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Site near Converse picked for industry-recruitment study

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LUMBERTON — The Robeson County’s economic developer is banking on participation in Duke Energy’s 2014 Site Readiness Program to attract an industrial or manufacturing business to a 257-acre tract of former farmland in Lumberton near the old Converse plant.“This site is centrally located and all infrastructure is in place,” Cummings said. “It’s centrally located, isolated and has access to rail, which is something many businesses looking today for a place to locate or expand want.”

 

Developer touts plans for abandoned Sara Lee plant

MAXTON — The owner of the site of the former Sara Lee distribution facility on U.S. 74 near Maxton told town commissioners on Tuesday that he wants to develop the property into a food distribution and research facility.

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McCory picks April 15 to hype tax-plan benefits

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and his fiscal allies used Tuesday’s tax-filing deadline to highlight a tax overhaul passed last summer that they say will benefit most North Carolina residents — either by leaving more money in their wallets or providing them with new jobs. But critics insist most people will see higher taxes and government services still hindered by cash shortages.McCrory, Republican lawmakers and representatives of conservative think tanks participate...

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Fairmont plans May Day celebration

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents won’t have to wait until the Fourth of July for the town’s next festival.The Fairmont Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday night gave a thumbs up to the May Day Fun Festival, which will be held on May 31 downtown, and also approved beer sales for the event.“It brings the town and the people together,” Commissioner Terry Evans said. “We’re always doing that in Lumberton, let’...

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Candidates forum Thursday at library

LUMBERTON — The Unified Robeson County NAACP, Democracy N.C. and the Lumberton Robeson Leadership Black Caucus will hold a candidate forum on Thurday.Candidates running for sheriff, clerk of court, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and state Senate have been invited as well as Rep. Charles Graham and Antonio Blue, the mayor of Dobbins Heights in Richmond County.The forum, which is open to the public, will be held at the Robeson County Public Library’s...

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RCC unanimously nixes land deal

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County trustees on Monday unanimously voted to turn down a request from COMtech Park to sell or trade some prime property it owns at the park’s entrance so that the COMtech can move forward with plans to establish a Business Support Center.Noah Woods, the chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and a trustee at the college, abstained. The county had lobbied trustees in favor of COMtech’s request, with County Manager Ricky Harr...

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Gala recalls the Roaring 20s

LUMBERTON — If anyone wandered into the back of Candy Sue’s restaurant on Saturday, they may have thought they had stepped out of a time machine.For the night, the downtown eatery became a speakeasy, complete with a big band, couples doing the jitterbug — and a concoction called Giggle Water.The Roaring on the River Gala signalled the end of the Great Getaway, a series of 1920s-themed events put on by the Robeson County Arts Council. Before the party, r...

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City OKs design for new shelter

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Monday night unanimously voted to accept an over-budget bid for construction of an emergency shelter and soup kitchen downtown so that the building be redesigned in order to lower costs.The council, meeting as the Council Policy Committee, on Wednesday had approved the $1,218,000 bid from Central Builders. The bid is more than $100,000 above the the amount of grant money available for the project.Accepting the bid allows th...

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