Bob Shiles

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: bshiles@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-416-5165


About Bob Shiles

Covering county government, state government and Maxton

Latest Stories by Bob Shiles

LUMBERTON — Commissioner Jerry Stephens on Monday ended his short term as a member of the county's Department of Social Services board, a position that he told fellow commissioners might create for him a conflict of interest.
Stephens, who along with Commissioner Lance Herndon was seated on the Social Services board on July 1, said that he d

Stephens quits DSS board, cites conflict

LUMBERTON — Commissioner Jerry Stephens on Monday ended his short term as a member of the county's Department of Social Services board, a position that he told fellow commissioners might create for him a conflict of interest. Stephens, who along with Commissioner Lance Herndon was seated on the Social Services board on July 1, said that he d

LUMBERTON — Problems at the Robeson County Housing Authority could have been prevented if county commissioners had listened to his warnings about the need to follow proper procedures when addressing hiring, procurement and other issues, according to county Commissioner Hubert Sealey.
Sealey told The Robesonian recently that on several occasi

Sealey: My warnings were ignored

LUMBERTON — Problems at the Robeson County Housing Authority could have been prevented if county commissioners had listened to his warnings about the need to follow proper procedures when addressing hiring, procurement and other issues, according to county Commissioner Hubert Sealey. Sealey told The Robesonian recently that on several occasi

Surveys begin on pipeline route

LUMBERTON — Surveys of Robeson County properties likely to be in the path of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will begin in West Virginia and end in Robeson County have already begun. Frank Mack, a spokesman for Dominion Resources, based in Richmond, Va., said Friday that owners of the 108 parcels of land that Robeson County's 22 miles o

RED SPRINGS — A group of residents of the Philadelphus community has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court asking the courts to determine if the conditional-use permit held by Buie Lakes Plantation LLC to establish a sand-mining operation in a agricultural residential zone has expired.
The lawsuit, filed by the Philadelphus Presbyterian Foundati

Buies Lake operation faces lawsuit again

RED SPRINGS — A group of residents of the Philadelphus community has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court asking the courts to determine if the conditional-use permit held by Buie Lakes Plantation LLC to establish a sand-mining operation in a agricultural residential zone has expired. The lawsuit, filed by the Philadelphus Presbyterian Foundati

LUMBERTON — Problems at the Robeson County Housing Authority could have been prevented if county commissioners had listened to his warnings about the need to follow proper procedures when addressing hiring, procurement and other issues, according to county Commissioner Hubert Sealey.
Sealey told The Robesonian recently that on several occasi

Sealey: My warnings were ignored

LUMBERTON — Problems at the Robeson County Housing Authority could have been prevented if county commissioners had listened to his warnings about the need to follow proper procedures when addressing hiring, procurement and other issues, according to county Commissioner Hubert Sealey. Sealey told The Robesonian recently that on several occasi

PEMBROKE — Four candidates filed for the Lumbee Tribal Council on Friday, the final day of the three-week filing period.
Two of the candidates filed for the District 5 seat currently held by Charles Bullard, who cannot seek re-election because the Lumbee Constitution restricts anyone from serving more than two consecutive three-year terms. D

Four file on final day for Lumbee Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Four candidates filed for the Lumbee Tribal Council on Friday, the final day of the three-week filing period. Two of the candidates filed for the District 5 seat currently held by Charles Bullard, who cannot seek re-election because the Lumbee Constitution restricts anyone from serving more than two consecutive three-year terms. D

Buies Lake operation faces lawsuit again

RED SPRINGS — A group of residents of the Philadelphus community has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court asking the courts to determine if the conditional-use permit held by Buie Lakes Plantation LLC to establish a sand-mining operation in a agricultural residential zone has expired. The lawsuit, filed by the Philadelphus Presbyterian Foundati

City taking Section 8 applications

LUMBERTON — The waiting list for receiving Section 8 vouchers from the Lumberton Housing Authority opened Monday for the first time since April 2013. The housing choice voucher program is the federal government's major program for assisting poor families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the priva

LUMBERTON — Mickey Meekins, a Democrat running for the District 6 seat on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, calls it a “misunderstanding.” Robeson County Republicans are calling it a “disregard” for election laws on the part of the Democratic Party.
Complaints about campaign signs being put up too early in Lu

Candidates spar on sign usage

LUMBERTON — Mickey Meekins, a Democrat running for the District 6 seat on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, calls it a “misunderstanding.” Robeson County Republicans are calling it a “disregard” for election laws on the part of the Democratic Party. Complaints about campaign signs being put up too early in Lu

District 12 incumbent files for re-election

PEMBROKE — An incumbent filed Tuesday to keep his seat on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council. Walter Lowery filed for the District 12 seat that represents Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville. Lowery did not supply The Robesonian with any information. Those wishing to be on the ballot for the Nov. 18 election have until Friday to file

LUMBERTON — After the school district's chief finance officer spoke out strongly in favor of the company overseeing the Public Schools of Robeson County's employee benefit programs, the school board on Tuesday voted to continue using the company's services.
Board members also named Assistant Superintendent Tommy Lowry as the interim superint

Schools stick with benefits provider

LUMBERTON — After the school district's chief finance officer spoke out strongly in favor of the company overseeing the Public Schools of Robeson County's employee benefit programs, the school board on Tuesday voted to continue using the company's services. Board members also named Assistant Superintendent Tommy Lowry as the interim superint

Lowery files for the District 12 Tribal Council seat

PEMBROKE — An incumbent filed Tuesday to keep his seat on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council. Walter Lowery filed for the District 12 seat that represents Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville. Those wishing to be on the ballot for the Nov. 18 election have until Friday to file. In addition to District 12, district council seats to be

LUMBERTON — Surveys of Robeson County properties likely to be in the path of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will begin in West Virginia and end in Robeson County have already begun.
Frank Mack, a spokesman for Dominion Resources, based in Richmond, Va., said Friday that owners of the 108 parcels of land that Robeson County's 22 miles o

Surveys begin on pipeline route

LUMBERTON — Surveys of Robeson County properties likely to be in the path of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will begin in West Virginia and end in Robeson County have already begun. Frank Mack, a spokesman for Dominion Resources, based in Richmond, Va., said Friday that owners of the 108 parcels of land that Robeson County's 22 miles o

Enrollment drop costly for RCC

LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College board of trustees on Monday adopted a 2014-15 state budget that is down 7.5 percent from its 2013-14 budget. “This is a tight budget, but we are ready for it,” said Tami George, the college's vice president in charge of Finances. The state budget of $18.67 million is part of the college'

Surveys begin on pipeline route

LUMBERTON — Surveys of Robeson County properties likely to be in the path of a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that will begin in West Virginia and end in Robeson County have already begun. Frank Mack, a spokesman for Dominion Resources, based in Richmond, Va., said Friday that owners of the 108 parcels of land that Robeson County's 22 miles o

The Robesonian gets new phone numbers

LUMBERTON — Please listen carefully, as our menu options have changed. Beginning today, each department at The Robesonian has a new telephone number. The newspaper's main number is still 910-739-4322. To submit a news tip or get in touch with a reporter, call Editor Donnie Douglas at 910-416-5649 or dial 1 when asked for an extension. Sport

HUD seek $766K repayment

LUMBERTON — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has ordered the Robeson County Housing Authority to respond to a payback request for $766,165, including more than $63,000 that is a result of conflict-of-interest hiring that took place at the authority since 2010. The county is asked to respond by Oct. 6. “A payback pl

LUMBERTON — The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has determined that some people and property downstream from the coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's deactivated Weatherspoon plant are in a “high-hazard” area.
The updated classification of the two dams at the coal ash ponds was announced Wednesday as fou

Coal-ash dam threat heightened

LUMBERTON — The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has determined that some people and property downstream from the coal ash ponds at Duke Energy's deactivated Weatherspoon plant are in a “high-hazard” area. The updated classification of the two dams at the coal ash ponds was announced Wednesday as fou

LUMBERTON — Anticipating that a new horse barn with 100 stalls will soon be available at the Southeast North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, sponsors of horse shows are already booking the center's pavilion for events to be held next year.
“I'm sure some of the bookings we are getting for next year are probably in anticipation of

Pavilion project no longer stalled

LUMBERTON — Anticipating that a new horse barn with 100 stalls will soon be available at the Southeast North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, sponsors of horse shows are already booking the center's pavilion for events to be held next year. “I'm sure some of the bookings we are getting for next year are probably in anticipation of

LUMBERTON — County Commissioner Jerry Stephens wants to be sure that Robeson County benefits as much as possible from the 550-mile pipeline that is to transport natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina.
Twenty-two miles of the pipeline will be in Robeson County, where the line will terminate.
During a presentation from representativ

County briefed on pipeline plan

LUMBERTON — County Commissioner Jerry Stephens wants to be sure that Robeson County benefits as much as possible from the 550-mile pipeline that is to transport natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Twenty-two miles of the pipeline will be in Robeson County, where the line will terminate. During a presentation from representativ




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