Robeson schools get

‘new’ superintendent

LUMBERTON — The Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County removed the interim tag from Superintendent Shanita Wooten’s title on Tuesday.

The 8-3 vote was cast after a 90-minute closed-door session, and the board extended Wooten’s contract to June 30, 2021, and maintained her salary at $180,000 a year.

The board was advised by the North Carolina School Boards Association that upgrading the superintendent’s status did not require the position to be advertised or an official search conducted.


Drop boxes available

for meds disposal

CLINTON — In an effort to raise awareness of accidental overdoses due to opiates and other prescription drugs, the Clinton Police Department has partnered with the local coalition for the statewide Safe Kids NC Operation Medicine Drop Campaign.

According to Clinton Police Lt. Stokes McKoy, medication take back stations will be at Clinton Drug on Wednesday, March 21, and the Walmart parking lot on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items that will be accepted include any expired, unused, over-the-counter and prescription medication in a pill form. It is recommended that all medications be transported in a marked container.


Fort Bragg veteran

reinstated by VA

FAYETTEVILLE — A local veteran erroneously declared dead by the Department of Veterans Affairs has been resurrected.

Charles Covell, a Vietnam veteran and retired U.S. Postal Service worker, told The Fayetteville Observer last week that he was surprised to learn of his death in late February.

On Tuesday, Covell was told the VA had corrected the mistake and the disability payment previously held back was released to the veteran.

Covell, 81, spent a combined 12 years in the Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.


Little moving on

to Freedom High

WHITEVILLE — Luke Little, head football coach at Whiteville High over the past six seasons, was recently announced as the new football coach at Freedom High in Morganton.

Little’s last day at Whiteville will be Tuesday.

While at Whiteville High, Little has a combined record of 53-24. He was the Three Rivers Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 2017.

From staff and wire reports.