Week in review


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Downtown revival

plan to be revealed

LUMBERTON — A master plan for downtown Lumberton will be discussed on Tuesday during a meeting of Rediscover Downtown Lumberton at Adelio’s Restaurant Downtown.

The meeting is to begin at 5 p.m. with a 45-minute wine and cheese social, according to Richard H. Monroe, president of the group.

Benchmark Planning of Charlotte will then give an update on the work that has been done on developing a blueprint for the future development of Historic Downtown Lumberton.

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New Miss Fayetteville

gets crowned Saturday

FAYETTEVILLE — The creator of an outreach program for at-risk youth is the new Miss Fayetteville.

Crystal Byrd was crowned in the 70th annual Miss Fayetteville Scholarship Pageant in front of a packed house at Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University on Saturday night. The 23-year-old also won two of the three preliminary contests and the award for a new category honoring the community service platform.

Christin Oliver, a 16-year-old at Lumberton Senior High, captured the Miss Fayetteville Outstanding Teen, the division of the pageant for contestants between 13 and 17 years old.

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Woman killed when

car gets T-boned

BOARDMAN — Columbus County’s 10th road fatality of the year went into the books Sunday just after 5 p.m. at U.S. 74 and Old Boardman Road.

The wreck happened when a car that was traveling at a high rate of speed T-boned another car as it attempted to cross the westbound lane of U.S. 74.

The driver of the car that was T-boned was taken to Columbus Regional Healthcare, where she was pronounced dead. EMS crews took at least three people in the other car to Columbus Regional. EMS units from Chadbourn, Cerro Gordo and Whiteville responded, along with Evergreen Fire Department.

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Auditorium fixes

will cost $2 million

CLINTON — Renovating the auditorium at Sunset Avenue School would not only benefit Clinton City Schools, but is an idea board members say would be an asset to the community. A proposal was presented to the board Thursday.

During the work session, Randy Baker with Pinnacle Architecture presented his findings to the board at a price tag of nearly $2 million. The proposed renovations would include new seating, carpeting, lighting, sound equipment and sound barriers, and bathroom remodeling. All changes would meet the requirements of the American’s with Disabilities Act.

From staff and wire reports.

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