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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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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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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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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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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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