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McCrory sign bill forbidding youths for using tanning beds

RALEIGH (AP) — A dozen bills signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory include a ban on anyone under 18 using tanning beds in North Carolina. McCrory held an Executive Mansion ceremony Thursday to sign the tanning bed measure named in memory of late state Rep. Jim Fulghum of Raleigh, who sponsored a similar prohibition two years ago. His family me

Charlotte passes 800,000 mark

RALEIGH (AP) — Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas, has a population in excess of 800,000, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. In newly released population estimates for cities around the nation as of July 1 of last year, the bureau said that the numbers show there are now 10 cities in the nation with popu

House budget OK'd with bipartisan support

RALEIGH — House Republicans experienced the first showing of strong bipartisan support for a budget bill since before the Great Recession as the chamber passed a two-year spending plan that benefited from a revenue windfall. The House gave final approval early today to its version of the budget, with a majority of both Democratic and GOP cau

Crime report

Break-ins The following break-ins were reported to the Robeson County Sheriff's Office: LDS Church, on Old Main Road, Pembroke; Green Pine Church, on Philadelphus Road, Pembroke; Brenda Deese, of Old Baker Road, Maxton; Herbert Floyd, of Tobacco Road, Orrum; and Amy Jacobs, of Ambay Road, Pembroke.

Last week the Legal Corner discussed the basics of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and some of the benefits it may provide to individuals who may consider filing. This week we will cover the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy process and some of the advantages and disadvantages to filing.
Generally there are two methods of bankruptcy, liquidation and repayment. Chapter

Basics of filing Chapter 11

Last week the Legal Corner discussed the basics of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and some of the benefits it may provide to individuals who may consider filing. This week we will cover the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy process and some of the advantages and disadvantages to filing. Generally there are two methods of bankruptcy, liquidation and repayment. Chapter

ROCKINGHAM — After 54 days and an 18-minute closed-door session, Richmond Senior has its 10th football coach in the school's 43-year history.
By a vote of 4-0, the Richmond County Board of Education approved Mike Castellano to succeed Paul Hoggard in an emergency meeting Wednesday morning. In attendance were board members Jerry Ethridge, Bob

Board approves Castellano as new Richmond coach

ROCKINGHAM — After 54 days and an 18-minute closed-door session, Richmond Senior has its 10th football coach in the school's 43-year history. By a vote of 4-0, the Richmond County Board of Education approved Mike Castellano to succeed Paul Hoggard in an emergency meeting Wednesday morning. In attendance were board members Jerry Ethridge, Bob

ROCKINGHAM — Farmers and Merchants Bank shelled out more than a quarter-million dollars within six months, paying four years worth of taxes and interest on Rockingham Speedway, according to county tax records.
The 244.24 acre property, valued at $6.85 million, has an annual tax bill of roughly $56,000.
According to a verified complaint file

Speedway taxes paid by bank

ROCKINGHAM — Farmers and Merchants Bank shelled out more than a quarter-million dollars within six months, paying four years worth of taxes and interest on Rockingham Speedway, according to county tax records. The 244.24 acre property, valued at $6.85 million, has an annual tax bill of roughly $56,000. According to a verified complaint file

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health System's Dulin Center was filled to near capacity on Thursday night with people who may not have otherwise encountered one another, if it were not for their shared desire to serve others.
Hospice of Scotland County's volunteer appreciation banquet was held to celebrate them all, volunteers who help brighten a pat

Hospice offers special thanks to volunteers

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health System's Dulin Center was filled to near capacity on Thursday night with people who may not have otherwise encountered one another, if it were not for their shared desire to serve others. Hospice of Scotland County's volunteer appreciation banquet was held to celebrate them all, volunteers who help brighten a pat

Nearly two months after former Richmond Senior head football coach Paul Hoggard resigned from his post to lead the program at John A. Holmes, the Raider faithful finally know who will take the reins of their team.
Richmond officially announced the hire of Mike Castellano, formerly of Middle Creek, Wednesday as its 10th football coach in school his

Scotland-Richmond rivalry begins new era after latest hire

Nearly two months after former Richmond Senior head football coach Paul Hoggard resigned from his post to lead the program at John A. Holmes, the Raider faithful finally know who will take the reins of their team. Richmond officially announced the hire of Mike Castellano, formerly of Middle Creek, Wednesday as its 10th football coach in school his

Recently, on a visit to my hometown, I took the time to drive by the house that had been my childhood home. It was the first time I had seen it in nearly two decades. It was largely unchanged except that it seemed so much smaller. Surely, the house, and what I thought had been a sprawling front yard, had shrunk over the years.
How else could Shane

You are stuck with you

Recently, on a visit to my hometown, I took the time to drive by the house that had been my childhood home. It was the first time I had seen it in nearly two decades. It was largely unchanged except that it seemed so much smaller. Surely, the house, and what I thought had been a sprawling front yard, had shrunk over the years. How else could Shane

Gary D. Robertson Associated Press

RALEIGH — House Republicans tweaked their North Carolina government budget proposal anew Wednesday to address renewable energy tax credits and increase university funding, bidding to pick up more support for the two-year spending plan. The changes, particularly on a compromise extending tax breaks for two more years on solar, wind and simila

United Way taking grant applications

LUMBERTON — United Way of Robeson County is accepting applications from nonprofits that want to put a Hunger and Healthy Eating grant from Walmart to work helping people. The grant is intended to go toward combating hunger and problems resulting from poor nutrition. Interested organizations must submit their program name, address and phone

Fayetteville pair sought in child's death caught in Colo.

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Fayetteville mother and her fiance charged in the January death of an 18-month-old girl have been arrested in Colorado. Multiple news outlets report police found 20-year-old Vanessa Ariana Sanchez and 21-year-old Andrew Tyler Tomczak inside a residence in El Paso County, Colorado, Wednesday night. Both are charged with

Judge puts hold on fracking permits

RALEIGH — A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens' decision earlier this month prevents the Mining and Energy Commission from

LAURINBURG — More than 100 county seniors celebrated the culmination of Scotland County's Senior Games on Thursday night, the majority of them reveling in their chance to represent the county at the state finals.
The applause and laughter were plentiful at the Highlands as award winners were announced by organizer Kisha Williams, who also pr

Seniors celebrate end of games

LAURINBURG — More than 100 county seniors celebrated the culmination of Scotland County's Senior Games on Thursday night, the majority of them reveling in their chance to represent the county at the state finals. The applause and laughter were plentiful at the Highlands as award winners were announced by organizer Kisha Williams, who also pr

A Methodist preacher told me this week that if you put a ragged, dirty man living under a highway overpass beside the most beautiful Gothic cathedral in the world and ask God which one God loves more, God would come down on the side of the man from the street.
Tending to the needs of fellow humans is the model for the church, radiating from the li

Pentecost tells story of Spirit at work

A Methodist preacher told me this week that if you put a ragged, dirty man living under a highway overpass beside the most beautiful Gothic cathedral in the world and ask God which one God loves more, God would come down on the side of the man from the street. Tending to the needs of fellow humans is the model for the church, radiating from the li

PEMBROKE — After working as a surgeon and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robin Cummings may seem an unexpected choice for the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. But Cummings, a Pembroke native, feels right at home.
Cummings traveled from Chapel Hill to the university through rain and traff

UNCP chancellor: 'It's good to be home'

PEMBROKE — After working as a surgeon and with the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Robin Cummings may seem an unexpected choice for the next chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. But Cummings, a Pembroke native, feels right at home. Cummings traveled from Chapel Hill to the university through rain and traff

DUBLIN – Eighth-grade students from East Arcadia School participated in a biology lab field trip to Bladen Community College on Monday, May 18.
Organized by Lisa DeVane, chairperson of the math and science department of Bladen Community College, the experience provided hands-on applications and experiments for students.
Under the direction

East Arcadia students visit biology lab at BCC

DUBLIN – Eighth-grade students from East Arcadia School participated in a biology lab field trip to Bladen Community College on Monday, May 18. Organized by Lisa DeVane, chairperson of the math and science department of Bladen Community College, the experience provided hands-on applications and experiments for students. Under the direction

Commissioners, School Board to hold joint meeting

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Bladen County Board of Education will have a special joint meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 1 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget and capital needs related to the Bladen County Schools. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Bladen County Cooper

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College remembered Essic McCauley Williams Jr. on Thursday, May 14, with the planting and dedication of a dogwood tree near the Essic Williams Administrative Building.
Williams served the college as a trustee from 1971 until 2005.
The office building, commissioned in 1971, was renamed in 2008, when the BCC Board of

BCC remembers Williams at tree dedication

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College remembered Essic McCauley Williams Jr. on Thursday, May 14, with the planting and dedication of a dogwood tree near the Essic Williams Administrative Building. Williams served the college as a trustee from 1971 until 2005. The office building, commissioned in 1971, was renamed in 2008, when the BCC Board of





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