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Teen court gets grant, transitions to nonprofit

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LUMBERTON — After helping hundreds of teens stay out of the Robeson County court system, a research project started by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is wrapping up its services. But, with the help of an $80,000 grant and newly earned nonprofit status, Robeson County Teen Court and Youth Services will remain in session.UNC’s North Carolina Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, known as NC-ACE, teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and other partners in 2010 to curb violence in Robeson County, which has some of the highest violent crime rates in the state.

 

Easier to create prejudice than understanding

On Saturday we published a story on the observance of the holy month of Ramadan by area Muslims, knowing full well that this story would likely incite some nasty online comments as stories that highlight minority groups tend to do.Though our nation has made a lot of progress in the past few decades since the time we were having race riots in Charlotte, the anonymity provided by the Internet has given us a window into the social prejudices that remain prevalent. It is unfortunate in...

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Junior justice

PEMBROKE — Elizabeth Veerum is fidgeting. The judge hasn’t said a word yet, and the 17-year-old prosecutor-in-training is already gnawing off the end of her pen and tapping her foot. An outside observer might think she’s nervous, but teen court’s regulars know better. Veerum isn’t nervous: she’s chomping at the bit.

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Horse stalls for pavilion nearing reality

LUMBERTON — Site work for construction of a horse barn with 100 stalls at the Southeast North Carolina Agricultural Events Center hopefully will be under way by September, according to Cecil Jackson, the vice president of the Borderbelt Horseman’s Association.Jackson said the state is now looking at a “shed stall ” design that puts stalls back to back. This design is less expensive than the design the state has been considering.

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Health briefs

Dance campbegins MondayPEMBROKE — The 2014 Dance for Health Summer Camp will take place at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke from Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The camp is for girls ages 8 to 14 years old.Activities will include self-esteem building, nail care, healthy relationship information, safety summer tips, yoga, goal-setting, dance recital and more. Campers will also learn jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and praise d...

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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, imam 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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Just over 300 vote early in Dist. 2 run-off

LUMBERTON — Early voting for Tuesday’s Democratic primary run-off election for the District 2 seat on the Robeson County Board of Commissioners ended Saturday with a total of 331 voters having cast ballots. G.L. Pridgen, Robeson County’s Board of Elections director, said his office has also received 32 provisional ballots and three absentee mail ballots.The early voting period began on July 3.Only voters in the 12 precincts making up District 2 can take...

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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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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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Chase ends with car plowing into museum

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 dire...

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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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