Body found, but

no identity yet

LUMBERTON — A body was found Monday during a search for a missing Robeson County man, but lawmen aren’t ready to declare they are the same person.

The male body was found about 4:30 p.m. in woods off Pleasant Hope Road near the Fairgrove community, Sheriff Ken Sealey said. The body was sent to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh so an autopsy can be conducted.

Monday’s search was the second conducted for Tomase Jermaine Bristow, who has been missing since July 5.


Motorcyclist killed

in Sunday crash

WHITEVILLE — A motorcyclist was killed after wrecking on a curve along Rough and Ready Road on Sunday.

A Highway Patrol report stated Shane Thomas Presnell, 42, was traveling at about 45 mph when the crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m.

The report stated there was no indication that speed, alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.


Former teacher

takes BOE to court

FAYETTEVILLE — Lee Francis, the former Massey Hill Classical High School teacher who was suspended for stepping on a United States flag during a lesson on free speech rights, has filed a lawsuit against the Cumberland County Board of Education.

Francis resigned from the school system in March and moved to New York, where he is teaching over the summer. He plans to move to Louisiana soon to attend law school in the fall.

The Board of Education suspended Francis for 10 days without pay in March. He was also given a 90-day suspension with pay and he was reassigned from teaching to work in a warehouse.


Students in K-2

to learn Spanish

CLINTON — Spanish as a second language will now be offered to Clinton City Schools students in kindergarten through second grade.

According to Kelly Batts, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, the class will be one of the resource classes offered in addition to music, art and physical education. Students at L.C. Kerr School and Butler Avenue School will benefit from the additional classes for now.

Finalized details for the curriculum are still in the planning stages, but the new classes will be offered beginning in August when students return for the 2017-18 school year.

— From staff and wire reports.