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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.”

 

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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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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Our once-great nation is on a corrupt and sinful path

To the Editor,Voter ID is necessary. Too many dead people, pets and illegals have voted in our country for too long and it has escalated to the point of disgrace. One must have a legal photo ID to cash a check, to take the driver’s test and for many, many other things. So what is the big deal? In one state more than 5,000 illegal votes were cast in a recent election.

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Site near Converse picked for industry-recruitment study

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County’s economic developer is banking on participation in Duke Energy’s 2014 Site Readiness Program to attract an industrial or manufacturing business to a 257-acre tract of former farmland in Lumberton near the old Converse plant.“This site is centrally located and all infrastructure is in place,” Cummings said. “It’s centrally located, isolated and has access to rail, which is something many businesses looking tod...

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Developer touts plans for abandoned Sara Lee plant

MAXTON — The owner of the site of the former Sara Lee distribution facility on U.S. 74 near Maxton told town commissioners on Tuesday that he wants to develop the property into a food distribution and research facility.

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McCory picks April 15 to hype tax-plan benefits

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and his fiscal allies used Tuesday’s tax-filing deadline to highlight a tax overhaul passed last summer that they say will benefit most North Carolina residents — either by leaving more money in their wallets or providing them with new jobs. But critics insist most people will see higher taxes and government services still hindered by cash shortages.McCrory, Republican lawmakers and representatives of conservative think tanks participate...

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Ronald Graham

Ronald GrahamLUMBERTON — Mr. Ronald Gene Graham, 63, was born Sept. 18, 1960, to Albrie and Odessie Graham. He departed this earthly home on April 13, 2014, following an extended illness.The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Burnt Swamp Baptist Church, the Rev. Keith Long officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.He was preceded in death by his father, Albrie Graham.

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Fairmont plans May Day celebration

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents won’t have to wait until the Fourth of July for the town’s next festival.The Fairmont Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday night gave a thumbs up to the May Day Fun Festival, which will be held on May 31 downtown, and also approved beer sales for the event.“It brings the town and the people together,” Commissioner Terry Evans said. “We’re always doing that in Lumberton, let’...

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Candidates forum Thursday at library

LUMBERTON — The Unified Robeson County NAACP, Democracy N.C. and the Lumberton Robeson Leadership Black Caucus will hold a candidate forum on Thurday.Candidates running for sheriff, clerk of court, the Robeson County Board of Commissioners and state Senate have been invited as well as Rep. Charles Graham and Antonio Blue, the mayor of Dobbins Heights in Richmond County.The forum, which is open to the public, will be held at the Robeson County Public Library’s...

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Reading and right

In the summer of 2010, when news broke that the football program at the state’s flagship university was being investigated by the NCAA, officials at the University of North Carolina took an accommodating posture. Instead of mounting a public-relations defense, they beared the onslaught without a grin, apparently having made the decision that if they didn’t join the conversation, perhaps it would be shortened.

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CRAWFORD: Examining the filthiest contracts and ultimate bargains in pro sports

Kobe Bryant loosens his tie and leans back in his seat, struggling to swallow the Lakers’ latest home loss to Charlotte.In minutes, he’ll chastise coach Mike D’Antoni and the effort of teammates to reporters before presenting no explanation as to why Los Angeles has dropped to 16-31 two weeks before the All-Star break.Why is he befuddled? No doubt he wants to win and Bryant’s championship pedigree proves it, but mired in mediocrity, there’s ...

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