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County considers incentives for industry

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday on incentives for an industry planning to locate in the county. Identified only as “Project Graphite,” the company would invest in Robeson County $10 million in equipment and machinery. The company would also create 40 to 50 jobst, and pay an

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, while defending champion Matt Kuchar and Masters winner Jordan Spieth stayed within reach.
A day after tying the course record with a 61 to build a four-stroke advantage at Harbour Town, Merritt had

Merritt maintains edge heading into final round at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage, while defending champion Matt Kuchar and Masters winner Jordan Spieth stayed within reach. A day after tying the course record with a 61 to build a four-stroke advantage at Harbour Town, Merritt had

Thursday meeting to address coal ash issue at Weatherspoon

LUMBERTON — State legislators will be present at a meeting Thursday of Robeson County residents wanting to get coal ash removed as soon as possible from the site of the former Weatherspoon coal generating plant in Lumberton. The plant, owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress, was demolished in 2013, but coal ash is still stored in ponds on

LAURINBURG — Calling the need for fundraising “a life-or-death situation,'' the Scotland County Democratic Party approved a mostly new slate of officers at its annual convention Saturday, a gathering of party faithful most notable this year, all agreed, for who was not there.
Dr. William Purcell, 84, a former county party leader and La

County Democrats stress the need for funding

LAURINBURG — Calling the need for fundraising “a life-or-death situation,'' the Scotland County Democratic Party approved a mostly new slate of officers at its annual convention Saturday, a gathering of party faithful most notable this year, all agreed, for who was not there. Dr. William Purcell, 84, a former county party leader and La

Lady Knights whip Midway

DUNN — Nicole Wyatt twirled a three-hitter, Alanna Ludlum muscled a long triple and the Lady Knights otherwise used a bunting offense to hand Midway a 7-1 Four County Conference loss on Friday. The win improves West Bladen to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while the Lady Raiders fall to 2-7, 2-5. Midway opened the game with a 1-0 le

ROCKINGHAM — No one officially timed it, but the softball game between Lumberton and Richmond Senior may have lasted longer than the bus ride to Rockingham.
If it did, it was barely over the time.
Richmond stretched its winning streak to three games with a 12-0 victory over Lumberton in five innings Saturday morning.
The game was completed

Richmond keeps rolling, blanks Lumberton

ROCKINGHAM — No one officially timed it, but the softball game between Lumberton and Richmond Senior may have lasted longer than the bus ride to Rockingham. If it did, it was barely over the time. Richmond stretched its winning streak to three games with a 12-0 victory over Lumberton in five innings Saturday morning. The game was completed

What can $15,000 do to help homeless animals? Some of Robeson County's furry friends are about to find out.
The Robeson County Humane Society raised that much during its annual John P. Williamson Memorial Golf Tournament at Pinecrest Country Club on Thursday.
The society, which helps rescue and find homes for homeless animals around the county, u

Tournament raises $15K for humane society

What can $15,000 do to help homeless animals? Some of Robeson County's furry friends are about to find out. The Robeson County Humane Society raised that much during its annual John P. Williamson Memorial Golf Tournament at Pinecrest Country Club on Thursday. The society, which helps rescue and find homes for homeless animals around the county, u

Knights boot game against Midway

DUNN — West Bladen's Knights went up against Midway's No. 1 hurler on Friday, scratching him for just four hits and committing six errors en route to a 7-0 Four County Conference loss. West Bladen falls to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while the Raiders improve to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The Knights put together the

Gov. Pat McCrory wasn't happy that President Obama mentioned North Carolina's woeful education funding on his visit to Charlotte this week.
Obama, in town to sell his economic policies and equal pay proposal, told a town hall crowd that “this used to be a state in which the promise of education was understood at the state level.”
That

For McCrory, the truth hurts

Gov. Pat McCrory wasn't happy that President Obama mentioned North Carolina's woeful education funding on his visit to Charlotte this week. Obama, in town to sell his economic policies and equal pay proposal, told a town hall crowd that “this used to be a state in which the promise of education was understood at the state level.” That

PEMBROKE – The 18th-ranked UNC Pembroke baseball team put together its 20th-straight double-digit hit attack of the season to help support a solid outing from Andy Sullivan and the Braves topped visiting Lander, 9-4, in the series opener on Saturday afternoon at Sammy Cox Field.
Chad Whitehead doubled, homered and drove in three runs on a 3-

UNCP baseball sweeps Lander

PEMBROKE – The 18th-ranked UNC Pembroke baseball team put together its 20th-straight double-digit hit attack of the season to help support a solid outing from Andy Sullivan and the Braves topped visiting Lander, 9-4, in the series opener on Saturday afternoon at Sammy Cox Field. Chad Whitehead doubled, homered and drove in three runs on a 3-

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker is warning residents about a telephone scam currently taking place in the county.
“We have received several calls from concerned citizens about this type of fraud,” said McVicker. “Citizens are receiving calls on their home phones and cells phones. The caller tells the

Sheriff warns of telephone scame

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker is warning residents about a telephone scam currently taking place in the county. “We have received several calls from concerned citizens about this type of fraud,” said McVicker. “Citizens are receiving calls on their home phones and cells phones. The caller tells the

LUMBERTON — An early morning shooting on Saturday killed one Lumberton man, seriously injured two others and also injured a 6-year-old, according to the Lumberton Police Department. No arrests have been made.
According to a statement from the department, officers received a call at 1:43 a.m. about shots being fired and “a person down&#

Shootings kill 1, leave 3 injured, including a child

LUMBERTON — An early morning shooting on Saturday killed one Lumberton man, seriously injured two others and also injured a 6-year-old, according to the Lumberton Police Department. No arrests have been made. According to a statement from the department, officers received a call at 1:43 a.m. about shots being fired and “a person down&#

PEMBROKE — Robeson County's litter problem is not going to go away until people understand that it's everyone's responsibility to do their part to keep the environment clean and green, according to at least one county commissioner.
“When folks understand that, we won't have an issue with litter and trash like we have had in the past,&#

County takes aim at litter problem

PEMBROKE — Robeson County's litter problem is not going to go away until people understand that it's everyone's responsibility to do their part to keep the environment clean and green, according to at least one county commissioner. “When folks understand that, we won't have an issue with litter and trash like we have had in the past,&#

Vounteers needed as county prepares take out the trash

When Commissioner Raymond Cummings suggested during a retreat of the Board of Commissioners earlier this year that cleaning Robeson County of the litter that is scattered everywhere — but especially along our roadsides — be made a priority, we promised to volunteer The Robesonian if such an effort was pushed forward. Cummings appears t

Duke to build solar farm to power Camp Lejeune

RALEIGH (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. is going to build a solar power farm on the East Coast's largest Marine Corps base as the Navy and Marines try to turn away from petroleum power. The country's largest electric company said Thursday it's received approval from state regulators to build a 13-megawatt solar array on 80 acres at Camp Lejeune. T

LETTER: Board should be ashamed of proposal to close Pate-Gardner

To the editor: I am a parent of a student at Pate Gardner Elementary. I sat patiently in March at the school board meeting to discuss school closures. We were told that no decision has been made yet. Then at the last information session at IEJ Elementary, it was said “the only proposal that the board considers as possible to put into effect

LUMBERTON — In Friday night's game against the Pinecrest High School baseball team, Lumberton sophomore A.J. Brooks experienced something for the first time this season, a view from behind the plate.
“It's the first time I've caught since last year on jayvee,” said Brooks, who normally plays in the infield for the Pirates. “

Odum gets revenge against Pinecrest

LUMBERTON — In Friday night's game against the Pinecrest High School baseball team, Lumberton sophomore A.J. Brooks experienced something for the first time this season, a view from behind the plate. “It's the first time I've caught since last year on jayvee,” said Brooks, who normally plays in the infield for the Pirates. “

Knights knock off East in tennis

ELIZABETHTOWN — The West Bladen boys tennis team handed cross-county rival East Bladen a 7-2 Four County Conference loss on Thursday. The Knights took five of the six singles matches, led by shutout wins from Victor Jacome at No. 1 and Matthew Bobby at No. 6. East Bladen averted the singles sweep with a whitewash win at No. 4 by Logan Baxle

Model ship exhibit set for Saturday in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — The Lifeboats for Warriors Project Modelers Exhibition will be held Saturday at the Kiwanis Recreation Center in Fayetteville. The fundraiser was organized by Dave Bullock, a shipbuilding enthusiast who lives in Lumberton. A variety of wooden and plastic model ships will be on display from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the center,

LAURINBURG — The president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce has resigned from her post.
Tonia Stephenson, who started her job in October 2012, resigned “in order to pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a short statement released by the Chamber late Friday afternoon.
Stephenson could no

Stephenson resigns from Chamber role

LAURINBURG — The president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce has resigned from her post. Tonia Stephenson, who started her job in October 2012, resigned “in order to pursue other professional opportunities,” according to a short statement released by the Chamber late Friday afternoon. Stephenson could no





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