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Allen, force for integration, dies at age 89

KINSTON — Young H. Allen, Jr., the superintendent of the Robeson County school system for more than a decade, is being remembered as an instrumental figure in helping guide tri-racial Robeson County through desegregation during the late 1960s and early 1970s.Allen, who was 89, died July 16. He was best known locally for his tenure as superintendent of the Public Schools of Robeson County from 1965 to 1977.

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Forum addresses women’s issues

PEMBROKE — “I want my 18 cents!”That became the mantra of about 140 women on Wednesday when they convened at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Regional Center to discuss the status of women in Robeson County, the challenges they face and how to surmount them.According to Linda Murphy, eastern region director for the North Carolina Council for Women, 18 cents is how much less per dollar women earn than their male counterparts in Robeso...

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West Rob boys headed for state

Contributed photoWest Robeson’s majors team won its district championship earlier this month in Lumberton. The team will advance to the state championship, which starts Saturday in Dunn. The team consists of, front left, Derrick Locklear, Jacob Brooks, Ethen Wilkins, Caleb Henderson, Dylan Cummings, Noah Locklear; middle left, Blake Scott, Cameron Briggs, Chandler Brayboy, Jeremiah Locklear, Micah Carter, Andrew Cummings; back left, coach Spencer Carter, coach Kaven Locklear ...

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Parker quits again as Fairmont chief

FAIRMONT — Danny Parker, whose resignation as Fairmont’s director of Public Safety was never officially accepted, resubmitted his intention to quit the position on Wednesday.Parker, who originally submitted his resignation on June 4, has been on paid leave since. Town Manager Linda Vause said Parker’s employment status was “misunderstood” and that the resignation was never formalized.Instead, Parker was put on administrative leave. According...

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Man injured in drive-by shooting

LUMBERTON — A 26-year old Lumberton man was injured during a drive-by shooting Wednesday at a Fayetteville Road shopping center in North Lumberton, according to the Lumberton Police Department.Clarence Graham, who lives on Spruce Street, suffered a non-life threatening injury when he was shot in the lower left leg at about 1:15 p.m., according to a statement from the Police Department.According to the statement, multiple shots were fired in the parking lot of For U...

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Plate sale to benefit ailing police officer

LUMBERTON — The Kings of Pythagoras Golden Leaf Council 139 will hold its annual Southern Style BBQ Plate Sale on Sept. 12 at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center in Lumberton.Proceeds from this year’s plate sale will benefit Lumberton police Sgt. Shawn Byrd, who is in need of a kidney transplant. The menu will include barbecue, chicken, fish and chitterlings, as well as various desserts and side items.Carry-out orders will be prepared from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.. w...

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Crime report

TheftsDione Bryant, of Lu Lu Drive, Red Springs, reported Monday that someone broke into her car at Smith’s Body Shop on North Roberts Avenue in Lumberton and stole $515 worth of items, including softball equipment, shoes and a drum, according to a police report.Andrew Holloway reported Tuesday that someone broke into a car belonging to Wynn Site Work Inc. at Holiday Inn on Wintergreen Drive in Lumberton and stole a $1,200 saw and $300 worth of han...

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West Rob advances to X-Play World Series

Contributed photoThe West Robeson Ponytails X-Play team won the state tournament in Pinehurst, going undefeated in the process. West Robeson beat Kings Mountain 11-2, Cherryville 10-0, Garner 19-3 and Cherryville 7-0 before beating Duplin County 10-0 in the championship. The team advances to the Ponytails X-Play World Series, which starts July 31 in Ponchatoula, La. The team includes, front left, Katelyn Culberth, Ayonna McGirt, Madison Canady, Kyra Locklear, Destiny Chavis, Saniah...

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Lumberton Ponytails go undefeated at state

Contributed photoAfter a third place finish in the district tournament, the Lumberton Ponytails saw the benefits of several hard weeks of practice, going undefeated at the Dixie Youth State Championship in Carthage. The win advances the team to the Dixie Softball World Series, which starts Aug. 4 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The team will represent North Carolina against 11 other teams from around the country, an honor that comes in Lumberton’s first year participating in Dixi...

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Grant to help renovate SRMC floor

LUMBERTON — Sixty-three years after it was first built, the fourth floor of the Southeastern Regional Medical Center will be receiving a major face-lift thanks in part to a recently announced $500,000 grant.The Building Reuse Grant, which has been awarded to Southeastern Health and the City of Lumberton from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and was announced during a conference at the medical center on Friday, will be used to renovate a portion of the medical center&...

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CJ all over upcoming election coverage

RALEIGH — As the North Carolina General Assembly continues to wind down its legislative work for 2014, my Carolina Journal colleagues are already turning their attention toward what promises to be a fascinating midterm election cycle.The marquee race, obviously, is the U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, with Libertarian nominee Sean Haugh currently polling in the high-single digits. It is conceivable that ...

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Campbell adds to winning total

LUMBERTON — Berlester Campbell on Tuesday picked up 16 of 25 provisional votes, upping his District 2 victory over incumbent Robeson County Commissioner Hubert Sealey.After canvassing of votes was completed, Campbell had 842, or 56.51 percent, of the 1,495 ballots cast. Sealey mustered 648, or 43.49 percent, of the total votes.Campbell’s victory in the Democratic Primary run-off election puts him back in the seat that he lost in a close race to Sealey in 2002...

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Burnette, Britt get all-star sendoff

GREENSBORO — As Bradley Burnette got off the bench and walked into his familiar center spot on the back line with 11 minutes left in Tuesday’s East-West All-Star boys soccer game, he paused for a second.The announcer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s soccer stadium bellowed his name and on cue, Burnette raised his arms pointing his fingers to the sky as a small section of fans gave him an ovation.It was, if nothing else, a mix of emoti...

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HUD suspends housing head

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday suspended Housing Authority Director Ronald Oxendine with pay until completion of an investigation into the Housing Authority’s procurement policies and procedures is complete. Only Commissioner Hubert Sealey voted against the suspension.A local investigation was launched after concerns were raised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during a review of the Robeson County Housing Authorit...

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Squirrel causes power outage, 2 people trapped on elevator

LUMBERTON — Two people in Lumberton had to face some of the our most dreaded fears at once on Tuesday — darkness and claustrophobia.The two became trapped in separate elevators when a power outage struck Tuesday morning, shutting off lights from Southeastern Regional Medical Center to the downtown area.According to Linda Oxendine, director of Public Services for the city, the outage was caused by a squirrel.About 2,000 customers around Carthage Roa...

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Tree crushes car; driver ducks injury

LUMBERTON — Eighteen inches.That, according to John Rancke, is how close he came to being killed on Monday by a falling tree.Rancke was driving on Barker Ten Mile Road from the Wycliffe area towards Lowes Foods when he heard a crash.“I thought I’d blown a tire first off, but then the car kept rolling,” Rancke said. “Then I thought someone had shot out the window because the passenger side window was broken. I was covered in glass....

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Senate panel OKs sales-tax bill

RALEIGH (AP) — Four large North Carolina counties would see their authority to raise sales taxes scaled back under legislation passed Tuesday by a Senate panel.Republican supporters say the measure would give more options to most counties to generate local revenues. But opponents, particularly Democrats from Wake County, say it would harm counties that received previous authority from the General Assembly to generate more revenue than others — particularly to assist wit...

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