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Planning ahead

Schwarz has tenant in mind for larger of two KFI building purchases

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Local child care crisis on horizon?

Child care grant to end next month

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No tax increase in Asheboro’s proposed budget

Several new positions to be funded; public hearing is June 6

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Frye, Allen voice issues with hospital owners

Former county managers join swearing-in

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RCC graduation 2024: ‘Today is the start of great things’

College graduates more than 300 

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New Asheboro Police chief gives annual report to council

Friday at 8 p.m. is the rush hour for local police calls

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Come on in!

Sportsplex gates are officially open

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Asheboro’s water rates could rise to meet demands

Water, wastewater systems haven’t been upgraded in decades

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Randleman eyes moratorium on electronic gaming

City seeks to determine more specifically where they can be placed

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County residents voice concerns about influx of manufactured homes

County residents voice concerns about influx  of manufactured homes

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Commissioners OK Ramseur water funds

But not without concerns,  reflected in discussion and an eventual 4-1 vote

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New high school in Randleman, elementary in Liberty are approved

School system looks ahead with 100,000 new residents projected in next five years

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Adjustment made to complex going up on Salisbury Street

Asheboro council approves apartments 

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Randleman welcomes new fire chief back home

Brian Causey back where it all began

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Fight to stop child abuse takes cooperation

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Brightview offers help for addictions

Outpatient addiction treatment center has been open for three months

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Safety award winners are honored at banquet

NC Labor Commissioner gives his ‘thoughts on leadership’

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In Randolph County, 23 child deaths recorded in latest year available

Health department warns about adults co-sleeping with infants

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County tables Ramseur treatment plant request

Ramseur seeks upgrades  to provide 600,000 gpd  of water to Wolfspeed

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City readying water plant to address PFAS

City finds new legal representation for water permit battle

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The success of Project Safe Neighborhoods

Collaborative program is reducing violent crime in Randolph County

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Arlington Square Apartments get OK for major expansion

City Council members recognize retiring Police Chief Mark Lineberry

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Commissioners OK $1.5M for land for new RCC satellite campus

Town of Liberty welcomes RCC plan for new campus

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McDowell loses commissioner seat in primary

Incumbent finsihes third in District 5 race

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Amid questions, concerns, here’s a projects update

City Council talks Sportsplex, McCrary Park, public transportation, third fire station, more

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Oh, deer ... and cats, too

A second hunting season for deer? What to do about ‘community cats’?

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County finds new manager already in the county

Zeb Holden coming over from Archdale post to replace Hal Johnson as County Manager

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City Council OKs expansion of downtown social district

Final approval will require second vote

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Duplexes get OK on Old Liberty Road

Many questions raised as community continues to grapple with coming growth

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Lassiter leaving RCC

Takes a vice president post at Rowan-Cabarrus

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What it would mean if Zoo Parkway loses state highway designation?

“We’ll reach out to DOT  and make sure this isn’t  compromising our position.” — Trevor Nuttall, Community  Development Director

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Squatters, homeless encampments kept Code Enforcement busy in 2023

Officer reports he did nearly 200 investigations in 2023

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RCC gathering public feedback for strategic plan

Several public sessions coming up 

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Remaining coronavirus funds must be spent

Use it or lose it, Commissioners told

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RCC to create Liberty campus

‘RCC 2.0’ expansion plan includes 22-acre site in Liberty

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Surprise!

Asheboro City Schools gets $29.7M grant from state for renovations to SAMS

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Lineberry retiring as APD Chief; Brown will be promoted

Asheboro Police Chief Mark Lineberry will retire on March 1. Assistant Chief  Robbie Brown will become the new chief.

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Reid, Johnson honors highlight Chamber event

Gene Woodle is named Citizen of the Year

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Meet Randleman’s unique city management team

With city managers  hard to find, small  towns are adjusting  thanks to new ideas

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Worthville Mill burns in Randleman

Huge fire required multiple departments to respond

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More than just watching movies

Ty Brueilly looked to bring something different to his city with Sunset Film Festival

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Council OKs 350-home subdivision near Teachey

Redrawn Hillcrest  Farm plan scaled  down from 400 homes

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Downtown projects get updates

Hatchet House asks to be included in Zoo City Social District

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Hal Johnson honored as he leaves county manager post

Retiring after 48 years,  Johnson hopes to  continue to contribute

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Massie named interim county manager

Search underway for full-time county manager 

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No seat for Randolph on new mental health agency board

Commissioner says county is being slighted

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Uncertainty precedes mental health care merger

Sandhills will be absorbed in multi-agency move that will now serve Randolph and 45 other counties

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Randolph native honored in new documentary

Film to premiere at Sunset Theatre on Sundy, Jan. 14

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2024 set up to be a big year for NC Zoo

Optimistic view for local tourism in general in new year

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Petty, Caughron honored at TDA annual meeting

Randolph County Tourism Development Authority report shows big gains over Covid years

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Balancing growth, quality of life

County Manager Hal Johnson: That’s goal of new Growth Management Plan

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Missing link on Deep River Trail set for construction

Sandy Creek Bridge will fill the gap between Franklinville and Ramseur trails

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ACS one of 8 districts in state to receive NCDPI award

Receives ‘True Trailblazer Award’

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County tackles noise ordinance

First crack at updating 38-year-old law tabled, but change likely coming

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THE INVICTUS PROJECT

New anti-child trafficking initiative brings together local, state and federal agents with non-profits to catch child predators 

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Funds approved for Seagrove wastewater treatment plant design

Engineering firm asked to submit new designs

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Early voting sites chosen for March primary

Filings also begin for primary

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County considers TDA wish to be near F3EC

F3EC expected to open in 2025

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County looking to expand infrastructure

Plans for ‘most complicated’ county project laid out to Asheboro City Council

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Outgoing council member Redding given Key to the City

Joey Trogdon joins council after leading November vote

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Is that a ray of warmth gardeners feel after rezoning?

USDA puts Randolph in warmer zone. What does that mean?

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Chipotle, Eyemart, Starbucks coming to Asheboro

New businesses are in the plan for space at Asheboro Mall

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City answers questions about Trade Street project

Becoming pedestrian-friendly is the primary aim for coming changes

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‘Doodler’ wins Star cancellation art contest

First-time entrant wins competition 

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Spot picked for AFD’s third station

City also approves  purchase of new quick response truck

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Deep River State Trail is filling the gaps in Randolph County

Trail will eventually stretch from Jamestown in Guilford County to Moncure in Chatham County

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County funds some recreation projects

Help coming for Trinity  park and trail bridge

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TDA hoping to move to future ag center

Executive Director calls new facility 'a great opportunity

 Executive director calls new facility ‘a great opportunity’ for local tourism

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Local man arrested soon after robbery at First Bank

The suspect was caught in a shower in a building next door to the bank.

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Proactive approaches to homelessness

Asheboro city manager shares what he learned from gathering of city managers from other cities struggling with the same problem

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Applications accepted for Urgent Repair Program

Applications available at City Hall

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Help is on the way for at-risk veterans

Sheriff’s Office receives grant two years in the making to bring a unique idea to Randolph County: Veterans Treatment Court 

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Council, school board get new members

Other changes: New  Ramseur mayor, new  Randleman alderman

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Grant would lead to CASPN Homes renovations work

Asheboro Council approves making application

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Honoring Our Veterans event raises $25K+

Funds are used to assist veterans in their time of need

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Several incumbents lose in municipal elections

Newcomers unseat incumbents in Randolph races in Asheboro, Ramseur and Randleman.

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Toyota expands megasite plans again

What began as a $1.29 billion investment with 1,750 new jobs has ballooned to a $13.9 billion investment and an expected 5,000 jobs

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Lower water levels on Uwharrie River not a concern for now

Lake Reese being used as backup water supply

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Meet the Leadership Randolph Class of 2023

Oct. 24 ceremony marks end of year-long program

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Focus stays on key issues: Growth, homelessness

Future and present require attention now, Chamber members say

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Cone Health breaks ground on future site of MedCenter in Asheboro

Cone Health's planned cancer center will offer lots more services when it opens next year

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Downtown Asheboro Inc. updates Chamber members on current projects

City wants to hear your  ideas at Nov. 13 meeting

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Renovation or demolition?

Both options remain on table for city garden home

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City looks ahead to new emergency operations center, third fire station

Council also agrees to hunting season dates at Lake Reese

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Is Prestige making a comeback?

Bankruptcy court OKs  buyer:, the VPC Group

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City clears 18 homeless encampments

“This is not a heartless endeavor. I make sure they know there are resources accessible. I’ve only had four take me up on the offer.” — Chuck Garner, Asheboro Code Enforcement Officer

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Commissioners set vaccine fees

Board agrees to modifications to Waste Management Franchise Ordinance

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Former childcare center gets new life

New life offers some relief  in local ‘childcare desert’

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Election timetable set for Nov. 7

Remember to bring  your ID to vote,  or get one for free  through Board of  Elections office

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It's electric!

Drive Electric event hosted by NC Zoo puts EVs in spotlight

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Linda Brown leaving as Chamber president

Search begins for a new organization leader 

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Sportsplex adds onsite operation center

Field rental schedule, policies manual set; when finished, park will be open daily 8 a.m.-sunset

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Social Services prepares for new Medicaid applicants

Could begin Oct. 1;  county expected to add  12,000-14,000 to rolls

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‘This is a human problem’

Asheboro City Council focuses more discussion on homelessness situation

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Planning Board tables decision on huge development

Potential traffic issues at Teachey School cause postponement of decision

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Hal Johnson announces retirement plans

County Manager will step down at the end of the year

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Food, Farm and Family Education Center gets a builder

County Commissioners award bid for F3EC facility

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‘Like sticker shock’

Meeting on homeless reveals how deep the problems go

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Election law changes here and on the horizon

Here’s a look at what you need to know

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RCC marshaling all forces to help Klaussner employees

Randolph Community College stepping up to help laid off workers

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RCC graduates largest apprenticeship class

Next batch of apprentices signed  up and ready to go

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Zoo City Loop gets $440,000 grant

Proposed city bus route gets grant

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County OKs design of water line from PTRWA to Asheboro

County approves water line from Randleman Lake to Asheboro

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Acme-McCrary building rezoned for multiple uses to complement downtown

City Council rezones Acme-McCrary building site

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RCC hosts NCWorks events for former Klaussner Employees 

RCC hosts event for former Klaussner employees

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Tutor.com is now live through Randolph County libraries

Students throughout Randolph County now have access to Tutor.com, a live, one-to-one, online tutoring service through Randolph County Public Libraries.

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Klaussner closing elicits fond memories, heartbreak

Former owner JB Davis recalls his 42 years with the company. Employee Donald Dougan wished he could have had two more.

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Klaussner closing its doors

Klaussner had a 60-year history in Randolph County, having been founded in 1963 by Stuart Love.

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City approves amended plan for elderly apartments

City Council of Asheboro approves amended plan for elderly apartments

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Here’s the field for November elections

Here’s the field for November elections

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Randolph Health expands inpatient nephrology services

Randolph Health expands inpatient nephrology services

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County distributes opioids funds

Six of eight programs approved; Keaton’s Place, Community Hope Alliance denied

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Public comments focus on benefits and drawbacks from harm reduction strategies

Public comment during the county commissioners' meeting centered around the potential benefits or drawbacks of harm reduction strategies

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Filing period nears end for November elections

Election Day is Nov. 7

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City approves amended plan for apartments for elderly

A whole-block development of a multi-family apartment building for the elderly, first approved on May 5, 2022, has been amended to minimize environmental impacts.

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Asheboro City Council clears way for large subdivision

Project north of Zoo will create 399 units

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Wall collapses at Franklinville church

Amidst outpouring of love from community,  new pastor, church leaders continue on

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HELPS is on the way

Don’t know what is a scam and what isn’t?

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Two arrested in shootings

Two victims remain hospitalized; no motive released

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City Council passes amended budget

No one really happy with it, but leaders stress need for public safety

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‘Your chance to comment’

Here’s a wrap-up from the latest public meeting regarding the county’s Growth Management Plan

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CASPN Homes seeks grant for capital needs

Improvements sought for affordable housing on South Church Street

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‘No resting on our laurels’

EDC celebrates successful year, looks to keep the momentum going 

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Saturday night shooting in Asheboro leaves four wounded

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Salem Court; police are seeking information for the investigation

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Honoring those who were sold, forgotten

Large display of 1,200 names opens some  eyes

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County budget

Spending up, but tax  rate lower to keep taxes revenue neutral

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City budget

Tax rate increase is focus of public comments

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Time to grow the gardens

City Council finalizes master plan for Center City Garden

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Truckstop plan near Seagrove gets county boost

Changes could lead  to Love’s Travel Stop  parking in Randolph County

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413-unit subdivision off Old Cox Road?

Neighbors, developer, city wrangle with massive project

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Commissioners get answers on health services

June agenda addressed changes for hospital, jail, mental health

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County celebrates volunteers

Governor's Service Award goes to community members who work in education, Habitat for Humanity, others

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This Juneteenth, former slaves in Randolph County will be remembered

Slave deeds for 1,200 people  were found in the Register  of Deeds office

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City amends watershed regs, OKs development under new provisions

44-unit build will be adjacent to North Pointe of Asheboro Assisted Living

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Ogburn proposes budget changes, talks city tax rate for 2023

Public hearing on City Budget is this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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City budget plan includes property tax increase

Theme of Asheboro proposed budget is ‘Investing for Greatness, Building for Future’

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County budget proposed for next fiscal year

Sales tax drives budget expansion for next year

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Sunset Theatre now part of Zoo City Social District

The Zoo City Social District in downtown Asheboro is in effect only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.

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Finding common ground on opioids

Harm reduction? Faith-based initiatives? What’s the best way to spend $17M in opioid settlement money in Randolph?

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Baboon habitat reopens for first time since 2021

More additions  to the habitat opening soon

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It’s a 6-foot, 145-pound baby boy!

Zoo’s animal care team will determine when mom and calf will join the herd

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County planning needs your input

Survey, public meeting offered before update to Growth Management Plan

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TDA budget exceeds $1.5 million

Tourism Development Authority budget grows by $433,485

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Interest in Zoo City Sportplex is spiking

Calls coming in from everywhere; new logo to be unveiled next week

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RCC has new president

Dr. Shah Ardalan is coming from Texas, but has connections to the Triad

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County joins city, private donors in support of Carver Arts Academy

Tax cap, opioid-related job also discussed 

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City rezones US 64 East property

Council also given McCrary Park update

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County employees, inmates get OKs for medical clinics

Clinic will be located at the former Northgate Plaza, now owned by the county

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Confusion arises about hospital board roles

County Commissioners quiz AHS CEO Tim Ford about role of Board

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Can the Center City Garden house be saved?

Report’s conclusion is to remove structure, rebuild; council members want to preserve the historic home

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Jarrell: ‘God had his hand’ in garden project

Work on David and Pauline Jarrell Center City Garden expected to begin later this year

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TDA gets behind new park idea in Archdale

Former baseball  fields would become  new mixed-use recreational space

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Hospice to host documentary screening

May 9 showing at Sunset Theatre is free; registration encouraged

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Ramseur earns awards

League of Municipalities honors work of Ramseur leaders

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RCC reveals curriculum, academic awards

Abigail Maze, Bryson Hicks among those honored

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Post partners with CUOC to help feed the hungry

This year, Post workers  assemble food  kits for Latino community

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Shooting for the USA

Liberty man earns silver medal shooting skeet for Team USA in world competition 

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A statue for the ages

New Randleman sculpture pays tribute to Richard and Lynda Petty

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Incentive package offered to Energizer

Expansion would  mean $43 million investment, 178 new.jobs

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Earth Day at the Zoo on April 22

A Party for the Planet  ... and a way to boost gorilla conservation

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Could county museum be history?

Construction bids way are over budget

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Trade, North streets focus of Asheboro council

Groundbreaking set for David and Pauline Smith Garden on April 29

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Social Services wants you

Hiring event set for April 27

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Concerned about growth?

Express yourself at Growth Management Plan meeting on April 18

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RCC presidential candidates to visit April 17-20 

Four candidates to go through identical process, with public input

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City Council to focus on Trade Street project 

Rezoning request on Asheboro City Council agenda

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Employers earn safety awards

N.C. Department of Labor honors agencies in Randolph, Chatham counties

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Randolph Health lifts masking requirements

Requirement was due to COVID pandemic

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Senior Association inducts two into its Hall of Fame

Long-serving volunteers are honored

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Local permits no longer needed to buy pistols

Changes comes when legislature overrides Governor's veto

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Authorities: Juvenile who made bomb threat to be charged

Threat forced evacuation and closing of NC Zoo on Monday

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RCC President search narrows to four candidates

All finalists will visit for interviews the third week in April

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Boat ramp opens in Worthville

Ribbon cutting held for first boat ramp on Deep River inside of Randolph County

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City Council discusses alcohol at Sunset Theatre

Council also hears about nuisance deer

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Tourism Authority supports county history museum

Letter of support for proposed museum is headed to county commissioners' desks

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Asheboro approves apartments on East Salisbury Street

Affordable housing to be constructed at currently undeveloped site

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County approves addiction therapy program at Detention Center

County roundup: Board approves request from Sheriff's office

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Asheboro Fire Department gets top rating

State Insurance Commissioner comes to personally hand out honor

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REMC helps two departments with purchase of fire engine

Robbins, Ulah receiving zero-interest loans via USDA grants

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Zoo revamping pricing structure

Rates to be split into summer, winter levels under new plan

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One town's firefighter gear saga

With new equipment finally on its way, Randleman should avoid OSHA fines

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Child fatalities decline in county

Director of Public Health makes report on children deaths

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City OKs Golda Avenue development

New development will have 44 residences with 825 square feet of living space in each.

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Building plans unveiled for FFF Education Center

Construction could begin in October, finish in 2024; Health Department renovations also ready to roll

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Zoo's elephant moved to sanctuary

Artie the elephant is moved to Tennessee for health reasons

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Back on track

US 42 widening project is on again; US 64 / NC 49 project ramping up 

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Randolph Schools get state's first electric school bus

North Carolina's first all-electric bus will serve a route in southern Randolph County

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Tourism board supports proposed Asheboro greenway

The Tourism Authority board lends its approval to a proposed greenway in Asheboro

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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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