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Crime report

TheftsHui Lin reported Thursday that a customer left Golden City restaurant on Kahn Drive in Lumberton without paying for an unknown amount of food, according to a police report.Nikki Nesbitt, of High Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that $14 in cash was stolen from her wallet on a SEATS van, according to a police report.Leon Stubbs, of Summit Avenue, Lumberton reported Wednesday that his $25 black and purple Huffy bicycle was stolen, acco...

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Numbers trending toward Republicans

By every indicator, Republicans will do well this November. There are time-honored numbers to watch.One indicator is presidential approval ratings. It actually affects races down to dogcatcher. President Obama has a lower approval rating than he did in the 2010 midterms, which favored Republicans. In fact, its 4 points lower than in 1994 when Republicans took control of Congress. What’s worse for Democrats is the president has the lowest approval ratings of any president duri...

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Ordinance gives housing priority to tribal Elders

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday passed an ordinance that will prioritize applications for housing rehabilitation services, giving preference to Elders and those with housing needs deemed urgent.The ordinance, which passed by a vote of 11 to 7 with three council members absent, was sent back last month to the council’s Finance Committee for review after Ed Brooks, the tribe’s attorney, told the council that giving priority to those 62 and older was...

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220 pets fixed during SNIP initiative

PEMBROKE — Approximately 220 cats and dogs were spayed or neutered at a discount price at six area animal hospitals during the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s biannual SNIP program, marking a decrease from the 397 animals that received the procedure in March.The program ran from Sept. 2 until Saturday.Dr. David Brooks, a member of the association and owner of Pembroke Veterinary Hospital, said he was undeterred by the drop in participation....

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Woodmen open Pembroke office

PEMBROKE — Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society will dedicate a new location in Pembroke on Saturday.The organization’s Pembroke office will be located in the Health Keeperz Complex on Candy Park Road. The open house will include food, door prizes, bounce houses, corn hold and finger painting.For information, call 910-668-1281.

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An example of leadership

ROWLAND — Over the last four years, there haven’t been many constants for the South Robeson football team.The school has seen three different head coaches during that time and one winning record, which came last year.One thing that hasn’t changed in recent years has been the presence of the number four in the backfield for the Mustangs.

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Leach to enter ECU Hall of Fame today

GREENVILLE — Former South Robeson standout Vonta Leach is among four people that will be inducted into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame today.He’ll join Billy Best, Mitchell Cannon and Eddie Hicks during special ceremonies surrounding the Pirates’ football game with North Carolina on Saturday“We’re proud of him,” former coach Mike Brill said. “I know his family is tickled to death, my family is tickled to death...

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Local roundup: No middle ground

LUMBERTON — There was a lot more on the line Thursday night at Lumberton High School than just bragging rights in a rivalry game between Lumberton and Purnell Swett.The two teams were also jockeying for playoff positioning at the midpoint of the conference season.The Pirates (4-9, 3-2) entered the game after dropping a tight five set match to Scotland on Tuesday night, and were looking for a bounce back win to get them back to above 500 in conference play. For the ...

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City police get 15 new rides

LUMBERTON — Nothing turns an adult male into a kid again quicker than a new ride.Lumberton police were outwardly giddy on Thursday as they took for a spin 15 new Dodge Chargers.The new car smell hadn’t even worn off when officers put their new vehicles to the test at the Lumberton Regional Airport, winding through a maze of orange cones at rumbling speeds.Police Chief Michael McNeill said the new vehicles don’t just look good on the road, the...

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Man killed in single-vehicle accident

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton man was killed early Thursday when his vehicle, which was traveling almost twice the speed limit, struck a utility pole and overturned, according to the state Highway Patrol.An accident report said that the driver, 48-year-old Leon Hull, was likely impaired.Hull was driving alone in his 2003 Ford passenger car on N.C. 72 near Odum Road when the vehicle crossed the center line, according to a report filed by Trooper M.J. Miles. Hull’s v...

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Think tank complains to BOE about fracking advertisements

RALEIGH — A conservative think tank filed a formal complaint Thursday with the State Board of Elections about advertisements and mailers attributed to a coalition of environmental advocacy groups that criticized the pro-fracking votes of several North Carolina lawmakers.The John W. Pope Civitas Institute argues the North Carolina Environmental Partnership and two of its key member groups illegally misrepresented the sponsorship or purchaser of the literature and commercials. ...

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India company to bring 1,200 IT jobs to Cary

CARY — Indian information technology services company HCL Technologies said Thursday its American subsidiary will add about 1,200 jobs in North Carolina over the next five years by continuing to prepare not-fully-ready workers to fill the IT jobs.HCL America, part of the global IT outsourcing company that employs more than 90,000 people worldwide, said it will expand over the next five years in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, where it now employs about 800.

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Craigslist killers sentenced to life

SUNBURY, Pa. — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate.Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, displayed emotion as they sat with their lawyers in the courtroom while some of the victim’s relatives described the grief and pain they have experience since the Nov. 11 murd...

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McCrory signs 2 bills into law, allows 3rd without signature

RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday wrapped up his actions on legislation left on his desk by the North Carolina General Assembly when it adjourned last month, signing two more measures but allowing a third to become law without his signature.One of the bills he signed focused on criminal laws and the other was a hodgepodge of dozens of regulatory changes approved annually by Republicans since they took control of the legislature in 2011. McCrory said he wouldn’...

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Truth matters in rape-murder case not ex-DA’s legacy

When it became plain that Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were not responsible for the tragedy suffered by Sabrina Buie in 1983, we wondered how long it would be before critics of Joe Freeman Britt offered this case as evidence that the man who was once dubbed the “world’s deadliest DA” was reckless in his prosecutions and that this was the tip of a dark iceberg.Not long.A reporter from the New York Times spent a few days in Robeson County a couple weeks ...

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School spending is up, not down

RALEIGH — Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swin...

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McCrory gets pardon request

RALEIGH — Two men recently freed from prison after 30 years have applied for pardons of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory.Henry McCollum, 50, and his 46-year-old half-brother Leon Brown, had been incarcerated for the 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs. They had their convictions overturned by a judge on Sept. 2 and were released from prison after DNA evidence suggested another man committed the crime.

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