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Court has elections officials scrambling

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LUMBERTON — The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling Wednesday that sets aside some of the state’s 2013 elections laws for the Nov. 4 General Election will up the cost of Robeson County’s election and confuse voters, according to the county’s top elections official.


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RALEIGH — The first and only time I ever helped take a political survey was during my undergraduate days at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill back in the 1980s. I was one of many journalism students who made phone calls on behalf of the Carolina Poll, a regular survey of North Carolinians on political and social topics.During the ensuing three decades, the polling industry underwent dramatic growth and change. Here in North Caroli...

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Nine-day forecast includes fair

LUMBERTON — The delighted squeals of dizzy children. The cloying aroma of funnel cake. The kaleidoscopic swirl of flickering lights.The 68th annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair will be a feast for the senses, and as many as 90,000 people are expected to chow down when the event begins its nine-day run on Friday.“This is going to be the biggest and best fair I believe we’ve ever had,” said Coble Wilson, former president of the fair who curren...

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Police: Murder ‘weighed on’ teen, led to surrender

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton teen who is charged with shooting and killing a fair employee Monday night turned himself in because the crime was “weighing on his mind,” according to Lumberton police Capt. Terry Parker.Terrence Devon Paige, 19, contacted police on Tuesday about his role in the death of 53-year-old Edward Reiner, according to Parker.Parker said investigators told him “it was really weighing on (Paige’s) mind what he had done.”...

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Sunshine helps pack Pembroke Day

PEMBROKE — The sun finally won at the 25th annual Pembroke Day celebration as students, faculty and local residents came together to enjoy food, live music and arts and crafts on Wednesday — a week after the event was delayed because of thunderstorms.“The weather is perfect and everyone seems to be having a great time,” said Scott Bigelow, Communications specialist at UNCP who served as the master of ceremonies. “I’ve been doing this for close to...

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UNC-G fires 3 for falsifying time cards

GREENSBORO (AP) — Three University of North Carolina Greensboro employees have been fired after they were accused of filing false time sheets.The News & Record of Greensboro reported all three of those terminated had worked in the university relations department.Former staff photographers Christopher Woodrow English and David Simmons Wilson are accused of working freelance jobs while on the clock for the school.A third former department employee, Lyda Ad...

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Supplies sent to help with Ebola fight

CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina-based Christian relief organization on Wednesday sent about 100 tons of supplies to west African nations struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.Against the backdrop of a 747 cargo plane and several forklifts loading pallets of materials, the Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, outlined the mission at a news conference at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.“Ebola is devastating,...

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Rand joins Tillis at campaign event

RALEIGH — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul campaigned Wednesday for North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis, even though Paul had endorsed a tea party favorite whom Tillis defeated in the spring’s rough-and-tumble Republican U.S. Senate primary.Paul and Tillis worked the crowd of supporters at a downtown Raleigh restaurant and participated in a private fundraiser for Tillis before Paul wrapped up a two-day swing through the Carolinas by appearing with U.S. Rep. Walter Jon...

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Human tragedy shouldn’t reflect on county fair

When you are the daily newspaper in Robeson County, you don’t have to go mining for bad news. It is always bubbling to the surface.The determined search is for the good news.This week, the bad news collided head-on with good news, and we want to make sure that any collateral damage is limited to the extent that is possible, which is the purpose of today’s Our View.

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Crime Report

TheftsMary Mims, of Rosewood Drive, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that $145 worth of plant holders and a wreath were stolen from her residence, according to a police report.Dana Lynn Williams reported Tuesday that two air-conditioning window units valued at $500 were stolen from her residence on Carthage Road in Lumberton, according to a police report.Break-insThe following break-ins were reported to the Robeson Count...

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Some questions to ask Sen. Hagan, Rep. Tillis

RALEIGH — As incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis have battled to represent North Carolina for the next six years in Washington, their messages have focused on the past — Hagan’s tenure in the Senate, and Tillis’ leadership of the state House.But voters do not elect senators merely to rehash history. Ultimately, their representatives must address current and future concerns. Hagan and Tillis have agreed to participate in ...

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Veterans get to air their concerns

Local veterans last week had their chance to let regional Veterans Affairs officials know what they think about medical services they receive at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center and the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pembroke, and surprisingly the news was good for the VA.

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Seven more decisions that hurt

Last week we told you about seven bad decisions made by the General Assembly that have received very little attention amid all the back and forth about education cuts, the refusal to expand Medicaid, the massive tax breaks for the wealthy etc.That list included everything from abolishing the funding for two nationally recognized programs, the N.C Teaching Fellows and Drug Treatment Courts, to ending the state Earned Income Tax Credit and the state deduction for 529 college savings ...

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‘Motivated to make history’

RED SPRINGS — The St. Pauls soccer team wasn’t the quickest out of the gate in Tuesday’s rivalry game with Red Springs.The Bulldogs struggled in the first 20 minutes, allowing two goals in the first six, and took a 3-1 deficit into halftime.But in the final 20 minutes of the half, the momentum started to turn and St. Pauls coach Brent Martin saw positive.“I told them at the end of the first half, physically, we were a better team, fitne...

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Building positive momentum

ST. PAULS — For the St. Pauls volleyball team, there is a different feel to matches now than there was at the beginning of the season.Winning can cure the blues and for the Bulldogs, so can being competitive.“They want to win, and with the Lumberton game and the Fairmont game, they have seen that they can do it,” Bulldogs coach Amanda Sessoms said. “So I am hoping they will continue that and maybe we will pull out some wins.”The B...

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NAACP questions teen’s death

BLADENBORO — The Bladen County district attorney says there is no evidence of foul play in the death of a 17-year-old found hanged last month — a case that has garnered the attention of the state NAACP.“While the investigation is ongoing, and no final determinations have been made, to date we have not received any evidence of criminal wrongdoing surrounding the death,” Jon David said in a statement regarding the death of Lennon Lacy, a student and athlete at...

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Pembroke mayor on mend following open-heart surgery

PEMBROKE — A familiar face will be missing today as The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the town celebrate their relationship during Pembroke Day.Mayor Milton Hunt remains in intensive care at Duke University Medical Center, where he has undergone three medical procedures over the last few weeks, including open-heart surgery.The mayor was unable to speak on Tuesday with a reporter, but his wife said doctors are pleased with how things are progressing s...

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Teen charged in fair worker’s death

LUMBERTON — A 19-year-old has been charged with shooting and killing a fair worker across the street from where the Robeson County Regional Agricultural Fair is set to open in two days.Terrence Devon Paige turned himself in to police on Tuesday evening and was charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and first-degree murder in the death of 53-year-old Edward Reiner, according to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department.Paige has been jailed wi...

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