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Scott Witten

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E-Mail Address: switten@civitasmedia.com
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Attorney: Changes to sewer discharge appear promising

RED SPRINGS — The Southern Environmental Law Center gave Red Springs an ultimatum in December. Fix how your pollutants are discharged into the Lumber River basin or face court action in 60 days. The environmental group this week said no final decision has been made in regards to taking the municipality to court, but the town appears to be mo

RED SPRINGS — Duron Burney of Red Springs was recently elected as president of the Unified Robeson County Branch of the NAACP.
Burney, a Red Spring town commissioner, said his main focus as president will be to grow the organization.
“My objective is building up our membership and putting the branch back where it needs to be,” h

Burney named NAACP president

RED SPRINGS — Duron Burney of Red Springs was recently elected as president of the Unified Robeson County Branch of the NAACP. Burney, a Red Spring town commissioner, said his main focus as president will be to grow the organization. “My objective is building up our membership and putting the branch back where it needs to be,” h

Two members of Robeson County legislative delegation have joined a much-needed effort to reform how legislative districts are drawn every 10 years following a census.
Garland Pierce of Wagram and Ken Goodman of Rockingham — two Democrats who represent portions of Robeson County — are among more than 60 members of the state House who ha

Lawmakers push redistricting reform

Two members of Robeson County legislative delegation have joined a much-needed effort to reform how legislative districts are drawn every 10 years following a census. Garland Pierce of Wagram and Ken Goodman of Rockingham — two Democrats who represent portions of Robeson County — are among more than 60 members of the state House who ha

Rennert mayor resigns to pursue other interests

RENNERT — Michael Locklear, who resigned as Rennert's mayor last week, said he wants to spend more time on other activities, including work with his church. Locklear alerted the Rennert town board of his plans to step down last week. The resignation was effective on Feb. 16. “It wasn't an easy thing to do,” Locklear said, “

LUMBERTON — In a surprise announcement Thursday night, Johnny Hunt said he plans to retire on July 1 as superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County.
The announcement, which was made at the end of a meeting of the Board of Education, was greeted with shocked looks and gasps. One school board member — Peggy Wilkins Chavis R

Hunt to retire as schools chief

LUMBERTON — In a surprise announcement Thursday night, Johnny Hunt said he plans to retire on July 1 as superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County. The announcement, which was made at the end of a meeting of the Board of Education, was greeted with shocked looks and gasps. One school board member — Peggy Wilkins Chavis R

Rennert mayor resigns office

RENNERT — Rennert Mayor Michael Locklear resigned his office this week, town officials have confirmed. Locklear sent a resignation letter to the Rennert Town Council that was read aloud at the board's monthly meeting on Monday. Locklear, who is on a week-long a mission trip to Nicaragua, could not be reached for comment. But a family member

ST. PAULS — St. Pauls is ready with an incentives package if Project Apple, a proposed economic development project, lands here.
The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted 5 to 1 Monday night to offer incentives to the unnamed industry that promises a $100 million investment and the creation of 1,000 jobs.
The St. Pauls' project resembles a

St. Pauls tries to land industry

ST. PAULS — St. Pauls is ready with an incentives package if Project Apple, a proposed economic development project, lands here. The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted 5 to 1 Monday night to offer incentives to the unnamed industry that promises a $100 million investment and the creation of 1,000 jobs. The St. Pauls' project resembles a

LUMBERTON — At least three boards — two in Robeson and one in Cumberland — are ready with incentive packages for a proposed industry that promises an investment of more than $100 million and the creation as many as 1,100 jobs.
The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an incentives package for an in

Commissioners, St. Pauls OK incentives deal

LUMBERTON — At least three boards — two in Robeson and one in Cumberland — are ready with incentive packages for a proposed industry that promises an investment of more than $100 million and the creation as many as 1,100 jobs. The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an incentives package for an in

St. Pauls picks Pinehurst engineering firm

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners on Thursday named McGill and Associates of Pinehurst as its new consulting engineer. The town had used Koonce Noble and Associates of Lumberton for many years as its consulting firm, but Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said the board decided to look for another consulting firm after a side

RED SPRINGS —Town officials say new monitoring requirements by the state and a proposed sewer-use ordinance should help reduce concerns about Red Springs' discharge into the Lumber River Basin.
Red Springs has been accused by the Southern Environmental Law Center of repeatedly violating pollution limits of mercury in sewage discharge that fl

Town moves to deal with sewer discharge

RED SPRINGS —Town officials say new monitoring requirements by the state and a proposed sewer-use ordinance should help reduce concerns about Red Springs' discharge into the Lumber River Basin. Red Springs has been accused by the Southern Environmental Law Center of repeatedly violating pollution limits of mercury in sewage discharge that fl

RED SPRINGS —To the world, Dean Smith was a sports legend, trailblazer and icon.
To Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson, the retired basketball coach at the University of North Carolina was all those things — and a friend.
“I have always been a big Tar Heel fan and was fortunate enough to really get to know Coach Smith in

Sports legend remembered as friend

RED SPRINGS —To the world, Dean Smith was a sports legend, trailblazer and icon. To Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson, the retired basketball coach at the University of North Carolina was all those things — and a friend. “I have always been a big Tar Heel fan and was fortunate enough to really get to know Coach Smith in

LUMBERTON — John Rancke had a great seat for what is considered perhaps the greatest comeback in all of sports history.
The year was 1974, and North Carolina's basketball team was trailing Duke by eight points with 17 seconds left to play in Carmichael Auditoriam, and Rancke, a Lumberton native, was on the UNC bench, a few seats from Coach D

'Like a relative to all of us'

LUMBERTON — John Rancke had a great seat for what is considered perhaps the greatest comeback in all of sports history. The year was 1974, and North Carolina's basketball team was trailing Duke by eight points with 17 seconds left to play in Carmichael Auditoriam, and Rancke, a Lumberton native, was on the UNC bench, a few seats from Coach D

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners was split Tuesday night on whether to seek a grant to build an enclosure for the current farmers market.
The board voted to seek a $100,000 grant for the structure after Mayor John McNeill broke a 3-to-3 tie vote. If approved, the grant does not require a match from the town.
The town pla

Red Springs wants to enclose farmers marker

RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Board of Commissioners was split Tuesday night on whether to seek a grant to build an enclosure for the current farmers market. The board voted to seek a $100,000 grant for the structure after Mayor John McNeill broke a 3-to-3 tie vote. If approved, the grant does not require a match from the town. The town pla

Public notice suggests Sanderson Farms

ST. PAULS — Robeson County's economic developer and industrial recruiter says two public hearings being held later this month concerning incentives for an economic development project in St. Pauls aren't about Sanderson Farms. But others close to economic development efforts in Robeson and nearby counties aren't so sure. St. Pauls officials

RED SPRINGS — Chris Morris likes to think of himself as the king of his castle.
But he says his realm — a modest home and yard on Mt. Tabor Road — is slowly shrinking away.
Morris blames a water runoff from Providence Place, located up a small hill from his home, for the loss of his land. He said the town's outdated infrastructu

Homeowner says property washing away

RED SPRINGS — Chris Morris likes to think of himself as the king of his castle. But he says his realm — a modest home and yard on Mt. Tabor Road — is slowly shrinking away. Morris blames a water runoff from Providence Place, located up a small hill from his home, for the loss of his land. He said the town's outdated infrastructu

ST. PAULS — St. Pauls could have a dog park by this summer, Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said this week.
The proposed dog park is one of the projects planned by St. Pauls Small Town Economic Prosperity — or STEP — initiative to help to attract visitors and new residents.
“The idea behind the park is to have pet owne

STEP moves ahead on dog park

ST. PAULS — St. Pauls could have a dog park by this summer, Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said this week. The proposed dog park is one of the projects planned by St. Pauls Small Town Economic Prosperity — or STEP — initiative to help to attract visitors and new residents. “The idea behind the park is to have pet owne





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