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Sandhills411 Breaking News from AC Sandhills: AC Sandhills (ACS) named two accomplished soccer coaches with international playing experience to interim soccer leadership positions today. Julio Penalillo, who has served as ACS Technical Director since 2015, is now the interim Director of Soccer. He will direct all facets of ACS soccer while the club’s board of directors conducts a search for a permanent Director of Soccer. A former Peruvian National Team player who holds a national C license, Penalillo enjoyed a stellar professional career spanning from 1994 to 2002 with stops in Peru, Chile and Canada. His coaching stints include Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Virginia and the Richmond Strikers Soccer Club. “Julio’s work over the past three years in our academy has been phenomenal,” said Michael Martin, ACS President. “He is a natural leader.” On Monday, Godfrey Miller joins AC Sandhills as interim Director of Classic Soccer. The former Liberian National team member played in World Cup qualifying matches, and he was captain and 2000 graduate of Saint Augustine College (Raleigh). Miller has a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration. He played internationally from 2001 to 2006 with stops in Germany, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. Miller’s coaching credentials include N.C. State University (2007-08 men’s assistant), Wake Technical Community College (first men’s head coach, 2008-2011) and University of Mount Olive (Division II, 2011-2015). He was most recently Director of Coaching at Wake FC in Raleigh. “Godfrey is respected in North Carolina soccer coaching circles,” Martin said. “His passion is infectious. When he speaks, athletes listen and learn.” For more information on the club, visit or call (910) 944-9042. #OrangeLife
Pinecrest Athletics Club All Season Sports Pass go on sale Monday July 23rd in the main office at Pinecrest HS. This pass will get you into all regular season home games* for all Pinecrest Sports. Over 150 regular Season Home Games on schedule for 2018-2019 School Year. Student Passes on Sale for $40 Until August 23 after 8/23 Price is $60. Single Adult Pass $100, Family of Four (4) $250. Any Questions call AD Jeff Hewitt 910-692-6554., PAC President Fred Van Steen 910-639-9057.
(* Post season play, playoffs or tournament play all patrons will have to pay admission)
Sandhills Sentinel NEWS AROUND THE STATE for Friday, July 20:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal jury has rejected claims that the former warden of one of North Carolina's most dangerous prisons bears responsibility for life-threatening threats posed by inmates and even guards in the gang-infested lockup.

Jurors in Charlotte decided Thursday that former Lanesboro Correctional Institution superintendent Lawrence Parsons wasn't responsible for the violence endangering inmates.

Lawyers for convicted killer Stacey Wynn had argued that during Parsons' tenure, violent inmates frequently attacked other prisoners with knives and officials often failed to find the weapons. Investigators found a collection of bloody blades hidden in the ceiling of the office used by one of Parsons' unit managers.

The lawsuit is the first of five by inmates who say Lanesboro's leaders allowed or even encouraged prisoners to attack other inmates.

STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A veteran North Carolina sheriff's deputy was killed after his motorcycle collided with a colleague's patrol car.

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell told news outlets Deputy Justin Betts was headed west on a road outside of Statesville on Wednesday and 23-year veteran Cpl. Bill Wood was traveling east.

Campbell said Betts slowed to turn into a parking lot and drove his car in front of Wood, leading to the collision. Emergency personnel performed CPR on Wood, but couldn't revive him.

Betts was not hurt.

Campbell said Betts has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

The sheriff said Wood had been a county employee since 1993, when he began work at Iredell County Emergency Communications as a dispatcher. He joined the sheriff's office in 2007.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A longtime North Carolina campaign finance number-cruncher wants the state elections board to scrutinize an appeals court judge's campaign committee.

Bob Hall founded and led Democracy North Carolina until his recent retirement. He wrote Thursday asking the board to audit and investigate the Phil Berger Jr. committee's finances in 2016. The son of Republican Senate leader Phil Berger was elected to the Court of Appeals that year for an eight-year term.

Hall says he has information indicating two individuals didn't make donations that campaign filings say they made, and called a third donation "suspicious." He also thinks there are missing expenditures from Berger's fundraising events.

The judge didn't return a phone message at his court office seeking comment. There was no response to an email sent through his campaign's website.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants President Donald Trump to draw back recent tariff increases, saying an escalating trade war is already hurting state farmers and companies that rely on aluminum and steel.

Cooper wrote a letter Thursday to the president telling him retaliatory tariffs against U.S. products by other countries resulting from the administration's increases stand to harm several North Carolina commodity exports.

Cooper mentioned specifically pork heading to Mexico and China and tobacco going to Turkey, China and the European Union. He says North Carolina exports of these products alone to the affected regions are $550 million annually.

The governor says rising prices for all U.S. steel and aluminum also increases costs for anyone who uses them in their production processes.

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed days after he shot and wounded a North Carolina sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop.

News outlets report the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said 51-year-old Kerry Edwin Townsend shot a deputy just below his safety vest during the stop last Sunday.

The sheriff's office said Townsend and a woman in the car with him fled the scene. They were tracked down at a house on Tuesday, where investigators say Townsend fired a pistol at deputies. The deputies returned fire and killed him.

The woman, 40-year-old Stephanie Lee Sipes, is charged with accessory after the fact to felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Sipes is jailed on a $1 million bond. Her attorney declined comment Thursday.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says two fishermen whose boat overturned off the North Carolina coast have been rescued.

A news release said the wife of one of the men called for help Tuesday after reporting that the generator on their boat wasn't working and the men were trying to find a safe place in deteriorating conditions.

The Coast Guard said the men had departed Ocracoke that morning and were planning to shrimp in Pamlico Sound before unloading their catch in Engelhard.

The news release said a helicopter crew located the overturned 35-foot fishing boat about 4 miles south of Wysocking Bay. Another mariner reported a debris field about 7 miles northeast of the boat's location. The aircrew found both men Wednesday clinging to debris. They were taken to a hospital.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government has issued another block of debt from $2 billion in borrowing voters backed in a 2016 referendum.

State Treasurer Dale Folwell's office says about $400 million in debt was purchased Wednesday on the bond market at an interest rate of slightly under 2.9 percent. That will require state interest payments of $163 million.

The $2 billion "Connect NC" package is going to construction projects for universities, community colleges, parks, other government buildings and infrastructure improvements. The first $200 million in bonds have already been issued.

The nation's three leading bond agencies re-affirmed North Carolina's top credit rating before this week's sale. The triple-A ratings help keep borrowing expenses low and usually reflect positive views of the state's fiscal management and its ability to cover future revenue shortfalls.

FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say a man was shot and killed in a confrontation with police at a drug store.

News outlets report Fletcher police cited witnesses who said the unidentified suspect entered the CVS store through the front door Wednesday and went to a back room.

Police Chief Erik Summey said it was in the back of the store that the man was confronted by six officers. Summey said the man displayed a gun and was told by officers to drop it. When he didn't the man was shot. The chief said emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Summey said investigators are working with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to determine why the man entered the store armed and what his intent might have been.

Today: 84/71, clouds and breaks of sun
Saturday: 90/72, times of clouds and sun
Sunday: 88/72, partly sunny, a t-storm

Thought for Today: "The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class." — Neil Armstrong, American astronaut (1930-2012).

Copyright 2018, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Sunrise in the Sandhills Good morning -- it's Friday July 20, 2018 -- National Moonwalk Day. It was 49 years ago today that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon. How is it possible it was that long ago? We remember watching, fascinated, as those first steps were taken... Now, here's your Sunrise News from WIOZ:

A drug bust in Hoke County netted more than a pound of methamphetamine, 29 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a handgun... and resulted in the arrest of Darius Deon McNair on charges of trafficking in meth and cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintenance of a dewelling for controlled substances. AberdeenTimes-dot-com reports McNair is being held at the Hoke County Jail on one million dollar bond.

Two people have been arrested in Fayetteville after candy and cookies containing marijuana were found at a daycare center. WRAL-dot-com reports 32-year-old Reshod Everett, the co-operator of the daycare, along with 34-year-old Victoria Everett, are now facing numerous charges in the case. Police seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, as well as gummies and cookies containing the drug, cocaine, heroin, and six guns.

A Hoke County detention officer was fired this week after his arrest on child pornography charges... WRAL-dot-com reports 23-year-old Dustin Quinn Locklear of Raeford was charged with five counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree exploitation of a minor. He's in the Hoke County Jail on 200-thousand dollars bond.

(AP) – Governor Roy Cooper wants President Trump to draw back recent tariff increases, saying an escalating trade war is already hurting state farmers and companies that rely on aluminum and steel. Cooper wrote a letter Thursday to the president telling him retaliatory tariffs against U.S. products by other countries resulting from the administration's increases stand to harm several North Carolina commodity exports.

The State of North Carolina will receive 16-point-8 million dollars from FEMA to fund seven projects to aid communities that were hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. WRAL-dot-com reports the funds will go to elevating, removing or reconstructing homes in Fair Bluff and Windsor, and in Johnston, Pender, Robeson and Wayne counties.

With back-to-school season approaching, health officials are reminding North Carolinians to ensure their preteens and teenagers are current on their vaccinations. DHHS is partnering with the North Carolina Pediatric Society and the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians for a month-long awareness campaign to help ensure that school-age children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

A fire broke out at a used tire store in Spring Lake yesterday. The fire started shortly after noon and was put out within an hour but as WRAL-dot-com reports, the resulting black plumes of smoke could be seen for miles. Crews from Spring Lake, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, and other local fire departments rotated in and out to deal with the intense heat and smoke. No injuries were reported.

Today: Increasing clouds, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms... High near 87.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon... High near 87.
Sandhills411 Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced the arrest of two men for breaking and entering a residence in the Robbins area of Moore County. On July 18th, 2018 deputies arrested Kevin Wayne Crabtree, age 35, of Carthage. Crabtree was charged with one count of felony breaking and entering. He was placed in the Moore County Detention Center under an $80,000 secured bond and given a July 24th, 2018 District Court date. On July 19th, 2018 deputies arrested Corey Tyler Hussey, age 18, of Cameron. Hussey was charged with one count of felony breaking and entering and one count of felony possession of firearm by convicted felon. He was placed in the Moore County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond and given an August 14th, 2018 District Court date. All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law
Aberdeen Times 8 Displaced By Mobile Home Fire Tuesday Outside Vass… now on the Accident & Fires feature section in AberdeenTimes.Com

(Note - originally reported as 7 people being displaced, this article was updated to reflect a change to 8 people with 2 adults and 6 children)

A GoFundMe page has been established to try and provide assistance to this family and is listed here
Aberdeen Times Moore County Board Of Commissioners July 17th Meeting Highlights… now on the Local Government News feature section in AberdeenTimes.Com
Sandhills Sentinel The school’s construction is scheduled to be completed by May of next year just in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
Sandhills Sentinel During the ceremony, a paver will be dedicated to Specialist Chris Harris who was killed in Afghanistan last year one week after learning that his wife, Britt, was expecting their first child.
Sandhills Sentinel "Duke Energy Carolinas rate cut means increase for households" now at

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