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Forum addresses women’s issues

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RED SPRINGS — When Red Springs native Elma Patterson heard that there was going to be a workshop on the status of women in Robeson County, she thought her granddaughters — ages 14, 11 and 9 — should be included in the discussion.“When we saw the ad in the paper I thought there was a need for them to know more,” said Patterson, who co-chairs Red Springs STEP efforts. “Every time I see something in the paper that could be empowering for them I always try to take them.”Patterson said what she and the other 140 attendees heard was “jaw-dropping.”


The trick of confidence

The RobesonianThe director of the Robeson County Housing Authority has been found guilty of nothing, and there should be a presumption of innocence until the facts no longer allow for such benevolence.But the allegations against Ronald Oxendine, who is now suspended with pay from that job, are disturbing. Unfortunately these types of allegations are increasingly routine, not only in Robeson County, but everywhere — betraying an incredible lack of oversight when it ...

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Pet of the Week

Tangerine is a 5-month-old domestic short hair. He is a handsome friendly boy that loves attention. He is good with everybody and other animals. Neutering is mandatory with adoption and is free to Robeson County residents. To see Tangerine 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, adopt-a-pet .com or Shelter hours are Mondays through Fridays from noon until 5 p.m. For...

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The pursuit of love and spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 14:13-26The Apostle Paul, in the opening verses of this chapter, told Christians at Corinth to pursue love and desire spiritual gifts. Preferably, he said, they should seek the gift of prophecy which is in no way in conflict with his exhortation to pursue love.Prophecy is the foretelling of the future, but it is also speaking under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Believers need to hear the Scriptures, including prophecies, explained in a way that e...

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A marquee midterm draws nigh

By John HoodRALEIGH — As the North Carolina General Assembly continues to wind down its legislative work for 2014, my Carolina Journal colleagues are already turning their attention toward what promises to be a fascinating midterm election cycle.The marquee race, obviously, is the U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Speaker of the House Thom Tillis, with Libertarian nominee Sean Haugh currently polling in the high single digits. ...

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Board fails to gain consensus on satellite St. Pauls vote site

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Elections could not agree on satellite polling sites that might benefit St. Pauls voters.The board on Monday did approve two early voting satellite polling sites for the November General Elections after the board’s three members, two Republicans and a Democrat even though they failed to agree on a third satellite site.The two satellites sites agreed to unanimously by the board will be in Pembroke, at the public library,...

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Flash mob meeting tonight

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meeting tonight that it hopes will bring together businesses, churches and residents for a musical performance in the fall.The group will hold its first organizational “Every Praise”meeting at the St. Pauls United Methodist Church at 6:30 pm. Organizers plan to have these meetings monthly until the November presentation.Libby Ferguson, who serves on the chamber’s executive board, said the ...

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Hunt - CarterJacqueline Hunt, of Lumberton, and Hensley Norton, of Elberton, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sonny L. Hunt, to Jimmy W. Carter, the son of William and Katrina Carter of St. Pauls.Hunt attended Lumberton Senior High School, Robeson Community College and Fayetteville State University. She works for Southeastern Regional Medical Center.Carter attended Lumberton Senior High School and works for Spartan Nash Co.The weeding...

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County native makes film debut

PEMBROKE — The character Jana Mashonee portrays in her small-screen debut doesn’t stray all that far from the Grammy-nominated songwriter and Pembroke native’s actual life.Mashonee plays aspiring singer Abi Whitecloud. Over the course of the film, Whitecloud goes from being a struggling chanteuse in a small southern town to performing at a crowded venue with an entourage of backup dancers writhing behind her.The film could pass as a biopic if you squint...

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Chief: Preparation key in the event of disaster

WILMINGTON — Police Chief Ronnie Patterson said he hopes Red Springs never experiences something like the Boston Marathon bombing or the mass shooting at Sandy Hook.But Red Springs’ top cop said a recent police chief conference has helped him better prepare if a tragedy were to strike.Patterson and about 250 other high-ranking law enforcement officers from across North Carolina were in Wilmington last week to hear how two Massachusetts police departments deal...

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Grant to aid medical education program

LUMBERTON — Representatives from Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and the city of Lumberton gathered at Southeastern Regional Medical Center recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Building Reuse grant to renovate a portion of the medical center for SeHealth’s medical education program.“This is a great example of collaboration with a common goal—improving our community,” said SeHealth President/C...

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Red Spring man struck in drive-by shooting

RED SPRINGS — A Red Springs man is recovering after being shot outside of a Haywood Street residence on Sunday.Justin Johnson, 29, was struck by gunfire in the left side of his chest, puncturing his lung and spleen, during a drive-by shooting, according to Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson. The shooting occured at 123 Haywood St. at approximately 11:50 a.m., Patterson said.“He was at the residence when someone came through and started shooting,”...

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Boards approve Duke Energy purchase

RALEIGH – North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced this morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction would lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Red Springs, Lumberton and 30 other municpalities in eastern North Carolina.“The first stage of the asset sale has been accomplished,” Red Springs Mayor John McNeill sai...

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Recycling proposed for schools

LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County could save as much as $100,000 a year in waste disposal costs if a pilot recycling program administered by the county’s Department of Solid Waste gets the go-ahead from school officials.Steve Edge, the county’s Solid Waste director, said that he has not yet discussed the proposal with school officials, but plans to do so shortly.

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Youth group wins with Duck Race

LUMBERTON — The Lumber River turned all colors of the rainbow on Saturday when more than 400 plastic ducks were dumped into the water to raise money for the Robeson County Boys and Girls Club.A crowd of about 100 people lined the riverbank at Stephens Park, many of them having paid $25 a duck to be eligible to win up to $2,000 in cash, to cheer the ducks along the 100 yards from the start of the race to its finish.The race, which began at noon, ended within 10 minu...

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Deal on electrical costs could come soon

RALEIGH — Duke Energy could announce as soon as next week whether a deal has been reached to help reduce high electric bills for customers in Red Springs and Lumberton and 30 other eastern North Carolina municipalities.Those close to the negotiations said Duke Energy may be close to finalizing its deal with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to potentially purchase ownership interests in four power plants that serve Red Springs and Lumberton, which both operate...

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Duck race returns Saturday

LUMBERTON — The Lumber River will be turned into duck soup on Saturday, as hundreds of plastic ducks will be dumped into the water to raise money for the Robeson County Boys and Girls Club.Ron Ross, the club’s executive director, expects as many as 300 people to participate in the 12th annual Duck Race, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at Stephens Park in Lumberton.“It’s more than just a duck race, it’s a piece of a puzzle that makes the Boys and ...

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New program helps patients improve their health through exercise

Samuel Hemingway III, 28, of Lumberton, has lived with diabetes since he was 7 years old. The disease required him to take insulin shots multiple times each day and caused him to lose his eyesight.But participation in new medical referral program that is also offered in Red Springs his medical conditions—which required him to take several different types of medications for heart failure, high blood pressure and kidney failure in addition to the insulin shots — have grea...

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