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Nov. 5, 2021: Soft launch for AlleganyPlayground.com

November 2, 2021 — Throughout the global pandemic that began in early 2020, people near and far have been working hard to come up with ways to play (inside or outside) in a safe environment. Americans flocked to the great outdoors in record numbers in 2020 and 2021, as doing so was a natural way to socially distance while having fun with friends and family. Some people found habits tried and true were great; others enjoyed learning new skills and sports.

This site, which began in 2014, will be rededicated and retooled beginning today to cover a bit of the folks who live, work and play in Allegany County area and surrounding Western Maryland area. Let’s be clear about expectations: This site won’t have write-ups, photos and videos of everything there is that is going on around here. Meeting that standard would require a full-time staff and some funding, neither of which is currently on hand. However, in whatever spare time available, the site’s author, Kevin Spradlin, will do the best he can with his 19 years of experience in community journalism — and friends and friends-yet-to-be can submit information to the site when their time permits. Much of it might be while Spradlin follows his active children, ages 12 and 8, to their various events.

Want to submit a news release of something that is about to happen, or results or wrap-up of something that has happened? Great! Check out the How to submit a news item and follow the steps. It’s that easy.

Okay, gotta go. My 12-year-old has a soccer game soon.

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March 29, 2018 — The Piedmont Post of NC, doing business as The Piedmont Post, launches. The goal is to complement the Northwest Observer by providing timely, daily digital access to news, information and events of people who live, work and play in and around Northwest Guilford County in North Carolina. The Piedmont Post is in no way affiliated with the Northwest Observer. Questions? Email news@piedmontpostnc.com and ask away.

* * * From 8.2017 – 12.2017 * * * 

From August to December 2017, the site was used as a platform on which to publish a handful of stories written by the owner that were classroom assignments in the Fall 2017 semester at Frostburg (Md.) State University.

Beginning Nov. 16, 2015, PeeDeePost.com and The Pee Dee Post is being converted to serve a new audience. The people in and around Frostburg, Md., deserve coverage of news, sports and community events at an affordable cost — and businesses deserve effective advertising options at prices that won’t break the bank.

Welcome to the Potomac Valley Herald, a locally owned dedicated outlet here to document the people in and around Frostburg, Maryland. We’re here to serve your editorial and advertising needs. Call 910-331-4130 or send an email to peedeepost@gmail.com with questions, concerns, details on upcoming events and more.

* * * From 4.28.2014 – 7.11.2015 * * *

PeeDeePost.com launched on April 28, 2014. We’re excited to begin covering the people, news and events in and around Richmond County, North Carolina. We’re not from here, but this is a place we choose to call home.

The Pee Dee Post and its Internet home, PeeDeePost.com, aims to be your daily news source for all things Richmond County.

We won’t get to everything — no one can — but what we do get to will be covered accurately and available to you in a timely manner. Our ability to do this is by offering a high-value package of news and sports coverage supported primarily by paid advertising along with other, smaller revenue streams.

Why advertise with us? We’re growing. From May 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2014, PeeDeePost.com averaged more than 40,000 individual readers each month. There is tremendous upside to this project. There is no (and won’t be a) paywall, which means your news, columns and advertising will be available to anyone and everyone who visits PeeDeePost.com.

Proud member of the following organizations:

Rockingham Downtown Corporation

Richmond County Chamber of Commerce

Radio Television Digital News Association

Online News Association

** Founder of The Pee Dee Post Community Scholarship
** A proud corporate sponsor of the Richmond Raiders Marching Band (2014-15). Go Raiders!
** A proud benefactor of Richmond Community Theatre (2014-15)
** A proud corporate sponsor for the Relay for Life of Richmond County (2015)
** A proud corporate sponsor of the Celebrate! Events Showcase (August 2014)
** A proud corporate sponsor of the Holy Smoke BBQ Music Festival, Rockingham (September 2014)
** A proud corporate sponsor of the Allison Butler Memorial 5K run/walk (November 2014)
** Official media sponsor of the Derby 50K (November 2014 and 2015)
** A proud corporate sponsor of Octavia Plays (December 2014)
** Official timer for the 24th annual Ellerbe Marathon (March 2015)
** Individual member of the Richmond County Historical Society (2015)

* * * How we’re funded * * * 

The Pee Dee Post is funded in four ways — through (as of April 3, 2015) display advertising, classified advertising, paid obituaries and through individual contributions from readers like you. Click here for reasons to support a locally owned and operated independent news outlet.

Tax forms and audits will be published here beginning in 2016. For now, though, we are pleased to offer the transparency of showing readers the names of individuals or businesses that have funded The Pee Dee Post in the amount of $1,000 or more. Those funders included: Richmond Community College, Murphy Chiropractice and Wellness.

* * * Who we are * * * 

Our office

It has been a gas station, a hair salon, a real estate office. It almost became some sort of ice cream shop. And now it’s home to the staff of a digital newspaper. We’ll bet that no one thought of that in 1943.

Photo courtesy of Glenda Moore Sherrill via "I Grew Up in Rockingham, NC. What's Your Excuse" Facebook forum. The image shows the Sinclair gas station — the PeeDeePost.com office — as it appeared in c. 1943.

Photo courtesy of Glenda Moore Sherrill via “I Grew Up in Rockingham, NC. What’s Your Excuse” Facebook forum.
The image shows William S. Moore at the Sinclair gas station — the PeeDeePost.com office — as it appeared in c. 1943.



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