Blanchard reaches

a big milestone

BURGAW — R.W. Blanchard recently reached a milestone of 50 years of service on Four County EMC’s Board of Directors.

Blanchard began serving on Four County EMC’s Board of Directors on March 15, 1968, and continues to serve as the representative for the East Sampson County Directorate District. During his tenure, Blanchard served as the Cooperative’s Board president for 21 years, from 1983-2004 and continues his service on the Board as a representative of Four County EMC with various affiliated organizations.


Lawsuit dropped

against Godwin

LUMBERTON — The Supreme Court of the Lumbee Tribe on Monday dismissed the case in which the tribal chairman was accused of violating the tribe’s constitution.

In her petition to the court, Anita Hammonds Blanks accused Harvey Godwin Jr. of twice violating the tribe’s constitution and violating tribal ordinances on five occasions. The petition was filed when Blanks was a member of the council. She was elected speaker on Jan. 18.

There is no appeals process, but Blanks said she will determine any further action shortly.


Board extends

Bracy’s contract

CLINTON — During a Monday meeting, the Board of Education approved to extend the contract of Superintendent Eric Bracy for another two years, which will put Bracy at the helm until June 30, 2021.

Future goals for Bracy include a dual immersion program for language; career preparation for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); and a career academy.

After coming out of a closed session Monday, board members voted 6-1 for the extension. Tracy Dunn was the lone member not in favor of it because she wanted a one-year contract due to several board members being up for election this year.


Fire department to

serve as a back-up

WHITEVILLE — The Columbus County Board of Commissioners voted on Monday to allow the Whiteville Fire Department to respond to medical calls within the city limits when needed.

Whiteville Rescue Unit will continue to be the primary responder, but the the fire department will respond when the Rescue Unit is tied up with other incidents.

The policy change will affect only calls within the city.

From staff and wire reports.