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Jail escapee still on the run

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LUMBERTON — Lawmen are still looking for a man who was able to escape the Sheriff's Office on Friday even though he was in shackles.Hakeem Andrea Johnson, 23, shuffled out of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office on foot at about 9 p.m. on Friday while he was being questioned about several shootings, one involving law enforcement officers, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.Johnson was still unaccounted for on Monday afternoon, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, chief of detectives. Thompson said deputies had no leads on Johnson's whereabouts, and declined to provide details of his escape.Thompson would not say if any Sheriff's Office employees...


Sticking with tradition

PEMBROKE — After an quick opening drive the resulted in a touchdown for visiting Fayetteville State, there was a slight feeling that it could be the year the Broncos finally broke through and won the annual Two Rivers Classic, presented by Candy Sue’s.The University of North Carolina at Pembroke had other plans.The first drive was the only time the Broncos put points on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter as the Braves defense regrouped and set the offens...

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Crime report

TheftsDomingo Gonzalez, of Atlanta, reported Friday that an $8,000 white enclosed trailer was stolen from Econo Lodge on Kahn Drive in Lumberton, according to a police report.Jonathan Rummage, of West 16th Street, Lumberton, reported Saturday that his red push lawn mower, valued at $200, was stolen, according to a police report.Lisa Jo Rogers reported Sunday that two shirts valued at $15 each and a pair of shoes valued at $10 were stolen from ...

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Murdered man’s father says probe was botched

To the Editor,In reference to the letter to the editor that was published on Sept. 12 titled “Father of murder victim frustrated by lack of arrest,” I would like to comment.

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Disbabled man can’t get help from tribe

To the Editor,I’m a blind, disabled 62-year-old Lumbee Indian man. I’ve applied for assistance through the Lumbee Tribe Rehabilitation program due to leaky roofs, black mold and other decaying matters with my home. I was placed on a waiting list to receive help.I’ve been on this waiting list for three years now. I’ve made multiple call to the leaders only to be told that they’re in meeting. After leaving my name and number for a return call,...

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RALEIGH — When governors and state legislatures make their economies freer — through tax relief, regulatory relief, and labor-market reforms — who stands to benefit?According to labor unions, the answer is obvious. Only business owners and wealthy people prosper under smaller government. Confiscatory taxes, redistributive spending, and pro-union laws are needed for everyone else to enjoy real gains in income and living standards, they say.

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Rangers sweep Braves with 10-3 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis had a hard time recalling the last time the Texas Rangers swept a series.The answer was nearly five months ago.Lewis pitched seven innings for his 10th victory, Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs and Texas finished off a three-game sweep of the slumping Atlanta Braves with a 10-3 win on Sunday.“We haven’t had a lot of positive to lay our hats on, and this was a big deal for us,” int...

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Panthers take out Lions 24-7 in home opener

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Cam Newton showed he has no intention of changing the way he plays the game.The fourth-year quarterback shook off some early rust and returned to his fearless style of play, helping Carolina defeat the Detroit Lions 24-7 on Sunday, capping a distraction-filled week for the Panthers.In his first start since fracturing his ribs in a preseason game, Newton threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and ran for 19 yards on four carries, He helped the Panthers...

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Horschel caps amazing run with FedEx Cup

ATLANTA (AP) — Just three weeks ago, Billy Horschel had every reason to start looking ahead to next season.He had missed the cut in the first FedEx Cup playoff event to fall to No. 82 in the standings. He only had two top 10s all year, scant evidence that he was on the verge of something special. He was weeks away from becoming a father.What followed was the best golf of his life, and a payoff that was more than he could grasp.“I’m not sure l...

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Keselowski wins opening round of NASCAR’s Chase

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Brad Keselowski saw one shot in front of him to steal the win in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.He had twice picked his way through the field Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, and found himself watching a spirited, side-by-side battle for the lead between Kevin Harvick and rookie Kyle Larson. As everyone else held their breath watching the Harvick and Larson duel, Keselowski saw his opening and pounced.He used a dari...

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Taking care of business

WASHINGTON — The Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce took a group of 20 delegates to the nation’s capital last week to attend Congressman Mike McIntyre’s 18th annual Taking Care of Business summit.During the summit, which ran from Monday to Tuesday, chamber members from across North Carolina heard presentations from state lawmakers, business leaders, media personalities and White House officials on a number of hot-button issues.The trip was orchestrated ...

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New Walmart hiring 95

ST. PAULS — Walmart plans to hire as many as 95 associates to work at its forthcoming Neighborhood Market store in St. Pauls.First announced in March, the store will join five other Walmart locations across Robeson County when it opens in December.Applications are being accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays at a temporary hiring center that recently opened at 115 S. Second St. People seeking employment can also apply online at

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“Trick or Trot” a treat for nonprofit

As a board member of the Robeson County Partnership for Children Inc., I would like to invite you and your family to the first “Trick or Trot” 5K and Family Fun Run.The event will start at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1. The races are part of the nonprofit’s fall festival. The festival will kick off with a 5K race, a 1-Mile Fun Run, walk or stroll, a Toddler Trot Fun Run or walk, and will culminate with a festival full of family friendly activities that will run through the rem...

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A smattering of show tunes

PEMBROKE — A veritable Whitman’s Sampler of show tunes, “Broadway Rox” blends more than 20 of musical theater’s most memorable numbers into one concert.The freewheeling production will come to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Saturday as part of the college’s Broadway and More series at the Givens Performing Arts Center.Directed by Rob Evan and Rich Affannato, “Broadway Rox” features selections from long-runn...

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Peace in the Park concert series continues Thursday

PEMBROKE — The third annual Peace in the Park concert series in Pembroke will continue Thursday with a performance from Wilmington folk rock band L Shape Lot.The theme will be “Just be You,” which festival founder Charly Lowry describes as a celebration of individuality and creative thought. The Robeson County Arts Council will use the concert to kick start its monthly Arts Cruising series.A motorcade of antique cars will tour the county as part of Arts...

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Designer booked for benefit

LUMBERTON — Nationally renowned clothing designer Alexander Julian will lend his expertise to an upcoming fashion show that will benefit the Robeson County Public Library.On Oct. 16, local models will strut down the runway dressed up as iconic literary characters and authors to raise money for the library during “Fashion in Literature: An Evening with Alexander Julian.”The money will be used to buy new children’s computers loaded with educational ...

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Prisoner escapes in shackles

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 23-year-old man who escaped custody in shackles and bare feet on Friday night.Hakeem Andrea Johnson was being questioned for shooting at Robeson County Sheriff’s Office employees and several others when he fled from the Law Enforcement Center at about 9 p.m., according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.Johnson allegedly shot at law enforcement on McGoogan Farm Road where sheri...

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Walking trail complete at Southeastern Health Park

LUMBERTON — With the help of more than 100 volunteers, a walking trail at the site of Southeastern Health Park is complete.“It’s a neat little nature trail and we hope that anybody and everybody in our community will come out and use it,” said David Sumner, vice president of Human Services and Planning for Southeastern Health.Volunteers helped lay gravel along about 500 yards of the .8-mile trail, which winds around the Southeastern Health Park ca...

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