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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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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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Child faces hard future after abuse

LAURINBURG — During his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant attention.When Audrey Blades noticed that her son had developed a lazy eye and wouldn’t eat, she rushed him to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,” Blades said.Now, at 4 months old, Charlie requires a ventilator. He is blind and his brain ...

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Treasure hunters eye 1857 shipwreck

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An expedition is heading out this week to recover the remaining gold from a sunken 19th century steamship that yielded an estimated $50 million a quarter century ago before legal challenges shut down the recovery.The Odyssey Explorer and its crew of 41, operated by Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Fla., was to leave late Tuesday or today for the S.S. Central America, located about 160 miles off the coast of the Carolinas in 7,200 feet of wate...

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TheftsMary Spencer, of East First Street, Lumberton, reported Monday that her red and silver scooter, valued at $1,200, was stolen from her home and later recovered, according to a police report.Linnie Alexander Madden, of Turnpike Road, Wagram, reported Monday that someone entered his unlocked vehicle at Southeastern Regional Medical Center on West 27th Street in Lumberton and stole a black Taurus 9 mm handgun valued at $300, 150 .22-caliber bullets val...

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Man charged with neighbor’s murder

LUMBERTON — About two weeks after he reported finding 59-year-old Leo Warren Cromartie dead, a Lumberton man has been charged with killing him, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.Dephaney Rockwell Blue, of Bee Gee Road, was arrested this morning at about 10 and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Cromartie, who lived just over 100 feet from Blue’s home near Derrick Road, Sealey said.Sealey said a police report lists Blue as the p...

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