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March Madness is quickly coming to an end, and at this point, your basketball bracket might be either busted or barely hanging on. Whether we're N.C. State, UNC or Duke fans, we can all agree that North Carolina's teams have had a good run in the tournament this year. Basketball — as it is with most sports — requires practice and a deta

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen Athletics Director and coach Patty Evers has an ambassador to bridge the gap between incoming freshmen and girls athletics, something she had no idea about until recently.
“A grandparent came to me the other day and said, through the fence at the softball field, that there was something I probably didn't kno

East Bladen's Norris named Scholar-Athlete

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen Athletics Director and coach Patty Evers has an ambassador to bridge the gap between incoming freshmen and girls athletics, something she had no idea about until recently. “A grandparent came to me the other day and said, through the fence at the softball field, that there was something I probably didn't kno

NCAA basketball roundup: Hot-handed Badgers beat Wildcats, return to Final Four

Today's NCAA tournament games Louisville vs. Michigan St., 2 p.m., CBS Gonzaga vs. Duke, 4:55 p.m., CBS - LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just call him Sam Dagger. Sam Dekker hit 5 of Wisconsin's 10 3-pointers in the second half on his way to a second straight career high of 27 points, Frank Kaminsky added 29 points and the top-seeded Badgers beat No

LUMBERTON — Runners became rainbows during a pair of colorful fundraisers in Lumberton on Saturday.
About 50 people participated in the second annual Colors of Cancer Run, which kicked off at 9 a.m. outside the county administration building on North Elm Street.
Volunteers were posted at various spots along the three-mile course, where they

Event brightens cancer fight

LUMBERTON — Runners became rainbows during a pair of colorful fundraisers in Lumberton on Saturday. About 50 people participated in the second annual Colors of Cancer Run, which kicked off at 9 a.m. outside the county administration building on North Elm Street. Volunteers were posted at various spots along the three-mile course, where they

ROCKINGHAM — The Lumberton-Richmond baseball game was just as advertised — a hard-fought, nail-biting contest.
With two Division I players locked in a pitchers' duel, the outcome was decided by one team's execution on the basepath.
Courtesy runner Devon Hunt stole home with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of fourth to send

Raiders 'steal' one from Pirates

ROCKINGHAM — The Lumberton-Richmond baseball game was just as advertised — a hard-fought, nail-biting contest. With two Division I players locked in a pitchers' duel, the outcome was decided by one team's execution on the basepath. Courtesy runner Devon Hunt stole home with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of fourth to send

Late games: Freshman-led Duke headed to regional final

HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski and Duke are one win away from getting back to the NCAA Final Four, this time with a talented group of freshmen. Justise Winslow, the freshman from Houston playing at home the day after his 19th birthday, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the South Regional's top-seeded Blue Devils in their 63-57 Sweet 16 victo

Sunday's golf news and sports briefs

Carolina Plantation Golf Club news LUMBERTON — Pandora Carter and Jean Crouch were the big winners in the Ladies League this past Monday. Caolyn McNeil won closest to the pin. Stan Winberry and Scott Townsend won the senior shootout with a score of 67. The club will start its twilight scramble on April 2nd at 5:45 and continue to be played

PEMBROKE — Red Springs town commissioners used part of this weekend's board retreat to discuss how outfitting police with body cameras could benefit officers and the public.
The commissioners also used the two-day retreat to talk about budget priorities, the past year's accomplishments and new objectives for the coming year. The retreat was

Red Springs talks police cameras during retreat

PEMBROKE — Red Springs town commissioners used part of this weekend's board retreat to discuss how outfitting police with body cameras could benefit officers and the public. The commissioners also used the two-day retreat to talk about budget priorities, the past year's accomplishments and new objectives for the coming year. The retreat was

Tax proposal not perfect, but step in right direction not perfect, but

Critics of legislation that would dramatically alter the way the state distributes sales tax say that it would be robbing the rich in favor of the poor, but isn't that the foundation for this nation's tax code? The legislation, which was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, a Republican from Onslow County, would mean sales tax is return

LUMBERTON — Legislation that would change the way the state distributes sales tax could increase Robeson County's annual grab, but reduce the amount of sales tax going to the county's municipalities.
County and state officials are studying the bill filed in the Senate last week that is being viewed as legislation that will not pit Democrats

Sales-tax plan would benefit Robeson

LUMBERTON — Legislation that would change the way the state distributes sales tax could increase Robeson County's annual grab, but reduce the amount of sales tax going to the county's municipalities. County and state officials are studying the bill filed in the Senate last week that is being viewed as legislation that will not pit Democrats

WHITE OAK — Thirteen high school juniors demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills at Four County EMC's eighth annual Youth Leadership Weekend held March 20-21 at the Cape Fear Scout Reservation in White Oak, Bladen County.
The weekend camp gave students the opportunity to learn and understand some of the most important qualities of a lead

Youth leadership camp attracts local students

WHITE OAK — Thirteen high school juniors demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills at Four County EMC's eighth annual Youth Leadership Weekend held March 20-21 at the Cape Fear Scout Reservation in White Oak, Bladen County. The weekend camp gave students the opportunity to learn and understand some of the most important qualities of a lead

RALEIGH – Event organizers are looking for farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and vendors interested in participating in the 2015 Got to Be NC Festival May 15-17 at the State Fairgrounds.
This celebration of N.C. agriculture is produced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, with Lowes Foods as the title sponsor.
The

Got to Be NC Festival seeks antique tractors, vendors, musicians

RALEIGH – Event organizers are looking for farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and vendors interested in participating in the 2015 Got to Be NC Festival May 15-17 at the State Fairgrounds. This celebration of N.C. agriculture is produced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, with Lowes Foods as the title sponsor. The

Rainy conditions postpone Friday's county sports events

PEMBROKE — Rainstorms started in Robeson County just before noon on Friday and with them came the year's latest weather-related postponements. All five schools that were supposed to play baseball and softball games on Friday had their events postponed. Purnell Swett High School was scheduled to host Pinecrest, the conference leader in baseb

Saturday's sports briefs

McNeill headlines Pirate Armada stop LUMBERTON — Lumberton native Ruffin McNeill will make a public appearance in May as part of the East Carolina University Pirate Club's Armada event. McNeill and ECU athletic director Jeff Compher will headline the dinner event, which will be held at May 4 at Candy Sue's in downtown Lumberton. A social wi

When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news.
However, although I've not kept specific records, I have noticed several economic questions that appear to be repeated quite frequently in my

Are there any easy answers?

When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news. However, although I've not kept specific records, I have noticed several economic questions that appear to be repeated quite frequently in my

RALEIGH — Scotland County's state senator introduced two education-related bills this week, one to maintain a 15-point scale for grading school performance and another to increase the teaching loads of UNC system professors.
Tom McInnis (R-Richmond), is one of the the primary sponsors of Senate Bill 450, which was filed on Wednesday. The bil

McInnis bids for 15-point scale

RALEIGH — Scotland County's state senator introduced two education-related bills this week, one to maintain a 15-point scale for grading school performance and another to increase the teaching loads of UNC system professors. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond), is one of the the primary sponsors of Senate Bill 450, which was filed on Wednesday. The bil

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players — even after his death.
Tim Breedlove, the Charlotte-based trustee of the trust that bears the late coach's name, said Thursday that letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith's Tar Heel teams — about 180 in all.
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Former UNC coach has gift for players in death

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Dean Smith is still giving to his North Carolina players — even after his death. Tim Breedlove, the Charlotte-based trustee of the trust that bears the late coach's name, said Thursday that letters were sent earlier this month to each of the players who lettered for Smith's Tar Heel teams — about 180 in all. T

ELIZABETHTOWN — A longtime Elizabethtown civil service employee announced his retirement at the town's annual budget retreat on Thursday.
Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw told the members of the board during the retreat held at White Lake that he plans to retire after 34 years in law enforcement effective Aug. 28. He has spent his ent

Police chief announces retirement

ELIZABETHTOWN — A longtime Elizabethtown civil service employee announced his retirement at the town's annual budget retreat on Thursday. Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw told the members of the board during the retreat held at White Lake that he plans to retire after 34 years in law enforcement effective Aug. 28. He has spent his ent

The management and staff of the new Walgreens on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown celebrated with members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, local elected officials and the public on Thursday afternoon during a ribbon-cutting. The celebration included a visit from the Easter Bunny, who had photos taken with children; Subw

Walgreens celebrates

The management and staff of the new Walgreens on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown celebrated with members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, local elected officials and the public on Thursday afternoon during a ribbon-cutting. The celebration included a visit from the Easter Bunny, who had photos taken with children; Subw

Vandalism Marcus Jaimez, of Delmar Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that the copper wire to his air-conditioning unit was cut, causing $350 in damage, according to a police report. Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: Robin Merkle, of N.C. 71 North , Maxton; Kendrick Jones, of Old Baker Roa





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