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Fireworks light up Lumberton sky

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LUMBERTON — After nearly two months of waiting, Lumberton got its Fourth of July fireworks on Saturday night.Several hundred people filled Alton G. Brooks Stadium, while countless others took in the half-hour show from the parking lots and neighborhoods around Lumberton High School.The night included music by Ethan Hanson and a demonstration by the All Veteran Parachute Jump Team. Children at the stadium had the chance to play in inflatables, get their faces painted and play games on the stadium’s field.The show had been postponed from its July 3 date due to bad weather and briefly cancelled.All photos by Scott Schlaufman.

 

Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kasey Kahne’s “downer” year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.Kahne’s first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.“I struggle with restarts a l...

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Sprint Cup standingsAfter 25 of 36 races1. Jeff Gordon, 8722. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8513. Matt Kenseth, 7944. Joey Logano, 7915. Brad Keselowski, 7826. Jimmie Johnson, 7667. Carl Edwards, 7558. Kevin Harvick, 7489. Ryan Newman, 74710. Greg Biffle, 728

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Sprint Cup resultsOral-B USA 500Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway1. (10) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 335 laps, 105.2 rating, 47 points, $310,965.2. (5) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 335, 118.6, 43, $264,741.3. (17) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 335, 114.9, 42, $182,705.4. (16) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 335, 105.7, 40, $198,516.5. (11) Carl Edwards, Ford, 335, 101.3, 39, $147,505.6. (27) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 335, 81.3, 3...

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Henley leads a large chasing pack at Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy’s name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.“Nobody is really expecting me to be sitting here right now,” he said Sunday.He was sitting atop a crowded leaderboard at the TPC Boston, which is becoming standard fare for these FedEx Cup playoffs. Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and added a late bi...

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ATLANTA (AP) — The last time Alex Wood started against Miami at Turner Field, he pitched eight strong innings before losing 1-0 to Jose Fernandez.More than four months later, even though Fernandez is out for the season with an elbow injury, Wood enjoyed a little payback.“It’s probably a little different because going against Fernandez, he’s got electric stuff,” Wood said. “It’s always fun going against guys like that. But this wi...

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Duke handles Elon with ease in season opener

DURHAM (AP) — Anthony Boone threw a few more touchdown passes, Duke’s offense put up even more big numbers and the Blue Devils claimed another home victory.For these Blue Devils, it was almost like 2013 never ended.Boone matched a career high with four TD throws and Duke opened its season by routing Elon 52-13 on Saturday night.“We expect to win every game on our schedule,” Boone said. “And we practice to win and we go out there t...

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UNCP logo will feature Old Main

The Thursday, Aug. 28, edition of The Robesonian carried a story relating the concern of some Tribal Council members that UNC Pembroke might eliminate Old Main from its logo. Although spokesman Scott Bigelow did a good job in explaining the university’s plans, I wanted to personally assure everyone that Old Main is alive and well. Old Main is to UNC Pembroke as the Old Well is to Chapel Hill. You can’t separate the two, nor should you.

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3 public hearings on county’s agenda

LUMBERTON — Three public hearings will be held on Tuesday when the Robeson County Board of Commissioners holds the first of its two regular monthly meetings. The board, which usually meets on the first Monday of the month, is meeting Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday.The public hearings will include a request for a conditional-use permit for the establishment of a solar farm in Orrum; a request for incentives for a business in Lumberton that wants to expand; and a requ...

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Tour of district provides key insight

I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we head into Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I’m excited to think about back to school, football season gearing up, and a little break from the heat.I just wrapped up a great week traveling the district and meeting with folks to hear their concerns and discuss ways to help revitalize our local communities. Weeks like this are the favorite parts of my job because I enjoy spending time in our communities hearing directly from my...

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Too late for justice for two brothers?

A Superior Court judge is likely to decide this week if two men who were accused as teenagers of rape and murder, then convicted and imprisoned for 31 years will receive a new trial or go free.But even if they walk free, there isn’t much left for Leon Brown, now 46, and half-brother Henry McCollum, now 50, to reclaim beyond whatever satisfaction comes with the shedding of the labels rapist and murderer.It is because of the work of the North Carolina Innocence Inqui...

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Special teams strike in LHS win

LUMBERTON — As Tyreik McCallum lined up in the backfield for the opening kickoff of Friday’s 35-21 win against Pine Forest, the Lumberton sophomore was simply looking for a hole.“When I saw the kick, I knew I could take it to the house,” McCallum said. “I’ve got some of the better blockers on the team on my kick returns, I’ve just got to follow the blocks and we’ll be good.”The blocks took him where he needed to go, g...

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‘The whole thing is a lie’

LUMBERTON — For Geraldine Brown, it comes as no surprise that after 30 years in prison, her brothers may soon walk free.“I knew all the time that they hadn’t done nothing to nobody,” she said by telephone from New Jersey, where she now lives. “The story is a lie. The whole thing is a lie.”

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Tourists spent $127M in city in ‘13

LUMBERTON — Robeson County’s tourism industry generated a record $127 million in 2013, according to a recent study prepared for the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the U.S. Travel Association. Mickey Gregory, executive director of the Lumberton Visitors Bureau, said that many local residents are likely unaware that tourism is such a fruitful industry in Robeson County. ...

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Vets offering discounts on spay, neutering

LUMBERTON — Veterinarians across Robeson County will offer discounted spay and neuter services from Tuesday until Sept. 13 in an effort to prevent strays and reduce the number of animals that have to be take to the county pound and often have to be euthanized.Six animal hospitals will participate in the eighth installment of the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s twice-a-year SNIP initiative.Nearly 400 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered during...

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Prep football roundup: South Rob gets 1st win under Jernigan

FAYETTEVILLE — The South Robeson built on its streak of holding opponents scoreless to six quarters and took down Trinity Christian 30-0 on the road Friday night.The Mustangs (1-1) moved away from their normal running style early on in the game, as senior quarterback Kalvis Chavis scored the first two touchdowns of the game on passing plays to the endzone on his way to three total touchdowns in the game.Head coach Clay Jernigan said he was happy with the win his te...

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Rams roll to victory

PEMBROKE — After an early miscue, it looked like the Red Springs football team might avenge last year’s loss to the Purnell Swett. The Red Devils saw Cody Freeman connect with Eric Graham on a 45-yard touchdown pass to take a 6-0 lead on the Rams after only three minutes of game play.Unfortunately for the Red Devils, that was the game’s only highlight.Purnell Swett rolled off the next 34 points of the game, including three rushing touchdowns by Thristia...

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Red Springs teenager shot

LAURINBURG — Authorities are searching for leads in the case of a Robeson County teenager admitted to the Scotland Memorial Hospital emergency room on Thursday with apparent gunshot wounds.Around 6 p.m., Tamara Lynn McGirt, 19, was dropped off at the emergency room entrance by two men driving a tan Mercury Marquis. McGirt is a resident of Westgate Terrace Apartments in Red Springs.According to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, the circumstances and l...

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