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Stephens quits DSS board, cites conflict

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LUMBERTON — Commissioner Jerry Stephens on Monday ended his short term as a member of the county’s Department of Social Services board, a position that he told fellow commissioners might create for him a conflict of interest.Stephens, who along with Commissioner Lance Herndon was seated on the Social Services board on July 1, said that he discovered after being appointed to the board that he had a niece working at the department.“I had a great month on the board, but I’ve got a niece out there,” he said. “I’m glad I found out before I gave her a raise.”

 

Wos back on her familiar hot seat

Long-embattled Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos was on the hot seat again last week, facing questions from state lawmakers about a no-bid $6.8 million contract she awarded to an out-of-state firm to manage the finances of the Medicaid program.Wos’ response was telling. She told a legislative oversight committee that the department was simply overwhelmed.”We had an emergency in the department. We didn’t have enough people, and...

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Jail escapee back in custody

LUMBERTON — A man who who shuffled out of the Sheriff’s Office while in shackles on Friday night walked back inside the office today to surrender after three and half days on the lamb.According to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, 23-year-old Hakeem Andrea Johnson, accompanied by his attorney, arrived at the Sheriff’s Office at about 9 a.m.Charges are pending against Johnson, who left the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office on foot at about 9 p.m...

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New lights OK’d for Fairmont field

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County’s Board of Education approved the purchase of $259,000 worth of lights for the Fairmont High School football field during a special meeting on Monday.The project was initially approved during the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday. At that meeting, Finance Officer Erica Setzer was asked to find out if it would be better to fund the project though multi-year financing or pay the entire cost outright.Afte...

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Crack, pot seized during bust

SHANNON — Three people have been charged in a drug bust that netted marijuana plants and crack cocaine, according to a Robeson County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agent.Agents searched a home on McGoogan Farm Road in Shannon on Friday evening following complaints from area residents.Inside, they found 4 grams of crack cocaine as well as several marijuana plants, all of which were seized, the agent said.

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Police: No evidence student was killed

BOONE (AP) — North Carolina police say there is no evidence that an Appalachian State University student was killed, adding that the subject of a week-long search was intent on harming herself.Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford said Monday in a statement that investigators have found no evidence that 18-year-old Anna Smith of High Point was a victim of homicide. The police chief says a letter that appears to have been written by Smith was found with her body.Authorit...

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Charges dropped against protestor

RALEIGH (AP) — A Wake County Superior Court judge has dismissed a trespassing case against a protester arrested at the N.C. Legislative Building, a ruling that could have an impact on future cases.The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Chief Resident Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled last Friday that the constitutional rights of Leonard Beeghley were violated when he was arrested in June 2013 for demonstrating against the General Assembly’s agenda.Be...

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Compromise sought on Bonner Bridge work

RALEIGH (AP) — The two sides facing off in a dispute over a replacement for the Bonner Bridge say talks are underway to break the impasse.A joint statement from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the N.C. Department of Transportation says the agencies are in confidential discussions about replacing the aging bridge with a parallel span while addressing transportation problems along N.C. 12.The statement said that after a recent ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit...

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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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