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Voting gets quick start

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LUMBERTON — Early voting for the May 6 primary election got off to a quick start today with close to 40 voters casting their ballots by 9 a.m. at the Board of Elections office in Lumberton.Early voting sites were also open in Fairmont, Maxton and Pembroke, but The Robesonian was unable to get any information on how voting was going there.“We’re off to a good start,” said Tina Bledsoe, an elections technician with the Board of Elections. “One voter actually danced up to the ballot box.”Bledsoe said that when the doors to the polls opened at 8:15 a.m., there were already a few voters in line waiting to cast their ballots. She said so far, so good.

 

Taxpayers fund school basketball factory

A recent report that a basketball coach in North Carolina was busy evaluating overseas players isn’t all that unusual. Professional teams do it all the time. But this wasn’t the head of an NBA team or even a major college program.This coach recruiting players abroad is at a charter school in Winston-Salem, funded by state taxpayers to provide an education to North Carolina students.The school is Quality Education Academy and the coach is Isaac Pitts, who rece...

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Slugfest Day 3 results and all-tournament teams

Baseball bracketMondayFreedom Christian 3, Lumberton 2Purnell Swett 8, St. Pauls 4Fairmont 11, South Robeson 5Red Springs 4, West Bladen 2TuesdayPurnell Swett 7, Freedom Christian 4Fairmont 13, Red Springs 3Lumberton 11, St. Pauls 0South Robeson 6, West Bladen 2Wednesday5th: Lumberton 11, South R...

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GOP Senate hopeful Harris touts leadership, values during quick stop

LUMBERTON — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Harris believes it’s time for statesmen, and not professional politicians, to take over the leadership of government.“We need men and women in Washington who understand the Constitution,” Harris told a small gathering of GOP faithful Wednesday during a brief campaign stop at the Republican headquarters in Lumberton. “We need men and women who will operate within that document, and if they see others in Wa...

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A true read on economic hotspots

RALEIGH — Where are America’s economic hotspots?If you answer that question based solely on what politicians or pundits say, you might well get it wrong. You might think that Sunbelt states consistently outperform Frostbelt states, or that California’s economy is a basket case. And if your media diet is limited enough, you might think that North Carolina’s recent economic performance has been lackluster or even poor.None of these propositions is s...

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Woods holds rally for re-election Friday

MAXTON — A rally to support the re-election of Noah Woods, District 4 representative on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, will be held at 5 p.m Friday at Moores Chain Saw Service in Maxton.Woods, the chairman of the board, is being challenged by Faline Locklear Dial in the May 6 primary.Free chicken bog will be available. The public is invited.

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Maxton plans litter sweep on Saturday

MAXTON — Maxton is tidying up the town on Saturday and the director of Public Works is hopeful that a lot of volunteers will turn out for the event.“We will be picking up roadside litter,” said Sheldon McNair. “There’s a big trash problem in the town. It’s amazing how much paper can accumulate.”McNair said that Public Works employees recently targeted litter along the sides of roadways on a couple of Fridays and were able to fill...

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Sensational Swett

RED SPRINGS — The No. 2 seed didn’t necessarily show it, but the Purnell Swett baseball team looked at itself as a bit of an underdog entering the 2014 Robeson County Slugfest baseball tournament.After starting the season with eight straight wins, things turned for the worse as the Rams fell to 2-6 in conference play and entered the tournament on a four-game losing streak.“I don’t think anybody but who’s inside the program knows the roller c...

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$100,000 question

The timing of the request by Paul Brooks, the chairman of the Lumbee Tribal Government, for $100,000 from the county Board of Commissioners to help develop the N.C. Indian Cultural Center, coming 15 days before an election, ensures only one thing — that the ball will be kicked down the road.Commissioner Raymond Cummings was right to suggest that this conversation be had during budget talks, which will occur after the May 6 primary and in advance of the new fiscal year, which ...

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Crime report

TheftsRichard Radlo, of 10th Street, West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Tuesday that someone stole his white Persian cat, valued at $2,500, while he was staying at Royal Inn on Lackey Street in Lumberton, according to a police report.Tammy Young, of South Elwell Ferry Road, Council, reported Tuesday that someone stole her $20 wallet containing $60 in cash and $25 in bank and identification cards at CiCi’s Pizza on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, accor...

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Fairmont man faces cocaine charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man was arrested Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies found cocaine in his home, according to Randall Graham, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.Elvis Sweat, 53, is charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.Sweat was under investigation “for several weeks” by deputies after they received complaints of drug activity at his Coward Drive home, Graham said. Sweat was arrested Tuesday at about 3 p....

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Gov. McCrory leading like a mayor

Pat McCrory has been governor of North Carolina for 15 months now but he still doesn’t seem to have a handle on the position.He does have one part of the job down. McCrory is always headed somewhere to cut a ribbon or tour a factory or get his haircut in a small town barbershop. He looks good on the videos his office produces and in the pictures they post of him on social media.Many of his public appearances on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons are in his homet...

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Sandford Hunt

Sanford HuntFAIRMONT — Sanford James “S.J.” Hunt, 87, of Fairmont, died April 21, 2014, at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. The funeral will be 4 p.m. Friday at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday before the service.

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RCC faces budget cuts

LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College will be expected to do more with less money if projected state funding cuts take effect when the new fiscal year begins July 1, according to Pamela Hilbert, the college’s president.According to Hilbert, as the college prepares its budget for the new year, RCC could be operating with $1.9 million, or 9.8 percent, less than during the current fiscal year. The projected amount of state funding the college will receive in the upcoming f...

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Wingate president to retire

WINGATE. (AP) — The president of Wingate University says he plans to retire from the job in May 2015.Jerry McGee made the announcement on Tuesday. His retirement will mark the end of a 23-year tenure as president.Under McGee’s leadership, Wingate has secured hundreds of millions in gifts and grants for scholarships and campus development. The school also attained university status and nearly tripled enrollment.McGee also officiated 404 college foot...

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Back for more

RED SPRINGS — The Purnell Swett baseball team didn’t enter the 2014 Robeson County Slugfest on the streak it had hoped. In the eight games prior to the tournament, the Rams had gone 2-6 in league play with four straight losses.But Tuesday made coach Bryan McDonald a bit happier as the Rams beat Freedom Christian 7-4 to advance to the Slugfest championship game for the second year in a row.“This is the best ball game we’ve played in three weeks,...

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2014 Slugfest Day 2 Box Scores

Baseball bracketMondayFreedom Christian 3, Lumberton 2Purnell Swett 8, St. Pauls 4Fairmont 11, South Robeson 5Red Springs 4, West Bladen 2TuesdayPurnell Swett 7, Freedom Christian 4Fairmont 13, Red Springs 3Lumberton 11, St. Pauls 0South Robeson 6, West Bladen 2 Today5th place, 1 p.m.L...

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Child faces hard future after abuse

LAURINBURG — During his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant attention.When Audrey Blades noticed that her son had developed a lazy eye and wouldn’t eat, she rushed him to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,” Blades said.Now, at 4 months old, Charlie requires a ventilator. He is blind and his brain ...

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