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The Robesonian launches new website

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The Robesonian is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making robesonian.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to stories.· Faster loading and navigation for increased convenience and speedier response.· Better organization of top stories, sports, opinion, features, entertainment and other specific news and information categories.

 

Burnette, Britt get all-star sendoff

GREENSBORO — As Bradley Burnette got off the bench and walked into his familiar center spot on the back line with 11 minutes left in Tuesday’s East-West All-Star boys soccer game, he paused for a second.The announcer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s soccer stadium bellowed his name and on cue, Burnette raised his arms pointing his fingers to the sky as a small section of fans gave him an ovation.It was, if nothing else, a mix of emoti...

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Crime report

TheftsCarol Holmes reported Monday that six issues of The Robesonian, valued at $1.50 each, were stolen from Sunoco on Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, according to a police report.Gina Williams, of Lucretia Drive, Lumberton, reported Monday that someone broke into her car at Southeastern Regional Medical Center and stole $15 worth of bank and identification cards and a $20 wallet that was later recovered, according to a police report.Va...

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Bill strips tax choices from counties

Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of House Bill 1224 that emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee this past week. The bill not only places a hard cap on the local sales tax rate at 2.5 percent but also only allows counties to levy a sales tax increase for either education or transit — not both. This bill joins a slate of other bills that would restrict local control.

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HUD suspends housing head

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday suspended Housing Authority Director Ronald Oxendine without pay until completion of an investigation into the Housing Authority’s procurement policies and procedures is complete. Only Commissioner Hubert Sealey voted against the suspension.A local investigation was launched after concerns were raised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during a review of the Robeson County Housing Autho...

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Baker and the best

GREENSBORO — After coaching basketball for 24 years, it might be hard to experience new things on the court.Don’t tell that to Mike Baker.“Every time you go, every kid is different,” said Baker, the long-time Fairmont coach. “If it’s the same thing, you get bored, so it’s not. It’s fun when you come in and you have a new exciting kid that comes in and is excited about playing.”Baker’s past few months ...

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Woman finds husband dead at door of home

LUMBERTON — Sheriff’s deputies are trying to determine what killed a 40-year-old man found dead by his wife at the door of their Lumberton home, according to a statement from the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.According to the statement, Oscar Mendoza was found by his wife, Charlotte Mendoza, on the ground in front of their home on Harlie Road in Lumberton at about 1:15 a.m. today. Oscar Mendoza’s body was cold and he was “bleeding from his head, nose...

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‘The Boys and Girls Club saves lives’

PEMBROKE — Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, as well as blood types.Shareka Wilkins, 21, is living proof of that, having saved more than an estimated 45 lives before she was even old enough to drink, thanks to her regular attendance of area blood drives such as the one that took place at the Pembroke Boys & Girls Club on Monday, where Wilkins works as a youth coordinator.

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Illegal traffic stops being used to combat crime

To the Editor,I just finished reading your story titled “Pembroke police charge 2 with drugs.”My question is about the roadblock/checkpoint described in the article. Did Chief Florita acknowledge that the checkpoint was in fact part of Operation Clean Sweep? I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on police checkpoints, the constitutionality of those checkpoints and the manner in which they are conducted.

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Lonair Locklear closes out first County Championship

LUMBERTON — For Lonair Locklear, there was more on the line than just a trophy heading into Sunday’s round of the Robeson County Golf Championships, presented by Dial Insurance. With his brother, Larry Lynn Locklear, and his cousin, LeMark Harris, within shouting distance on the scoreboard, family bragging rights were on the line as well.Locklear didn’t flinch away from it, scoring a 3-over-par 75 on his final round to win the mens regular division by five strokes...

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March of Dimes to hold kick-off event Tuesday

LUMBERTON — The March of Dimes will hold a kick-off event at Biggs Park Mall on Tuesday to promote its upcoming Lumber River March for Babies fundraiser.During the event, which begins at 6 p.m., people will have the chance to pick up fundraising materials and learn how to register for the March for Babies walk, which be held on Sept. 27 at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton.Food will be catered by Adelio’s Restaurant. For information, call 910-778-5674.

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Crime report

TheftsJames Humphries, of Crow Road, Inman, S.C., reported Sunday that someone broke into his car at Walmart on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton and stole $70 worth of tools, $5 in cash and $300 worth of clothing, according to a police report.Julie Wright, of Roberts Avenue, Lumberton, reported Sunday that someone broke into her house, causing $200 in damage to the door, and stole a $600 air-conditioning unit and a $45 air-conditioning unit, according to a...

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Woman charged in stabbing; man critical

LUMBERTON — A 26-year-old St. Pauls woman has been charged in a dispute at a Lumberton home that nearly killed a Tabor City man, according to Lumberton police.Sarah Denise Leigh Hendrix, of Cedar Grove Road, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury for stabbing 23-year-old Jonathan Huggins on Saturday night, according to a statement from the Lumberton Police Department.A “physical altercation” betw...

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Firemen’s group meets Tuesday

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Firefighter’s Relief Fund board of trustees will meet on Tuesday. The board is expected to review its financial report with city and fire department staff.The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the third floor conference room at City Hall.

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Return of the king

LUMBERTON — Even in his early years, Kyle Covington never tried to overthink the county championship tournament, but when his job took him to Pinehurst No. 2 earlier this summer for the U.S. Open, he caught a bit of a bug.“It gets your blood flowing,” he said. “Just being around all that golf made me want to play golf.”It led to several weeks of extra preparation for the Robeson County Golf Championships, sponsored by Dial Insurance....

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Leaders, educators tour Maxton solar farm

MAXTON — Local officials, business leaders and educators were treated to a tour of the O2 Energies solar farm in Maxton on Wednesday, an event that the solar company’s president said he hopes will bring attention to the educational possibilities, energy potential, and economic benefits that a solar farm brings to Robeson and Scotland counties.“Solar farms create working opportunities for people, creates a strong tax base, and offers educational opportunities for s...

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Traffic stop on county’s agenda

LUMBERTON — After several years of monitoring traffic flow at the intersection of N.C. 72 and Union Chapel Road, the state Department of Transportation is recommending that the intersection become an all-way stop.The county Board of Commissioners will consider the state’s recommendation when its meets Monday for the second regular monthly meeting of July.The Transportation Department’s plans call for revising the existing flasher to include red lenses f...

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Senate bill limts sales-tax options

LUMBERTON — A proposal pending in the state Senate that places a cap on the amount of local sales taxes a county can collect would kill plans by Robeson County officials to fund new jail construction by increasing the county’s local sales tax, according to Sen. Michael Walters.The legislation does, however, allow counties to request additional sales tax increases to fund school and public transportation projects.

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