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Cummings: Merger proposal has ‘merit’

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LUMBERTON — Robeson County Commissioner Raymond Cummings, the chairman of the county’s Department of Social Services Board, believes it may not be a bad idea to consider a call for the county to become more involved in overseeing operations at the county’s DSS.


UNCP students get schooled on the need to vote

PEMBROKE — With the Nov. 4 General Election just more than a month away, students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke were urged Monday to get out and vote.“Voting, with the one-man, one-vote rule, is the only time that everyone is equal,” Nancy Shakir, a field organizer for Democracy North Carolina, told a small group at the Pembroke campus on Monday. “That’s why it’s important that no matter who you vote for, you get out and vote.&#...

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3 charged with drug crimes

LUMBERTON — Three people were charged with drug crimes on Saturday, including one who was wanted for similar offenses last month, according to the Sheriff’s Office.Narcotics agents went to the Moore’s Lane home of 37-year-old Shandrick Leach on Saturday to serve him with warrants taken out on Aug. 22 for manufacturing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. Agents seized 13 pounds of marijuana plants, ac...

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Skies to clear for Pembroke Day fun

PEMBROKE — This time, Mother Nature appears to be cooperating.The 25th annual Pembroke Day celebration, which was postponed from last week because of the threat of thunderstorms, is looking at clear skies and mild temperatures when it is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.During the outdoor event, which will take place on the campus Quad, students will have the chance to get acquainted with the various clubs and...

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Dancers paired for United Way

LUMBERTON — Stephanie Chavis, the director of Emergency Services for Robeson County, has a secret weapon going into this year’s Dancing with the Robeson County Stars — a county full of fire departments ripe for rehearsals, and maybe some firefighters willing to put in overtime as backup dancers.Chavis and Assistant District Attorney Joe Osman were already strategizing on Sunday shortly after learning they would be partners in United Way of Robeson County’s f...

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Innocence panel to examine murder case at UNC-Charlotte

CHARLOTTE. (AP) — A North Carolina group is reviewing the case of a man convicted of killing a University of North Carolina Charlotte student more than six years ago.The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence is investigating claims that Mike Carver, 46, was wrongly convicted of killing Irnia Yarmolenko, The Charlotte Observer reported.The Gaston County man was convicted in 2011 of killing the woman and was sentenced to life in prison. The North Carolina Supreme...

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Fairmont board briefed on water system woes

LUMBERTON — The Fairmont Board of Commissioners during a special meeting on Monday got a crash course in a new program that will help the town monitor the age and state of its water and sewer system.Jim Perry, of the Lumber River Council of Governments, provided the commissioners with an overview of the Asset Management Program that will soon be implemented in Fairmont. The program will allow town staff to see what equipment, generators and other assets are in need of the mos...

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Crime report

TheftsBrandy Simmons reported Friday that a coat and two pairs of shoes, valued at a total of $79.91, were stolen from Athletic Warehouse on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report.Ray Townsend, of Stirling Drive, Lumberton, reported Sunday that someone broke into his house and stole $710 worth of items, including radiators, a battery charger, gas cookers and a cooler, according to a police report.Wade Kirkland, of Chippewa S...

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Braves finish 2014 with win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fredi Gonzalez was tossing and turning in his hotel room Saturday night.With starter Alex Wood sidelined with a forearm injury, the Atlanta Braves manager was worried about the pitching for the final game of the regular season.“I only got about four hours sleep because I was up trying to figure out how to use the bullpen,” Gonzalez said. “They did a terrific job.”Led by James Russell, who started for the first ...

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Europe celebrates yet another Ryder Cup win

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Tom Watson walked over to congratulate Jamie Donaldson for the shot of his life, a shot that ended the Ryder Cup. He walked up the 15th fairway at Gleneagles with his arm around European captain Paul McGinley even before the final match was conceded to secure another win for Europe.Europe left no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players.This Ryder Cup provided a real surprise — but only after it was over. The strongest ...

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Gordon wins at Dover to secure Chase spot

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jeff Gordon doused Team Penske’s hot streak with a champagne bath in Victory Lane.Sticky and sweet, Gordon had secured an emphatic automatic spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.But Gordon’s entry in the field of 12 was all but guaranteed even before he dominated the closing laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway. What wasn’t so sure was that Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne was comin...

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Media shouldn’t cherry pick new

RALEIGH — How is North Carolina’s economy doing? That is always an important question. During election season, however, it takes on added significance. Fairly or not, voters often hold incumbent politicians responsible for the condition and performance of the economy.While voters know their own situations better than anyone else could, they typically rely on news coverage of government statistics to draw conclusions about the broader economy. So releases of such data as...

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Forum reminds us power is with the people

My wife Renee and I recently hosted a Women’s Symposium to highlight the tremendously positive effect women have on our economy and our communities and to unite local leaders to discuss ideas that advance opportunities and return decision-making power back to our families and away from Washington. I don’t think I need to tell you that our economy and our nation face a lot of challenges right now, and I’m so grateful for all of the women who attended the summit. We were extre...

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Metcon recognized for safety

PEMBROKE — Last week, Metcon Inc. became one of only 23 companies across the state to receive a Building Star award from the North Carolina Department of Labor.The award, which recognizes worksite safety, was presented to Aaron Thomas, CEO of Metcon, by Cherie Berry, North Carolina’s commissioner of Labor, during a ceremony at the construction firm’s headquarters in Pembroke.“What we do is extremely dangerous,” Thomas told a crowd of about 3...

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Focused on fiber

PEMBROKE — A new exhibit at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s A.D. Gallery showcases the work of seven textile artists from across the country.The exhibit, entitled “FABRICation,”contains 15 pieces that were crafted using a variety of fiber art techniques.“It’s a really interesting take on using fabrics in art in a very contemporary way that references historical use as well,” said Nancy Palm, the gallery’s dir...

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‘Lizard Lick Towing’ stars to appear at flea market Saturday

LUMBERTON — The stars of truTV’s popular reality show “Lizard Lick Towing” will visit Robeson County on Saturday as part of a wrestling match at the Lumberton Flea Market.“Lizard Lick Towing” premiered in 2011 and follows the staff of a towing and repossession company based in the titular township, which is located near Raleigh. The towing company is owned by Ronnie and Amy Shirley.Fans will have a chance to meet the couple during the ...

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Poor health can lead to poor attitude

A woman was at her hairdresser getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to hairdresser, who responded: “Rome? Why would anyone want to go to Rome? It’s crowded and dirty. So how are you getting there?”“We’re flying Delta, we got an awesome rate,” the woman said.“That’s a terrible airline. The planes are old, the flight attendants are ugly and they are always late. What do you plan ...

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Prevention key to stopping viral infections

The list of viruses making the headlines seems never ending.A virus is defined as a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms. It can infect all types of life forms from animals and plants to bacteria and archaea — single-cell micro-organisms.Viral infections in animals provoke an immune response designed to eliminate the infecting virus. This is replicated by vaccines that provide an artificially acquired immunity to a ...

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