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Lumbee filing begins with 3 seeking office

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PEMBROKE — Two incumbents and a newcomer filed Monday to run for seats on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council.The incumbents are Lesaundri Hunt, the council’s speaker from District 3, and Terry Hunt, a representative from District 2. They are each running for a second three-year term.District 2 includes Back Swamp, Fairmont and Smyrna. District 3 encompasses Lumberton, West Howellsville and Clybourn Pines.The newcomer is Bill James Brewington, who filed as a candidate for a seat in District 7, which encompasses South Pembroke and Union. The seat is currently held by Terry Campbell. Campbell cannot seek re-election because the tribe’s constitution restricts anyone from holding office more than two consecutive three-year terms.


A run at the top

LUMBERTON — For the West Robeson Ponytails X-Play softball team, the opening week of August brought an unforgettable experience to each of them. After winning the state tournament, the team represented North Carolina in the Dixie Youth Softball Ponytails X-Play World Series held in Ponchatoula, La and finished as the runner-up.“It was very exciting for me,” said coach Craig Canady said. “It was probably one of the best experiences I have had as a coach. I ju...

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DNA offered in ‘83 rape, murder

LUMBERTON — New DNA evidence may give two men jailed as teenagers for the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old Red Springs girl a shot at a new trial and freedom.District Attorney Johnson Britt said a motion will be filed today on behalf of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who is on death row, and 46-year-old Leon Brown, who is serving a life sentence, showing that their DNA does not match DNA found where Sabrina Buie’s nude body was discovered and that exculpatory evi...

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Rabies progam off to slow start

LUMBERTON — Dorris Brayboy was grateful for a discounted rabies shot for Lady.“It’s really helped me financially because I have so many dogs,” said Brayboy, who lives in Pembroke.Brayboy and the latest addition to her pack, an excitable black Labrador, were at Pembroke Fire Department on Monday, the first day of the the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association’s week-long discount program.The first day of the biannual program...

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Lumber River lands in semis at World Series

LONG VIEW, Wash — The Lumber River 13- to 15-year-old Babe Ruth team recovered from a loss on Sunday to clinch one of two top seeds in the semifinals of the of the Babe Ruth World Series in Long View, Wash.The team beat Broomall-Newton, Pa. 3-1 to finish pool play and will have a bye until Wednesday’s semifinal round, when they play at 8 p.m. EST against the winner of a quarterfinal game today. Video and audio streams of the entire tournament are available at LongviewWo...

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Crime report

TheftsTyjohnte Johnson, of Swann Drive, Lumberton, reported Friday that he was robbed at gunpoint of 25 cents on C Avenue, according to a police report.Sandy Bristow reported Saturday that $10 worth of Dove shampoo was stolen from Family Dollar on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report.VandalismMellisa Wilkins, of East 14th Street, Lumberton, reported Sunday that someone dented the rims and hood o...

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McDonald appeals in effort to get new trial

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Lawyers for Jeffery MacDonald, convicted more than four decades ago in the stabbing deaths of his wife and two daughters, are asking to appeal a federal judge’s ruling and get their client a new trial.The Fayetteville Observer reports that attorneys for the former Army captain filed a motion last week arguing they should be allowed to appeal a ruling last month by Senior U.S. District Judge James Fox.Fox said the attorneys failed to establ...

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Obama visit poses dilemma for Hagan

RALEIGH — Her re-election in doubt, North Carolina’s Democratic senator has an uncomfortable decision to make as President Barack Obama appears in her state before a critical audience she’s trying to woo: Veterans.Join in the same camera shot as Obama, who lost North Carolina in 2012 and is unpopular in the state, and Sen. Kay Hagan could offer her Republican opponent fresh attack ad footage tying her to the president. Stay away from Obama while he visits North Ca...

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Economic activity gets better measure

RALEIGH — The Obama administration has been implementing new ways to measure economic activity in the United States. Although not exactly front-page news, this initiative deserves praise from anyone, regardless of political party or economic views, who believes policymakers are more likely to make wise decisions if they are provided timely, valid, and informative data on economic performance in their states and regions.

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Logano captures first career win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Joey Logano is looking more and more like a Sprint Cup title contender.Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, foiling the 2003 series champion’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.Logano, just 24, became the fifth driver this season to win three times, joining the Hendrick Motorsports trio of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Joh...

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Getting the jump

PARAMUS, N.J. — Fairmont native William McGirt closed with a flurry of birdies on Sunday, posted the second-best score of the day and has assured himself of two more starts this year and has a chance to make the elite field in the season-ending Tour Championship.But McGirt wanted more at The Barclays, the first event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs,Facing a 33-foot downhill put on No. 18 a the Ridgewood Golf Course to reach 12 under par, McGirt believed i...

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Two ex-athletes among 3 killed in SC accident

DILLON, S.C. — Three Robeson County residents, including two former high school football players, were killed in a single-vehicle accident on Saturday morning in South Carolina.Derrick Baker, an 18-year-old who played at Fairmont High last season, and Andrew Hill, an 18-year-old who led South Robeson High to the third round of the state playoffs during the 2013 season, were killed in the crash. Twenty-three-year-old Wesley Chavis, of Fairmont, also died in the accident on Hig...

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Commissioner didn’t see ‘conflict”

LUMBERTON — A county commissioner who has been cited for “conflict of interest” in an investigation of the Robeson County Housing Authority said Friday that he had no idea that his wife’s sister’s husband was considered “immediate family” and should not be permitted to perform contract work for the county.“I didn’t think anything about it. I don’t think he is immediate family,” said Roger Oxendine. “He bid on t...

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Filing begins on Monday for Lumbee tribal elections

PEMBROKE — The candidate filing period for anyone wanting to run for one of seven seats on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council opens Monday and continues through Sept. 12. The election will be held Nov. 18.

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Challenge accepted

LUMBERTON — There’s no escaping the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge — that seemingly ubiquitous social media campaign during which people film themselves getting doused with ice-cold water to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, and then throw down the gauntlet for others to do the same.An estimated 1.2 million people have participated in the challenge since it started gaining momentum on Facebook, YouTube and other websites in June. A quic...

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New jobs in Scotland County

WAGRAM — Robeson County residents in search of manufacturing work may want to look to Scotland County.With the recent purchase of the former WestPoint Home plant on Airbase Road in Wagram by Cascades Tissue Group, 68 new jobs will be brought to the facility by the end of 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week during a visit to the site.Cascades, a manufacturer of recycled paper goods, will open at least one of the six production lines planned for the Wagram pla...

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Chop Shop opens in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — Kevin Bolin believes that his new Lumberton barbershop is a cut above most hair salons.Located on West Fifth Street, the Chop Shop opened its doors on Aug. 7.“We offer a nice, safe and clean environment to get services done,” said Bolin, a Lumberton native who has been cutting hair professionally for nine years. “We aim to please every customer.”Bolin manages a small staff that includes barbers Dan Oxendine, who has be...

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Incentive possible for local business

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council will hold a public hearing next month on potentially offering economic incentives to encourage a local industry looking to expand to do so here.City Manager Wayne Horne said he could not release the name of the company or companies considering expansion.Greg Cummings, director of Economic Development for the county, said the county Board of Commissioners is also meeting to consider the project, which is being referred to as Pr...

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