City OKs work for

DYB World Series

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Tuesday approved a bid for the construction of a sixth baseball field at the Dr. Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex, site of the upcoming Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.

The council approved a $764,365.28 bid from Apex-based TerraHawk LLC, and the Lumberton Tourism Development Authority is giving $500,000 to help fund the project.

The Dixie Youth World Series will take place from July 27 to Aug. 8. Robeson Community College and the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association are event hosts.


Staffing changes

made at SCC

CLINTON — The faces of administration at Sampson Community College have changed, as leaders take the helm in their new roles.

Bill Starling will officially serve in his new position of president, after the retirement of Paul Hutchins. With Starling’s move, the position of vice president of academic affairs opened, and former division chair for health programs, Wanda Capps, will transition into that role.

Veronica Stevens, longtime nursing instructor at the college, will assume the duties of division chair for health programs.

The changes took place on Thursday.


Deputies arrest, charge a

pitchfork-wielding woman

WHITEVILLE — Columbus County sheriff’s deputies were called to a break-in that put them face to face with a woman armed with a pitchfork.

The incident took place Feb. 22 at around 12:28 a.m. Deputies found Heather M. Blackwell, 28, and a small child in the carport of the home. The child was placed in the custody of a relative, while Blackwell was taken into custody. She had several strips of Suboxone in her possession at the time.

Blackwell was charged with attempted breaking and entering, simple possession of narcotics, and misdemeanor child abuse. She was held under a $5,000 secured bond.


Teen gets life with

parole possible

FAYETTEVILLE — Raistlin Martin, the teenager who was convicted of killing his grandfather with a hatchet, was sentenced this week to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons sentenced the 17-year-old on Tuesday.

Martin plead guilty to first-degree murder of 63,-year-old Joseph E. Naulty on Feb. 15. The incident took place at about midnight on Aug. 8, 2016.

— From staff and wire reports.