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Stephens quits DSS board, cites conflict

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LUMBERTON — Commissioner Jerry Stephens on Monday ended his short term as a member of the county’s Department of Social Services board, a position that he told fellow commissioners might create for him a conflict of interest.Stephens, who along with Commissioner Lance Herndon was seated on the Social Services board on July 1, said that he discovered after being appointed to the board that he had a niece working at the department.“I had a great month on the board, but I’ve got a niece out there,” he said. “I’m glad I found out before I gave her a raise.”

 

School spending is up, not down

RALEIGH — Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swin...

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McCrory gets pardon request

RALEIGH — Two men recently freed from prison after 30 years have applied for pardons of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory.Henry McCollum, 50, and his 46-year-old half-brother Leon Brown, had been incarcerated for the 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs. They had their convictions overturned by a judge on Sept. 2 and were released from prison after DNA evidence suggested another man committed the crime.

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Richmond rocks Pirates in 2nd half

LUMBERTON — With Lumberton in a bit of a rebuilding mode this year, the players on the Richmond soccer team have started to build a buzz as one of the top teams in the Southeastern Conference.With a 1-0 lead at halftime at Lumberton on Wednesday, Raider coach Bennie Howard felt like his team needed a reminder.“Everybody’s talked from last year that us and Pinecrest are the two teams and for Richmond, that’s not been said in a long time,” How...

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Living a balanced life

FAYETTEVILLE — Going into the 1983 high school football season, Red Springs wasn’t a team that was viewed as much of a threat.The Red Devils had weapons, in particular quarterback/halfback Hardin Brown, as well as tight end Charles McRae, but had not been able to put them into a system that generated wins. Brown passed for more than 1,100 yards the year before, with most of his completions going to McRae, and rushed for almost 700, but the team struggled to a 2-7-1 reco...

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Southeastern retains funding for Head Start

LAURINBURG — Less than a month after losing state funding for its weatherization program, Southeastern Community and Family Services has received confirmation that it will continue to receive U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for its Head Start program.The $11 million in federal money constitutes 78 percent of Southeastern’s annual revenue, funding 16 Head Start programs for the 2014-2015 year.Southeastern’s Head Start programs provid...

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UNCP tops in student diversity

PEMBROKE — An online publication has named The University of North Carolina at Pembroke the most diverse graduate school in the South.The university claimed the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the most diverse student populations at colleges that offer master’s degrees. The list was part of the publication’s 30th annual survey of more than 1,800 colleges and universities across the nation.Overall, UNCP ranked 42nd among Southern pub...

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Warrant: Accused killer thought children were going to ‘chop him up’

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina father who authorities said killed his five children believed the kids “were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs,” according to an unredacted arrest warrant released Wednesday.Authorities said Timothy Ray Jones Jr. killed his children at his Lexington home, put the bodies in plastic trash bags and drove for nine days around the Southeast. The warrant said authorities found blood in his vehicle and handwrit...

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McCrory unveils 25-year plan for NC transportation

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday presented his long-anticipated North Carolina transportation plan that sets regional and statewide infrastructure goals for the next generation while purposely leaving many details to the future.McCrory, who with state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata scheduled four stops to announce the governor’s “25-Year Vision,” said the document will help ensure that people and commerce are well-connected as the state population...

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Berger tweaks ad following NAACP complaint

RALEIGH — Senate leader Phil Berger’s campaign on Wednesday changed a television commercial highlighting his role in passing a photo identification requirement to vote in North Carolina after it became the subject of an elections complaint.The North Carolina NAACP asked the State Board of Elections this week to investigate the ad, which the civil rights group alleges was unlawful because it gave misleading information to potential voters that may discourage them from ca...

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No excuse for DWI numbers in Robeson Co.

Years ago we stumbled across an interesting dynamic in the reporting of crime statistics, which we will acknowledge are not trustworthy because apples can only be compared with apples if the reporting agencies follow similar guidelines in what they report.They don’t.But what we found was that if crime went down in a jurisdiction, that law enforcement claimed it was doing a better job of preventing bad stuff from happening. But if crime went up, then law enforcement...

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Crime report

TheftsAmber Smith, of Cricket Hollow Road, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that her $400 Samsung Galaxy S4 was stolen at Walmart on Fayetteville Road, according to a police report.Ashley Bass, of Ginny’s Drive, Fairmont, reported Tuesday that an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from her purse at Lumberton Children’s Clinic on Liberty Hill Road, according to a police report.Elizabeth Minikel, of Riverside Boulevard, Lumberton, repo...

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Murder victim’s family still trying to find justice

To the Editor,In reference to letter to the editor published on Sept. 16, 2014, my stepson’s murder probe was also botched and contaminated. We were told that murder charges could not be filed based on the way it was handled and the arresting officers could not proceed as instructed.

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McCrory keeping eye on Senate race

The heated battle between for a U.S. Senate seat from North Carolina between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and her Republican challenger, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, has unfolded as most political observers expected.Tillis is trying at every opportunity to tie Hagan closely to President Obama, whose approval ratings are underwater in the state, a situation that’s not unusual for most incumbent presidents halfway through their second term in office.That’s ...

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Man charged with murder try

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting another man, who one week later remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.Clarence Jamar Graham, 27, was arrested Tuesday on Popes Crossing Road by Robeson County sheriff’s deputies and Lumberton police officers, according to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department.Graham, who lives on Spruce Street, is also charged with assault with intent to kill inflicting se...

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Mistakes cripple Mustangs

WHITEVILLE — The South Robeson volleyball team’s postseason hopes took a brief hit Tuesday night when as the Mustangs fell to Whiteville in straight sets, 25-17, 25-12, 25-15 in a key Three Rivers Conference matchup.Both teams entered the match both vying for third place in the conference, behind South Columbus and Fairmont.The first set was most competitive for both teams, with Whiteville gaining an early edge at 11-5 after a seven-point service run by junio...

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Fairmont jumps to first

FAIRMONT — During the 2013 season, there was only one obstacle the Fairmont volleyball team struggled to overcome: South Columbus.The Stallions accounted for half of the Golden Tornadoes’ four losses, forcing Fairmont to settle for second place after an otherwise flawless run in the Three Rivers Conference.So when Fairmont scored the final point in Tuesday’s 3-2 win in the teams’ first meeting of the year, there was a bit of a release as the bench...

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Fairmont turns to deputies to aid town police

FAIRMONT — Fifteen Robeson County sheriff’s deputies will be pitching in part-time to keep Fairmont safe.Town Manager Linda Vause announced at a town meeting that the deputies will employed an as-needed basis to bolster the staff of Fairmont’s newly-independent Police Department.The Board of Commissioners during its July 15 meeting voted to split the town’s police and fire divisions, previously joined under the Public Safety Department. Kimothy Mo...

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