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NAACP aims for 1,000 new voters

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LUMBERTON — The Unified Robeson County chapter of the NAACP has started a voter registration drive that the chapter’s president is hoping will result in 1,000 new voters registered by Sept. 1.“That’s my goal,” President Pat McKoy said.McKoy said that the drive, which began in Rowland two weeks ago, is already proving a success. It is part of the statewide “Forward Together Movement” being coordinated by the NAACP with assistance from the political action organization Democracy North Carolina.According to McKoy, during the first two weeks of the drive, 100 new voters were registered. At the same time, Robeson County’s NAACP chapter picked up 10 new members, McKoy said.

 

Power deal could be coming soon

RALEIGH — Duke Energy could announce as soon as next week whether a deal has been reached to help reduce high electric bills for customers in Red Springs and Lumberton and 30 other eastern North Carolina municipalities.Those close to the negotiations said Duke Energy may be close to finalizing its deal with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to potentially purchase ownership interests in four power plants that serve Red Springs and Lumberton, which both operate...

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The Robesonian’s website now faster, easier

If you haven’t visited The Robesonian’s website lately, you should take a look.Just a few days ago, The Robesonian unveiled a significant upgrade to our website, making robesonian.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with the recent redesign of our print edition, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded fea...

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Camp gives kids with special memories

ORRUM — Eleven horses, 20 chickens and 40 acres all added up to countless memories for the children and families attending the Lazy L Ranch on Friday.The daylong event was the culmination of a week of activities lined up by the Robeson County Parks and Recreation Department, which played host to its first Summer Playground Day Camp event for children with special health-care needs.

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SeHealth gets $100,000 more for renovations

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Cannon Foundation to assist with the renovation of a portion of Southeastern Regional Medical Center for the organization’s Medical Education program.This is in addition to a $500,000 Building Reuse grant that had been announced earlier this week, which was awarded by the North Carolina Department of Commerce.In June, Southeastern Health received yet another grant for $500,000 from the D...

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Crime report

TheftsOfficer Pete Monteiro reported Friday that someone broke into Downright Customs on North Chestnut Street in Lumberton, causing $500 in damage to a window, and stole a $500 leather Suzuki jacket, according to a police report.Brandon Edwards, of Beulah Church Road, Lumberton, reported Thursday that his $15 wallet containing bank and identification cards was stolen at Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center on Fayetteville Road, according to a police re...

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County works on HUD response

LUMBERTON — Operations will continue as usual at the Robeson County Housing Authority while the agency’s executive director is suspended and the county prepares its response to concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Jason King, assistant county manger.“We’re open and everything is as usual. Bills are being paid and residents are continuing to be served,” King said Thursday. “We have seen no hiccups i...

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The Robesonian’s print edition has new look

The print edition of The Robesonian now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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‘Lucky that … no one else was hurt’

LUMBERTON — Lucky.That’s how business owners, customers and police are describing Wednesday afternoon’s drive-by shooting in a busy Fayetteville Road shopping center in North Lumberton.While 26-year-old Clarence Graham was hit in the leg by one of about eight bullets fired from a gold vehicle, his injury wasn’t life-threatening and he was able to leave Southeastern Regional Medical Center the same day. Police and witnesses believe he was targeted....

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Ducks take dip to boost coffers of youth group

LUMBERTON — The Lumber River will be duck soup on Saturday as hundreds of plastic ducks will be dumped into the water to raise money for the Robeson County Boys and Girls Club and award one lucky person up to $2,000 in cash.Ron Ross, the club’s executive director, expects as many as 300 people at the 12th annual Duck Race, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at Stephens Park in Lumberton.“It’s more than just a duck race, it’s a piece of a puzzle that...

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Report: NC children lag in well-being

While folks inside the beltline in Raleigh were parsing every rumor about the budget dance between House and Senate leaders, a new national report provided a stark reminder of just how out of touch the negotiators in the corner rooms of the Legislative Building are with many of the people they represent.The 2014 Kids County Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released this week ranks North Carolina 34th in the overall well-being of its children and 38th in their economic w...

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Two charged with stealing medical supplies from EMS

LUMBERTON — A bag of medical supplies stolen from a Robeson County ambulance has been recovered and two people have been charged for the theft, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.The bag, which was stolen on Friday, was in the back of a Robeson County Emergency Medical Services ambulance on McIver Road in Lumber Bridge while emergency responders were inside a home tending to a patient, a statement from the Sheriff’s Office said.

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Crime report

TheftsReggie Copeland, of Orange Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that he was robbed of $96 worth of pain pills at the intersection of C Avenue and Jerome Street, according to a police report.Wanda Murchison, of McPhail Road, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that someone broke into her car at Food Lion on Elizabethtown Road and stole $260 worth of items including an iPod and a radar detector, according to a police report.Forrest Trombley, of...

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The Left goes both ways on tax issues

RALEIGH — When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists are castigating Republicans in the General Assembly for proposing a reduction or elimination of North Carolina’s tax credit for film and television production. They say that the tax break, with a state fiscal impact of $61 million a year, is critical to luring and retaining businesse...

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Lack of confidence

The director of the Robeson County Housing Authority has been found guilty of nothing, and there should be a presumption of innocence until the facts no longer allow for such benevolence.But the allegations against Ronald Oxendine, who is now suspended with pay from that job, are disturbing. Unfortunately these types of allegations are increasingly routine, not only in Robeson County, but everywhere — betraying an incredible lack of oversight when it comes to taxpayer dollars...

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A storybook ending

GREENSBORO — Demetri Sheridan resume last senior at Lumberton includes several high-profile honors. The senior was named All-Conference, All-County and All-Region honors, along with the county Defensive Player of the Year award.That’s why it was hardly shocking to some when Sheridan went off at the 69th annual NCCA East-West All-Star Football Game.Sheridan powered the East’s defense, taking his captain’s role seriously and racking up a game-high 1...

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Throwback Thursday: Local roots send Miller around the world

CHICAGO — For Regina Miller, every chance she could get to play basketball growing up was one she would take.“Riding my skateboard to the gym so I could shoot by myself, hoping that I could go somewhere,” Miller said, “and I did.”Miller has used basketball to travel the world, but it all started at Parkton High School where she learned to play the game, and took her school to its only NCHSAA state championship in girls basketball in 1980....

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Allen, force for integration, dies at age 89

KINSTON — Young H. Allen, Jr., the superintendent of the Robeson County school system for more than a decade, is being remembered as an instrumental figure in helping guide tri-racial Robeson County through desegregation during the late 1960s and early 1970s.Allen, who was 89, died July 16. He was best known locally for his tenure as superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County from 1965 to 1977.

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