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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.”

 

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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