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Chase ends with car plowing into museum

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LUMBERTON — A brief police chase in downtown Lumberton this week ended after the fleeing driver struck a 104-year-old, according to a police report.Fortunately, the centenarian is a building built around 1910. Unfortunately, it is the Robeson County History Museum, and a chunk of its original facade was lost in the wreck.“It messed up the original front of the building, around one of the many windows,” said Blake Tyner, the museum’s executive director and curator. “It took out the wood column and the area up under the main window there.”


Activities will abound at Lumber River Day

ORRUM — On Saturday, July 19, Lumber River State Park will host a bevy of outdoor activities and exhibitions as part of its fifth annual Lumber River Day event.The park, which comprises 11,064 acres of land surrounding a 115-mile stretch of black water river, was declared a state landmark in 1989 by the General Assembly. Lumber River Day serves as a showcase for its natural amenities and scenic expanse.According to Superintendent Neill Lee, the event routinely draw...

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Local Muslims celebrate Ramadan

LUMBERTON — This month Muslims across the world are observing what is considered the religion’s holiest celebration: Ramadan.In Robeson County, Muslims who observe the holy month have frequently faced misconceptions but according to Waleed Nasser, iman for the Islamic Center of Lumberton, just as many locals have expressed openness and curiosity.“I think the people here are good people and are accepting of other people,” Nasser said. “We hav...

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Crime report

TheftsReyna Casilla, of Warwick Mill Road, Lumberton, reported Thursday that someone broke into her house and stole three gold bracelets valued at $600, according to a police report.Sylina hunt reported Thursday that a window at Locklear, Jacobs, Hunt and Brooks Attorneys on North Elm Street was broken, totalling $50 in damage, according to a police report.Linda Bethea, of Powell Street, Lumberton, reported Thursday that a 14-inch tire was sto...

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Two file for Soil & Water board seats

LUMBERTON — Two candidates will be on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot for seats on the board overseeing Robeson County’s Soil and Water Conservation District.The candidates for the two available seats on the five-member board, both of which are for four-year terms, are incumbent David Hedgepath, the board’s current chairman, and newcomer Billy Ray “Dollar Bill” Oxendine of Rowland. Oxendine is seeking the seat currently held by incumbent Joy Locklea...

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McGirt goes 7-under to start John Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — After scoring over par in the first round of seven of his last eight tournaments, Fairmont native William McGirt got off to the start he wanted on Thursday at the John Deere Classic.McGirt had a bogey-free first day en route to a 7-under-par 64, putting him one shot off the lead at TPC Deere Run.“It seems like for the last couple of months I’ve struggled to get off to a good start and it’s nice to actually play pretty good in the fi...

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Tractor-trailer wreck cleared, no injuries

James Johnson | The Robesonian A tractor-trailer that ran off the road was cleared from Interstate 95 near St. Pauls by 8:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the state Highway Patrol. Traffic on the northbound side of the highway was temporarily brought to a halt, but no injuries were reported.

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Local CVS among 12 cited for overcharges

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton pharmacy is among 12 stores cited by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division for overcharging customers, according to a statement from the department.The CVS, located at 2771 W. Fifth St., was required to pay $2,025 in civil penalties and has since passed inspection.“Shoppers count on paying the advertised price for an item,” Steve Troxler, agriculture commissioner, said in the statement...

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Attorneys want Brown transferred

LUMBERTON — Lawyers representing Marques Ramon Brown, charged with fatally shooting Lumberton police officer Jeremiah Goodson, asked in court Thursday that the 29-year-old be allowed to transfer to a different holding facility.Brown was arrested nearly two years ago after shooting Goodson on July 17, 2012 in front of XPress Depot on Fayetteville Road. Goodson, who was off-duty at the time, was attempting to serve Brown with outstanding warrants for failing appear in court whe...

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HUD probe centers on procurement policies

LUMBERTON — Concerns raised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during a review of the Robeson County Housing Authority’s procurement policies and procedures is what prompted a local investigation into Housing Authority operations, county officials now say.According to a statement issued by a HUD spokesman in Atlanta, HUD’s Greensboro field office initiated a “procurement review” of the Robeson County Housing Authority on Jan. 10. T...

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Pembroke man charged with stabbing motel owner

LUMBERTON — A man found holding a bloody knife after a motel owner was stabbed Sunday morning has been arrested, according to Lumberton police Capt. Terry Parker.Don Locklear, 45, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for stabbing the owner of the Deluxe Inn on Capuano Street. There was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the same charge, Parker said.Locklear, of Genes Road, Pembroke, has been at Southeastern Regional Medical C...

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7 steps can lead to healther lifestyle

This column originally appeared in The Robesonian on July 29, 2012 — editor.As I have said for years, there is no secret or magic pill to help you get in shape, lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. And no matter how many infomercials you are bombarded with, no matter how many “new” products people try to sell you, the only true way to do these things and do them the right way is to make the decision that you want to do something about it and commit t...

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Two face charges related to fire at Pembroke church

PEMBROKE — Two men have been charged in connection with a fire that broke out at a Pembroke church while they attempted to siphon gasoline from a van, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.John David Oxendine, 28, and Quentin Ray Chavis, 25, are each charged with injury to real property, injury to personal property and larceny for the June 19 blaze at Friendship Mission Baptist Church on Prospect Road.

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A journey of friends

Contributed photoOn July 3, Pembroke friends Dennis Clark, left, Ronnie Revels and Keith Dial returned from a 13,023 mile motorcycle trip to the Arctic Circle and back. To commemorate their town, the three attached a metallic sign to a tree in a signpost forest in Watson Lake, Alaska. A full story about the group’s ride will be published in the features section of Sunday’s edition of The Robesonian.

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SeHealth recognized for employee wellness

Southeastern Health was recently honored for its employee wellness programs.The organization was awarded 2014 Excellence Recognition by Prevention Partners, in partnership with The Duke Endowment, as part of the WorkHealthy America initiative.According to Prevention Partners, Southeastern Health achieved this recognition by earning straight A’s in four modules of the initiative: addressing tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and the overall culture around he...

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Sysco given OK for Third Street move

ST. PAULS — With less than two weeks left on a deadline to move, Sysco, a transfer trucking company, has been given the green light to relocate.The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday night to allow Sysco to move the business to the old cucumber plant off East Third Street.The board voted last month to give the company 45 days to find a new location because of complaints about noise.People living near the current Sysco site say th...

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School employee arrested in Scotland could face Robeson charges, too

LAURINBURG — A Fairmont High School employee, accused by Laurinburg police last month with stealing and using an ex-girlfriend’s debit card, now faces several felonies related to break-ins in Robeson and Scotland counties, according to Scotland County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Edwards.Robert Goins, 29, of 9841 S. Turnpike Road, Laurinburg, was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Scotland County jail under a $45,000 bond for five counts each of felonious breaking...

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A heaping helping

LUMBERTON — Community members are hoping to raise more than $30,000 during a two-part charitable event on Friday, that would be put toward paying for a Lumberton High School student’s medical bills.From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. residents are invited to attend a $10 plate sale happening at Lumberton High School and being organized by Wade Hall, pastor for Elizabethtown Church of God, in Elizabethtown. At 7:30 p.m., attendees will then be given the opportunity to watch some matc...

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