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Tribal officials: Certification to mean new jobs

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PEMBROKE — A U.S. Small Business Administration certification granted last week to a company owned by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has the potential to lead to countless new jobs being injected into Robeson County’s and nearby economies, tribal officials said Tuesday.In announcing that tribal-owned Lumbee Tribal Enterprises LLC was granted 8(a) Business Development Program certification on Oct. 14, Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks said that money generated through company projects could help fund scholarships and health care programs for tribal members.


Report finds academic issues at UNC to ‘93

CHAPEL HILL — Bogus classes and automatic A’s and B’s are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.At least nine university employees were fired or under disciplinary review, and the question now becomes what, if anything, the NCAA will do next. Penalties could range from fewer scholarships to vacated wins.Most of the athl...

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Money raised to preserve historic Civil War land

RALEIGH — North Carolina has raised the $310,000 needed to protect land near Bennett Place Historic Site in Durham, site of the largest Confederate troop surrender of the Civil War.The bulk of the money came in two large donations of $150,000 each, Kevin Cherry, deputy secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources, said Wednesday the state received two grants of $150,000 each. The other $13,000 came from smaller donations, including someone in Virginia who sent a check fo...

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Blue Cross to boost rates 13 percent

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s largest health insurer said on Wednesday that 2015 rates will rise by more than 13 percent on average for people who buy their own Affordable Care Act policies.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina discussed the expected rate increases in a teleconference several weeks ahead of the Nov. 15 kickoff for the enrollment period for coverage starting in January.Blue Cross said rates would rise an average of 13.5 percent for 315,000...

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U-boat, freighter it sank both found off of Hatteras

RALEIGH — In the aptly named Graveyard of the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast, researchers have found the wrecks of a Nazi U-boat and the ship it sank during a World War II convoy.“That whole battlefield scene is there,” said Joe Hoyt of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, chief scientist for the expedition. “Both sides of the story are represented as a memorial to history.”A research team using sonar found the wrecks ...

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App St. students win fight for on-campus voting site

RALEIGH (AP) — Students at Appalachian State University will get to vote on campus when in-person early voting starts today following legal decisions and court appeals.The state Board of Elections agreed unanimously Wednesday afternoon to open a voting station at the Boone-based school following a ruling last week by Wake Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens.Stephens ordered the board to make the site available in response to a request by local registered voters, i...

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In Robeson, the nightmare was on Yedda Road

Just when we thought that violence in Robeson County could not get any worse, it did.Or almost did.If not for the quick-thinking and heroism of a 67-year-old East Lumberton man, Wednesday’s headlines in this newspaper might have screamed “3 murdered in home invasion.” Instead, the only person who is dead is a 20-year-old who — although the investigation is continuing — we feel confident in declaring was one of the three people who forced the...

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Hammonds, as an ex-trooper, is well qualifed to be sheriff

To the Editor,I have heard many comments that a retired highway patrolman is not qualified to be a sheriff. So, I started to think of what qualities would make a good sheriff. A sheriff needs to be a good leader, always setting the example for others to follow. He needs to be a professional, and treat everyone fairly, employees and the public, irregardless of race, religion or political affiliation. He needs to be educated; in this day and time a sheriff needs to have a solid found...

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Crime report

TheftsOrtiz Villanueva, of Coree Street, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that $600 worth of nails, four nail guns valued at a total of $1,200 and two drills valued at a total of $1,400 were stolen from the bed of his truck at his residence, according to a police report.Jennifer Carter, of Pearl Street, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her home, causing $50 in damage to a window, and stole $2,138 worth of items, including two televisions, tw...

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The changing faces of voter fraud

Both Republican and Democratic Parties officially condemn voter fraud. Aside from disagreeing with what constitutes fraud and how to combat the practice, its otherwise a bipartisan concern.Robeson County has been the poster child for voter irregularities and the target of ongoing investigations. These investigations reveal a shift in tactics for those who engage in it.Traditionally, hauling was the predominant method of get out the vote in Robeson. The term was coined he...

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One answer short

ROCKINGHAM — In tight games, the soccer ball seems to find the right foot of Richmond’s Jalen Almond.In Richmond’s upset win over Pinecrest last week, Almond scored the opening goal off a loose ball in the box that bounced its way to his feet.The same thing happened in Tuesday’s Southeastern Conference semifinal match between Richmond and Lumberton.Armando Garcia had control of ball in the middle of the field when he was taken down just...

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Early voting starts Thursday at 3 locations

LUMBERTON — Robeson County voters who don’t want to risk long lines on Nov. 4 during the General Election now have eight days to cast their ballots during early voting.That can be done at the county Board of Elections office in Lumberton or at two satellite sites, in Fairmont and Pembroke.“We’re making sure everyone is well trained and ready to go,” said G.L. Pridgen, director of local Board of Elections. “We’re hoping everything...

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Neighbors shocked by violent home invasion

LUMBERTON —Neighbors of a man and wife severely injured during a home invasion on Monday night say they never expected Kenneth and Judy Byrd would be the victims of such a violent crime.“They’re real friendly, help you anyway they can, do anything for you,” said a woman who has lived near the Byrds on Yedda Road for about 20 years.

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UNCP’s Miles, Aiken named nation’s top weekly soccer players

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pair of University of North Carolina at Pembroke soccer players made program history on Tuesday when womens goalie Janae Aiken and mens soccer player Sam Miles were named as the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Players of the Week for NCAA Division II, the organization announced.It’s the first time in the two-year history of the award that one school has swept the weekly honors. UNCP is the third Peach Belt Conference school, joining Flagler and USC Aik...

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Swett’s Godwin qualifies for state tournament

For the third time in her high school career, Meredith Godwin qualified for the North Carolina womens golf state championship at Pinehurst No. 1.Godwin shot an 12-over-par 84 in the regional qualifier at Pinehurst No. 6 to earn the seventh best score in the region. The top qualifier was Joliana Elias, of Ragsdale, who shot a 75.Swett teammate Alaina Malcolm just missed the cut to make the state tournament, shooting a 99 in the qualifier. The cut was at 9...

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Moonlight Madness set for Thursday

PEMBROKE — The UNCP mens basketball, womens basketball, and wrestling teams will host their fourth annual Moonlight Madness, presented by McDonald’s, event at 7 p.m. Thursday in the English E. Jones Center.The annual event will include player introductions, a 3-point competition, scrimmages and wrestling matches, with a dunk contest set to highlight the night. Football head coach Shane Richardson and his team will also be on hand to address the fans regarding Saturday&#...

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Troopers step up patrols to catch school bus violations

LUMBERTON — The state Highway Patrol is stepping up patrols on school bus routes and in school zones.The effort is part of Operation Stop Arm, a statewide campaign by the Highway Patrol, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Instruction to increase awareness of stop arm safety.“We’re just asking the public to be aware of the school buses and use extra caution when approaching school buses when loading and unloading students so ev...

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Fairmont adds May Day event

FAIRMONT — A May Day Festival that drew thousands to downtown Fairmont will become a fixture of the town’s social calendar.The Fairmont Board of Commissioners during a regular meeting on Tuesday voted unanimously at the request of Commissioner Monte McCallum to add the event to its regular event schedule, which had been limited to a Fourth of July celebration, the Farmers Festival and a Christmas parade.

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