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Slugfest postponed, games moved to Monday

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Follow the up-to-the-minute weather updates concerning this weekend’s tournament using the hashtag #ROBCOSlugfest on Twitter.RED SPRINGS — A decision has been made regarding today’s Robeson County Slugfest and it’s one officials feared would occur.PSRC athletic director Jason Suggs and tournament officials talked things over Saturday morning and deemed the playing surface at Red Springs unsuitable for play, thus postponing first-round games until Monday. Suggs made the call at 7:45 a.m. and notified coaches shortly thereafter.“I was hoping to get a reprieve but Mother Nature was not kind last night and the games have been postponed,” Suggs said.

 

Rain can’t stop Easter fun

ST. PAULS — For the first time in Susan Hudson’s four-year tenure as pastor at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church, the church’s annual Easter Egg celebration was threatened by rain — though you wouldn’t know it by speaking with the children in attendance.“We got to paint, read a story about Jesus, eat food [and] have fun,” Ian Brantley said, his eyes never once leaving his bag of candy. “I have done this since I was born!”...

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Hit and miss

Officials with the Public Schools of Robeson County collectively hold their breath each year when the state releases information on the use of corporal punishment. Robeson County not only leads North Carolina each year, but by a substantial margin — and the report brings unwanted scrutiny to the system.The report is misleading — and requires a close examination for reliable conclusions to be drawn.

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Tribe seeks $100,000 gift from county

LUMBERTON — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is expected to ask the Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday to donate at least $100,000 to help pay the cost of restoring the N.C. Indian Cultural Center.Commissioner Roger Oxendine said on Friday that he has doubts that the commissioners will look favorably on the request at this time.“We have a tight budget,” Oxendine said. “I know one thing. Nothing will be done until at least the end of...

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Easter a time to count our blessings

Last week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the grand marshal and honorary starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on April 13, I’m proud to be your congressman, which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their ...

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Pet of the week

Jasmine is a 4-month-old domestic short hair. She is very playful and super loving. Spaying is mandatory with adoption and is free to Robeson County residents. To see Jasmine or the other animals, visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter at 255 Landfill Road in St. Pauls or visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter Facebook page, petango.com or petfinder.com. Shelter hours are Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 p.m. For information, contact the shelter at 910-865-2200 or email animal.shel...

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The stupid hounding of Condoleezza Rice

If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to her.Rice’s speaking gigs on college campuses and her ascension to the board of the Internet company Dropbox have sparked protests calling for her to be disinvited, cashiered and generally isolated and shamed.Condi Rice is not a natural lightning rod. She’s such a di...

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Sculptor builds statues from trifles

LUMBERTON — One person’s trash is Lou Webster’s inspiration.The 46-year-old Fairmont native creates whimsical statues using discarded materials such as light bulbs, coffee cans and worn-out baseballs. On May 3, the Robeson County Public Library will showcase her work as part of an exhibit entitled “Trash Talk: Art from Everyday Finds.”Webster said she got the idea to start compiling sculptures out of common household junk during a visit to t...

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