LUMBERTON — A local attorney and member of the Robeson County Board of Elections plans to open a convenience store with a grill and gas pumps in the Wakulla community, and on Monday he got the county’s permission to move ahead.
“Every community has a place for its residents to go to gather, eat, or whatever,” Daniel Locklear told the Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday. “That’s really the goal — to establish a store with a grill in it for the community to get out and gather. It’s a place that can serve as an identity for the community.”
The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a request by Locklear and his wife Ginger to rezone four acres of a 49-acre tract in Smiths from Residential Agricultural to Highway Commercial so that the plan for the convenience store can move forward. The tract to be rezoned is on the corner of N.C. 71 and Oxendine School Road.
Locklear said that the site is about a mile from where he grew up.
The commissioners on Monday also held a public hearing and then approved incentives for an industry that is considering locating in Robeson County.
Greg Cummings, the county’s economic developer and industrial recruiter, said the industry — identified only as “Project Tide” — would invest $9 million and create 184 jobs in the county. The average wage would be $12.50 an hour, plus benefits, Cummings said.
The commissioners voted unanimously to offer the company Level III incentives, which would give the industry a 100 percent, four-year break on property taxes.
Commissioners Lance Herndon and David Edge were absent from Monday’s meeting
In other business:
— Commissioner Raymond Cummings was recognized by Neil Emory, a representative of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, for his 20 years of service as a Robeson County commissioner. Cummings, who was first elected in 1996, represents District 5.
“It is a pleasure to serve the residents of Robeson County,” Cummings said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for this service.”
— The commissioners approved a conditional-use permit request from Dana D. Strickland White of St. Pauls that allows for a 50-plot family cemetery to be established on a 19.87-acre tract on Brisson Road in St. Pauls.
— The commissioners approved a resolution proclaiming the week of Oct. 2 to Oct. 8 as “National 4-H Week.” in Robeson County.
— The commissioners entertained a request from American Indians Solutions Inc., a nonprofit, for a donation to help fund a free computer reading and tutoring program for the current school year. An amount was not specified.
Erra Locklear, director of marketing for the company, told the commissioners that her company is in the process of recruiting 2,000 students and 200 tutors to participate in the 2016-17 free reading and literacy instructional program.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.