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McCollum, Brown freed

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LUMBERTON — Two men charged with the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Red Springs have been freed after 31 years in prison.Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ordered the immediate release of 50-year-old Henry McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown on Tuesday after a nearly six-hour long evidentiary hearing.Family members cheered, exchanged high-fives and hugged as convictions against the half brothers for the rape and murder of Sabrina Buie were dropped.

 

DMV erects obstacles for disabled seeking license

Rebecca Kay sustained an injury at age 16 that caused permanent damage. That did not stop her from driving for 44 years without any modifications to her cars. Her decades-old injury was not getting any worse. In 2013, however,North Carolina’s Division of Motor Vehicles added a restriction to her license requiring that she drive with a wheel knob. She had never driven with a wheel knob and was not driving with a wheel knob when she passed the road test to renew her license. When she aske...

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Tribal Elections office gets its phone number

PEMBROKE — As the filing period for candidates wanting to run for a seat on the Lumbee Tribal Council enters its second week, the tribe’s elections board office finally has a permanent phone number, according to Sheila Beck-Jones, the board’s chairwoman.The number for the office, now located in back of the Tribal Housing Complex on N.C. 711, is 910-522-5466.

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Governor: Pipeline could fuel local economy

PEMBROKE — Robeson County is expected to see a boom in economic economic growth as a result of a proposed 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will originate in Harrison County, W.Va., pass through Virginia, and end here, Gov. Pat McCrory announced this morning.McCrory told a crowd of about 150 business leaders, public officials and others gathered at COMtech industrial park that the $4.5 billion pipeline will be built and owned by Dominion Resources, headquartered n Richmond, ...

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Man shot by deputy

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs man is recovering after being shot in the face by a Robeson County sheriff’s deputy early Monday morning.Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said the man, whose name has not been released, fired first and that his injury does not appear to be life-threatening.Sealey said the deputy was responding alone to a disturbance on the 3400 block of McQueen Road at about 2:19 a.m.“There had already been an altercation with...

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Vet recovering well from bite

LUMBERTON — After being bitten and severely injured while attempting to administer a rabies shot to a pit bull at the White House Fire Department on Thursday, Dr. David Brooks, bleeding from his mouth, kept on working, treating two other dogs before being convinced he needed medical attention.Brooks, of Pembroke Animal Hospital, said the dog was “cowering and looked scared” before it lunged at him Thursday during a discount rabies vaccination clinic organized by t...

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Bargains found during annual downtown sale

LUMBERTON — More than 3,000 bargain hunters flocked downtown on Monday looking for a good deal as Revitalize Downtown Lumberton held its 20th annual Labor Day yard sale.During the sale, which kicked off at 7 a.m. and wrapped up at about 2 p.m., nearly 80 vendors posted up at plywood tables with clothing, crafts. electronics and other items.Dick Taylor, a member of the organization, said he was satisfied with the response to this year’s event, but conceded tha...

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McIntrye presented Long Leaf award

LUMBERTON — U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Lumberton native, was recently presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.McIntyre, a Democrat, was honored during a ceremony at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center in Lumberton. He was presented with the distinction by Elizabethtown Councilman Ricky Leinwand.The event also included tributes to McIntyre and a video highlighting his 18 years in the U.S. H...

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$100M couldn’t lure Toyota to Charlotte

RALEIGH — North Carolina business recruiters offered Toyota more than $100 million in incentives for the world’s largest carmaker to move its North American headquarters to Charlotte rather than a Dallas suburb, but still lost out to a Texas offer half that size.Only about a quarter of the nearly 3,000 jobs paying an average of $105,000 a year were expected to move from Southern California, meaning a golden but missed job-creating opportunity for the region, according t...

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Poultry plant could mean 1,000 jobs in Cumberland

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Residents who live near a Cumberland County site being considered for a $113 million poultry plant are divided.Some residents say if Sanderson Farms builds the massive new plant, property values will drop, especially because of the odor that come with poultry plants.But other residents say the up to 1,000 new jobs the plant could bring is worth the inconvenience.The Fayetteville Observer reported that a forum will be held Today to dis...

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Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kasey Kahne’s “downer” year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.Kahne’s first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.“I struggle with restarts a l...

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Sprint Cup standingsAfter 25 of 36 races1. Jeff Gordon, 8722. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8513. Matt Kenseth, 7944. Joey Logano, 7915. Brad Keselowski, 7826. Jimmie Johnson, 7667. Carl Edwards, 7558. Kevin Harvick, 7489. Ryan Newman, 74710. Greg Biffle, 728

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Sprint Cup resultsOral-B USA 500Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway1. (10) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 335 laps, 105.2 rating, 47 points, $310,965.2. (5) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 335, 118.6, 43, $264,741.3. (17) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 335, 114.9, 42, $182,705.4. (16) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 335, 105.7, 40, $198,516.5. (11) Carl Edwards, Ford, 335, 101.3, 39, $147,505.6. (27) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 335, 81.3, 3...

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Henley leads a large chasing pack at Deutsche Bank

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy’s name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.“Nobody is really expecting me to be sitting here right now,” he said Sunday.He was sitting atop a crowded leaderboard at the TPC Boston, which is becoming standard fare for these FedEx Cup playoffs. Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and added a late bi...

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ATLANTA (AP) — The last time Alex Wood started against Miami at Turner Field, he pitched eight strong innings before losing 1-0 to Jose Fernandez.More than four months later, even though Fernandez is out for the season with an elbow injury, Wood enjoyed a little payback.“It’s probably a little different because going against Fernandez, he’s got electric stuff,” Wood said. “It’s always fun going against guys like that. But this wi...

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New UNCP gallery director holds first exhibition

PEMBROKE — Art history professor Nancy Palm has been named director of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s A.D. Gallery, and her first exhibition is already hanging on the walls of the gallery in Locklear Hall.Palm is an assistant professor in the Department of Art, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. She is eager to contribute to the cultural experience at the university by continuing the prestigious exhibition history at the A.D. Galle...

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Prevatte gets homebuilder award

LUMBERTON — Tonnie Prevatte, owner of Prevatte’s Home Sales in Lumberton, recently received the Rollan Jones Member of Year award by the membership of the North Carolina Manufactured and Modular Homebuilders Association.Prevatte was presented the award at the association’s annual meeting, which was held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.The Rollan Jones Member of the Year award was created to recognize an individual who demonstrates outstanding serv...

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UNCP students gain from summer internship at COMtech

PEMBROKE — When an internship comes with a non-disclosure agreement, chances are it’s going to be a great learning experience.“On my first week, I was thrown into some interesting situations,” said LaVianca Ledbetter, a student at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke who recently completed an internship at COMtech, a nearby business park that is home to 41 business and more than 1,100 jobs.“It was a look behind the scenes.” Led...

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