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State hears elections appeal today

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LUMBERTON — The state Board of Elections will decide today whether to include Red Springs as a satellite early voting site in Robeson County for the November General Election. It also will consider whether Robeson County voters would benefit by early voting being offered on a Sunday.The lone Democrat on the three-member Robeson County Board of Elections, Tiffany Peguise Powers, has asked the state to consider adding Red Springs to the two satellite voting sites, Pembroke and Fairmont, already approved by the Robeson County Board of Elections as early voting sites for the General Election. Powers is also wants early voting to be available from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Board of Elections office in Lumberton.

 

State on solid economic path

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and other states in our neighborhood that, they say, are more aggressive in using economic incentives to recruit or retain businesses.

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Rams focused on the herd

Football preview scheduleSaturday: South RobesonSunday: FairmontTuesday: St. PaulsWednesday: Red SpringsToday: Purnell SwettFriday: LumbertonVisit Robesonian.com for the rest of the previews—PEMBROKE — There is no question that the Purnell Swett football team is looking forward to a chance to change the way the Southeastern Conference looks at it this season. The coa...

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Minister, wife found dead outside home

LUMBERTON — Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said autopsies will be performed today to determine the cause of death for a local minister and his wife whose bodies were found outside of their Lumberton home Wednesday afternoon.William Scott, 68, and Charlotte Nelson Scott, 64, were found dead in the patio area of their home on the 1500 block of Old Whiteville Road at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sealey.Earlier reports said the couple’s daughter...

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A double dose of bad news

The news that Robeson Community College has about 1,000 fewer students enrolled for the fall semester this school year than it did in the fall semester of 2012 could easily be misinterpreted as meaning the local economy is on the rebound and people are leaving the classroom for a paying job.That would be a colossal misread. The decline in enrollment is bad news that promises to get worse.Mark Kinlaw, vice president of Instruction, told the board of trustees on Monday nig...

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Commission gets earful from fracking foes

RALEIGH — Hundreds attended a public meeting Wednesday in Raleigh on rules for hydraulic fracturing drilling in North Carolina, with many voicing opposition and some even breaking into anti-fracking songs at the podium.Nearly 400 people filled an auditorium at North Carolina State University for the first of four meetings during a comment period that lasts until the end of September. The state Mining and Energy Commission will analyze comments and consider revisions to the ru...

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Legislators stroke coal-ash deal, head home

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s legislature finally wrapped up its two-year session Wednesday after passing a coal ash cleanup measure, but falling short on goals involving Medicaid and a budget fix with teacher assistant funds.This year’s work period began May 14 and ended seven weeks later than July 4 predictions by legislative leaders as negotiations on the budget, coal ash and economic incentives lingered. Barring a special session or returning to address a veto by...

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Department needed to eliminate waste

There should be a department to eliminate waste, coordinate redundancy and monitor the rule of law in Washington. It doesn’t exist. But it should. While no one wants another department, this one is different.Congress has no disciplined method to force laws, regulations and rules to fit together. Government makes laws. It really has no way of amending or taking them away. The layers are stifling a once freer nation. Not to mention it has created a bureaucracy where no one is r...

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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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RCC down 1,000 students since fall 2012

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 fu...

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Minister, wife found dead outside home

LUMBERTON — Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said autopsies will be performed today to determine the cause of death for a local minister and his wife whose bodies were found outside of their Lumberton home Wednesday afternoon.William Scott, 68, and Charlotte Nelson Scott, 64, were found dead in the patio area of their home on the 1500 block of Old Whiteville Road at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sealey.Earlier reports said the couple’s daughter...

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Missing man found

LUMBERTON — A 32-year-old Lumberton man who was the subject of a Silver Alert issued early Wednesday has been located.Michael Ray Locklear has been reunited 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 Wednesday.

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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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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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