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Pembroke mayor on mend following open-heart surgery

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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 since surgery.“It’s going to be a long recovery, but he’s doing good considering what he’s been through,” Polly Hunt said.


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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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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Student shot at NC school; suspect surrenders to police

ALBEMARLE (AP) — A student was shot by a fellow student outside a North Carolina high school just minutes before classes began Tuesday morning, and the shooting suspect then waited for police to arrive, authorities said.The shooting happened around 7:40 a.m. as the two male students argued in an on-campus courtyard at Albemarle High School, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said at a news conference.The shooter, identified only as a juvenile, put down his ...

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Christians rally against gay marriage

RALEIGH — Conservative Christians vowed Tuesday to fight to keep marriage in North Carolina between a man and a woman, despite Attorney General Roy Cooper’s unwillingness to defend a state law that defines it as such and a judicial trend striking down similar limits elsewhere.Speakers at a large rally organized by Forsyth County-based Return America lamented what they said was a pattern of overreaching judges overturning same-sex marriage prohibitions in other states. N...

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Defending elections laws costly for NC

RALEIGH — The legal bills keep mounting for outside attorneys to defend changes to North Carolina election law, which critics call the toughest in the country.A year ago, Gov. Pat McCrory hired his own attorney to represent him in a federal lawsuit alleging new Republican-backed voting changes were intended to suppress minority voter turnout. Since then, South Carolina-based lawyer Karl S. “Butch” Bowers Jr. has billed the state $301,824 for work at his rate of $3...

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Body pulled from creek in Columbus

WHITEVILLE (AP) — Detectives in Columbus County are investigating the discovery of a body in a Whiteville creek.Local media outlets report the body of a man was found by N.C. Department of Transportation workers on Monday under a bridge about a mile south of the Bladen County line.Columbus County Sheriff’s Maj. Bobby Worley said the cause of death hasn’t been determined. Worley said there was no identification found on the man’s body.As...

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Perhaps less will be more for the downtown area

“When you’re alone and life is making you lonelyYou can always go, downtownWhen you’ve got worries, all the noise and the hurrySeems to help, I know, downtownJust listen to the music of the traffic in the cityLinger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are prettyHow can you lose?The lights are much brighter thereY...

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School bus cameras keep eye on violators

On Tuesday, Eddie O’Connell showed Raymond Cummings, director of Transportation for the Public Schools of Robeson County, and Dwayne Black how clearly the new G4 Viewer can identify a person passing a stopped school bus.O’Connell is an area sales manager for GateKeeper Systems Inc.The new system manages video from two new cameras, which were installed this summer on school buses across the Public Schools of Robeson County.“The G4 Viewer captu...

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Ex-schools chief win state’s Line Leaf Pine

FAIRMONT — Leon Moore McLean, a former superintendent of Fairmont schools and a longtime educator, was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine recently.McLean received the award, the state’s highest civilian honor, at the Presbyterian Church in Fairmont in front of about 150 friends, family and former students. Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd presented the award.“It’s perhaps the greatest award I’ve ever had, including professional ...

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Fair worker shot, killed at a convenience store

LUMBERTON — A fair worker is dead after being shot across the street from where the Robeson County Regional Agricultural Fair is set to open in three days.Edward Reiner, a 53-year-old employee of Carnival Payroll Company, died after being shot at about 9 p.m. on Monday, according to the report.Lumberton police Officer Heath Graham found Reiner “lying in the roadway” near Sun Do gas station and...

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What’s up with global warming? Not much

RALEIGH — The Watts Up With That blog reports that the no-global-warming trend now stands at 17 years, 11 months. This is in spite of the fact that carbon dioxide emissions and atmospheric concentrations have continued to increase throughout this period.When A is theorized to cause B, and repeatedly when A occurs and B does not, a scientist who is not driven by something other than the discovery of truth will either reject his theory or significantly revise it. In the field o...

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Crime report

TheftsDavid Fenicle, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, reported Monday that someone broke into his room at Fairfield Inn on Lackey Street and stole $900 in cash, according to a police report.Derek Stephen Civilla, of Kenan Avenue, Lumberton, reported Monday that his $800 black 10-speed bicycle was stolen, according to a police report.VandalismMichelle Ellerby reported Monday that someone broke into two cars at TT&T Services...

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UNCP students get schooled on the need to vote

PEMBROKE — With the Nov. 4 General Election just more than a month away, students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke were urged Monday to get out and vote.“Voting, with the one-man, one-vote rule, is the only time that everyone is equal,” Nancy Shakir, a field organizer for Democracy North Carolina, told a small group at the Pembroke campus on Monday. “That’s why it’s important that no matter who you vote for, you get out and vote.&#...

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