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Tribal officials: Certification to mean new jobs

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PEMBROKE — A U.S. Small Business Administration certification granted last week to a company owned by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has the potential to lead to countless new jobs being injected into Robeson County’s and nearby economies, tribal officials said Tuesday.In announcing that tribal-owned Lumbee Tribal Enterprises LLC was granted 8(a) Business Development Program certification on Oct. 14, Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks said that money generated through company projects could help fund scholarships and health care programs for tribal members.


Crime report

TheftsOrtiz Villanueva, of Coree Street, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that $600 worth of nails, four nail guns valued at a total of $1,200 and two drills valued at a total of $1,400 were stolen from the bed of his truck at his residence, according to a police report.Jennifer Carter, of Pearl Street, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her home, causing $50 in damage to a window, and stole $2,138 worth of items, including two televisions, tw...

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The changing faces of voter fraud

Both Republican and Democratic Parties officially condemn voter fraud. Aside from disagreeing with what constitutes fraud and how to combat the practice, its otherwise a bipartisan concern.Robeson County has been the poster child for voter irregularities and the target of ongoing investigations. These investigations reveal a shift in tactics for those who engage in it.Traditionally, hauling was the predominant method of get out the vote in Robeson. The term was coined he...

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One answer short

ROCKINGHAM — In tight games, the soccer ball seems to find the right foot of Richmond’s Jalen Almond.In Richmond’s upset win over Pinecrest last week, Almond scored the opening goal off a loose ball in the box that bounced its way to his feet.The same thing happened in Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference semifinal match between Richmond and Lumberton.Armando Garcia had control of ball in the middle of the field when he was taken down just...

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Neighbors shocked by violent home invasion

LUMBERTON —Neighbors of a man and wife severely injured during a home invasion on Monday night say they never expected Kenneth and Judy Byrd would be the victims of such a violent crime.“They’re real friendly, help you anyway they can, do anything for you,” said a woman who has lived near the Byrds on Yedda Road for about 20 years.

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Early voting starts Thursday at 3 locations

LUMBERTON — Robeson County voters who don’t want to risk long lines on Nov. 4 during the General Election now have eight days to cast their ballots during early voting.That can be done at the county Board of Elections office in Lumberton or at two satellite sites, in Fairmont and Pembroke..“We’re making sure everyone is well trained and ready to go,” said G.L. Pridgen, director of local Board of Elections. “We’re hoping everythin...

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UNCP’s Miles, Aiken named nation’s top weekly soccer players

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pair of University of North Carolina at Pembroke soccer players made program history on Tuesday when womens goalie Janae Aiken and mens soccer player Sam Miles were named as the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Players of the Week for NCAA Division II, the organization announced.It’s the first time in the two-year history of the award that one school has swept the weekly honors. UNCP is the third Peach Belt Conference school, joining Flagler and USC Aik...

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Swett’s Godwin qualifies for state tournament

For the third time in her high school career, Meredith Godwin qualified for the North Carolina womens golf state championship at Pinehurst No. 1.Godwin shot an 12-over-par 84 in the regional qualifier at Pinehurst No. 6 to earn the seventh best score in the region. The top qualifier was Joliana Elias, of Ragsdale, who shot a 75.Swett teammate Alaina Malcolm just missed the cut to make the state tournament, shooting a 99 in the qualifier. The cut was at 9...

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Moonlight Madness set for Thursday

PEMBROKE — The UNCP mens basketball, womens basketball, and wrestling teams will host their fourth annual Moonlight Madness, presented by McDonald’s, event at 7 p.m. Thursday in the English E. Jones Center.The annual event will include player introductions, a 3-point competition, scrimmages and wrestling matches, with a dunk contest set to highlight the night. Football head coach Shane Richardson and his team will also be on hand to address the fans regarding Saturday&#...

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Troopers step up patrols to catch school bus violations

LUMBERTON — The state Highway Patrol is stepping up patrols on school bus routes and in school zones.The effort is part of Operation Stop Arm, a statewide campaign by the Highway Patrol, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Instruction to increase awareness of stop arm safety.“We’re just asking the public to be aware of the school buses and use extra caution when approaching school buses when loading and unloading students so ev...

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Fairmont adds May Day event

FAIRMONT — A May Day Festival that drew thousands to downtown Fairmont will become a fixture of the town’s social calendar.The Fairmont Board of Commissioners during a regular meeting on Tuesday voted unanimously at the request of Commissioner Monte McCallum to add the event to its regular event schedule, which had been limited to a Fourth of July celebration, the Farmers Festival and a Christmas parade.

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Maxton briefed on options for CSX railroad crossings

MAXTON — A representative for the state Department of Transportation told Maxton officials on Tuesday night about options to improve the safety of three intersections where roadways cross CSX train tracks.Brian Gackstetter told the Maxton Board of Commissioners that federal money can be obtained to pay for up to 90 percent of the cost of signals and crossing gates at the intersections. The intersections and the costs for upgrading are North First Street, $275,000; North Third...

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2 more eligible to win vehicle

LUMBERTON — The United Way of Robeson County on Tuesday added two more potential winners to the pool for the 2015 Car Giveaway at Terry Chapin Nissan.The names of Ronessa Hill, who works for Kayser-Roth, and Jeanne McDole, a My Refuge volunteer, were drawn from the golden barrel for week two of the 10-week event that will conclude on Dec. 16.Paul Matthews, general sales manager at Terry Chapin Nissan, plucked the names from the barrel and says he’d “lov...

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VA will correct marker for Confederate soldier

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say they’ll correct a Confederate soldier’s gravestone that was inscribed with the wrong name decades after he died at a Civil War prison camp in New York.The cemetery administration for the Department of Veterans Affairs tells the Star-Gazette of Elmira that a replacement headstone has been ordered for the grave of Pvt. Franklin Cauble.His great-great-grandson, Tom Fagart of Concord, North Carolina, said last month...

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Berger will seek protection for officials who balk on gay unions

RALEIGH — A top North Carolina Republican said Tuesday that he will back a bill protecting state officials who refuse to issue marriage licenses or perform weddings for same-sex couples.Senate Leader Phil Berger Sr. said he will introduce legislation in response to a magistrate in his home county who decided to resign instead of agreeing to marry gays, citing his personal religious views.The state court s...

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Jobless rate dips in NC, but few people working

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.7 percent in September, but so did the number of people working, state officials said Tuesday.The state unemployment rate declined from 6.8 percent in August. The national unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent last month. Part of the reason North Carolina’s jobless rate is higher than the national average is that the state attracts and retains more young workers, said Josiah Baker, an economics prof...

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With McIntyre, a ‘least’ approach most appreciated

We will have more to say about Mike McIntyre’s nine terms in Congress when he exits as the 7th District representative for North Carolina early next year, but now seems an appropriate time to give a nod to the Lumberton native about the way he tries to legislate from Capitol Hill.McIntyre recently had the distinction of being one of two members of the U.S. House identified by Washingtonian Magazine as the “least partisan” of that 435-member chamber. Georgia Rep. J...

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County school employees recognized

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County recognized its employees of the month during its recent Board of Education meeting.Wanda Hunt was named Bus Driver of the Month; Jessica Leonard was named Certified Employee of the Month; and Lisa Revels was named Classified Employee of the Month.The Public Schools of Robeson County will hold its next regular meeting on Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day.

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