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Programs offers freefitness for seniorsLUMBERTON — Learn about the SilverSneakers fitness program for older adults on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the retail space beside JCPenney at Biggs Park Mall. Daniel Perdue of Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation will share information about who can enroll and how to enroll for this program, sponsored by Healthways, which offers fitness center memberships at no out-of-pocket cost. The event is sponsored by Bi...

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Of pets, mosquitoes and Ebola

On the animal front:— The local veterinary practices will be providing rabies shots at all of the fire departments again this year. These will run Aug. 25 to Aug. 29. If you got a one-year vaccination last year at the fire departments, this would be a great opportunity to get the three-year shot, thus keeping your animal current. State law requires dogs, cats and ferrets to be currently vaccinated if 4 months or older. A listing of the specific fire department dates was publi...

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Stay safe while perfoming your workout

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend and my favorite umpire in the Church Softball League was mugged while doing her exercise routine.She was walking with headphones and did not hear the assailants come up until it was too late. I am happy to report that she is on the mend and the individuals who attacked her were identified.I will be the first to admit that I have never been very safety-conscious about life in general. Much to my mother’s chagrin, I Walmart shop alo...

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County kids go green

LUMBERTON — Robeson County kids are exhibiting an odd symptom this summer — green thumbs.Through a local summer camp, kids ages 5 to 12 have been learning about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and, with the help of the Food for Thought Community Garden, how to plant, grow and pick them.The Lumberton Recreation Department’s summer camp and Southeastern Health’s Project HEALTH have been collaborating for several years to bring ...

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Local surgeon published in medical journal

LUMBERTON — Dr. Anastasios Papadonikolakis, orthopedic durgeon at Southeastern Health’s Orthopedic clinic, published an article titled “Metal-Backed Glenoid Components Have a Higher Rate of Failure and Fail by Different Modes in Comparison with All-Polyethylene Component” in the June 18 issue of “The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.”“The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery” is considered the official journal of the American Orthopedic...

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Southeastern nurses receive honors

What makes a hospital’s patient care excellent? It’s not just the state-of-the-art technology, or the advanced medical procedures. It is the quality of its nursing staff.Southeastern Health and its regional hub, Southeastern Regional Medical Center, have outstanding nurses. SeHealth’s nurses have earned that distinction by helping the organization become a Magnet facility — the highest honor for nursing excellence.“Magnet is the gold seal of...

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Marching matron

LUMBERTON — When Robeson County native Millicent Collins was approached in October by the local chapter of the March of Dimes to take over the position of 2014 March for Babies Chair for the Lumber River area, she says her first thought was that she needed to “learn everything.”Though Collins officially accepted the job in May, the announcement was only formerly made on Tuesday, which she says gave her plenty of time to study up on an organization she says is more...

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Are you ready for some football?

A guy took his blond girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind the team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience.“Oh I really liked the action but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.”Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?”“Well they flipped a coin. One team got it, and then for the rest of the game they kept shoutin...

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Health briefs

Volunteers neededfor youth bike clubLUMBERTON — The Robeson County Region 8 Active Routes to School Project, a partnership between the North Carolina Division of Public Health and Department of Transportation, is looking for volunteers to help out during its Youth Bicycle Club. The Robeson County Active Routes to School Bike Club will begin in August for middle school girls and boys.If you are interested in volunteering and finding out more, contact Shah...

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Child car deaths can be prevented

Recently the North Carolina Senate passed a technical corrections bill that eliminated the Child Fatality Task Force at the state level.

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New radiotherapy system saves lives and time

LUMBERTON — For retired Bladen County resident Louis Brisson, finding out that the cancer he had beat in 1997 had returned was devastating news.At 81, Brisson says he values the time he has left, and as he had already had his prostate surgically removed in 1997, he knew that this particular form of cancer could only be fought through hours of time consuming radiotherapy. So Brisson was pleased to learn Robeson County’s Gibson Cancer Center has just acquired what it is c...

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