City Council approved that action.

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Reilly, 23-Year-Old Lion, Dies at Zoo

The NC Zoo reports that its oldest African lion, Reilly, has died at age 23.

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Trinity getting three additional deputies

The City of Trinity will add three deputies to the two it has, thanks to a decision made Aug. 1 by the Randolph County Commissioners.

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August is the Busiest Month for Asheboro Firefighters

City of Asheboro Fire Chief Willie Summers gave his annual report to the City Council on Aug. 4.

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Asheboro considering resolution on Confederate monument

The Asheboro City Council is asked to support a resolution to establish a committee to come up with a solution to the Confederate monument in front of the Historic 1909 Courthouse.

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Commissioners approve finance plan for planned Farm, Food and Family Education Center

County Commissioners approve financing for $4 million related to the proposed Farm, Food and Family Education Center.

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'Accepting the Challenge': Libraries to offer countywide dementia caregiver training, sensory activity kits

Caregivers for people experiencing dementia are invited to participate in hands-on, multi-disciplinary training workshops presented by the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina at three Randolph County Public Libraries locations on August 30-31.

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Grass Native to Africa Added to Zoo's Gorilla Habitat

he western lowland gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo are getting a piece of home — Aframomus melegueta. It’s a member of the ginger family. Also known as Grains of Paradise, it’s a native of lowland areas of tropical West Africa.

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Lassiter to serve as Acting President for RCC 

The Randolph Community College Board of Trustees have chosen Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education Elbert Lassiter as Acting President for the College while the search for a permanent president is underway. 

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Cedar Falls mill proposed for historic preservation

The Randolph County Historic Landmark Preservation Commission voted unanimously to recommend the Cedar Falls Manufacturing Company as a historic landmark before the Franklinville Town Board, which has jurisdiction over Cedar Falls. 

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Lexington Road residents oppose new access to ballpark

At a special called meeting of the Asheboro City Council, Lexington Road neighbors speak up against a plan to create a new access to McCrary Park.

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Stephen Lovette is Randleman's new Fire Chief

The City of Randleman selects veteran Stephen Lovette as its new Fire Chief, replacing the retired Marty Leonard effective Aug. 22. 

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Local Hospice recruiting new volunteers

Hospice of Randolph is recruiting new volunteers. There's an orientation session scheduled for Aug. 11, following by an in-person training event for volunteers on Aug. 15. 

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Register of Deeds now accepting passport applications

The county's Register of Deeds office is now accepting applications for U.S. passports.

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Local motel, strip mall to be demolished prior to DOT construction

Several buildings along the right-of-way of a N.C. Department of Transportation project will be demolished before scheduled construction begins in June 2023. The project to rework the interchange that over I-73-74 that includes both US 64 and NC 49.

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Townhome community on Zoo Parkway approved

The Asheboro City Council unanimously approved a 14-unit townhome community on Zoo Parkway approximately 225 feet south of Ridge Street at the council’s July 14 meeting.

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Commissioners bid against Virginia to keep Archdale upholstery manufacturer

Randolph County's Commissioners consider incentive package to keep Lancaster Custom Crafted Upholstery in Archdale.

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Seabolt holds off Republican challengers

Sheriff Greg Seabolt tops 50% in three-way race; longtime incumbent NC. Rep Pat Hurley upset

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Lack of customers could mean higher Asheboro water rates

City Manager John Ogburn likened the water situation with a public golf course. It has a clubhouse, 18 tee boxes, 18 fairways, 18 greens, a parking lot and golf carts. Debt and maintenance costs remain the same no matter how many golfers come to play.

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Will Technimark expand in Asheboro? City, county make their play

City and county vote to share in $950K package over 5 years if competitive bid approved to expand here instead of somewhere else and Technimark adds at least 220 jobs.

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County divvies up its strategic funds

Here's a list of who got what from Randolph County's strategic planning funds totaling $371,315.

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Hicks drops out of sheriff's race, says he'll back Graves

The Republican primary for sheriff has been pushed back to May 17, but it's possible it could be delayed further.

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COVID surge builds: New cases in Randolph up 2,595 in one week

From Jan. 15-21, another 2,595 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Randolph. At 34.3 percent, more than one-third of all test results returned during that 7-day period came back positive.

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COVID-19 cases in Randolph skyrocket

From 560 new cases two weeks ago, the number of new cases in Randolph County has risen more 2,900 since then.

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Illegal dumping: Where it happens in Randolph County, what you can do about it

Illegal dumping happens regularly in the county and local officials say no area is immune from the problem. 

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Toyota moving into megasite

The megasite in Randolph County finally has a tenant, and Toyota's creating more than 1,700 jobs for starters

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Here are Randolph County areas receiving a boost by the just-passed state budget bill

Randolph County and its towns received money for projects or improvements, including greenway expansion

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DA releases report on stillborn birth in Randolph jail

Details day-by-day recap, ends with no basis for criminal charges in the tragic death

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Some surprises in municipal elections

Several incumbents lost their seats

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Man found dead in Asheboro; no signs of foul play

Police responded to a call near the Quality Inn-Motel 6 complex.

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Election 2021 in Randolph County: It's here

Everything you need to know about the upcoming municipal elections: Races, candidates, voting times, voting sites

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Water main break drains water tower, causes sinkhole

Broken main line results in loss of 500,000 gallons of water in 30 minutes

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Fall Festival canceled by COVID-19 ... again

Weeks before the event, the Randolph Arts Guild's board of directors decided the risk was too great.

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COVID refuses to relent

Here's an update on what's happening on several fronts in Randolph County

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Free inaugural issue set for Sept. 1

Here are the details for who will receive one in the mail and when.

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