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Obama all wrong on immigration

More than three months ago, President Obama took unprecedented executive action to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. As I've said before, I do not agree with the president's executive actions on immigration, and I am outraged by his go-it-alone approach. But the crisis threatening the future of our nation isn't simply about ille

RALEIGH — Good-government advocates are applauding N.C. House Rep. Ken Waddell (D-District 46) for his support of taking partisan politics out of the way voting maps are created in North Carolina.
Waddell, who represents part of Bladen and Robeson counties along with all of Columbus County, is a co-sponsor of House Bill 92, which would estab

Waddell praised for position on redistricting

RALEIGH — Good-government advocates are applauding N.C. House Rep. Ken Waddell (D-District 46) for his support of taking partisan politics out of the way voting maps are created in North Carolina. Waddell, who represents part of Bladen and Robeson counties along with all of Columbus County, is a co-sponsor of House Bill 92, which would estab

School make-ups announced

ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen County Schools has announced its make-up days for closings due to inclement weather on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and Tuesday, Feb. 24. Starting Wednesday, March 4, 10 minutes will be added to the end of each school day for the remainder of the school year to make up for closing on Feb. 17. June 8 will now become a student cla

More than three months ago, President Barack Obama took unprecedented executive action to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. As I've said before, I do not agree with the president's executive actions on immigration, and I am outraged by his go-it-alone approach. But the crisis threatening the future of our nation isn't simply abo

Congress must defund amnesty

More than three months ago, President Barack Obama took unprecedented executive action to grant amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants. As I've said before, I do not agree with the president's executive actions on immigration, and I am outraged by his go-it-alone approach. But the crisis threatening the future of our nation isn't simply abo

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Fairmont native William McGirt recorded his third straight top-25 finish this morning, finishing off an even-par round in the weather-plagued Honda Classic while approaching a half-million dollars in earnings during this PGA season.
McGirt, beginning with his second shot on No. 16 after play was suspended on Sunday

McGirt takes 22nd at Honda Classic, nears $500K mark

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Fairmont native William McGirt recorded his third straight top-25 finish this morning, finishing off an even-par round in the weather-plagued Honda Classic while approaching a half-million dollars in earnings during this PGA season. McGirt, beginning with his second shot on No. 16 after play was suspended on Sunday

Boat ramp at Tory Hole is re-opened to the public

ELIZABETHTOWN — For those who enjoy fishing or a quiet afternoon of boating on the Cape Fear River, the recent announcement by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of the reopening of the boat ramp in Tory Hole Park is sure to be met with much cheering. The ramp is accessible off of U.S. 701 near the entrance to Tory Hole Park in Elizabeth

Lady Eagles thump Goldsboro, 56-26

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen's Lady Eagles broke open a tight game at halftime with a 22-3 outburst in the third quarter to knock off visiting Goldsboro, 56-26, in the second round of the Class 2-A sectional playoffs on Monday. The win improves the No. 1 seed Lady Eagles to 26-0 and moves them into the sectional finals against No. 8 Kinston,

Crime report

Thefts Kimberly Meares reported Sunday that a gold necklace valued at $11,677.75 was stolen from McNeill Jewelers on North Elm Street in Lumberton, according to a police report. Lee Parker reported Sunday that a $228 Vizio television was stolen from Walmart on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, according to a police report. Vandalism Lane Parker r

“Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.
There's now talk about North Carolina increasing its public debt

Should we borrow for roads, buildings?

“Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession. There's now talk about North Carolina increasing its public debt

DUBLIN — Senior year is hardly a time to coast for a group of seniors at West Bladen High.
The 20 students are a part of the 2015 DREAM Team, a group of senior student-athletes who are being sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
“This group of senior athletes have been chosen because of their character and

Knights' DREAM Team getting busy

DUBLIN — Senior year is hardly a time to coast for a group of seniors at West Bladen High. The 20 students are a part of the 2015 DREAM Team, a group of senior student-athletes who are being sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. “This group of senior athletes have been chosen because of their character and

Lady Knights fall to Currituck County

BARCO — The No. 19 seede West Bladen Lady Knights lost to No. 14 seed Currituck County on Saturday in the first round of the Class 2-A East sectional playoffs, 49-20. “The girls played hard,” West Bladen coach Pam Stephens said. The Lady Knights finish their season at 12-13.

LUMBERTON — You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a convention by its crowd — and the verdict's in on Book 'Em North Carolina.
The fourth edition of the annual writers conference and book fair brought more than 3,000 people to Robeson Community College on Saturday. Patricia Terrell, the event's founder, described the t

Book'em packs 'em

LUMBERTON — You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a convention by its crowd — and the verdict's in on Book 'Em North Carolina. The fourth edition of the annual writers conference and book fair brought more than 3,000 people to Robeson Community College on Saturday. Patricia Terrell, the event's founder, described the t

LAURINBURG — For a second straight season, the Scotland girl's basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.
The No. 8-seeded Lady Scots, who entered Saturday's game riding an 11-game winning streak, were upset by No. 25 Leesville Road on Saturday, 62-48.
Trailing 39-38

Pride pull away in 4th quarter

LAURINBURG — For a second straight season, the Scotland girl's basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs. The No. 8-seeded Lady Scots, who entered Saturday's game riding an 11-game winning streak, were upset by No. 25 Leesville Road on Saturday, 62-48. Trailing 39-38

LUMBERTON — Through two quarters of play, the Lumberton High School girls basketball team walked into the locker room up three points on visiting Knightdale.
But things quickly went south after that, as the Knights (17-7) stormed out of the break to rally past Lumberton (17-7), winning 66-49 to advance in the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs.
The 1

Second-half surge sinks Pirates

LUMBERTON — Through two quarters of play, the Lumberton High School girls basketball team walked into the locker room up three points on visiting Knightdale. But things quickly went south after that, as the Knights (17-7) stormed out of the break to rally past Lumberton (17-7), winning 66-49 to advance in the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs. The 1

Legislators snub the governor, but media miss it

An interesting moment in the political world in Raleigh came in between this week's two bouts of winter weather. The Republican leaders of the General Assembly once again ignored the wishes of Gov. Pat McCrory. McCrory has spent the last several weeks appearing at news conferences across the state, urging lawmakers to restore the state historic ta

PEMBROKE – Six different wrestlers placed among the top six, including region championships by both Daniel Ownbey and Juan Stimpson, to lead the No. 9 UNC Pembroke wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the 2015 NCAA Midwest Super Regional on Saturday in the English E. Jones Center.
In addition to top honors by Ownbey and Stimpson, Terre

Four UNCP wrestlers earn berth into NCAA Championships

PEMBROKE – Six different wrestlers placed among the top six, including region championships by both Daniel Ownbey and Juan Stimpson, to lead the No. 9 UNC Pembroke wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the 2015 NCAA Midwest Super Regional on Saturday in the English E. Jones Center. In addition to top honors by Ownbey and Stimpson, Terre

Tornadoes amp up defense, blow away Cougars

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont High School boys basketball got back to its winning ways on Saturday, suffocating Southwest Edgecombe with tenacious defense on its way to an 85-64 win in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs. The Golden Tornadoes (21-6) were relentless with their full-court pressure, swarming potential passing lanes to tal

On gay unions, legislators should mind own business

So it turns out that gay weddings are being performed in Robeson County routinely if not frequently — and without Armageddon.Who knew? And this is occurring in a county that spoke the loudest during a statewide referendum in 2012 in opposition to marriage between two men or two women when 86 percent of voters favored Amendment One, which cha

LAURINBURG — The men of the inaugural United Way of Scotland County Womanless Pageant took getting dressed for a cause literally on Friday night.
A crowd of 250 people packed the Highlands to watch 15 community stalwarts in a friendly competition in working the catwalk. In the evening wear portion of the pageant, in which the “ladies&#

Dude looks like a lady

LAURINBURG — The men of the inaugural United Way of Scotland County Womanless Pageant took getting dressed for a cause literally on Friday night. A crowd of 250 people packed the Highlands to watch 15 community stalwarts in a friendly competition in working the catwalk. In the evening wear portion of the pageant, in which the “ladies&#

PEMBROKE — The 1491s, an American Indian comedy group, will perform at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center as part of the Native American Speakers Series.
The event is free and open to the public.
The 1491s are a collective of American Indian writers,filmmakers,

The 1491s to perform at UNC-Pembroke

PEMBROKE — The 1491s, an American Indian comedy group, will perform at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center as part of the Native American Speakers Series. The event is free and open to the public. The 1491s are a collective of American Indian writers,filmmakers,





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