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Scott Witten

Position: Editor
E-Mail Address: switten@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-865-4179, 910-843-4631

Latest Stories by Scott Witten

Red Springs budget keeps tax rate

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday night to a adopt an $11.3 million budget that does not call for an increase in property taxes. Under the new budget, which will take effect July 1, the ad valorem tax rate for 2015-16 remains at 64 cents per $100 valuation, meaning the owner of a $100,000 home

Judge dismisses Buie contempt case

RED SPRINGS — A judge has ruled that the Red Springs Police Department will not be held in criminal contempt of court over accusations that it withheld evidence from a commission looking into the innocence of a man accused in a 1983 killing, town officials said. Town Attorney Neil Yarborough announced the court's decision during Tuesday's me

This is the third of three profiles of cancer survivors in advance of the annual Relay for Life, which began this morning today. It's website is at relayforlife.org/robesonnc — editor.
ST. PAULS — When Ghee Johnson's colon cancer returned after two years in remission, the St. Pauls commissioner didn't fall into despair.
“I can't

A survivor's story

This is the third of three profiles of cancer survivors in advance of the annual Relay for Life, which began this morning today. It's website is at relayforlife.org/robesonnc — editor. ST. PAULS — When Ghee Johnson's colon cancer returned after two years in remission, the St. Pauls commissioner didn't fall into despair. “I can't

ST. PAULS — James Sanderson, a former St. Pauls police chief, is being remembered as a dedicated lawman proficient in uniform as well as in front of the classroom.
Sanderson, who was 69, died on Friday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh.
“I really hate to hear of his passing,” St. Pauls Mayor Gordon Wes

Former police chief Sanderson passes

ST. PAULS — James Sanderson, a former St. Pauls police chief, is being remembered as a dedicated lawman proficient in uniform as well as in front of the classroom. Sanderson, who was 69, died on Friday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh. “I really hate to hear of his passing,” St. Pauls Mayor Gordon Wes

St. Pauls budget hearing June 11

ST. PAULS — St. Pauls taxpayers will not see a repeat of last year's increase to property taxes, thanks in part to Sanderson Farms' decision to build here, town officials say. Town Administrator J. R. Steigerwald has recommended that St. Pauls' ad valorem rate remain at 65 cents per $100 valuation, which means the owner of a $100,000 home wo

Towns pause on Monday to honor nation's war dead

ST. PAULS — All gave some, but Memorial Day is about those who gave all. The holiday, anchored on the final Monday in May, is rooted in Decoration Day, which was established shortly after the Civil War as a way to commemorate the 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in battle. Decoration Day expanded to include casual

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Night Out was conceived as a car show that would highlight the downtown business district.
But at least one downtown merchant, Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls, said the event hurts his business more than it helps.
Joe Sugar, whose grandfather started the men's clothing store in 1916, said participants

Shop owner says car show driving his business away

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Night Out was conceived as a car show that would highlight the downtown business district. But at least one downtown merchant, Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls, said the event hurts his business more than it helps. Joe Sugar, whose grandfather started the men's clothing store in 1916, said participants

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel.
On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows.
Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge, of Lumber Bridge, with the accident that occurred at about

Trailer crashes into clothing store

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel. On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows. Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge, of Lumber Bridge, with the accident that occurred at about

ST. PAULS — Nearly 100 people packed the R.E. Hooks Community Building last week to hear journalist Scott Mason talk about the stories he has collected while traveling to across North Carolina.
Mason, the guest speaker at the 58th annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Banquet, said his “favorite story is his next story.”
Mason re

Garrett honored with McCormick Award

ST. PAULS — Nearly 100 people packed the R.E. Hooks Community Building last week to hear journalist Scott Mason talk about the stories he has collected while traveling to across North Carolina. Mason, the guest speaker at the 58th annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Banquet, said his “favorite story is his next story.” Mason re

LUMBERTON — Dymone Coe of Lumberton was recently crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015.
Coe is senior at Lumberton High School and the daughter of Derick and Sharon Coe.
She was among six contestants competing for the title during the May 16 pageant.
The other students were Tyron Alford, a junior at Lumberton High School; Kayla MDougald-Davis, a ju

Lumberton teen takes Jabberwock crown

LUMBERTON — Dymone Coe of Lumberton was recently crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015. Coe is senior at Lumberton High School and the daughter of Derick and Sharon Coe. She was among six contestants competing for the title during the May 16 pageant. The other students were Tyron Alford, a junior at Lumberton High School; Kayla MDougald-Davis, a ju

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are typically known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel.
On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows.
Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge of Lumber Bridge for the accident that occurred at

Trailer crashes into Joe Sugar's window

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are typically known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel. On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows. Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge of Lumber Bridge for the accident that occurred at

Town wins sewer grant

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs officials have learned the town will receive a $2.25 million Community Development Block Grant to make repairs to Red Springs' sewer system. “This is wonderful news,” Mayor John McNeill said. “We expect that grant to help us in a number of ways, but the big thing it should do is assist us dealing w

RED SPRINGS — Carolyn Jones has always had a knack for helping children.
Even before she became a Head Start teacher, she was chaperoning children on church trips or organizing games for her children's friends in her own back yard.
Jones was recognized recently for her work as an educator and mentor when she was named the 2015 Teacher of th

Red Springs Head Start teacher wins state honor

RED SPRINGS — Carolyn Jones has always had a knack for helping children. Even before she became a Head Start teacher, she was chaperoning children on church trips or organizing games for her children's friends in her own back yard. Jones was recognized recently for her work as an educator and mentor when she was named the 2015 Teacher of th

ST. PAULS — Dymone Coe of Lumberton was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015 on Saturday.
Coe is senior at Lumberton High School and the daughter of Derick and Sharon Coe.
She was among six contestants competing for the title.
The other students were Tyron Alford, a junior at Lumberton High School; Kayla MDougald-Davis, a junior at Lumberton High

St. Pauls hosts Jabberwock

ST. PAULS — Dymone Coe of Lumberton was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015 on Saturday. Coe is senior at Lumberton High School and the daughter of Derick and Sharon Coe. She was among six contestants competing for the title. The other students were Tyron Alford, a junior at Lumberton High School; Kayla MDougald-Davis, a junior at Lumberton High

No contempt against officers

GOLDSBORO — Red Springs' police chief and a police captain will not be held in criminal contempt of court for failing to turn over a box of evidence related to the 1983 killing of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie, according to the town mayor. Town officials were in Wayne County court last week to explain why Chief Ronnie Patterson and Capt. Kevin Lo

St. Pauls to seek grants for sewer work

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to seek the first of three grants for sewer improvements that will benefit Sanderson Farms. J.R. Steigerwald, town administrator, said the town plans to seek $820,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation for improvements to two pump stations and the replacement of major sewer o

Public hearing on proposed budget planned Thursday

RED SPRINGS —There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 budget on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Town Manager James Bennett presented his proposed $11.3 million budget to the town board during workshops in April and earlier this month. The commissioners are expected to adopt the plan at their June 2 meeting. The proposed budge

Town awarded $2.25 million for sewer rehabilitation work

RED SPRINGS —Town officials are “ecstatic” to have received a $2.25 million Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate Red Springs' sanitary sewer system. Officials, who learned of the award on Friday, say they hope the proposed improvements will reduce the amount of mercury in the town's wastewater. “This is wonder

ST. PAULS — Jeff Walters knows how important the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce is to his hometown, and he wants to make sure everyone else knows.
Walters, a St. Pauls native who has served as Lumbee Guaranty Bank branch manager in St. Pauls for two years, was sworn in as the new chamber president on Friday. He said it is one of his missions

Walters sworn in as St. Pauls Chamber President on Friday

ST. PAULS — Jeff Walters knows how important the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce is to his hometown, and he wants to make sure everyone else knows. Walters, a St. Pauls native who has served as Lumbee Guaranty Bank branch manager in St. Pauls for two years, was sworn in as the new chamber president on Friday. He said it is one of his missions

RED SPRINGS — When Timothy Peterkin decided to open a law firm in his native Red Springs, he said one of the biggest roadblocks was finding office space.
Peterkin wants to remove that obstacle for other new businesses. He has started what he said is a business incubator inside the same building that houses his law practice.
“One half

Business incubator heats up

RED SPRINGS — When Timothy Peterkin decided to open a law firm in his native Red Springs, he said one of the biggest roadblocks was finding office space. Peterkin wants to remove that obstacle for other new businesses. He has started what he said is a business incubator inside the same building that houses his law practice. “One half





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