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All grown up, Chelsea drops by for a visit

The niece Chelsey grew up in this column, a recurring character from the time she was born until she graduated college. Then she disappeared, at least from this block of newspaper real estate.“She’s not funny anymore,” I’d joke when readers asked — as they inevitably did — why I no longer wrote much about her. The kid who wore pink swim fins 24-7 for her summer vacation was only a distant, hilarious memory, yesterday’s column fodder....

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UNCP roundup: Volleyball gets 2nd conference win

PEMBROKE — Using a .201 hitting percentage and forcing visiting Columbus State to commit 34 attack errors, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke volleyball team clinched a 3-2 upset win on Saturday afternoon inside the English E. Jones Center.It was the second league victory for UNCP (11-13, 2-8 PBC) and first for the Braves in the series between the two schools, while the loss for Columbus State (7-10, 4-5) snapped a four-game winning streak.

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Winning when it matters

LUMBERTON — After two intense matches earlier in the season, the Lumberton and Purnell Swett volleyball teams again kept it close in their third and final match of the season.The Pirates held off several rallies by the Rams, and earned a three set sweep in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Monday night, 27-25, 25-23, 25-20.“It gives us life,” Lumberton coach Jeffery McLamb said. “If we want to make the playoffs we have t...

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County could get hit with storms

LUMBERTON — Robeson County residents should expect a heavy dose of rainfall tonight, but as of 9 a.m. today it is uncertain how rough the weather might get.Doug Hoehler, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said that Robeson County will be hit by a spate of thunderstorms beginning at about 9 p.m. According to Hoehler, there is a possibility that a tornado watch issued at about 7 a.m. in Darlington County, South Carolina, will be expanded to include ...

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Autopsy: No foul play in teen’s death

BLADENBORO — An autopsy concludes there was no foul play in the death of a Bladen County teen found hanged in August.While family and friends of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy maintain that the West Bladen High School football player’s death was not a suicide, multiple outlets are reporting that an autopsy released by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows no indication of criminal wrongdoing. The Robesonian tried this morning but was unable to independently confirm the au...

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Schools adopt vehicle-use policy

LUMBERTON — The Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County adopted a revised vehicle usage policy on Monday that includes disciplinary action for those who violate it.Assistant Superintendent Shanita Wooten, who presented board members with the proposal, said school officials should use school-owned vehicles for work-related obligations only.“During work hours the vehicles should be used in a responsible and fiscal manner,” Wooten said....

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City approves lower bid for scoring tower

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Monday accepted a revised bid for construction of a scoring tower at Northeast Park that allows the structure to built under budget.B.W. Davis Construction Inc. initially presented a $429,000 estimate for the project, which has a total budget of $375,000. The council, meeting Wednesday as the Council Policy Committee, accepted the bid, allowing city staff to rework the building’s design and negotiate with the construction compan...

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McCrory says state prepared for Ebola

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina has taken a number of steps to be prepared in the event a case of Ebola is diagnosed in the state, Gov. Pat McCrory and Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos said Monday.McCrory told a news conference that Vos and other health officials have been working with medical providers, county health departments and the military. His office said North Carolina has been preparing since July for any Ebola diagnosis.State officials say DH...

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Student accused of having gun at school football game

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs High School student was arrested at a recent football game after he was seen brandishing a gun, according to the Red Springs Police Department.Sherron Leach, an 18-year-old senior, was charged with possession of a weapon on campus, Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said.The incident occurred on Oct. 3 during a home game against South Columbus.Patterson said a school official saw Leach raise the gun in the air during a firework dis...

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Man faces gun, drug charges

LUMBERTON — A gram of cocaine and a sawed-off shotgun were confiscated from a county man when he was arrested last week, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division.Charles Raven Locklear Jr., 36, was arrested Thursday afternoon at a home on Ira Drive in Lumberton and charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction, felony possession of cocaine, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of a schedule 2 substance, and possession of drug parap...

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Crime report

TheftsOra Marsh, of Crandlemire Road, Lumberton, reported Sunday that someone broke into her house, causing $75 in damage to a window, and stole a $500 Sony television, according to a police report.Brandi Poorboy, of Oakgrove Church Road, Lumberton, reported Friday that her $800 Galaxy S5 cell phone was stolen at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, according to a police report.Chris Jackson reported Saturday that $266 worth of Corona beer, $...

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Changes won’t decide election

RALEIGH — The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the block on North Carolina’s election-law changes for the 2014 campaign. It was a dramatic end to months of dire warnings, raucous debate, and courtroom machinations.

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McGirt withdraws with bad back

NAPA, Calif. — Fairmont native William McGirt’s start to the FedEx Cup season ended early on Sunday when he was forced to withdraw from the Open because of a bad back.“I stepped in a hole yesterday and my back locked up,” McGirt told The Robesonian on Sunday. “I started having back spasms. Couldn’t rotate to swing today. Tried to go but just couldn’t move anymore.”McGirt, who had opened with rounds of 72, 68 and 75...

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Grape Festival comes to Dublin

W. Curt Vincent|Bladen Journal Carmen Flores, 7, left, and her cousin Jasmine Estrava, 6, both of Lumberton, play with the dolls they bought while at the N.C. Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin on Saturday.

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Harvick moves into 3rd round with win at Charlotte

CONCORD — It was fight night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick advanced into the third round of the championship and two drivers had to be restrained from brawling with Brad Keselowski.Harvick won Saturday night to pick up an automatic berth into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, but the title hopes for Keselowski, six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr, were severely hurt.

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Panthers escape Cincinnati with 37-37 tie

CINCINNATI — Cam Newton re-emerged as dual-threat danger. Andy Dalton missed on only one pass in overtime — a sack-saving throwaway, no less. Back and forth they went, rallying their teams through a pulsating finish.Mike Nugent’s miss left it tied, unsatisfying and confusing. And perfectly appropriate.Nugent missed a 36-yard field goal attempt on the final play of overtime Sunday, leaving the Bengals and Panthers in a 37-37 tie — the NFL’s f...

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Cardinals use the long ball to even NLCS

ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong ended Game 2 of the NL Championship Series with a big swing for the St. Louis Cardinals.Now, they can only hope the season isn’t over for Yadier Molina.Wong hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the resilient Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Sunday night, tying the best-of-seven series at one game apiece with their latest postseason power show.The Cardinals came back after losing Molina to a...

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