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LUMBERTON — After 10 months of construction, Southeastern Health Park will soon be open for business.The $22 million outpatient care facility will begin offering some services on Oct. 1.“We’re so very proud of not only what we’re doing out there from a health perspective, but really about the image it will convey of the community we live in,” said David Sumner, vice president of Human Services and Planning for Southeastern Health. “That building is very prominent … it really speaks to the community we live in.”

 

The tragedy wasn’t the release, it was the October 1984 trial

To the Editor,Former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt always seemed proud of his Guinness Book of World Records’ morbid moniker “deadliest prosecutor.” Despite the exoneration of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown — two African American men Britt sentenced to death in 1984 — Britt remained unapologetic for this horrible miscarriage of justice. Still defending the three-decade-plus incarceration of two innocent men, Britt said of their rele...

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Civitas names Kilpatrick regional director

DAVIDSON — Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media, effective Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton, and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets. He succeeds Rick Bacon, who held the position until his death ...

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Accident kills man on moped

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man was killed Sunday when the moped he was driving was struck head-on by another vehicle, according to the state Highway Patrol.Jimmy Lynn Barnes, 49, was driving his 2008 moped on N.C. 211 near Allenton Road when he was struck by a 2006 Cadillac driven by 42-year-old Jonathan Lee Hasty, according to a report filed by Trooper M.J. Miles.According to the report, Hasty, of Pinehurst, was attempting to pass an 18-wheeler while traveling west. ...

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ECU ranked for first time since 2008

No. 23 East Carolina and No. 14 Mississippi State moved into the rankings for the first time this season with historic victories for their programs.The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory against in-state rival North Carolina. ECU has beaten ACC teams the past two weeks, winning 28-21 at Virginia Tech. It’s the second straight season ECU has beaten North Carolina.The Pirates were last ranked Sept. 21, 2008. That team, coached by Skip Holtz, fini...

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The problem is the do-nothing Senate

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s 8th District. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find commonsense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I have strived to define myself not only by my actions as someone who gets t...

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Braves struggles continue as they fall to Mets 10-2

ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom hopes Mets manager Terry Collins lets him make one last start.With the way he’s pitching, deGrom sees no reason to stop now even though New York might want to keep the rookie under 185 innings for the season.“I told him I would like to make my next one,” deGrom said. “Why not?”DeGrom struck out 10 in six innings and the Mets finished a three-game sweep that knocked the Atlanta Braves out of the pl...

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Logano takes Penske to second Chase victory at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Raised in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire his home track, the one where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti in Victory Lane and flocked by family and friends.For Logano, the track about 75 miles outside of Boston was his version of Daytona.Winning at New Hampshire could mean a bit more to him than a boyhood fantasy fulfilled when the season ends — it could be Logano’s launching pad for his first NASCAR cha...

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NC’s diversity keeps us guessing

RALEIGH — If Republican Thom Tillis were running for the U.S. Senate from the state of North Piedmont, he’d be clearly favored to defeat incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan. Alternatively, if Hagan represented the state of Trianglia, she’d be such a shoo-in that we’d all lose interest in the race.No, I’m not pining for a breakup of my native state. I’m delighted that North Carolina encompasses diverse communities. Indeed, to understand our state’s...

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Steelers offense rolls in blowout win

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger spent Sunday night relishing in the return of Steelers football.“We were physical on offense, defense, special teams,” Roethlisberger said.And dominating, too, in a 37-19 victory over Carolina on Sunday night.Roethlisberger threw two 7-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell ran for 147 yards and Pittsburgh outrushed the Panthers 264-42.Roethlisberger finished 22 of 30 for 196 ...

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COMtech to hold info forum on gas pipeline

PEMBROKE — Representatives of the companies that will own and operate the proposed 550-mile natural gas line that will end in Robeson County will be in Pembroke on Monday to update public officials and community residents on the project.According to Frank Mack, a spokesman for Dominion Resources, based in Richmond, Virginia, representatives from his company will be joined by officials from Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Energy at the open house that will be held from 5 to 8 p....

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Feel-good fashion

LUMBERTON — With fall right around the corner, the woman behind a new Lumberton startup is trying to keep people warm and cozy for a good cause.Wendy Pridgen recently launched Troop Loops, a line of infantry themed camouflage scarves. She plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from each scarf she sells to charities that serve military veterans, such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Fisher House Foundation.“It is a way to promote local products, local...

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Courses offered to farmers for financial, business planning

FAYETTEVILLE — Cape Fear Farm Credit is now accepting applications for its online financial and business planning course. The Ag Biz Planner curriculum includes financial and business planning, budgeting and other subjects related to agriculture.Cape Fear Farm Credit will accept up to five participants for the program, which will begin in October and run through March. Applications, a course outline, and program information are available at www.capefearfarmcredit.com....

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Monds to talk at UNCP

PEMBROKE — Kathaleena Edward Monds, a professor of business information systems at Albany State University’s College of Business in Albany, Ga., will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the University Center Annex. The theme of her presentation is “Minority Empowerment and Free Enterprise.”Monds, who serves as co-director of Albany State’s Center for Economic Education for Small and Minority Entrepreneursh...

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4-H rides tide of technological changes

So here is the question of the decade: When did the pound sign become known as a hashtag?Until recently, the pound sign’s major function in terms of technology was the button on your phone that you pressed to activate or deactivate call forwarding. That was before phones went everywhere with us, and now we no longer need call forwarding.As social media has taken off, so has the term hashtag — which is still called a pound sign unless it is used in front of a ...

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The great imitator

LUMBERTON — The first time Jason Petty heard a Hank Williams song, it wasn’t being sung by Williams.“I was 6 or 7 years old; my father and I were riding in the car. One of the songs he used to sing to me was ‘Hey, Good Looking,’ and that’s one of the first songs I ever remember hearing,” Petty said. “That was the first time I ever heard a Hank song. It was the kind of thing that really leaves an imprint.”Those serenad...

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Alumnae return to to Vardell Hall

RED SPRINGS — More than 100 alumnae of Vardell Hall returned to their old stomping grounds Sept. 13 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the defunct all-girls boarding school.Founded in 1964, the school operated for nine years on the campus of what is now Flora Macdonald Academy in Red Springs. It was named after the facility’s first president, the Rev. Charles Vardell.The reunion began at 10 a.m. with Fayetteville bagpiper Peter McArthur providing entrance m...

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Dancers to descend on St. Pauls

ST. PAULS — Organizers of a flash mob performance planned for November have posted a video on social media to help participants learn the dance steps.The video can be found on Youtube at http://youtu.be/CQRlqSY—H4. It was created to teach the dance moves for the Every Praise event on Nov. 1, according to Jason Bullock, who can be seen cutting a rug in the video.Bullock said the choregraphy was inspired by the original “Every Praise” video by Hezek...

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