Town will charge

businesses $25

ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved an ordinance to require local businesses to register with the town annually for a fee of $25.

The commissioners agreed during their regular monthly meeting that local businesses that don’t comply will be fined $50.

Individuals with fruit or vegetables stands will be exempt.

The commissioners also agreed to charge peddlers $10, which are defined as people who go from place to place selling items such as books, magazines or periodicals.


Superintendent gives

apology for decision

FAYETTEVILLE — The Cumberland County Board of Education, through its Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, apologized for causing division with the decision to cancel an environmental program because its mascot, the Marquis de Lafayette, owned slaves.

Fayetteville is named for Lafayette. Historians say he was an abolitionist who bought slaves with the intent to free them.

Kinlaw said he was trying to be sensitive to the minority population.

The school board is expected to discuss the program at an upcoming committee meeting.


Clinton man sent to

prison for 16 years

CLINTON — A Sampson County man was sentenced Monday to 16 years in prison for killing a 30-year-old mother of three, shot through her bedroom window at Springwood Apartments in January 2015, reportedly in retaliation for a dispute the man had with the woman’s boyfriend.

Antonio Cyree Lamont Lockamy, 22, of Clinton pleaded guilty in Sampson County Superior Court to second-degree murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property in the death of Gerri Newkirk, 30.

Lockamy was sentenced by presiding Judge Joshua Willey to an active term of no fewer than 192 months (16 years) and no more than 243 months (20 years, three months) in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.


Man charged with

burning home, dog

TABOR CITY — A Columbus County man admitted to police and fire investigators that he intentionally burned his home Monday, in part to kill a pet dog inside.

Jail reports show Sandy Lewis Rhue, 45, of Tabor City was charged with second-degree arson and cruelty to animals. He is being held under a total bond of $55,000.

— From staff and wire reports.