Week in review

Boys & Girls Club

gets $10,000 gift

LUMBERTON — The Boys & Girls Club of Lumberton/Robeson County, which is recovering from Hurricane Matthew, has received a $10,000 gift from the builders of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Boys & Girls Club building at 1310 N. Seneca St. was damaged by Hurricane Matthew flooding, and community and corporate donors are providing a lifeline, said Ron Ross, executive director.

Ross accepted the grant from Bruce McKay, senior energy policy director for Dominion, the lead partner and developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, and Tammy Thurman, community relations manager for Piedmont Natural Gas.


Jubilee House gets

new owners, name

FAYETTEVILLE — The new operators of the former Jubilee House say it could take up to three years before it can begin housing women veterans and their children suffering from homelessness.

The home, at 120 Langdon St., will be known as Reveille Retreat. The house needs repairs and renovations, including adding more stoves and refrigerators to the kitchen and making the property accessible to those with special needs and disabilities, said Tammi Woodard, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Family Endeavors. The organization bought the Jubilee House and another home.

The Jubilee House received much fanfare when it was built as part of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in July 2011.


Fire leaves mother,

7 children homeless

WHITEVILLE — A fire destroyed a mobile home in the New Hope community on Monday and left a mother and seven children without a place to live.

Deputy Fire Marshall Josh Cartrette said firefighters were called to the Hunt Road property just after noon. Flames had already broken through the side of the structure when firefighters arrived on scene. Initial reports indicated someone was inside the home, he said, but no one was found inside.

The home was a total loss and the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the family.


Students place

place in event

ELIZABETHTOWN — Calling themselves “EnviroNerdz,” three teams of five students each from Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School went to Jones Lake State Park in Bladen County for the Area VII Envirothon competition.

The “EnviroNerdz” placed sixth, second and first against a total of 12 teams from several other counties.

All three teams now head to the state level competition in Burlington at the end of April.

From staff and wire reports.