County delays a

pipeline permit

LUMBERTON — Although they previously passed a resolution supporting the construction of the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Robeson County commissioners Monday voted to delay action on a conditional-use permit that would allow for the placement of a monitoring station and 350-foot-tall microwave cell tower near Pembroke.

All seven of the commissioners present voted at the recommendation of Commissioner Noah Woods that the permit not be denied but just delayed until pubic hearings are held in Robeson County to educate the public about the proposed pipeline. Commissioner David Edge was not present.

The commissioners did not say when they would hold public information meetings concerning the pipeline.


Hobbs earns berth

in national contest

ROSEBORO — After delivering the words of the FFA Creed during the 89th North Carolina FFA State Convention in Raleigh, Lakewood High School student Chloe Hobbs, 15, placed first in the state’s Jim Graham FFA Creed Speaker Career Development Event.

In October, the rising sophomore will be traveling to Indianapolis to represent North Carolina at the 90th National FFA Convention.


Woman apprehended

after alleged robbery

WHITEVILLE — An alleged armed robber who reportedly held up the Garden Center at Walmart, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash, was captured by Whiteville police after a brief foot chase.

Amber Leticia Dickerson, no age or address given, reportedly came to Walmart at about 7 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money from a cashier. She was chased by police officers near Love Mill Road and taken into custody.

Dickerson was charged with armed robbery and held under a $50,000 secured bond.


FSU hires new

campus police chief

FAYETTEVILLE — Renarde D. Earl was recently hired as the new campus police chief at Fayetteville State University.

Earl comes to FSU after serving s campus police chief for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. He has almost 25 years of experience in law enforcement.

Earl succeeds Charles Kimble, who left to take the chief’s post at Spring Lake.

— From staff and wire reports.