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Tribe ponders priority plan for housing

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PEMBROKE — A proposal that would prioritize the application process for receiving housing rehabilitation services from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina was sent back Thursday to the council’s Housing Committee after concerns were raised that it was discriminatory.Ed Brooks, the tribe’s attorney, told the council that giving priority on housing rehabilitation services to those 62 and older based on their age is age discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and an illegal way of distributing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds.


Friday football roundup: Conditioning woes run down Rams

FAYETTEVILLE — Going into the fourth quarter, the Purnell Swett Rams were in position to win the opening game of the season. The Rams were tied with the Pine Forest Trojans at 14 before the game tilted away from Coach Mark Heil’s team.“I felt our team played as hard as any team that we’ve had in a long time,” Heil said. “I thought Pine Forest was bigger than us and they had some good looking athletes.”Heil said the biggest differ...

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Pirates blank Douglas Byrd

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton High School football team brought out plenty of flair for its debut under new coach Mike Setzer.There were halftime competitions, yellow smoke and a new tunnel that players used to run onto the field, but the most noticeable change came on the field where the Pirates posted their first shut out since 2009 in a 38-0 win against Douglas Byrd. It was a far cry from last year’s 1-10 season.“They were excited just to get the monkey ...

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Bulldogs breakdown late

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls football team looked to be the better one on the field Friday for the first 30 minutes of its game against Gray’s Creek on Friday night, but an affliction of cramping derailed the teams upset hopes and allowed Gray’s Creek to come back and beat them 42-28 in the season opener for both teams.“We used about everybody tonight,” said St. Pauls coach Trey Sasser. “We had 34 that dressed and we used about all of them tonight.&...

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Schedule set for fireworks show

LUMBERTON — Lumberton’s annual fireworks show will, for the most part, go on as originally scheduled but just a couple of months late.Tanya Underwood, special events coordinator for the city’s Recreation Department, said the Aug. 30 event will mirror the Family Fourth tradition local residents have come to love, but with a few new twists to celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer.“It’s definitely something to look forward to. I think it...

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Crime report

TheftsNatesha Boaz reported Thursday that a Dr. Pepper soda, valued at $1.25, was stolen from Family Dollar on Roberts Avenue in Lumberton, according to a police report.Terry Gerald reported Thursday that $82.90 worth of Dove body wash was stolen from CVS Pharmacy on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, according to a police report.Joshua Quinn, of Cornelius, reported Thursday that his $100 Nokia Lumia cell phone was stolen at Best Western on Jacks...

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Judges takes away school choice

RALEIGH — For many years, state education and political leaders promised increasing our “investment” in public schools was the key to raising student achievement for disadvantaged students. And invest we did, increasing inflation-adjusted per pupil spending by nearly 25 percent in the last 20 years alone.Yet, two decades later, disadvantaged children in North Carolina public schools continue to struggle. Last year, only 28 percent of low-income students in grades ...

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State BOE upholds county plan

RALEIGH — The state Board of Elections on Thursday upheld the plan of the Robeson County Board of Elections to open two satellite sites during early voting for the November General Election and not to offer one day of Sunday voting during that period.“The majority of the state board accepted our plan,” said Steve Stone, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Elections. “They understood the cost-benefit analysis of opening another site.”

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Annie Revels

Annie RevelsRED SPRINGS — Annie Joyce Revels, 64, of 257 Porsha Drive, died Aug. 19, 2014, at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home in Red Springs. Burial will follow in Hunt family cemetery in Pembroke. The visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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2014 RobCo football: Pirates push for more

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton football program has seen a few changes over the last year.The team’s leadership went from Joe Salas to Ron Cook to Mike Setzer and the Pirates got a new weight room and will run out of a new helmet-shaped tunnel when they take the field at Alton G. Brooks Stadium this season.But according the players, one of the biggest changes is simply the preparation.“We’re more disciplined because (Setzer) is harder on us ...

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2014 RobCo Football: Complete county schedules

Fairmont TornadoesAug. 22 @ East BladenAug. 29 ByeSept. 5 @ Wilmington AshleySept. 12 vs. Northside/JaxsonvilleSept. 19 @ South ViewSept. 26 @ St. PaulsOct. 3 vs. West ColumbusOct. 10 @ East ColumbusOct. 17 vs. Red SpringsOct. 24 @ WhitevilleOct. 31 vs. South Columbus*Nov. 7 @ South Robeson*Senior nightLumberton Pira...

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Local briefs: Lumber River opens with a win

Lumber River wins opening gameLONGVIEW, Wash. — The Lumber River Babe Ruth team won its first game at the Babe Ruth 15 World Series 4-3 over Kelso (Wash.) last night in eight innings. Spencer Carter, Ethan Chavis and Jacob Oxendine all had two hits and an RBI in the game with Tedrick McNeill contributing an RBI as well. Lumber River will play Woodinville, (Wash.) today at 5:35 EST. Games are streamed for free online at

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Schlaufman: County landscape leaves room for new stars

Every new football season brings plenty of change. Players graduate, coaches move onto the next job. It’s all part of the process.It’s not until you look back at photos and articles from last year that you realize just how different the Robeson County football scene is going to look this year.Of the players listed in Brad Crawford’s preseason top 25 last year, only three are back — Travis Suggs and Jermaine Williams of Lumberton and Terry Collins ...

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2014 RobCo football: St. Pauls leads county power rankings

With the new season comes a new batch of teams, but how do they all stack up? These are The Robesonian’s Robeson County Power Rankings, compiled by Scott Schlaufman and Caleb Burggraaf. In preseason form, these rankings are based on returning talent, last season’s success and projected conference finish and during the season a variety of factors are reflected in the rankings including strength of schedule, quality wins, talent on offense and defense and a personal eye tests from b...

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2014 RobCo football: Wolfpack hunting for state title

WHITEVILLE — Whiteville football coach Luke Little knows that having his school right near the main routs in town can be a positive. Players can walk to practice, eliminating the need for ride arrangements and also allowing visitors easy access.But when the fall comes, it can also be a curse.“Sometimes I pull up there and hide my truck in between two buildings so that 20 people don’t stop by and I can get done what I need to get done,” Little joke...

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2014 RobCo Football: SEC finding a balance

LUMBERTON — There is a lot of excitement this season heading into the Southeastern Conference football season and the race for a champion could be the tightest it’s been in years.“The gap between the top and bottom has probably gotten closer the last couple of years,” Scotland coach Richard Baily said. “It’s a difficult league and one loss can cost you the conference championship.”“A few years ago, we had all six of our sch...

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Wreck kills mother, 2-year-old child

LUMBERTON — A 23-year-old Maxton woman and her 2-year-old son were killed in a wreck near Pembroke early Thursday morning, according to the state Highway Patrol.Tiffany Hunt and Brayden Hunt, of Justice Drive, were killed when Hunt’s 2000 Ford Ranger trunk entered a curve too quickly and she lost control of the vehicle, according to a report filed by Trooper D.E. Raynor.Tiffany Hunt was not wearing a seat belt and Brayden Hunt was not secured in a child restr...

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No information on death cause for pastor, wife

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has not yet made a determination on how a local pastor and his wife were killed on Wednesday.Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said that he was meeting today with affected officials and planned to release additional information afterward.Sealey has declined to release any details about the injuries suffered by Bill Scott and his wife Charlotte Scott, who were found dead outside of their home on Old Whiteville Road....

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