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Coal ash topic of meeting on Thursday

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LUMBERTON — A meeting to promote public awareness of potential environmental and health problems resulting from coal ash remaining on the site of the former Weatherspoon generating plant in Lumberton will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Robeson County Public Library’s Osterneck Auditorium.“Since the plant is now closed, coal ash is just sitting there directly adjacent to and almost in the Lumber River,” said the Rev. Mac Legerton of the Center for Community Action, the Lumberton-based organization that is sponsoring the event. “Little attention is now being paid to the coal ash pits. This could become a major problem if there is a hurricane or flood.”

 

County to award bid for jail roof

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider bids for a roof replacement project at the Robeson County Detention Center on Monday.Anderson Engineering & Associates, the Lumberton engineering firm overseeing the roof project bidding process, is recommending that Allied Roofing Company Inc. be awarded the project for a total cost of $860,560.A new roof for the jail has been needed for more than two years. Earlier this year, Leroy Scot...

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Misdirected mail confuses elections official

LUMBERTON — Robeson County election officials are asking for help from the community in their efforts to determine why absentee ballots are being delivered to eligible voters who have not requested them.“This is a concern to us,” said Steve Stone, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Elections. “We are trying to determine why people are receiving ballots, ballot request forms, and registration verification requests in their mailboxes for people who do not...

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CJ denied information on stimulus deal

RALEIGH — After first agreeing to allow Carolina Journal to inspect the documents relating to a taxpayer-funded U.S. Department of Agriculture energy grant to a company owned by family members of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, the USDA Rural Development office in Raleigh later said the matter was being handled in Washington — implying the USDA’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.

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UNCP to hold bevy of events during Homecoming

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, its students, alumni and friends will celebrate “The Spirit of Pembroke” during its Homecoming, which will run from Monday to Saturday.A multitude of events are slated during the week, including the annual Homecoming Parade, which will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday in downtown Pembroke. Last year, there were more than 80 entries in the parade.Tailgating begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, before the B...

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Tickets on sale Monday for ‘DWTS’

LUMBERTON — You can now vote for your favorite duo hustling to raise money as part of the United Way of Robeson County’s fourth annual Dancing with the Robeson County Stars.The couples were paired up on Sept. 28 and will have until Feb. 20 to raise money and master a choreographed dance routine they’ll perform for two nights at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center.Anyone who wants to attend should move quickly. According to Sandra ...

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End favoritism for utility bills in Red Springs

There is a lot of finger-pointing in Red Springs regarding an unpaid electric bill of more than $27,000 by Flora Macdonald Academy, a private school with a long and rich history in that community. Folks are asking who knew what, and when did they know it.A blow-by-blow account can be found in a Page 1A story in today’s edition of The Robesonian that was written by Scott Witten, the editor of The Red Springs Citizen. Most of the fingers point toward John McNeill, the mayor of ...

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School owes town $27K for lights

RED SPRINGS — Renat McQueen’s electric bill was $384 in September, but has been as high as $735.Although the Red Springs resident has pleaded for relief from town officials, she has received none and paid her bill.That is why McQueen was surprised to learn that Flora Macdonald Academy had racked up an unpaid electric bill of more than $27,000 over a seven-month period.“It is not right for them to get special treatment,” she said. “...

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US too slow on Ebola threat

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second health care worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason ...

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County nixes complaint against Cummings

LUMBERTON — Robeson County’s attorney has decided that a grievance filed against Commissioner Raymond Cummings by an employee of the county Department of Social Services is not strong enough to pursue.In the grievance, filed Sept. 3 regarding an incident on July 30 between the employee and Cummings, chairman of the Department of Social Services board, the employee contends that she is “concerned for my personal safety and the integrity of DSS.”

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Tornadoes go big for 2nd week in a row, top Red Springs

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont football team used its second 60-point week in a row to stay unbeaten in conference play as the Tornadoes blew away Red Springs on Friday night 61-30.The Golden Tornadoes (5-3, 3-0) rallied behind quarterback Julius Caulder, who led the charge for Fairmont’s potent offense, accounting for 409 passing yards and six touchdowns.“He played a heck of a game,” Fairmont coach Randy Ragland said. “Our offense was rolling.R...

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Bucks spoil Lumberton homecoming

LUMBERTON — After losing in the first week of conference play, the Lumberton and Hoke football teams both were looking for a win to keep in contention for conference play.Ultimately, the Bucks came out ahead in a 48-42 shootout, dropping Lumberton to 0-2 in conference play leading into a challenging final three games against Richmond, Scotland and Purnell Swett.“It shows you how far we thought we’ve come but how far we still have to go,” said Lumb...

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Richmond rolls over Purnell Swett 51-0

PEMBROKE — Richmond Senior was a perfect five for five in the first half.Richmond scored on all five of its first-half possessions and three of three in the final 24 minutes en route to a 51-0 win over Purnell Swett Friday night. It was Richmond’s third straight shutout against Purnell Swett. It was also the third consecutive time the Raiders scored at least 50 points against the Rams.The Raiders, the top-ranked 4AA team in the state, improve to 8-0 on the se...

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Breaking into the open

ST. PAULS — The night started off well for the South Robeson football team.An onside kick to start the game against St. Pauls took the Bulldogs by surprise and set the Mustangs in position to score the opening drive.Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the good news ran out quickly. The Bulldogs stopped the Mustangs before reeling off 28 unanswered points in the first quarter on the way to a 54-14 win on homecoming at St. Pauls.“We just played well, pla...

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All in the family

GREENVILLE — Three days before East Carolina University’s football team would defeat Southern Methodist University, head coach Ruffin McNeill sat in the team’s meeting room adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, speaking to a reporter.As players cleared out of the nearby hallways following practice, McNeill briefly called two of them into the room.“Ask them who their daddy is,” McNeill said.With that prompt, both players simultaneousl...

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UNCP seeking input on new log

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will display 11 contenders for its new logo across campus during its Homecoming week.University Communications and Marketing received more than 30 logo designs, all featuring Old Main, from students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. The entries were reviewed and narrowed to 11 designs.The designs available for review the following days and locations: at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the University Center Annex...

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Photo gallery: An Evening With Alexander Julian: Fashion in Literature

LUMBERTON — More 50 local models played the part of iconic characters and authors as part of “Fashion in Literature: An Evening with Alexander Julian,” which raised $98,000 for the Robeson County Public Library.Julian, an award-winning menswear designer from Chapel Hill, provided running commentary laced with personal anecdotes and fashion trivia during the event.Here are some scenes from the fashion show, which was held Thursday at the Carolina Civic C...

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Robeson leads NC enrollment for ObamaCare

LUMBERTON — Almost half of all eligible Robeson County residents signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act — the highest percentage of enrollment in the state.According to a recent analysis by The University of North Carolina’s N.C. Rural Health Research Program, 49.9 percent of an estimated 13,000 eligible Robesonians selected a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace by mid-August.Researchers analyzed number...

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