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Prevatte gets homebuilder award

LUMBERTON — Tonnie Prevatte, owner of Prevatte’s Home Sales in Lumberton, recently received the Rollan Jones Member of Year award by the membership of the North Carolina Manufactured and Modular Homebuilders Association.Prevatte was presented the award at the association’s annual meeting, which was held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.The Rollan Jones Member of the Year award was created to recognize an individual who demonstrates outstanding serv...

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UNCP students gain from summer internship at COMtech

PEMBROKE — When an internship comes with a non-disclosure agreement, chances are it’s going to be a great learning experience.“On my first week, I was thrown into some interesting situations,” said LaVianca Ledbetter, a student at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke who recently completed an internship at COMtech, a nearby business park that is home to 41 business and more than 1,100 jobs.“It was a look behind the scenes.” Led...

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New jobs in Scotland County

WAGRAM — Robeson County residents in search of manufacturing work may want to look to Scotland County.With the recent purchase of the former WestPoint Home plant on Airbase Road in Wagram by Cascades Tissue Group, 68 new jobs will be brought to the facility by the end of 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week during a visit to the site.Cascades, a manufacturer of recycled paper goods, will open at least one of the six production lines planned for the Wagram pla...

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Chop Shop opens in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — Kevin Bolin believes that his new Lumberton barbershop is a cut above most hair salons.Located on West Fifth Street, the Chop Shop opened its doors on Aug. 7.“We offer a nice, safe and clean environment to get services done,” said Bolin, a Lumberton native who has been cutting hair professionally for nine years. “We aim to please every customer.”Bolin manages a small staff that includes barbers Dan Oxendine, who has be...

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Incentive possible for local business

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council will hold a public hearing next month on potentially offering economic incentives to encourage a local industry looking to expand to do so here.City Manager Wayne Horne said he could not release the name of the company or companies considering expansion.Greg Cummings, director of Economic Development for the county, said the county Board of Commissioners is also meeting to consider the project, which is being referred to as Pr...

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Safety first for today’s farmers

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the world.Working with heavy equipment, live animals, and various other tasks around the farm create ample opportunities for accidents to occur. Farm workers are at very high risk for fatal and nonfatal injuries.

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Walmart begins hiring for new stores

LUMBERTON — Tim Scott was one of countless Robeson County residents who arrived at the Walmart Hiring Center office last week at 400 E. Second St. in search of a new start.“I just want something closer to home,” Scott said. “My last job had me traveling to every state for nine years. I just miss being with my kids.”Scott isn’t the only Robeson County resident in need of work. The county’s unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in June ...

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Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon.Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost.Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, La. Already, more than 27,000 people have reserve...

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Spending on the rise in NC

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s consumers notched one of the country’s highest jumps in spending in 2012 after the recession blues, according a new report the government issued last week.Per-person consumer spending showed the sixth-highest rise in the country in 2012, the last year data was available, compared with the previous year, the report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said.

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What is your teen thinking?

Teenage years can only be described as challenging, and both parents and teens have real-life experiences to illustrate just how challenging.The one thing that sets the quality and ability of young people apart, more than anything else, is their decision-making skills. Adolescence brings a real shift in decision-making and parents are often left wondering just what their child is thinking.Though it’s little comfort to concerned parents, there are real medical reaso...

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Going the extra mile

LUMBERTON — When Jason Foil opened Lumberton Drug in August 2004, the Durham native had a simple goal.“I wanted to be my own boss,” said Foil, who runs the Fayetteville Road pharmacy alongside his wife, Shelley. “I wanted to get to a point where I could break even and pay my own salary. I thought I’d still be here 10 years later, but I didn’t think it would be the scale that it is today.”Foil’s business has grown over the p...

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