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HOUSTON — Shortly before his death, John W. “Ned” Sampson had nearly become an NBA fan.His son Kelvin, once an elite coach at the college level, was in his sixth year as an assistant in the league and in the middle of the season with the Houston Rockets.“All of our conversations had been about the Houston Rockets, how the team was doing,” Kelvin said.The weekend before Ned passed away in mid-February, Kelvin was in Los Angeles preparing for a game with the Lakers and the conversation changed. With his NCAA penalties freshly expired, Sampson was again a candidate to coach at the college level.

 

Rain threat forces officials to ‘assess’ Slugfest plan

RED SPRINGS — Jason Suggs spent most of Friday morning shaking his head.A possible schedule change to one of Robeson County’s premiere athletic events had PSRC’s athletic director irritated.Latest models from WRAL, AccuWeather and The Weather Channel project an early-arriving downpour for southeastern North Carolina on Saturday, forcing a mid-afternoon meeting at central office concerning the Slugfest on Friday.

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SLUGFEST SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Swett hopes to continue title game appearance streak

RED SPRINGS — William Deese is only in his second year as the Purnell Swett softball coach but he knows that getting to the championship game of the Robeson County Slugfest isn’t an easy task.“It’s never been an easy road,” Deese said. “From the years I was coaching baseball, it’s never been an easy road. Everyone comes in and plays hard going into Easter time.”Yet in the short history of the softball tournament, which star...

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SLUGFEST BASEBALL PREVIEW: Red-hot Fairmont deflects pressure as top seed

RED SPRINGS — Sandy Thorndyke doesn’t lose sleep over what others say about his 2A baseball program at Fairmont.But he knows the little brother moniker will begin to a simmer if his top-seeded Golden Tornadoes, who come into this year’s Robeson County Slugfest at Red Springs on a 15-game winning streak, can topple a 4A rival in Tuesday night’s championship game.

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Robeson County Slugfest schedule, past champions, MVPs

ROBESON COUNTY SLUGFEST SCHEDULEBaseball (Saturday’s games at Tom Cope Park, Red Springs)No. 3 Lumberton vs. No. 6 Freedom Christian, 10 a.m.No. 2 Purnell Swett vs. No. 7 St. Pauls, 1 p.m.No. 1 Fairmont vs. No. 8 South Robeson, 4No. 4 West Bladen vs. No. 5 Red Springs, 7Softball (Saturday’s games at Clayson Park, Red Springs)No. 4 Terry Sanford vs. No. 5 ...

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Solomon Herring

Solomon HerringLUMBERTON — Solomon “Dick” Herring, 79, of Lumberton, passed away on April 17, 2014, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, the Rev. Steve Little officiating.He was born in Dillon, S.C., on May 14, 1934, to the late William Charlie Herring and the late Rachel Allen Herring. He formerly wo...

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State adds 19,400 jobs in March

RALEIGH — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased nonfarm payrolls last month, continuing the country’s long, slow recovery from a deep recession that started in 2007.The state’s March jobless rate was below the natio...

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Marriott breaks ground on new hotel in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — A ground-breaking ceremony was held this week at the site of a forthcoming SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in Lumberton.The hotel, which is expected to open in December, will be located near Exit 22 off Interstate 95 between Robeson Community College and Uncle George’s Restaurant.Construction is being handled by Metcon Inc., a firm headquartered in Pembroke, while development of the hotel is being overseen by North Point Hospitality Group Inc....

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