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RCC down 1,000 students since fall 2012

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LUMBERTON — A drop in the number of students attending Robeson Community College could be costly for the institution.“The drop in enrollment of about 1,000 students in two years is very significant,” Mark Kinlaw, a vice president of Instruction at the college, told trustees on Tuesday. “It will have a significant impact on our funding during the 2015-16 budget year.”RCC, like all of the state’s community colleges, receives its state funding based on the number of full-time students..

 

Vigil on Thursday honors victims

LUMBERTON — A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday to honor homicide, domestic violence and drunk driving victims.The Families and Friends of Murder and Homicide Victims support group will hold its eighth annual vigil at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 606 N. Walnut St.The support group was founded after the 2007 death of 21-year-old Chad Allen Arnette. To have a loved one honored at the event, contact Debra Arnette at 910-734-1527.

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Man charged with assaulting brother with car

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man has been arrested four months after intentionally hitting his older brother with his car in a dispute over rent money, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.Glenn Cameron Ivey, 46, was charged Tuesday with assault inflicting serious injury for hitting his 56-year-old brother with his car on April 1.Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives for the Sheriff’s Office, said an incident report contained no information ...

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Crime report

TheftsLinda Locklear, of R and L Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that her $5 wallet and various bank and identification cards were stolen on Halsey Street, according to a police report.Jo-ni Wood, of Roberts Avenue, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that a $853 scooter was stolen from Howard Johnson on Capuano Street, according to a police report.Susie Meray, of Brook Lane, Lumberton, reported Monday that her $15 purse and an unknown amount of med...

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Former Pirate thankful for lessons taught by Coach Ruff

To the Editor,As a kid growing up in Lumberton and being a part of Lumberton High’s 1986 Southeastern 4A Conference Championship team, there were many life lessons learned on the gridiron. For me, never fulfilling that dream to play at the collegiate level, I have grown to realize that although football was my first love, I now have more love in my life than I could ever have imagined.

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Mother says UNCP camps were valuable experience for daughter

To the Editor,Last month, my daughter attended two camps at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and both were outstanding. I would like to commend the university and more specifically the Regional Center and Givens Performing Arts Center for a job well done.The first week was a Sports Camp that was organized by the staff of the Regional Center. My daughter had the opportunity to learn about a variety of sports, being a part of a team and how sports can be fun an...

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Daughter finds parents dead

LUMBERTON — A man and a woman were found dead by their daughter this afternoon outside of their Lumberton home, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.The man and woman, whose names are not being released until their families are notified, were found dead in the patio area of their home on the 1500 block of Old Whiteville Road, just outside Lumberton city limits.Sealey declined to elaborate on the injuries the two had suffered.According to Se...

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Maxton sets deadline for building buy

MAXTON — The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to establish Aug. 31 as the deadline for a man to pay $7,500 for a storage building on McCaskill Avenue in Maxton.Willie Hunt made the winning bid for the building in May. If he does not pay the full amount by Aug. 31, the commissioners will either begin accepting new bids or take the building off the market.The sale is part of an effort for the cash-strapped town to raise money.“We’ve been...

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Missing man reunited with family

LUMBERTON — A 32-year-old Lumberton man who was the subject of a Silver Alert issued early this morning has been located.Michael Ray Locklear has been united with his family, according to Sgt. Pete Locklear, of the Lumberton Police Department’s Juvenile Division, which handles missing persons cases.An alert for Locklear, who was believed to be suffering from cognitive impairment, was issued at 1:38 a.m today.

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2014 RobCo football: Red Devils making it happen

Football preview scheduleSaturday: South RobesonSunday: FairmontTuesday: St. PaulsToday: Red SpringsThursday: Purnell SwettFriday: Lumberton—RED SPRINGS — There are plenty of reasons to doubt the Red Springs football team and Ron Cook knows that.By the time the Red Devils hit the field for their first game, the team’s new coach will have held his position for l...

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Fairmont tries to beef up grant application

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents can expect a knock at their door in the coming weeks as surveyors work to beef up the town’s application for $2 million in grants to rehabilitate its sewer system.The town’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday held a public hearing on a Community Development Block Grant it has applied for to replace about 20,000 feet of sewer lines.The town submitted an almost identical application for the grant last spring, but it was not fu...

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Chambers reach pact on coal-ash disposal

RALEIGH — State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger announced their chambers reached an agreement they said would give the state the strictest regulations on coal ash disposal in the nation. The legislation would require closure of all unlined coal ash ponds within 15 years....

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GOP House splits, kills incentives package

RALEIGH — A cadre of Republicans in the North Carolina House broke ranks with their leadership Tuesday to vote down a sweeping economic incentives and tax bill they said violated core conservative principles.More than two dozen GOP members joined with Democrats to defeat the bill 47-54, despite support for it from Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate leader Phil Berger.The multi-part bill included county sales taxes, tax benefits for a Haywood County...

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RCCCC holds annual meeting on Thursday

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Church and Community Center will hold its annual meeting on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church at 1002 N. Chestnut St.The event will recognize the center’s donors and the church’s 45 years of ministry. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Rev. Fred Rose is interim pastor.For information, call Darlene Jacobs at 910-738-5204.

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Hawkeye center wins $20K grant

RED SPRINGS — The Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo.The nonprofit, which is based in Hoke County, will use the grant to fund its Sacred Traditions Project, which seeks to preserve American Indian customs and foster a bond between tribal elders and youths.A facility dedicated to teaching traditional lifestyles of Eastern Woodland American Indians will be built as part of th...

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The battle to save downtown

Vibrant downtowns in small rural towns have gone the way of the slinky. They really don’t exist anymore.But Lumberton’s continues to put up a good fight.Forever gone are the days that city residents would flock to downtown Lumberton in large numbers to shop for clothes, buy lunch at locally owned businesses, or stop by The Robesonian newspaper to drop off a wedding announcement. Those businesses long ago shut down because they couldn’t compete with larg...

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Crime report

TheftsBilly McNeill, of Parkview Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into his car, causing $300 in damage to a window, and stole a $50 DeWalt flashlight and a $10 pair of pliers, according to a police report.Tyrone Love reported Monday that $16.99 worth of Bud Light beer was stolen from Spinx Convenience Store on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report.Break-insThe following break-...

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Medicaid at top of list of GOP mistakes

When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory in the last two years — and there have been too many to mention — the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provide health coverage for more than 400,000 low income adults who are currently uninsured.That was point was reinforced dramatically recently by a national report that quantified how much federal funding st...

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