Incumbents keep seats

with Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Two incumbents won their bids for re-election to the Lumbee Tribal Council on Tuesday, two lost, and it was a day of light voter turnout that ended with a cloud of uncertainty hovering over one race.

Incumbent Douglas Locklear held on to his District 6 seat by defeating challenger Scott Bell by a vote of 95 to 35. And in District 11, incumbent Frank Cooper won out over Carl Pevia with a 50-14 vote tally.

Of the 28,593 people registered to vote, only 1,207 cast a ballot, just more than 4 percent.

A third incumbent, Jarrod Lowery, kept his place on the Tribal Council because he faced no opposition in District 5.


Embers to perform

a Christmas show

CLINTON — The Embers, a legendary North Carolina beach music band, will be performing at the Sampson County Exposition Center on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

The event is part of the Sampson CenterStage Performing Arts Series and will feature Craig Woolard with the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame band.

Tickets for “Christmas with the Embers” are available online at or by calling the Sampson CenterStage Box Office at 910-592-7200.


Inmate beaten,

stabbed in prison

TABOR CITY — An inmate at Columbus Correctional Institution was beaten and stabbed with a broom handle Saturday.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office reported that Robert White, 39, was stabbed multiple times with the broom handle that was broken while it was being used to assault him.

The suspect in the case is another inmate, according to the sheriff’s office.

The N.C. Department of Corrections lists three inmates by the name Robert White, all in the same age range, at the Columbus facility.


Former Hoke DSS

employee arrested

RAEFORD — A former employee with the Hoke County Department of Social Services has been arrested and charged with defrauding current and former clients out of money.

Ebonie Latoya Campbell, 39, of Gibson was charged with one count of embezzlement and six counts of obtaining property by false pretense. He bail was set at $60,000.

The offenses reportedly took place between Jan. 1 and June 28 this year.

— From staff and wire reports.