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Voting gets quick start

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LUMBERTON — Early voting for the May 6 primary election got off to a quick start today with close to 40 voters casting their ballots by 9 a.m. at the Board of Elections office in Lumberton.Early voting sites were also open in Fairmont, Maxton and Pembroke, but The Robesonian was unable to get any information on how voting was going there.“We’re off to a good start,” said Tina Bledsoe, an elections technician with the Board of Elections. “One voter actually danced up to the ballot box.”Bledsoe said that when the doors to the polls opened at 8:15 a.m., there were already a few voters in line waiting to cast their ballots. She said so far, so good.


Taxpayers fund school basketball factory

A recent report that a basketball coach in North Carolina was busy evaluating overseas players isn’t all that unusual. Professional teams do it all the time. But this wasn’t the head of an NBA team or even a major college program.This coach recruiting players abroad is at a charter school in Winston-Salem, funded by state taxpayers to provide an education to North Carolina students.The school is Quality Education Academy and the coach is Isaac Pitts, who rece...

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Slugfest Day 3 results and all-tournament teams

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 2Wednesday5th: Lumberton 11, South R...

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GOP Senate hopeful Harris touts leadership, values during quick stop

LUMBERTON — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Harris believes it’s time for statesmen, and not professional politicians, to take over the leadership of government.“We need men and women in Washington who understand the Constitution,” Harris told a small gathering of GOP faithful Wednesday during a brief campaign stop at the Republican headquarters in Lumberton. “We need men and women who will operate within that document, and if they see others in Wa...

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A true read on economic hotspots

RALEIGH — Where are America’s economic hotspots?If you answer that question based solely on what politicians or pundits say, you might well get it wrong. You might think that Sunbelt states consistently outperform Frostbelt states, or that California’s economy is a basket case. And if your media diet is limited enough, you might think that North Carolina’s recent economic performance has been lackluster or even poor.None of these propositions is s...

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Woods holds rally for re-election Friday

MAXTON — A rally to support the re-election of Noah Woods, District 4 representative on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, will be held at 5 p.m Friday at Moores Chain Saw Service in Maxton.Woods, the chairman of the board, is being challenged by Faline Locklear Dial in the May 6 primary.Free chicken bog will be available. The public is invited.

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Maxton plans litter sweep on Saturday

MAXTON — Maxton is tidying up the town on Saturday and the director of Public Works is hopeful that a lot of volunteers will turn out for the event.“We will be picking up roadside litter,” said Sheldon McNair. “There’s a big trash problem in the town. It’s amazing how much paper can accumulate.”McNair said that Public Works employees recently targeted litter along the sides of roadways on a couple of Fridays and were able to fill...

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Sensational Swett

RED SPRINGS — The No. 2 seed didn’t necessarily show it, but the Purnell Swett baseball team looked at itself as a bit of an underdog entering the 2014 Robeson County Slugfest baseball tournament.After starting the season with eight straight wins, things turned for the worse as the Rams fell to 2-6 in conference play and entered the tournament on a four-game losing streak.“I don’t think anybody but who’s inside the program knows the roller c...

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