Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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Senate passes fentanyl bill

RALEIGH — On March 14, the North Carolina Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 189, “Fentanyl Drug Offenses and Related Changes.” The bill was filed in response to the growing number of tragedies being caused by the overdose epidemic in North Carolina.

Local Quiz Bowl Team competes at the state tournament

LUMBERTON — Lumberton Junior High School’s Quiz Bowl Team took 11th place at the state championships, held this previous Saturday at West Pine Middle School in West End. Ibrahim Abumohsen and Bella Miray were the top scorers for the team with each student scoring over 100 points for their team! Coach April Wright has high ambitions for her students to compete at the national championship in New Orleans, LA in May.

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Local NFL great inspires Lumberton crowd

Former Lumberton football standout, NFL veteran and local businessman L. Donnell Thompson speaks to a crowd of local service organizations Tuesday in Lumberton. Thompson, a 1981 first-round draft pick, played professional football for the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts for 10 years before retiring to become a franchisee of fast food and hotel properties. He credited his success to influential teachers and community leaders in high school, college and professional sports. He said he learned early on that to succeed “you do what you are trained to do and do it better than anyone else.”

Price of gas declines some locally

LUMBERTON — Robeson County drivers saw average gas prices retreat a bit during the last week, dropping to just a little more than $3 per gallon.

Robeson County Housing Authority secures grants totalling $300K

LUMBERTON —More than $300,000 in grant funding will make its way to the Robeson County Housing Authority.

HealthKeeperz to sell home health business to BAYADA Home Health Care

PEMBROKE — The Pembroke-based health care service provider HealthKeeperz, is handing its home health division over to the nonprofit BAYADA Home Health Care with the goal of bettering its remaining services.

LUMBERTON — Following fire and freeze warnings Robeson County’s skies on March 21 were blue and and mostly devoid of clouds. Compared to earlier in the year the wind seems to have died down, with the National Weather Service predicting calm wind on Wednesday and describing Friday as breezy.

Crime report

ASSAULT: The following assaults were reported recently to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office: Spruce Street, Proctorville; Moores Lane, Lumberton; Ridgefield Drive, Lumberton; Highway 72 West, Lumberton.

RCC holds 9-1-1 telecommunications conference

LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College welcomed many 9-1-1 telecommunicators to its campus recently for the NENA Center Manager Certification Program Conference.

UNCP wins second place in Collegiate Hunger Challenge

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke earned a second-place finish and won $7,000 in the Collegiate Hunger Challenge designed to address food insecurity on and around college campuses.