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Campbell adds to winning total

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LUMBERTON — Berlester Campbell on Tuesday picked up 16 of 25 provisional votes, upping his District 2 victory over incumbent Robeson County Commissioner Hubert Sealey.After canvassing of votes was completed, Campbell had 842, or 56.51 percent, of the 1,495 ballots cast. Sealey mustered 648, or 43.49 percent, of the total votes.Campbell’s victory in the Democratic Primary run-off election puts him back in the seat that he lost in a close race to Sealey in 2002. There is no Republican on the ballot for District 2 in the November General Election, so Campbell will take his seat on the board in December.


Man injured in drive-by shooting

LUMBERTON — A 26-year old Lumberton man was injured during a drive-by shooting today at a Fayetteville Road shopping center, according to the Lumberton Police Department.Clarence Graham, who lives on Spruce Street, suffered a non-life threatening injury when he was shot in the lower left leg at about 1:15 p.m., according to a statement from the Police Fepartment.According to the statement, multiple shots were fired in the parking lot of For U Beauty, located at 355...

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CJ all over upcoming election coverage

RALEIGH — As the North Carolina General Assembly continues to wind down its legislative work for 2014, my Carolina Journal colleagues are already turning their attention toward what promises to be a fascinating midterm election cycle.The marquee race, obviously, is the U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, with Libertarian nominee Sean Haugh currently polling in the high-single digits. It is conceivable that ...

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Burnette, Britt get all-star sendoff

GREENSBORO — As Bradley Burnette got off the bench and walked into his familiar center spot on the back line with 11 minutes left in Tuesday’s East-West All-Star boys soccer game, he paused for a second.The announcer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s soccer stadium bellowed his name and on cue, Burnette raised his arms pointing his fingers to the sky as a small section of fans gave him an ovation.It was, if nothing else, a mix of emoti...

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HUD suspends housing head

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday suspended Housing Authority Director Ronald Oxendine with pay until completion of an investigation into the Housing Authority’s procurement policies and procedures is complete. Only Commissioner Hubert Sealey voted against the suspension.A local investigation was launched after concerns were raised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during a review of the Robeson County Housing Authorit...

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Squirrel causes power outage, 2 people trapped on elevator

LUMBERTON — Two people in Lumberton had to face some of the our most dreaded fears at once on Tuesday — darkness and claustrophobia.The two became trapped in separate elevators when a power outage struck Tuesday morning, shutting off lights from Southeastern Regional Medical Center to the downtown area.According to Linda Oxendine, director of Public Services for the city, the outage was caused by a squirrel.About 2,000 customers around Carthage Roa...

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Tree crushes car; driver ducks injury

LUMBERTON — Eighteen inches.That, according to John Rancke, is how close he came to being killed on Monday by a falling tree.Rancke was driving on Barker Ten Mile Road from the Wycliffe area towards Lowes Foods when he heard a crash.“I thought I’d blown a tire first off, but then the car kept rolling,” Rancke said. “Then I thought someone had shot out the window because the passenger side window was broken. I was covered in glass....

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Senate panel OKs sales-tax bill

RALEIGH (AP) — Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back under legislation passed Tuesday by a Senate panel.Republican supporters say the measure would give more options to most counties to generate local revenues. But opponents, particularly Democrats from Wake County, say it would harm counties that received previous authority from the General Assembly to generate more revenue than others — particularly to assist wit...

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Crime getting more expensive

The day will come that Robeson County is forced to build a jail that might cost as much as $50 million, but before that happens, it appears that a $1 million Band-Aid will have to be placed on the head of the current facility.Ouch if you pay property taxes in this county because, sooner or later, you are going to get stuck with that bill.The county Board of Commissioners on Monday night heard a report about the need to replace the roof on the 25-year-old facility, which ...

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Boys and Girls Club holds annual duck race Saturday

LUMBERTON — The Boys and Girls Club of Robeson County will hold its 12th annual Duck Race at 11 a.m. on Saturday in order to raise money to make the club affordable for youths.Participants pay $25 for a plastic duck marked with a number that will be dumped into the Lumber River. The owner of the lucky duck that crosses the finish line first will receive $2,000 if that person is in attendance, and $1,000 if that person is not in attendance.The money raised helps the...

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Crime report

TheftsCarol Holmes reported Monday that six issues of The Robesonian, valued at $1.50 each, were stolen from Sunoco on Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, according to a police report.Gina Williams, of Lucretia Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her car at Southeastern Regional Medical Center and stole $15 worth of bank and identification cards and a $20 wallet that was later recovered, according to a police report.Va...

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The Robesonian launches new website

The Robesonian is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories....

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Bill strips tax choices from counties

Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of House Bill 1224 that emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee this past week. The bill not only places a hard cap on the local sales tax rate at 2.5 percent but also only allows counties to levy a sales tax increase for either education or transit — not both. This bill joins a slate of other bills that would restrict local control.

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Lonail Locklear closes out first County Championship

LUMBERTON — For Lonail Locklear, there was more on the line than just a trophy heading into Sunday’s round of the Robeson County Golf Championships, presented by Dial Insurance. With his brother, Larry Lynn Locklear, and his cousin, LeMark Harris, within shouting distance on the scoreboard, family bragging rights were on the line as well.Locklear didn’t flinch away from it, scoring a 3-over-par 75 on his final round to win the mens regular division by five strokes...

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Sunday’s RCGC final scores

Robeson County Golf ChampionshipsPresented by Dial InsuranceSunday’s final scoresChampionship DivisionChampionship Flight1. Kyle Covington 69-69-70 — 2082. Nick Dial 73-72-67 — 2123. Jeff Wishart 71-71-72 — 2144. Dyrck Fanning 70-77-69 — 216Brad Locklear 74-69-75 — 218Mark Kinlaw 72-73-74 — 219Andy A...

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Baker and the best

GREENSBORO — After coaching basketball for 24 years, it might be hard to experience new things on the court.Don’t tell that to Mike Baker.“Every time you go, every kid is different,” said Baker, the long-time Fairmont coach. “If it’s the same thing, you get bored, so it’s not. It’s fun when you come in and you have a new exciting kid that comes in and is excited about playing.”Baker’s past few months ...

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Woman finds husband dead at door of home

LUMBERTON — Sheriff’s deputies are trying to determine what killed a 40-year-old man found dead by his wife at the door of their Lumberton home, according to a statement from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.According to the statement, Oscar Mendoza was found by his wife, Charlotte Mendoza, on the ground in front of their home on Harlie Road in Lumberton at about 1:15 a.m. today. Oscar Mendoza’s body was cold and he was “bleeding from his head, nose...

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‘The Boys and Girls Club saves lives’

PEMBROKE — Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, as well as blood types.Shareka Wilkins, 21, is living proof of that, having saved more than an estimated 45 lives before she was even old enough to drink, thanks to her regular attendance of area blood drives such as the one that took place at the Pembroke Boys & Girls Club on Monday, where Wilkins works as a youth coordinator.

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