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RCC faces budget cuts

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LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College will be expected to do more with less money if projected state funding cuts take effect when the new fiscal year begins July 1, according to Pamela Hilbert, the college’s president.According to Hilbert, as the college prepares its budget for the new year, RCC could be operating with $1.9 million, or 9.8 percent, less than during the current fiscal year. The projected amount of state funding the college will receive in the upcoming fiscal year is $18,214,604, down from the current year of $20,187,842.“We definitely will feel these cuts,” Hilbert said. “They will be felt throughout the college.”


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TheftsRichard Radlo, of 10th Street, West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Tuesday that someone stole his white Persian cat, valued at $2,500, while he was staying at Royal Inn on Lackey Street in Lumberton, according to a police report.Tammy Young, of South Elwell Ferry Road, Council, reported Tuesday that someone stole her $20 wallet containing $60 in cash and $25 in bank and identification cards at CiCi’s Pizza on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, accor...

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Fairmont man faces cocaine charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man was arrested Tuesday after sheriff’s deputies found cocaine in his home, according to Randall Graham, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.Elvis Sweat, 53, is charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.Sweat was under investigation “for several weeks” by deputies after they received complaints of drug activity at his Coward Drive home, Graham said. Sweat was arrested Tuesday at about 3 p....

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Gov. McCrory leading like a mayor

Pat McCrory has been governor of North Carolina for 15 months now but he still doesn’t seem to have a handle on the position.He does have one part of the job down. McCrory is always headed somewhere to cut a ribbon or tour a factory or get his haircut in a small town barbershop. He looks good on the videos his office produces and in the pictures they post of him on social media.Many of his public appearances on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons are in his homet...

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Sandford Hunt

Sanford HuntFAIRMONT — Sanford James “S.J.” Hunt, 87, of Fairmont, died April 21, 2014, at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. The funeral will be 4 p.m. Friday at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday before the service.

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Wingate president to retire

WINGATE. (AP) — The president of Wingate University says he plans to retire from the job in May 2015.Jerry McGee made the announcement on Tuesday. His retirement will mark the end of a 23-year tenure as president.Under McGee’s leadership, Wingate has secured hundreds of millions in gifts and grants for scholarships and campus development. The school also attained university status and nearly tripled enrollment.McGee also officiated 404 college foot...

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RED SPRINGS — The Purnell Swett baseball team didn’t enter the 2014 Robeson County Slugfest on the streak it had hoped. In the eight games prior to the tournament, the Rams had gone 2-6 in league play with four straight losses.But Tuesday made coach Bryan McDonald a bit happier as the Rams beat Freedom Christian 7-4 to advance to the Slugfest championship game for the second year in a row.“This is the best ball game we’ve played in three weeks,...

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2014 Slugfest Day 2 Box Scores

Baseball bracketMondayFreedom Christian 3, Lumberton 2Purnell Swett 8, St. Pauls 4Fairmont 11, South Robeson 5Red Springs 4, West Bladen 2TuesdayPurnell Swett 7, Freedom Christian 4Fairmont 13, Red Springs 3Lumberton 11, St. Pauls 0South Robeson 6, West Bladen 2 Today5th place, 1 p.m.L...

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