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Police ID ‘person of interest’ in shooting in Red Springs

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RED SPRINGS — Police have named a Red Springs man they say is connected with a shooting on Sunday.Police are looking for Eric Terry, 29, of 114 Jackson St., Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said this afternoon.Terry is believed to have had a role in the shooting of 29-year-old Justin Johnson of Red Springs outside a house on Haywood Street.“He is definitely a person of interest,” Patterson said. “We have been looking for him at his home and his parents’ home and he appears to be on the run.”Patterson declined to say how investigators connected Terry to the shooting.


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TheftsSilvia Hernandez, of East Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her storage building and stole a John Deere lawn mower valued at $7,190, according to a police report.Tonya Locklear, of Lindsay Court, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her car and stole 10 CDs valued at $15, a flashlight valued at $40, and a phone charger valued at $20, according to a police report.An employee at Lumberton ...

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BART holding yard sale Saturday to raise funfs

LUMBERTON — The Borderbelt AIDS Resource Team will hold a back-to-school yard sale beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday.The sale will take place at BART’s new location at 415 Country Club Road in Lumberton. Proceeds from the yard sale will help provide the organization’s clients with school supplies and assistance with small emergencies.For information, call Christina Spaulding at 910-739-6167, or visit Facebook/com/bart.borderbelt.

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NC losing its war on gay marriage

It seems fitting somehow that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision that marks another major step toward marriage equality in North Carolina this week, just a few days after the General Assembly voted to allow charter schools in the state to discriminate against gay students.It’s a perfect microcosm of what’s happening these days in North Carolina and how out of touch our leaders are with the attitudes of people.The federal appeals cour...

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GOP poised to push ahead in Robeson

The General Election is looming. The question of whether Republicans are electable in Robeson has been answered. Can enough Republicans now be elected to make a difference?Robeson has elected a Republican state legislator, county commissioner and councilmen. A Republican governor, U.S. senator and congressman now represent Robeson as well. Many conservative Democrats already lead Robeson and carry a Democrat card out of tradition if nothing else. As one of the poorest counties in t...

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Local educators pleased with proposed big raise

RALEIGH — Robeson County educators are rejoicing after North Carolina House and Senate Republicans announced on Tuesday the details of a new budget that would see teacher salaries rise by 7 percent.“Praise God, we won,” said school board member Brenda Fairley Ferebee upon learning of the news. “It has been a real journey, but to God be the journey.”The new budget will not require the loss of teacher assistant positions as previously proposed...

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PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Soaring Eagle Community Building, 442 Norment Road, Lumberton.Tribal members residing in District 3, which encompasses Lumberton, are invited to attend. Staff from tribal offices will be on hand to answer questions about the tribe’s programs, services, and the former North Carolina Indian Cultural Center.

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PSRC officials attend national safety conference

LUMBERTON — School Resource Officer Denise Ward spends her days overseeing the safety of children at Fairmont and Orrum Middle School. This summer Ward joined two dozen school resource officers, principals, assistant principals and school safety staff at the 2014 National School Safety Conference Program.“I feel good about the safety plan we have at both of my schools because several of the things the conference presenters discussed, we have already implemented,” ...

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Center raising funds for new roof

LUMBERTON — After almost 50 years of helping others, the Robeson County Church and Community Center needs a hand.The nonprofit is trying to raise money to replace the dilapidated roof of its building at East Fifth Street in Lumberton.“We’re beyond the point of repair,” said Greg Maynor, the center’s assistant executive director. “The damage is pretty extensive.”According to Maynor, portions of the 750-square-foot roof ...

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4 arrested for shoplifting $4K in merchandise

WILMINGTON — Wilmington police have arrested four Robeson County residents that they say stole $4,500 in merchandise from stores ranging from Gamestop to Victoria’s Secret.At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, an employee at U.S. Cellular on South College Road reported about $3,000 worth of display phones were taken from the store. The employee who reported the theft described the suspects’ vehicle.When police say they located the car on Wooster Street, they found...

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Local roundup: UNCP softball adds Saunders to pitching staff

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will be adding some veteran experience in the pitching circle this spring.Katie Saunders, is transferring after two years at NCAA Division I Bryant (R.I.) Unviersity to continue her athletic and academic career with the Braves.

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Citizens must step up to fix our ailing county

Robeson County suffers from an extraordinary number of maladies which negatively impact our quality of life. Race and culture, apathy toward our leadership and political process, lame educational system, attitude of dependency, high crime and property tax rates, littered roadways, obesity and diet, drug use, lack of jobs, and county commissioners with extra-ordinary benefits.

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COMtech invited input at Thursday event

This Thursday’s business mixer at Mariani’s will include something more than the typical snack and chat with prizes. COMtech will be seeking input from attendees on a variety of topics and new initiatives set to roll out this fall. You’ll have to drop by between 5 and 7 p.m. to catch them all, but here are a few to stir your interest.

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Board sets 2 satellite polling sites

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Elections on Monday approved two early voting satellite polling sites for the November General Elections after the board’s three members, two Republicans and a Democrat, could not unanimously agree on a third satellite site.The two satellites sites agreed to unanimously by the board will be in Pembroke, at the public library, and in Fairmont at the senior citizens center. During the 10-day early voting period, which starts on Oct....

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Attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s attorney general said Monday his office will no longer defend the state’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court after a federal appeals court ruled a similar prohibition in neighboring Virginia unconstitutional.At a news conference little more than two hours after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling was announced in Richmond, Virginia, Attorney General Roy Cooper said the ruling made it highly likely North Caroli...

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Red Springs man injured during drive-by shooting

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs man is recovering after being shot outside of a residence on Sunday morning.Justin Johnson, 29, was struck in the left side of his chest during a drive-by shooting that took place at about 11:50 a.m. at 123 Haywood St., according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. The chief said Johnson suffered injuries to a lung and his spleen.“He was at the residence when someone came through and started shooting,” Patterson sai...

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Duke to purchase agency’s assets

RALEIGH — North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced this morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Red Springs, Lumberton and 30 other municipalities in eastern North Carolina.“The first stage of the asset sale has been accomplished,” Red Springs Mayor John M...

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McGirt closes strong, climbs FedEx Cup list

LE BIZARD, Quebec — Fairmont native William McGirt didn’t repeat his performances in the RBC Canadian Open from the last two years, but he did manage a 4-under-par 66 on Sunday to vault up the leaderboard and strengthen his position going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.McGirt, who finished second in the Canadian Open in 2012 and 2013, birdied three of his final four holes on Sunday to finish in a tie for 25th place at six under par while winning $45,457.50. He als garnered...

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