Cooper hoping

to cut red tape

LUMBERTON — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and a group of top state administrators toured Robeson County on Tuesday and Wednesday promoting the governor’s Hometown Strong rural initiative.

The tour culminated at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center, where the state leaders met with a local elected and administrative officials to discuss issues and solutions.

Cooper said that “Robeson County is one of six counties in Hometown Strong, a program that will help rural counties cut through bureaucracy.”


Brunson named

to school board

CLINTON — The Clinton City Schools Board of Education has named Linda Brunson to fill the seat left vacant with the recent passing of E.R. Mason.

After seeking input and interest from the community, the board received five letters of interest and asked those five candidates to speak before the board Monday afternoon and explain how they would best serve Clinton City Schools and its students.

Brunson joined four others, including Roscoe Emanuel Jr., Perry Gillespie, Regina Lucious and Dr. Oscar Rodriguez, who showed interest in the vacant board seat. Following the candidate presentations, board members voted 3-2 to appoint Brunson.


Schools boost

funding request

LUMBERTON — The Board of Education of the Public Schools of Robeson County approved Tuesday a request for a $17.28 million increase in local funding from the Robeson County Board of Commissioners for the 2018-19 school year, which would more than double the amount the system receives.

The increase includes $3.1 million for school safety, with $1.1 million of that to put resource officers in every school, and $2 million for additional equipment and training.

Also among the requests is $2 million to pay for substitute teachers and custodians.


Officers hurt in

fight with suspect

WHITEVILLE — Warrants are pending after a fight with a pedestrian injured a Columbus County sheriff’s deputy and Whiteville Police officer on Sunday.

The officers were called around 6:30 p.m. to Jefferson Street, where they found the suspect in the roadway. He was considered a danger to himself and motorists, but began fighting when the officers approached.

He was restrained and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

From staff and wire reports.