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Kinlaw working with DSS

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LUMBERTON — Former Robeson County Attorney Hal Kinlaw has been granted a six-month contract with the county’s Department of Social Services to work on conflict cases, a decision that the chairman of the department’s board called “kind of disappointing.”Kinlaw’s contract took effect July 1.Becky Morrow, executive director of the Social Services Department, said that Kinlaw has been involved in DSS conflict cases during the past year that he needs to complete. She said that he is paid on a case-by-case basis.“Hal, as county attorney, worked on conflict cases for us over the years,” Morrow said. “He’s just continuing these cases that need to be completed.”



TheftsLonnie Webb, of Martin Luther King Drive, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that someone stole a bottle containing 40 Metformin 500 mg pills valued at $8 from her business, according to a police report.Rex Holmes Jr. reported Wednesday that someone stole a package of ham valued at $5 from Bo’s Food Store on East Fifth Street in Lumberton, according to a police report.Kellen Byrd, of West 32nd Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that ...

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Fair pay for our teachers

North Carolina’s teachers this week provided a good lesson for those who sit in their classrooms: If you want something bad enough, don’t stop chasing it.After a budget compromise was struck on Tuesday, teachers across North Carolina will enjoy the largest raise in North Carolina’s history that comes without a tax increase, a robust 7 percent. That would boost pay for early career teachers to about $35,000 a year, ranking the state about 32nd in the country; curre...

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Republicans’ state budget isn’t kinder and gentler

There are two pieces of good news about the final state budget agreement released this week. One is listed explicitly in the 260-page budget document. The other is how legislative leaders are presenting the plan.Teachers in North Carolina are getting a raise. That is the explicit part. Despite the claims otherwise, it is not the biggest overall percentage increase in state history, though newer teachers are getting a double-digit increase. Some veteran teachers are receiving less t...

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Budget well worth difficult journey

RALEIGH — It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most — or so we have been assured by deep thinkers ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Steven Tyler. When it comes to North Carolina’s revised 2014-15 state budget, however, the journey proved to be less an idyllic journey through the countryside than a drive through rush-hour traffic with a station wagon full of cranky kids.It took longer than expected for the House and Senate to resolve their di...

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Throwback Thursday: A life with few regrets

GREENSBORO — The first thing Keith Atkinson remembers about William Hardin in high school is his strength.“William had tremendous wrist strength,” said Atkinson, who was Hardin’s teammate at Lumberton High School in the early 1980s. “He would work with his father as a brick mason, and that, to me, developed the quickness in his wrists.”The power and quickness in those wrists helped to make Hardin one of the most feared hitters at the p...

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Local teams offer support for Scotland star

LUMBERTON — When Scotland High School visited Pembroke last year, the Purnell Swett football team got a taste of Jaylend Ratliffe.Before halftime, the Division I quarterback prospect had two rushing touchdowns, both for more than 40 yards, and connected with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Tyson, en route to a 48-0 halftime lead.“He was the key that started the ignition,” Purnell Swett coach Mark Heil said Wednesday. “Everything stemmed off of h...

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Two killed in Fayetteville shootings; deputies hit

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — An angry husband sprayed his father-in-law’s house with bullets from two 30-round magazines, killing two people, after his wife ran to the home during an argument Wednesday.The man later exchanged gunfire with authorities and died of a gunshot wound after hitting several deputies and a state trooper, Cumberland County Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler said.“He just went wild,” Butler said of the shooter. “I mean, sh...

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Police ID ‘person of interest’ in shooting in Red Springs

RED SPRINGS — Police have named a Red Springs man they say is connected with a shooting on Sunday.Police are looking for Eric Terry, 29, of 114 Jackson St., Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said Wednesday. Terry is believed to have had a role in the shooting of 29-year-old Justin Johnson of Red Springs outside a house on Haywood Street.“He is definitely a person of interest,” Patterson said. “We have been looking for him at his home and his parents&#...

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Vets invited to get health care info

LUMBERTON —Veterans in and around Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties will have an opportunity on Friday to enroll in the Veterans Affairs health care system and learn about the services offered by the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.The medical center’s inaugural wellness fair will take place during the Three County Homeless Veterans and Community Stand Down at the National Guard Armory at 4502 Fayetteville Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Crime report

TheftsSilvia Hernandez, of East Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her storage building and stole a John Deere lawn mower valued at $7,190, according to a police report.Tonya Locklear, of Lindsay Court, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her car and stole 10 CDs valued at $15, a flashlight valued at $40, and a phone charger valued at $20, according to a police report.An employee at Lumberton ...

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BART holding yard sale Saturday to raise funfs

LUMBERTON — The Borderbelt AIDS Resource Team will hold a back-to-school yard sale beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday.The sale will take place at BART’s new location at 415 Country Club Road in Lumberton. Proceeds from the yard sale will help provide the organization’s clients with school supplies and assistance with small emergencies.For information, call Christina Spaulding at 910-739-6167, or visit Facebook/com/bart.borderbelt.

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NC losing its war on gay marriage

It seems fitting somehow that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision that marks another major step toward marriage equality in North Carolina this week, just a few days after the General Assembly voted to allow charter schools in the state to discriminate against gay students.It’s a perfect microcosm of what’s happening these days in North Carolina and how out of touch our leaders are with the attitudes of people.The federal appeals cour...

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GOP poised to push ahead in Robeson

The General Election is looming. The question of whether Republicans are electable in Robeson has been answered. Can enough Republicans now be elected to make a difference?Robeson has elected a Republican state legislator, county commissioner and councilmen. A Republican governor, U.S. senator and congressman now represent Robeson as well. Many conservative Democrats already lead Robeson and carry a Democrat card out of tradition if nothing else. As one of the poorest counties in t...

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Local educators pleased with proposed big raise

RALEIGH — Robeson County educators are rejoicing after North Carolina House and Senate Republicans announced on Tuesday the details of a new budget that would see teacher salaries rise by 7 percent.“Praise God, we won,” said school board member Brenda Fairley Ferebee upon learning of the news. “It has been a real journey, but to God be the journey.”The new budget will not require the loss of teacher assistant positions as previously proposed...

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PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Soaring Eagle Community Building, 442 Norment Road, Lumberton.Tribal members residing in District 3, which encompasses Lumberton, are invited to attend. Staff from tribal offices will be on hand to answer questions about the tribe’s programs, services, and the former North Carolina Indian Cultural Center.

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PSRC officials attend national safety conference

LUMBERTON — School Resource Officer Denise Ward spends her days overseeing the safety of children at Fairmont and Orrum Middle School. This summer Ward joined two dozen school resource officers, principals, assistant principals and school safety staff at the 2014 National School Safety Conference Program.“I feel good about the safety plan we have at both of my schools because several of the things the conference presenters discussed, we have already implemented,” ...

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Center raising funds for new roof

LUMBERTON — After almost 50 years of helping others, the Robeson County Church and Community Center needs a hand.The nonprofit is trying to raise money to replace the dilapidated roof of its building at East Fifth Street in Lumberton.“We’re beyond the point of repair,” said Greg Maynor, the center’s assistant executive director. “The damage is pretty extensive.”According to Maynor, portions of the 750-square-foot roof ...

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