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Local educators pleased with proposed big raise

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RALEIGH — Robeson County educators are rejoicing after North Carolina House and Senate Republicans announced on Tuesday the details of a new budget that would see teacher salaries rise by 7 percent.“Praise God, we won,” said school board member Brenda Fairley Ferebee upon learning of the news. “It has been a real journey, but to God be the journey.”The new budget will not require the loss of teacher assistant positions as previously proposed, but will mean a 1 percent cut to the Medicaid reimbursement rate for health care providers. Most other state employees are getting raises, too, of $1,000, plus five extra days of vacation.

 

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PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Soaring Eagle Community Building, 442 Norment Road, Lumberton.Tribal members residing in District 3, which encompasses Lumberton, are invited to attend. Staff from tribal offices will be on hand to answer questions about the tribe’s programs, services, and the former North Carolina Indian Cultural Center.

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PSRC officials attend national safety conference

LUMBERTON — School Resource Officer Denise Ward spends her days overseeing the safety of children at Fairmont and Orrum Middle School. This summer Ward joined two dozen school resource officers, principals, assistant principals and school safety staff at the 2014 National School Safety Conference Program.“I feel good about the safety plan we have at both of my schools because several of the things the conference presenters discussed, we have already implemented,” ...

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Center raising funds for new roof

LUMBERTON — After almost 50 years of helping others, the Robeson County Church and Community Center needs a hand.The nonprofit is trying to raise money to replace the dilapidated roof of its building at East Fifth Street in Lumberton.“We’re beyond the point of repair,” said Greg Maynor, the center’s assistant executive director. “The damage is pretty extensive.”According to Maynor, portions of the 750-square-foot roof ...

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4 arrested for shoplifting $4K in merchandise

WILMINGTON — Wilmington police have arrested four Robeson County residents that they say stole $4,500 in merchandise from stores ranging from Gamestop to Victoria’s Secret.At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, an employee at U.S. Cellular on South College Road reported about $3,000 worth of display phones were taken from the store. The employee who reported the theft described the suspects’ vehicle.When police say they located the car on Wooster Street, they found...

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Local roundup: UNCP softball adds Saunders to pitching staff

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will be adding some veteran experience in the pitching circle this spring.Katie Saunders, is transferring after two years at NCAA Division I Bryant (R.I.) Unviersity to continue her athletic and academic career with the Braves.

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Citizens must step up to fix our ailing county

Robeson County suffers from an extraordinary number of maladies which negatively impact our quality of life. Race and culture, apathy toward our leadership and political process, lame educational system, attitude of dependency, high crime and property tax rates, littered roadways, obesity and diet, drug use, lack of jobs, and county commissioners with extra-ordinary benefits.

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COMtech invited input at Thursday event

This Thursday’s business mixer at Mariani’s will include something more than the typical snack and chat with prizes. COMtech will be seeking input from attendees on a variety of topics and new initiatives set to roll out this fall. You’ll have to drop by between 5 and 7 p.m. to catch them all, but here are a few to stir your interest.

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Board sets 2 satellite polling sites

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Elections on Monday approved two early voting satellite polling sites for the November General Elections after the board’s three members, two Republicans and a Democrat, could not unanimously agree on a third satellite site.The two satellites sites agreed to unanimously by the board will be in Pembroke, at the public library, and in Fairmont at the senior citizens center. During the 10-day early voting period, which starts on Oct....

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Attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s attorney general said Monday his office will no longer defend the state’s voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court after a federal appeals court ruled a similar prohibition in neighboring Virginia unconstitutional.At a news conference little more than two hours after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling was announced in Richmond, Virginia, Attorney General Roy Cooper said the ruling made it highly likely North Caroli...

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Red Springs man injured during drive-by shooting

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs man is recovering after being shot outside of a residence on Sunday morning.Justin Johnson, 29, was struck in the left side of his chest during a drive-by shooting that took place at about 11:50 a.m. at 123 Haywood St., according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. The chief said Johnson suffered injuries to a lung and his spleen.“He was at the residence when someone came through and started shooting,” Patterson sai...

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Duke to purchase agency’s assets

RALEIGH — North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced this morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Red Springs, Lumberton and 30 other municipalities in eastern North Carolina.“The first stage of the asset sale has been accomplished,” Red Springs Mayor John M...

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McGirt closes strong, climbs FedEx Cup list

LE BIZARD, Quebec — Fairmont native William McGirt didn’t repeat his performances in the RBC Canadian Open from the last two years, but he did manage a 4-under-par 66 on Sunday to vault up the leaderboard and strengthen his position going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.McGirt, who finished second in the Canadian Open in 2012 and 2013, birdied three of his final four holes on Sunday to finish in a tie for 25th place at six under par while winning $45,457.50. He als garnered...

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THEFTSPete Monteiro reported Friday that someone broke into Downright Customs on North Chestnut Street in Lumberton, causing $500 in damage to the door and window, and stole a leather Suzuki coat valued at $500, according to a police report.Brandon Edwards, of Beviah Church Road, Lumberton, reported Friday that someone took his wallet containing $15 in cash, his drivers license, Social Security card and debit card from an unlocked locker, according to a ...

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Former Braves Cox, Glavine and Maddux inducted into Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the baseball shrine Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.

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Big third inning propels Braves to win

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Minor is working to correct flaws in his mechanics that were discovered when he looked at this year’s results and matched them up to tape from his strong 2013 season.Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he was enthused with the early results.Minor gave up three runs, Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs during Atlanta’s six-run third inning and the Braves beat Eric Stults and the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Sunday....

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The truth about the unemployment rate

RALEIGH — Several readers have corresponded with me recently about my series of columns on North Carolina’s recent drop in unemployment. Why, they ask, am I devoting so much of my attention to this issue?There are two reasons. First, the performance of North Carolina’s labor market over the past year is of great importance. The economy is the No. 1 concern of most North Carolinians, be they regular voters or political bystanders.

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Youth group wins with Duck Race

LUMBERTON — The Lumber River turned all colors of the rainbow on Saturday when more than 400 plastic ducks were dumped into the water to raise money for the Robeson County Boys and Girls Club.A crowd of about 100 people lined the riverbank at Stephens Park, many of them having paid $25 a duck to be eligible to win up to $2,000 in cash, to cheer the ducks along the 100 yards from the start of the race to its finish.The race, which began at noon, ended within 10 minu...

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