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UNCP: New logo will include Old Main

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PEMBROKE — A spokesman for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke says any worries by Lumbee Tribal Council members that a logo being designed for university will not depict Old Main are unwarranted.Scott Bigelow said Wednesday that although the final design for the school’s first logo has not been created, it has been decided by school officials, including the university’s board of trustees, that Old Main will be featured. The school’s seal already depicts Old Main, which was erected in 1923 and is the oldest building on the UNCP campus.“The seal is also not going to be changed,” Bigelow said. “The seal already depicts the sun rising over Old Main, representing opportunity.”

 

Fireworks on Saturday at LHS

LUMBERTON — Lumberton’s annual fireworks show, which had been scheduled for July 3 to celebrate the nation’s birthday, will be held on Saturday at Brooks Stadium at Lumberton High Schoos.Gates open at 6 p.m. for the free end-of-summer event. From 7 to 9 p.m. there will bubble wands, inflatables, face-painting and games like corn hole.At 7:30 p.m., Ethan Hanson, a Fayetteville-based rock and blues guitarist, will perform. The All Veteran Parachute Jump T...

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Week of protests ends at the Capitol

RALEIGH — A coalition led by North Carolina’s NAACP wrapped up a week of protests on Thursday with speeches, call-and-response chants and a march around the state Capitol.About 150 people circled the Capitol seven times and stopped during each pass to allow speakers to address different themes including labor and voting rights. They were planning to gather before a nearby stage to hear remarks on voting rights from the head of the state NAACP, coinciding with the 51st a...

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Too close to call in race for Senate seat

RALEIGH — Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for re-election for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats, and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.So far, there isn’t much evidence that any of these actions and expenditures have made much of an impressi...

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Schools 80 shy of full-time teachers

LUMBERTON — Four days into the new school year and the Public Schools of Robeson County is still trying to fill 80 teacher positions, among the highest number of vacancies the local system has seen in recent years as well as among the highest currently in the state.According to Tasha Oxendine, communications officer for the district, Robeson County and other districts across the state are reporting higher-than-average teacher vacancies this year, which can be contributed to s...

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From humble beginnings

MAXTON — The 1971 Maxton High School football team admittedly wasn’t very good. It was a season that, record-wise, was one of the worst any school in North Carolina has ever had.“As freshmen we went 0-10 and got beat a lot by big scores,” said James McDougald, who was the school’s running back at the time. “But it taught us a lesson as well. You have to fight ‘til the end and from that point on we did.”The Maxton football t...

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Local roundup: Lumber River heads to title game

LONG VIEW, Wash — The Lumber River Babe Ruth team will have a chance to write history tonight. After a 4-3 victory over Torrance, California, the boys from North Carolina have advanced to the Babe Ruth 13- to 15-year-old World Series championship game.The team took advantage of three errors made by Torrance and never trailed in the win, scoring single runs in the second and fourth, and two in the sixth inning before stopping a late rally by Torrance in the top of the seventh....

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Man killed in home invasion when throat cut

LUMBERTON — A 57-year-old Lumberton man found dead early Tuesday morning died after this throat was cut in a confrontation with intruders, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.Sealey said this morning that Milton Cummings was killed while struggling with two masked intruders who broke into his mother’s home on the 100 block of Powhatan Drive, off of Chicken Road. Cummings also lived on that block.“They went into his bedroom and that’...

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Agency loses weatherization pact

LUMBERTON — A $1.7 million contract for federal weatherization assistance funds has been awarded to Cumberland Community Action Program following a bidding process initiated after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources chose not to renew a contract held for eight years with Lumberton-based Southeastern Community & Family Services Inc.The local agency was one of three to bid on the contract, the other being the Lumber River Council of Governments, according t...

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Labor Day sale on Monday

LUMBERTON — The Rediscover Downtown Lumberton group will hold its 20th annual Labor Day yard sale in the plaza in downtown Lumberton on Monday.Dick Taylor, a member of the organization, expects more than 75 vendors to participate in the sale, which kicks off at 7 a.m.Each vendor pays $20 for a space to peddle wares. Last year, the event raised more than $1,500 for downtown Lumberton, money that, according to Taylor, went toward “the benefit of marketing and i...

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Crime report

TheftsMitchell Edwards reported Tuesday that a $180 tire and a $300 rim were stolen off of a vehicle at Lumberton Motors on Dawn Drive, according to a police report.Roberto Gonzalez, of Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, reported Monday his $2,000 green John Deere riding mower and a $1,500 green John Deere cargo trailer were stolen, according to a police report.Tonya Carol McLean, of Alamac Road, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that $315 worth of pres...

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Strong planning needed for prosperous economy

To the Editor,A year ago I penned a letter commending the Robeson County government on its excellent credit rating but also warning of upcoming financial storms. County Manager Ricky Harris and finance Director Kelli Blue should be commended on a job well done as they manage our county finances. However, the lack of a short- and long-term economic growth and development plan will eventually threaten our county’s budget process.

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Vouchers not about helping poor kids

After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.”The claim may be offensive and disingenuous but it’s not new. It’s been a common refrain among school privatizati...

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Running for the city

LUMBERTON — Four times a week, Lumberton police Officer Joe Frederick laces up his shoes and goes for a run.The runs, which range from nine to 16 miles, usually start near the Pine Terrace Fire Department along Alamac Road and finish several hours later, sometimes near Exit 25 on Interstate 95, other times near Union Chapel Road outside of Lumberton city limits.Frederick admits it’s not always the most exciting surroundings, but in the back of his mind, he...

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Suggs gets 1st LHS game ball award

LUMBERTON — As Douglas Byrd drove deep into Lumberton territory late in the second quarter on Friday, the Eagles were on the Pirates’ seven yard line and made two passes towards the end zone.The first was deflected at the last second by Devante Stephens but Travis Suggs did even better with the second, intercepting it and running it 38 yards to set up a drive that ended in a touchdown.“It wasn’t nervous. I’ve been in that situation before,&#...

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Aug. 27 Local Sports Briefs

Darlington gets Labor Day backCHARLOTTE (AP) — Darlington Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date next season in one of the few significant changes to NASCAR’s 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule.To get Darlington back to Labor Day weekend after an 11-year absence, Atlanta Motor Speedway gave up the date. Atlanta now goes to the second race of the season on March 1.NASCAR goes from Atlanta to a West Coast swing th...

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Motion says Roscoe Artis killed Buie

LUMBERTON — A motion to dismiss convictions against two men imprisoned for the 1983 rape and murder of a Red Springs girl points the finger at another man who is also incarcerated for a rape and murder in the same town.The motion, filed at the Robeson County courthouse on Tuesday, asks that convictions against 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown be dismissed and that they be released from prison immediately. Put forth by the Center for Death Penalty Liti...

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Sentencing delayed for Killingsworth

ELIZABETHTOWN — A former Robeson County educator who pleaded guilty earlier this month to misusing the Bladen County school system’s money will not be sentenced until October.Gregory Killingsworth, a former assistant superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County, was expected to be sentenced on Monday, but it was postponed until Oct. 7. Killingworth pleaded guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to the felony of obtaining property by false pretenses on Aug. 6....

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