Richmond County

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A judge’s order curbs right of press and public to record county commission meetings

BY: - October 11, 2023

Willam Toler, managing editor of The Richmond Observer, craned his arm to stretch his phone’s vantage point, framing up a picture of a woman describing her concerns about animal ordinances to the Richmond County Board of Commissioners. After he took the photo, Toler returned his phone to the ledge beside the lectern, recording the rest […]

Hamlet residents: “We don’t want to be crash test dummies” for facility that would process creosote-treated railroad ties

BY: - March 2, 2021

Comment period ends March 3 for International Tie Disposal site, proposed for an environmental justice community Barbara Brealy has attended Marks Creek Presbyterian Church in Hamlet all of her 80 years. Since last May, Brealy and her fellow 92 congregants — a third of them older than 65 — have attended Sunday services outside, forced out of their pews by the pandemic. The notion that they and future generations of churchgoers could be subjected to more than 100 tons of pollution from a proposed nearby facility did not sit well with her.

Where climate change is wreaking havoc: the 10 hottest counties in North Carolina

BY: - January 19, 2018

This post has been corrected to read that Elias Carr was governor of North Carolina in 1895, not William Umstead, who was born that year. Three degrees might not seem like much, but when the temperature departs that far from the yearly average, something is amiss. That something — climate change — contributed to dramatically […]

Citing a lack of public input, Southern Environmental Law Center challenges DEQ’s air permit to wood-pellet maker Enviva

BY: - May 9, 2017

[dropcap] A [/dropcap] long Highway 177 lies Dobbins Heights, a small, predominantly African-American community, on the northern edge of Hamlet. The main drag features a community center and a series of modest, tidy homes, as well as quite a few that are collapsing into themselves. The CSX rail line parallels the neighborhood. The trains and an […]