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County to help with nonprofit’s roof

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LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to help pay for a new roof at the Robeson County Church and Community center.The commissioners authorized County Manager Ricky Harris to meet with Lumberton City Manager Wayne Horne to work out an agreement where the two governing bodies will assist in paying for construction of the new roof. Darlene Jacobs, the center’s executive director, has said will cost about $100,000.“The situation is getting worse. Every time it rains more tiles are falling down … .We are putting more buckets down,” Jacobs told the commissioners. “You are our last hope of not having to move to another location.”

 

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TheftsBilly McNeill, of Parkview Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into his car, causing $300 in damage to a window, and stole a $50 DeWalt flashlight and a $10 pair of pliers, according to a police report.Tyrone Love reported Monday that $16.99 worth of Bud Light beer was stolen from Spinx Convenience Store on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report.Break-insThe following break-...

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Medicaid at top of list of GOP mistakes

When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory in the last two years — and there have been too many to mention — the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and provide health coverage for more than 400,000 low income adults who are currently uninsured.That was point was reinforced dramatically recently by a national report that quantified how much federal funding st...

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When the cost of media access is too high

RALEIGH — It seems like a lifetime ago, but remember the euphoria when Baghdad fell in early 2003?Well, we all might have felt euphoric, but Eason Jordan, who was then the head of CNN news gathering, was feeling a bit guilty. You see, Jordan had been lobbying Saddam Hussein for years to keep a CNN bureau in Baghdad.Nothing wrong with that, you might say, and you’d be right.What was wrong with that was the price Jordan and the CNN executives paid to...

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County’s probe unearths instances of conflict of interest at housing authority

LUMBERTON — The county’s investigation into the alleged failure of the Robeson County Housing Authority to follow federal procurement policies has unearthed several instances of conflict of interest, according to Robeson County Attorney Patrick Pait, who is heading the local investigation into mismanagement of federal funds.In an Aug. 7 letter to Michael A. Williams, director of the Office of Public Housing for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’...

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2014 RobCo football: Sasser preaches toughness at St. Pauls

Football preview scheduleSaturday: South RobesonSunday: FairmontToday: St. PaulsWednesday: Red SpringsThursday: Purnell SwettFriday: Lumberton—-ST. PAULS — While St. Pauls High School will be running the same offensive scheme as they have in years past, this year’s squad will have a much different look.The team will be presenting a smaller front on the offensiv...

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Crime report

TheftsKayla Strickland reported Sunday that $12 worth of makeup and $6 worth of nail polish were stolen from Dollar General on West Fifth Street Lumberton, according to a police report. Strickland also reported Saturday that $24 worth of toothpaste and soap were stolen from the store, according to a police report.Victor Blofeld, of East Eighth Street, Lumberton, reported a $200 blue Pacific Evolution bicycle stolen on Sunday, according to a police report...

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Man sought for assault, arson

LUMBERTON — A Pembroke man who was recently arrested after a church van he was trying to siphon gas from caught on fire is wanted by the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office on 10 unrelated charges.According to Lt. Brian Duckworth, arson investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, John David Oxendine broke into his girlfriend’s home on Will Road on Aug. 8 and set her house on fire.He is facing charges of second-degree arson, assault on a female, larceny aft...

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State’s jobless rates inches upward

RALEIGH. (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate inched higher for July as the state’s labor force declined by nearly 15,000 over the course of a month, state officials said Monday.The jobless rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.5 percent in July after being flat for two months, according to a report by the Commerce Department. North Carolina’s unemployment rate was higher than the national rate of 6.2 percent.

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Report: Medicaid decision to cost NC $51B

RALEIGH — The decision by Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers not to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act will cost North Carolina $51 billion in lost federal money and thousands of jobs over the next decade, according to a new report.The study issued by the non-partisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute says the state will lose nearly $40 billion in Medicaid funding and more than $11 billion in reimbursements to North Carolina h...

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Voter ID won’t suppress votes, it will ensure that elections are fair

To the Editor,I have been following with great interest the debate over requiring a valid photo ID in order to vote, and have tried to view all sides of the issue with an open mind. Obviously, partisan politics seem to get in the way of simple logic and this is no exception.

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Failing to vote in a democracy is disrespectful to our veterans

To the Editor,Having just finished seeing “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” for the first time, I am brought face to face with how these United States of America have evolved over the 50 years of my life.Watching this movie has made me think about how this nation has achieved social and moral milestones through the power of democracy. The ballot box, as intended by the architects of our government, has been the lever to shut down oppression and open the faucets...

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Man charged following fatal accident

PEMBROKE — A 72-year-old Pembroke man was killed Friday when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by a vehicle being driven by a pizza delivery man, according to the state Highway Patrol.Billy Locklear, of Brittons Farm Drive, was driving his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle on N.C. 72 about three miles north of Pembroke when he was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet passenger car driving the opposite direction, according to a report filed by Trooper J.W. Scott.The driver of the ca...

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Leaders survive the pressure at Kiwanis tourney

LUMBERTON — Larry Cloninger and John Haskins never lost the lead during the second round of the Kiwanis All-American Golf Tournament but it came close.Even as the two got into the tee box on No. 18, the duo of Stephen Pippin and Chip Collins was only a stroke behind and playing in the same group.“Larry said let’s hit two good tee shots and put the ball in play,” Haskins said.It was a simple strategy that was executed near perfectly as t...

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McGirt confident heading into FedEx Cup playoffs

GREENSBORO — William McGirt’s timing could hardly be better.The Fairmont native, fresh off a top-10 finish at the Wyndham Classic, says he has more confidence now — days before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs — than at any point during this season on the PGA Tour.

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Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan — which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR’s top series.One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well?“Certainly things are going well — there’s no doubt about that,” Gordon said. “I’m as shocked as anybody else.”Gordon raced to his...

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Newton, Stewart lead Panthers past Chiefs, 28-16

CHARLOTTE (AP) — If Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has his way, Cam Newton won’t be running as many read-option plays as he has in the past.If Jonathan Stewart runs the way he did Sunday night, Newton won’t need to.Newton made a successful return following ankle surgery, Stewart ran for two touchdowns and the Panthers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 28-16 in a preseason game.Newton completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and led a pair of touchd...

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Private school’s website among several hacked by Anonymous

RED SPRINGS — Flora Macdonald Academy was one of several Robeson County-based websites taken over Sunday afternoon by group affiliated with the hacker collective Anonymous.Information on the local websites was replaced with a photograph of someone in a florescent green gas mask and the words “This site has been hacked by Defacer J.P.”The electronic dance song, “Monster, how should I feel?,” also plays continuously on the sites.Def...

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