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2014 RobCo football: Red Devils making it happen

Football preview scheduleSaturday: South RobesonSunday: FairmontTuesday: St. PaulsToday: Red SpringsThursday: Purnell SwettFriday: Lumberton—RED SPRINGS — There are plenty of reasons to doubt the Red Springs football team and Ron Cook knows that.By the time the Red Devils hit the field for their first game, the team’s new coach will have held his position for l...

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Fairmont tries to beef up grant application

FAIRMONT — Fairmont residents can expect a knock at their door in the coming weeks as surveyors work to beef up the town’s application for $2 million in grants to rehabilitate its sewer system.The town’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday held a public hearing on a Community Development Block Grant it has applied for to replace about 20,000 feet of sewer lines.The town submitted an almost identical application for the grant last spring, but it was not fu...

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Chambers reach pact on coal-ash disposal

RALEIGH — State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday that lawmakers have reached a compromise on legislation to make Duke Energy curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps across North Carolina.House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Phil Berger announced their chambers reached an agreement they said would give the state the strictest regulations on coal ash disposal in the nation. The legislation would require closure of all unlined coal ash ponds within 15 years....

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GOP House splits, kills incentives package

RALEIGH — A cadre of Republicans in the North Carolina House broke ranks with their leadership Tuesday to vote down a sweeping economic incentives and tax bill they said violated core conservative principles.More than two dozen GOP members joined with Democrats to defeat the bill 47-54, despite support for it from Gov. Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate leader Phil Berger.The multi-part bill included county sales taxes, tax benefits for a Haywood County...

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RCCCC holds annual meeting on Thursday

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Church and Community Center will hold its annual meeting on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church at 1002 N. Chestnut St.The event will recognize the center’s donors and the church’s 45 years of ministry. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Rev. Fred Rose is interim pastor.For information, call Darlene Jacobs at 910-738-5204.

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Hawkeye center wins $20K grant

RED SPRINGS — The Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo.The nonprofit, which is based in Hoke County, will use the grant to fund its Sacred Traditions Project, which seeks to preserve American Indian customs and foster a bond between tribal elders and youths.A facility dedicated to teaching traditional lifestyles of Eastern Woodland American Indians will be built as part of th...

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The battle to save downtown

Vibrant downtowns in small rural towns have gone the way of the slinky. They really don’t exist anymore.But Lumberton’s continues to put up a good fight.Forever gone are the days that city residents would flock to downtown Lumberton in large numbers to shop for clothes, buy lunch at locally owned businesses, or stop by The Robesonian newspaper to drop off a wedding announcement. Those businesses long ago shut down because they couldn’t compete with larg...

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Crime report

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 to help with nonprofit’s roof

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.R...

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Probe cites conflict of interest

LUMBERTON — The county’s investigation into the alleged failure of the Robeson County Housing Authority to follow federal procurement policies has unearthed 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’s field ...

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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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