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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.


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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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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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 McCollom, 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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‘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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US sailor turned spy dies in NC prison

RALEIGH — A former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.Retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr. died Thursday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. The cause of death was not immediately released. He was 77.Walker was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in 198...

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Attack dog tested for rabies

LUMBERTON — A pit bull that attacked a local veterinarian during a rabies clinic Thursday has been euthanized so that it can be determined if the animal suffered with rabies.According to Bill Smith, the director of the Robeson County Health Department, the head of the dog that bit Dr. David E. Brooks on the face was sent to a lab in Raleigh. The animal’s brain must be tested to see if it was rabid.Brooks, who owns of the Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, was admi...

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Campbell goes deep for United Way

LUMBERTON — Twenty-five local agencies are rolling out their annual campaigns to support the United Way of Robeson County — but one company is aiming to raise nearly a third of the fundraising goal on its own.Mike Miller, senior director of operations for Campbell Soup’s Maxton plant, is hoping a football-themed campaign will inspire enough team spirit to raise about $210,000. United Way set an overall goal of $650,000 at a recent kickoff meeting.“...

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RCC, schools team up on reading

LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College and the Public Schools of Robeson County will pilot a Common Read program this fall designed to enhance critical reading skills of students in both systems.As part of the program, high school students will select RCC curriculum courses, and RCC basic skills students will read “The Shawl” by Cynthia Ozick. The novella focuses on one woman’s grief, guilt, hope, and dreams in the aftermath of the Holocaust.

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Crime report

TheftsHazel Hayes reported Thursday that $6.79 worth of gasoline was stolen from Spinx on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report.Raysheen McCutchen, of Ward Street, Lumberton, reported Friday that his $400 silver Galaxy note cell phone was stolen at Deluxe Inn on Capuano Street, according to a police report.Michael Von Rupp, of East 14th Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that his $10 wallet, containing $3 in cash and $70...

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