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RCC faces budget cuts

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LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College will be expected to do more with less money if projected state funding cuts take effect when the new fiscal year begins July 1, according to Pamela Hilbert, the college’s president.According to Hilbert, as the college prepares its budget for the new year, RCC could be operating with $1.9 million, or 9.8 percent, less than during the current fiscal year. The projected amount of state funding the college will receive in the upcoming fiscal year is $18,214,604, down from the current year of $20,187,842.“We definitely will feel these cuts,” Hilbert said. “They will be felt throughout the college.”


Gov. McCrory leading like a mayor

Pat McCrory has been governor of North Carolina for 15 months now but he still doesn’t seem to have a handle on the position.He does have one part of the job down. McCrory is always headed somewhere to cut a ribbon or tour a factory or get his haircut in a small town barbershop. He looks good on the videos his office produces and in the pictures they post of him on social media.Many of his public appearances on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons are in his homet...

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Sandford Hunt

Sanford HuntFAIRMONT — Sanford James “S.J.” Hunt, 87, of Fairmont, died April 21, 2014, at Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. The funeral will be 4 p.m. Friday at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday before the service.

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Wingate president to retire

WINGATE. (AP) — The president of Wingate University says he plans to retire from the job in May 2015.Jerry McGee made the announcement on Tuesday. His retirement will mark the end of a 23-year tenure as president.Under McGee’s leadership, Wingate has secured hundreds of millions in gifts and grants for scholarships and campus development. The school also attained university status and nearly tripled enrollment.McGee also officiated 404 college foot...

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RED SPRINGS — The Purnell Swett baseball team didn’t enter the 2014 Robeson County Slugfest on the streak it had hoped. In the eight games prior to the tournament, the Rams had gone 2-6 in league play with four straight losses.But Tuesday made coach Bryan McDonald a bit happier as the Rams beat Freedom Christian 7-4 to advance to the Slugfest championship game for the second year in a row.“This is the best ball game we’ve played in three weeks,...

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2014 Slugfest Day 2 Box Scores

Baseball bracketMondayFreedom Christian 3, Lumberton 2Purnell Swett 8, St. Pauls 4Fairmont 11, South Robeson 5Red Springs 4, West Bladen 2TuesdayPurnell Swett 7, Freedom Christian 4Fairmont 13, Red Springs 3Lumberton 11, St. Pauls 0South Robeson 6, West Bladen 2 Today5th place, 1 p.m.L...

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Child faces hard future after abuse

LAURINBURG — During his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant attention.When Audrey Blades noticed that her son had developed a lazy eye and wouldn’t eat, she rushed him to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,” Blades said.Now, at 4 months old, Charlie requires a ventilator. He is blind and his brain ...

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Treasure hunters eye 1857 shipwreck

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An expedition is heading out this week to recover the remaining gold from a sunken 19th century steamship that yielded an estimated $50 million a quarter century ago before legal challenges shut down the recovery.The Odyssey Explorer and its crew of 41, operated by Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Fla., was to leave late Tuesday or today for the S.S. Central America, located about 160 miles off the coast of the Carolinas in 7,200 feet of wate...

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The tax threat

Two locally elected officials were probably embarrassed this week when news broke that they were late paying their property taxes to the city of Lumberton. And that is the point when local governments publish the list of people who are delinquent in paying their taxes — that the threat of public humiliation will inspire them to pay on time.Lumberton’s list of late taxpayers was published in Sunday’s The Robesonian, and we can assure you that plenty of readers look...

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Crime report

TheftsMary Spencer, of East First Street, Lumberton, reported Monday that her red and silver scooter, valued at $1,200, was stolen from her home and later recovered, according to a police report.Linnie Alexander Madden, of Turnpike Road, Wagram, reported Monday that someone entered his unlocked vehicle at Southeastern Regional Medical Center on West 27th Street in Lumberton and stole a black Taurus 9 mm handgun valued at $300, 150 .22-caliber bullets val...

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Man charged with neighbor’s murder

LUMBERTON — About two weeks after he reported finding 59-year-old Leo Warren Cromartie dead, a Lumberton man has been charged with killing him, according to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.Dephaney Rockwell Blue, of Bee Gee Road, was arrested this morning at about 10 and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Cromartie, who lived just over 100 feet from Blue’s home near Derrick Road, Sealey said.Sealey said a police report lists Blue as the p...

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County to ponder tribe’s request

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday agreed to consider a request from the Lumbee Tribe for a $100,000 donation to help pay for rehabilitation of the N.C. Indian Cultural Center, although one commissioner said he was asked by a tribal member not to support the request.“I think it’s a good thing you all are doing, but I got a call today from one of your board members and they asked that we not honor this request,” Commissioner Huber...

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The different beat of Jim Bishiop’s castle

RYE, Colo. — There are different drummers, and then there are different drummers.Jim Bishop has been marching to a really strange one for four decades now, building a castle, Bishop Castle, all by himself, rock by rock, a monument that now rises 160 feet toward the heavens in the San Isabel National Forest between Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Its fire-breathing dragon won’t blow smoke through its nostrils till weekends after Memorial Day, but already there are dozens of...

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A billionaire holds Keystone hostage

In their wisdom, our Founding Fathers created a system of checks and balances and competing influences among the president and Congress, the states and the federal government, and billionaire liberal donor Tom Steyer.Tom Steyer isn’t Senate majority leader, or chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, or even Senate president pro tem. He’s merely the man who wants to spend $100 million on Democrats this year and who hates the Keystone pipeline....

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Councilman delinquent on city taxes

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton city councilman owes hundreds of dollars in back taxes on bills that have not been paid since 2008.The city of Lumberton published its yearly list of delinquent taxpayers in The Robesonian on Sunday, and included on the list were Councilman John “Big Wayne” Robinson and Rep. Charles Graham. Depending on the amount owed and whether the property owner has been delinquent in years past, the property could be foreclosed and sold.Robi...

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Charlotte woman killed in one-vehicle accident

FAIRMONT — A 64-year-old Charlotte woman was killed when she lost control of her vehicle while driving near Fairmont, according to the state Highway Patrol.Morgan Thomas Orr, of Providence Road, was driving east on N.C. 130 near Stuart’s Mill Road on Thursday at about 11:40 a.m. when her 2013 Smart Car ran off the road to the right, according to 1st Sgt. Ardeen Hunt.Orr’s vehicle then hit a sign and overturned, coming to a rest on its top, Hunt said....

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Report: More people looking for jobs in NC

RALEIGH — Almost 8,000 more people were either working or looking for jobs in March, a shift from a trend that indicated people were dropping out of the labor force, the state Commerce Department reported Monday.In the past year, only March and January showed an increase in the number of North Carolina residents working or hunting for jobs. The state’s labor force of potential or active workers shrank by nearly 50,000 since March 2013.The report showing both ...

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Man says he was shot while being robbed

LUMBERTON — A man who was shot in the leg is recovering from the injury, according to Lumberton police Capt. Terry Parker.Carlos Hernandez, of Pate Street, was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and has since been transferred to an undisclose hospital, Parker said.Lumberton police found the 29-year-old on Asbury Drive, which intersects Pate Street, at about 10:45 p.m. on Friday after someone reported hearing shots fired, according to a police report. Her...

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