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COMtech to look elsewhere

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PEMBROKE — Although disappointed that the Robeson Community College board of trustees turned down COMtech Park’s request to sell or trade property the college owns at the park’s entrance so that a Business Support Center can be built, the park’s executive director vows that the center will eventually become reality.“I’m disappointed, but not discouraged,” Ryan Nance said Wednesday. ” … We’re looking at the alternatives to keep the project going. The politics may eventually play out, but our focus is on jobs and progress for our communities. I’d like to thank the commissioners, COMtech board members and others who are supporting our mission. In many respects, this is only the beginning.”

 

The racist threat from the right

Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists. Frazier Glenn Miller, a former leader of a wing of the Ku Klux Klan, is accused of killing three people outside two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City, Kan. As he was hauled away in a police car, he shouted “Heil Hitler!” Unlike Islamic groups that U.S. agencies spend tens of billions of dollars targeting, domestic white supremacist groups en...

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Sampson slams the door on Richmond, Pirates move into first-place tie

LUMBERTON — If last week’s shutout loss at Pinecrest was stomach-turning for the Lumberton Pirates, then Thursday’s 3-1 win over Richmond was the ideal remedy heading down the stretch in the Southeastern Conference championship race this season.Nursing a three-run lead in the sixth, Justice Sampson relieved Lumberton starter Evan Odum and was able to get out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam nearly unscathed as the Pirates pulled into a tie for first with the Raiders ...

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McGirt ties for lead at Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt.The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links....

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Duke’s Parker headed for NBA draft

DURHAM — Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be the No. 1 pick.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.R...

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Playing games with the numbers

The irony seemed to completely escape Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday as he took the podium at a Tax Day event to heap praise on last year’s tax package that gave huge breaks to millionaires and large corporations while asking many small businesses and most North Carolina families to pay more.McCrory hailed the tax changes as a boon to the state’s future just two days after a legislative committee charged with coming up with a way to increase teacher pay acknowledged there w...

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Crime report

TheftsKenneth Tuthill, of Washington Street, Lumberton, reported Wednesday that the keys, valued at $16, to his Harley Davidson motorcycle were stolen at the Robeson County Public Library on Chestnut Street, according to a police report.Mearlene Seals, of Oak Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that someone stole her debit card, valued at $20, from her apartment, according to a police report.Richard Geybert reported Thursday that someone brok...

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Gunmen rob delivery man of pizza, wallet, cash, iPad

LUMBERTON — A Domino’s employee delivering pies on Wednesday night did not get the tip he worked for, but instead had one for Lumberton police — that three men had robbed him at gunpoint.Christopher Zacarias, 23, was taking pizza to a home on Jerome Street between E Avenue and Dresden Avenue at about 11 p.m. when he was approached by the men, according to a police report.One, a black male with medium-length dreadlocks wearing dark clothing, pointed a ha...

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Wednesday’s Prep Roundup: ‘Deflated’ Rams lose to Richmond; Fairmont clinches title

PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett was inches away from heading into its dugout leading by three going into the bottom of the fourth.Instead, the Rams found themselves trailing by four after committing several miscues and errors in the top of the inning.“Our balloon got deflated,” Purnell Swett coach Bryan McDonald said. “We never recovered. It’s been a struggle lately and tonight typified our season.”Richmond took advantage and cruis...

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Woods to hold campaign rally

PEMBROKE — Robeson County Commissioner Noah Woods, who represents District 4, will host a campaign rally in the Pembroke Town Park beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. Chicken bog will be served.The event is a fundraiser in support of the commissioner’s re-election bid. The public is invited.Woods is being challenged by Faline Locklear Dial in the Democratic primary on May 6. The winner will be unopposed in the November General Election.

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Who opposes school choice — and why?

RALEIGH — Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be def...

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Swett blanked as Richmond clinches SEC title

PEMBROKE — The Purnell Swett softball team has dealt with injuries all season, but when first baseman Alysa Hunt lost a throw in the sun during the second inning of Wednesday’s 12-0 loss to Richmond, it hurt the Rams in more ways than one.The throw hit Hunt in the chin, causing it to bleed and forcing the senior to leave the game. It also allowed a runner to reach, starting a three-run rally that put the Raiders up 6-0.“That injury at first base was the...

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FEMA chief: Development should factor in hurricanes

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two of the country’s top disaster experts on Wednesday challenged emergency managers and forecasters from Texas to Maine to help educate coastal residents and developers about hurricane hazards.Speaking at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency urged city and county officials to factor disaster preparedness and risk into proposals for any new coastal development or post-storm reconstruction, alon...

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Food donation sought for United Way event

LUMBERTON — The United Way of Robeson County is seeking food donations for its annual Day of Caring.The Day of Caring will be held May 9 at Lumberton Chevrolet on Linkhaw Road beginning at 9 a.m., but nonperishable foods can be donated beforehand.Donations can be brought to the United Way office, located at 2512A Fayetteville Road, Lumberton Chevrolet, Lumberton City Hall, and Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation in Red Springs.The food will be d...

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McCrory claims plan for coal ash

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday that his plan would result in the “conversion or closure” of the dumps and close legal loopholes that allowed the nation’s largest electricity company to avoid cleaning up groundwater contamin...

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Aaron, Carter and the KKK

Hank Aaron, the black former major-league baseball who in 1974 surpassed the home-run record held by Babe Ruth, an American icon who was white, recently reflected on that bittersweet time — sweet because the record finally was his, but bitter because America was exposed as a nation with too many bigots.Aaron’s reflection came in an article in USA Today on the 40th anniversary of the record 715th home run, which was achieved on April 8, 1974, before a crowd of 53,775 peo...

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Crime report

TheftsAlfonia McKellar reported Tuesday that someone broke into his car on Warwick Mill Road in Lumberton, causing $500 in damage to the door, and stole $4 in coins, according to a police report.Officer C.M. Keenum Jr. reported Tuesday that someone threw a brick through a window at Lumberton Trucking Academy on East Fifth Street, causing $600 in damage, and stole $200 worth of wire, according to a police report. ...

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Local legislators don’t score well with family-value votes

To the Editor,A quick note regarding legislator effectiveness is in order with the recent release of rankings by the NC Center for Public Policy Research. The survey is fairly solid and widely quoted in the media. Overall, the group does a pretty good job.But it is worth noting that public policy groups in Raleigh generally fall into two camps. The left-of-center camp with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the right-of-center camp with ties to the John William...

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