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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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Government programs can be winners, losers

Federal government programs are very popular. We all enjoy Social Security benefits, student loans, food stamps, Medicare, and various housing assistance programs. What never seems to be discussed is the cost of these programs.We all realize there is some cost to these services, but we don’t think about whether or not they are worth the cost. To begin with, as I mentioned in my column on health insurance, money is lost because of the expense of administering any program....

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No news on downtown eyesore

LUMBERTON — Almost two years after a blaze destroyed a vacant two-story building in downtown Lumberton, the blemish still remains.On Oct. 10, 2012, a two-story building at 305 N. Elm St. was gutted by a fire that burned hot enough to cause major glass damage to surrounding businesses. While the debris has since been removed, there remains an exposed wooden skeleton where a wall once connected to a vacant building beside the 305 N. Elm St. location.Shortly after the...

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New Walgreens location to hold ribbon cutting

PEMBROKE — Last year North Carolina drugstore Kerr Drugs was officially by the nation’s largest drug retailer, Walgreens. In an effort to show community involvement, this week one of the former Kerr Drugs locations is having an official ribbon-cutting service, which will coincide with a wellness fair.On Thursday at 11 a.m., the newly renamed Walgreens, located on 503 E. Third St., will be celebrating its new identity by reintroducing itself.

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