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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.


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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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, or 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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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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Candidates forum Thursday at library

LUMBERTON — The Unified Robeson County NAACP,...

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Walmart tries to allay concerns in St. Pauls

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