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Tribe seeks $100,000 gift from county

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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 this budget year.”The current budget year ends June 30.The tribe recently agreed to pay $351,000 for the 386 acres between Pembroke and Maxton on which the center is located.

 

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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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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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Back to school

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 pre...

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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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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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