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HOUSTON — Shortly before his death, John W. “Ned” Sampson had nearly become an NBA fan.His son Kelvin, once an elite coach at the college level, was in his sixth year as an assistant in the league and in the middle of the season with the Houston Rockets.“All of our conversations had been about the Houston Rockets, how the team was doing,” Kelvin said.The weekend before Ned passed away in mid-February, Kelvin was in Los Angeles preparing for a game with the Lakers and the conversation changed. With his NCAA penalties freshly expired, Sampson was again a candidate to coach at the college level.

 

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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Crime report

TheftAzizeh Abudaych reported Thursday that someone broke into her car on Village Walk West on Lumberton and stole a $130 leather purse, a $200 Samsung Galaxy tablet, and $200 in cash, according to a police report.

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US still has some growing up to do

I spent the past couple of weeks at Beth Israel Hospital, flat on my back and getting all kinds of tests that led to the discovery of what is known as an ablation. I finished my hospital run with a stent inserted in my wrist. It was intended to correct my heartbeat, which was irregular, and to ward off any discovered blockage.All jobs were professionally, sublimely done.At such times, one will think about many things. I read more papers than usual, watched many History C...

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ACA gets it right on maternity insurance

Despite early setbacks, millions of people have now enrolled in private insurance plans that meet new standards set by the Affordable Care Act. All of these policies must now cover a broad set of benefits, including prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and hospital stays. Still, one of the most common complaints about health reform is that insurers must now cover maternity care. Why, a middle-aged man will sometimes complain, should he have to buy a more expensive plan for a benefit h...

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Local roundup: Raiders blank Lumberton 5-0

LUMBERTON — It was fitting that the Richmond softball team clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season title with a shutout.After all, the Raiders have yet to lose this season.Summer Jacobs scattered four hits and struck out four as Richmond blanked Lumberton 5-0 Thursday to improve to 17-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC.The Raiders haven’t lost a regular season conference game in 21 tries, dating back to a 6-5 loss at Purnell Swett on April 17...

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Tribal Council repeals 6 ordinances

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday repealed six ordinances that a majority of members contend were in contempt of a Lumbee Supreme Court order issued earlier this month, but did so only after Councilman Terry Campbell strongly protested that repealing the ordinances would weaken and relinquish the council’s legislative authority.“Why would I want to vote in favor of repealing any ordinance that will give up this body’s oversight power?” C...

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The racist threat from the right

Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white supremacist groups en...

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Tameka Herrington

Tameka Hampton-HerringtonROWLAND — Tameka L. Hampton-Herrington, 39, of 208 Benton Court, died April 14, 2014, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Southside Ashpole School. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Rowland. The visitation will be an hour before the funeral at the school.

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Claude Dial

Claude DialRED SPRINGS — The Rev. Claudie Dial, 94, of 110 Goose Pond Road, died April 14, 2014. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Elim Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

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Woods to hold campaign rally

PEMBROKE — Robeson County Commissioner Noah Woods, who represents District 4, will host a campaign rally in the Pembroke Town Park beginning at 5 p.m. today. Chicken bog will be served.The free event is in support of the commissioner’s re-election bid. The public is invited.Woods is being challenged by Faline Locklear Dial in the Democratic primary on May 6. The winner will be unopposed in the November General Election.

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Dueling ads give preview of Hagan-Tillis race for Senate

RALEIGH — In a foretaste of a potential General Election matchup, Democratic U.S. Senate Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis released dueling ads Thursday about the health care law and a messy personnel matter in the office of Tillis, the state House speaker.Hagan released her first commercial in her bid to win re-election, a statewide radio spot criticizing Tillis, even though he’s just one of eight candidates in the May 6 GOP primary. Tillis is the primary̵...

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