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Tribe told to end veterans services

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PEMBROKE — Services that have been offered for years to Lumbee veterans through the Lumbee Tribal Government can no longer be funded by federal money provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Members of the Tribal Council were informed early this week by Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks that the services could no longer be funded by dollars from the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act. According to federal regulations, that money is to be spent only for providing programs related to housing.


Tobacco buyout comes to end

LUMBERTON — The federal tobacco buyout program is coming to an end, pulling millions of dollars from an already fading industry once known as Robeson County’s “cash crop.”According to Giles Floyd, director of the local Farm Service Agency, the Tobacco Transition Payment Program has consistently provided Robeson County tobacco producers with about $18.7 million each year since it was established under the Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004....

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Judge clears way for private school grants

RALEIGH (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court has decided students approved for publicly-funded scholarships to attend private schools this fall can receive the money even as a trial court judge struck down the program as unconstitutional.The state Court of Appeals on Friday stayed part of an order last month by Judge Robert Hobgood holding funds for the Opportunity Scholarships program while the heart of the case is appealed.The ruling could mean about 1,900 stude...

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Charges dropped against protestors

RALEIGH — The top prosecutor in North Carolina’s capital is dropping criminal charges against hundreds of people arrested at mass protests at the state legislature last year.Wake County District Attorney Ned Mangum said Friday his move was prompted by a June 30 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutional rights of people to peacefully assemble and protest government policies.That federal decision, which struck down a Massachusetts law limi...

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Bank takes control of Rockingham racetrack

ROCKINGHAM — A bank has taken control of the Rockingham Speedway as foreclosure proceedings against the owners work their way through the court system.Superior Court Judge David Lee issued a temporary restraining order on Sept. 8 that turned the track over to Salisbury-based Farmers and Merchants Bank and its managing agent, the Finley Group. Co-owners Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, are accused of defaulting on a $4.2 million loan....

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NC jobless rate up for second straight month

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate increased for the second straight month to 6.8 percent in August, pushing it further above the national jobless rate.Figures released Friday show that North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 0.3 percentage points from July. The national rate was 6.1 percent for August.In North Carolina, the number of people with jobs fell by nearly 29,000 from July. The state’s labor force also dr...

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Woman charged with obstruction

LUMBERTON — A Red Springs woman’s plan to get her boyfriend out of jail backfired when she ended up behind bars for obstructing justice.Shaila Brianna Bowers, 22, went to the District Attorney’s Office on Sept. 8 and said her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jakell Sheron Thompson, was not responsible for a shooting that injured two people in St. Pauls on May 1.According to Erich Hackney, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, Bowers told him ...

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Crime report

TheftsHui Lin reported Thursday that a customer left Golden City restaurant on Kahn Drive in Lumberton without paying for an unknown amount of food, according to a police report.Nikki Nesbitt, of High Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that $14 in cash was stolen from her wallet on a SEATS van, according to a police report.Leon Stubbs, of Summit Avenue, Lumberton reported Wednesday that his $25 black and purple Huffy bicycle was stolen, acco...

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Numbers trending toward Republicans

By every indicator, Republicans will do well this November. There are time-honored numbers to watch.One indicator is presidential approval ratings. It actually affects races down to dogcatcher. President Obama has a lower approval rating than he did in the 2010 midterms, which favored Republicans. In fact, its 4 points lower than in 1994 when Republicans took control of Congress. What’s worse for Democrats is the president has the lowest approval ratings of any president duri...

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Ordinance gives housing priority to tribal Elders

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday passed an ordinance that will prioritize applications for housing rehabilitation services, giving preference to Elders and those with housing needs deemed urgent.The ordinance, which passed by a vote of 11 to 7 with three council members absent, was sent back last month to the council’s Finance Committee for review after Ed Brooks, the tribe’s attorney, told the council that giving priority to those 62 and older was...

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220 pets fixed during SNIP initiative

PEMBROKE — Approximately 220 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered at a discount price at six area animal hospitals during the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s biannual SNIP program, marking a decrease from the 397 animals that received the procedure in March.The program ran from Sept. 2 until Saturday.Dr. David Brooks, a member of the association and owner of Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, said he was undeterred by the drop in participation....

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Woodmen open Pembroke office

PEMBROKE — Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society will dedicate a new location in Pembroke on Saturday.The organization’s Pembroke office will be located in the Health Keeperz Complex on Candy Park Road. The open house will include food, door prizes, bounce houses, corn hold and finger painting.For information, call 910-668-1281.

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An example of leadership

ROWLAND — Over the last four years, there haven’t been many constants for the South Robeson football team.The school has seen three different head coaches during that time and one winning record, which came last year.One thing that hasn’t changed in recent years has been the presence of the number four in the backfield for the Mustangs.

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Leach to enter ECU Hall of Fame today

GREENVILLE — Former South Robeson standout Vonta Leach is among four people that will be inducted into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame today.He’ll join Billy Best, Mitchell Cannon and Eddie Hicks during special ceremonies surrounding the Pirates’ football game with North Carolina on Saturday“We’re proud of him,” former coach Mike Brill said. “I know his family is tickled to death, my family is tickled to death...

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Local roundup: No middle ground

LUMBERTON — There was a lot more on the line Thursday night at Lumberton High School than just bragging rights in a rivalry game between Lumberton and Purnell Swett.The two teams were also jockeying for playoff positioning at the midpoint of the conference season.The Pirates (4-9, 3-2) entered the game after dropping a tight five set match to Scotland on Tuesday night, and were looking for a bounce back win to get them back to above 500 in conference play. For the ...

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City police get 15 new rides

LUMBERTON — Nothing turns an adult male into a kid again quicker than a new ride.Lumberton police were outwardly giddy on Thursday as they took for a spin 15 new Dodge Chargers.The new car smell hadn’t even worn off when officers put their new vehicles to the test at the Lumberton Regional Airport, winding through a maze of orange cones at rumbling speeds.Police Chief Michael McNeill said the new vehicles don’t just look good on the road, the...

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Man killed in single-vehicle accident

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man was killed early Thursday when his vehicle, which was traveling almost twice the speed limit, struck a utility pole and overturned, according to the state Highway Patrol.An accident report said that the driver, 48-year-old Leon Hull, was likely impaired.Hull was driving alone in his 2003 Ford passenger car on N.C. 72 near Odum Road when the vehicle crossed the center line, according to a report filed by Trooper M.J. Miles. Hull’s v...

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Think tank complains to BOE about fracking advertisements

RALEIGH — A conservative think tank filed a formal complaint Thursday with the State Board of Elections about advertisements and mailers attributed to a coalition of environmental advocacy groups that criticized the pro-fracking votes of several North Carolina lawmakers.The John W. Pope Civitas Institute argues the North Carolina Environmental Partnership and two of its key member groups illegally misrepresented the sponsorship or purchaser of the literature and commercials. ...

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