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Tribe request on county agenda

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LUMBERTON — The rebirth of the N.C. Indian Cultural Center will head the business items to be discussed by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday.The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is requesting the county to donate at least $100,000 to help fund the restoration of the Cultural Center. The tribe recently purchased the 386-acre property between Pembroke and Maxton that houses the center from the state for $351,000.Paul Brooks, the tribe’s chairman, said in a letter to the commissioners that the money is needed because federal guidelines do not allow money from the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act and other smaller grants be used for such projects.

 

Early voting begins on Thursday for primary

LUMBERTON — The director of the Robeson County Board of Elections is pretty sure that a good number of Robeson County voters will participate in the upcoming Democratic and Republican primaries on May 6.“I believe there is going to be a real good turnout for early voting and on Election Day,” G.L. Pridgen said. “There is a race for sheriff this year and that usually brings more people out to the polls.”

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Rain can’t stop Easter fun

ST. PAULS — For the first time in Susan Hudson’s four-year tenure as pastor at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church, the church’s annual Easter Egg celebration was threatened by rain — though you wouldn’t know it by speaking with the children in attendance.“We got to paint, read a story about Jesus, eat food [and] have fun,” Ian Brantley said, his eyes never once leaving his bag of candy. “I have done this since I was born!”...

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Hit and miss

Officials with the Public Schools of Robeson County collectively hold their breath each year when the state releases information on the use of corporal punishment. Robeson County not only leads North Carolina each year, but by a substantial margin — and the report brings unwanted scrutiny to the system.The report is misleading — and requires a close examination for reliable conclusions to be drawn.

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Slugfest postponed, games moved to Monday

Follow the up-to-the-minute weather updates concerning this weekend’s tournament using the hashtag #ROBCOSlugfest on Twitter.RED SPRINGS — A decision has been made regarding today’s Robeson County Slugfest and it’s one officials feared would occur.PSRC athletic director Jason Suggs and tournament officials talked things over Saturday morning and deemed the playing surface at Red Springs unsuitable for play, thus postponing first-round gam...

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Tribe seeks $100,000 gift from county

LUMBERTON — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is expected to ask the Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday to donate at least $100,000 to help pay the cost of restoring the N.C. Indian Cultural Center.Commissioner Roger Oxendine said on Friday that he has doubts that the commissioners will look favorably on the request at this time.“We have a tight budget,” Oxendine said. “I know one thing. Nothing will be done until at least the end of...

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Easter a time to count our blessings

Last week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the grand marshal and honorary starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on April 13, I’m proud to be your congressman, which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their ...

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Pet of the week

Jasmine is a 4-month-old domestic short hair. She is very playful and super loving. Spaying is mandatory with adoption and is free to Robeson County residents. To see Jasmine or the other animals, visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter at 255 Landfill Road in St. Pauls or visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter Facebook page, petango.com or petfinder.com. Shelter hours are Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 p.m. For information, contact the shelter at 910-865-2200 or email animal.shel...

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The stupid hounding of Condoleezza Rice

If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to her.Rice’s speaking gigs on college campuses and her ascension to the board of the Internet company Dropbox have sparked protests calling for her to be disinvited, cashiered and generally isolated and shamed.Condi Rice is not a natural lightning rod. She’s such a di...

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Sculptor builds statues from trifles

LUMBERTON — One person’s trash is Lou Webster’s inspiration.The 46-year-old Fairmont native creates whimsical statues using discarded materials such as light bulbs, coffee cans and worn-out baseballs. On May 3, the Robeson County Public Library will showcase her work as part of an exhibit entitled “Trash Talk: Art from Everyday Finds.”Webster said she got the idea to start compiling sculptures out of common household junk during a visit to t...

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County schools lead with the rod

LUMBERTON — If you are a student who was paddled in a public school in North Carolina during the 2012-13 school year, there is a 70 percent chance you live in Robeson County.According to a North Carolina Department of Instruction report released this month, corporal punishment, defined as the act of deliberate infliction of pain as discipline, was used 203 times during the 2012-13 school year by nine school districts — 141 of those times were in the Public Schools of Ro...

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Rain threat forces officials to ‘assess’ Slugfest plan

RED SPRINGS — Jason Suggs spent most of Friday morning shaking his head.A possible schedule change to one of Robeson County’s premiere athletic events had PSRC’s athletic director irritated.Latest models from WRAL, AccuWeather and The Weather Channel project an early-arriving downpour for southeastern North Carolina on Saturday, forcing a mid-afternoon meeting at central office concerning the Slugfest on Friday.

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SLUGFEST SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Swett hopes to continue title game appearance streak

RED SPRINGS — William Deese is only in his second year as the Purnell Swett softball coach but he knows that getting to the championship game of the Robeson County Slugfest isn’t an easy task.“It’s never been an easy road,” Deese said. “From the years I was coaching baseball, it’s never been an easy road. Everyone comes in and plays hard going into Easter time.”Yet in the short history of the softball tournament, which star...

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SLUGFEST BASEBALL PREVIEW: Red-hot Fairmont deflects pressure as top seed

RED SPRINGS — Sandy Thorndyke doesn’t lose sleep over what others say about his 2A baseball program at Fairmont.But he knows the little brother moniker will begin to a simmer if his top-seeded Golden Tornadoes, who come into this year’s Robeson County Slugfest at Red Springs on a 15-game winning streak, can topple a 4A rival in Tuesday night’s championship game.

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Robeson County Slugfest schedule, past champions, MVPs

ROBESON COUNTY SLUGFEST SCHEDULEBaseball (Saturday’s games at Tom Cope Park, Red Springs)No. 3 Lumberton vs. No. 6 Freedom Christian, 10 a.m.No. 2 Purnell Swett vs. No. 7 St. Pauls, 1 p.m.No. 1 Fairmont vs. No. 8 South Robeson, 4No. 4 West Bladen vs. No. 5 Red Springs, 7Softball (Saturday’s games at Clayson Park, Red Springs)No. 4 Terry Sanford vs. No. 5 ...

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Solomon Herring

Solomon HerringLUMBERTON — Solomon “Dick” Herring, 79, of Lumberton, passed away on April 17, 2014, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, the Rev. Steve Little officiating.He was born in Dillon, S.C., on May 14, 1934, to the late William Charlie Herring and the late Rachel Allen Herring. He formerly wo...

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State adds 19,400 jobs in March

RALEIGH — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased nonfarm payrolls last month, continuing the country’s long, slow recovery from a deep recession that started in 2007.The state’s March jobless rate was below the natio...

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Marriott breaks ground on new hotel in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — A ground-breaking ceremony was held this week at the site of a forthcoming SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in Lumberton.The hotel, which is expected to open in December, will be located near Exit 22 off Interstate 95 between Robeson Community College and Uncle George’s Restaurant.Construction is being handled by Metcon Inc., a firm headquartered in Pembroke, while development of the hotel is being overseen by North Point Hospitality Group Inc....

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